Meet the Author: Sherry Turkle

The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir: Join Sherry Turkle, PhD, for our next Meet the Author event with Dan Jacobs, MD, and the online audience.

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Join us Monday, October 3, 2022, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm EDT for a virtual Meet the Author with Sherry Turkle, PhD, presenting her new book The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir. The discussion will be moderated by Dan Jacobs, MD, Director of BPSI Library. The online audience will have a chance to ask questions via a Q&A chat or "on camera". 

About the Book:

For decades, Sherry Turkle has shown how we remake ourselves in the mirror of our machines. She has spent a career composing an intimate ethnography of our digital world; now, marked by insight, humility, and compassion, we have her own. In this vivid and poignant narrative, Turkle ties together her coming-of-age and her pathbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Growing up in postwar Brooklyn, Turkle searched for clues to her identity in a house filled with mysteries. Before empathy became a way to find connection, it was her strategy for survival. Turkle’s intellect and curiosity brought her to worlds on the threshold of change. She learned friendship at a Harvard-Radcliffe during the antiwar movement, she mourned the loss of her mother in Paris as students returned from the 1968 barricades, and she followed her ambition while fighting for her place as a woman and a humanist at MIT. There, Turkle chronicled the wonders of the new computer culture, even as she warned of its threat to our most essential human connections. The Empathy Diaries captures all this in rich detail–and offers a master class in finding meaning through a life’s work.

Book Purchases can be made here.

About the Author:

Sherry Turkle, PhD, is a BPSI Affiliate Scholar member, the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. A licensed clinical psychologist, she is the author of six books, including Alone Together and the New York Times bestseller Reclaiming Conversation, as well as the editor of three collections. A Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year, a TED speaker, and featured media commentator, she is a recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Humanities fellowships and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

About the Moderator:

Dan Jacobs, MD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at BPSI, a faculty member, and Director of the Hanns Sachs Library and Archives. He is also Director of the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies (CAPS). Among his many publications are The Distance From Home: A Novel, Grete Bibring: A Culinary Biography. Edward Bibring Photographs 1932-1938, and The Supervisory Encounter. His review of The Selected Papers of Theodore Shapiro (IP Books) appeared in the last issue of Psychoanalytic Quarterly. His essays on psychoanalyst Andrew Peto and an introduction to the photographs of Shellburne Thurber are in press.

This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. Your gift to BPSI supports education in the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.  

To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan ( or 617-266-0953 x101), go to, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459. 

The target audience for this program is the general public and mental health clinicians at all levels of training. 
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