The Importance of Empathy

November 11, 2014
Hosted by The Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Teen Team

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Episode Description

Empathy is a form of positive communication. To aid us in cultivating empathetic attitudes, hosts Henna Hundal and Caiseen Kelley welcome three YA authors onto the program who have empathy as a foundation of many of their stories. Social Responsibility reporter Aysa Gonzalez gives us her take on living a nonjudgmental life with examples from her experiences. She also encourages empathy for victims of sexual slavery. Rebecca Serle is the author of When You Were Mine, The Edge of Falling and her new teen series, Famous in Love. She is an obsessive lover of all things pop culture. She blogs about The Vampire Diaries for New York magazine’s Vulture. Mary Elizabeth Summer has a BA in creative writing from Wells College. Her debut novel -- Trust Me, I’m Lying -- centers around teenage Julep Dupree, a con artist and a master of disguise who finds empathy in unexpected circumstances. Denise Jaden’s novels have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of America, Inspy, and SCBWI. Her novels include Never Enough and Foreign Exchange. She discusses her Just-Get-To-The-End fast-drafting process. Be kind, be empathetic. Care, share, and be fair.

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