Living and Learning Empathy Institute for Lifecourse and Society Covid19 webinar series

As a contribution to help us understand the on-going impact of Covid-19 and ways in which we can all help respond now and, in the future, a series of 12 weekly National/International free to public virtual conversations will be held and hosted by the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (NUI Galway) and The Global Network of UNESCO Chairs for Children, Youth, and Communities in collaboration with Penn State University.

Each week the virtual conversation, which will be free, globally accessible, and delivered across time zones to the public, will bring together the views of academics, policymakers and most importantly citizens directly affected by the coronavirus and living with its consequences. This will include a focus on kernel issues for children and youth, parents, older people, families, people living with a disability and communities as well as in differing cultural and international contexts. It is hoped the conversations will assist human understanding and compassion in relation to the coronavirus as well as proposed solutions for societies to connect and cope and become more resilient.

The First Living and Learning Conversation in Covid-19 took place on Thursday, April 30 2020 and the series will run weekly for 12 webinars. Each week the conversation will alternate between an Irish and International focus across differing life course and or cultural challenges.

All events are free to the public who are strongly encouraged to participate, ask questions in advance, and propose topics for conversations. All conversations can be accessed live through an online platform. All conversations will provide evidence-based knowledge, experiences from people facing the pandemic, and suggestions for what all of us can do to see everyone through this crisis.

Webinar 2: Responding to children at risk and at need of support at home during COVID19. Thursday 5th May, 6pm (GMT+1)

Summary/Abstract: Child Protection is everyone’s business. Equally so, family support is everyone’s business. COVID-19 has deepened the stress for some children, young people and families and created new issues and problems also. Greater understanding of these issues can lead to enhanced empathy towards those in need. The aim of the seminar is to increase public awareness of protecting children and supporting families in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic and to consider what is being done and what else can be done to ensure we minimise the risk of harms and maximise the potential for support.

Speakers: Professor Caroline McGregor, National University of Ireland, Galway, Dr Carmel Devaney, National University of Ireland, Galway

Moderator: Professor John Canavan, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Galway, Ireland

Webinar Co-Convenors: Prof Pat Dolan NUI Galway and Prof Mark Brennan Penn State University

Webinar 1: Living and Learning Empathy with COVID 19. Thursday 30th April, 6pm (GMT+1)

Speakers: Professor Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair, National University of Ireland, Galway, Professor Mark Brennan, UNESCO Chair, Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Dana Winters & Dr. Annie McNamara, St Vincent’s College/Fred Rogers Center, USA

Respondents: Ms Ella Anderson, Youth Researcher, UNESCO Chair, National University of Ireland, Galway & Dr. Kyle Peck and Dr. Ann Echols, Intergenerational Leadership Institute at Penn State.

Moderator: Carl O'Brien is Education Editor of The Irish Times.

Webinar Co-Convenors: Prof Pat Dolan NUI Galway and Prof Mark Brennan Penn State University

The webinars can be watched live on the NUI Galway Facebook Page and recordings of the webinars can be accessed on the NUI Galway Child and Family Research website or on the NUI Galway Youtube Channel