Teaching Empathy to the ‘Me’ Generation

Capital University’s non-credit Empathy Experiment immerses students in the plight of the working poor to promote understanding.


The banner on the side of the Capital University music conservatory has an outline of a sneaker and asks, “They walked a mile in someone else’s shoes. How much did they learn?”


Inside the hall in Columbus, Ohio, a few hundred people wait to find out. They are here this evening late in April for the concluding event of the Empathy Experiment — an experiment not in an empirical sense, but in teaching empathy.


By Eric Leake