This essay maintains that interplays between empathy, goodwill and other-regarding behaviors can make a huge difference in arguing one type of community into existence (one based on inclusivity, peace, respect, and universal human values) as opposed to arguing another kind of community into existence (one based on turmoil, meanness, wretchedness, genocide, and heaps of trouble).   The author offers a pedagogy of empathy as a practical approach to improving human relations.

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Carolyn Calloway-Thomas

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas is Chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She studies intercultural communication, African American communication, intersections between empathy and conflict, and pedagogy and civic engagement and is currently the President of the World Communication Association. She has served in many leadership positions.

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