Recognizing Leaders in Care and Compassion
The Lecture on Compassion is a relatively new forum to promote the importance of compassion and caring in healthy development and to showcase the findings and perspectives of outstanding researchers and practitioners in the areas of awareness, compassion and empathy. The featured speaker also provides a second lecture, co-sponsored with another unit, on a related topic. The annual event, which began in 2016, is made possible by a generous endowment from Mark Greenberg, former Center Director and holder of the Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research and his wife, Christa Turksma, a researcher and teacher of mindfulness skills. The organizer of the event is Robert Roeser, Ph.D., Endowed Professorship of Caring and Compassion. Roeser was appointed in 2016 through an endowment from Edna Bennett Pierce with the intent to infuse the concept of care and compassion throughout the curricula in the College of Health and Human Development.