Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dacher is the host of the Greater Good Science Center’s award-winning podcast, The Science of Happiness and is a co-instructor of the GGSC’s popular online course of the same name.
One of the world’s foremost emotion scientists, Dacher has over 200 scientific publications and six books, including Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How it Can Transform Her Life, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good; he was a co-editor of the Greater Good anthology, The Compassionate Instinct. He has also written for many popular outlets, from The New York Times to Slate, and was the scientific advisor behind Pixar’s Inside Out.
Our annual Lecture on Compassion 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 child-clinical psychologist and teacher of mindfulness skills. The organizer of the event is Robert Roeser, Ph.D., Endowed Professor of Caring and Compassion. Dr. 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.