Dear friends and colleagues,


The UCI Brain Initiative—an inter-school academic initiative—is hosting a Dialogue Series where faculty from across UCI come together to discuss a topic.

The first event on Monday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. explores the theme compassion.

I encourage you to find out more about the event below and to RSVP.


Michael A. Yassa, Ph.D.
Director, UCI Brain Initiative
Director, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory


Join us March 22, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m. PST for our inaugural UCI Brain Dialogue Series: 4C the Future, where faculty from across the UCI campus will discuss Compassion.

In this panel, Drs. Nancy Guerra, Sherine Hamdy, Richard Matthew, and Julian Thayer will discuss their unique perspectives on compassion and empathy. They will dive into the nature and science of compassion, the evolution of empathy as a survival tool, the cultural and social dimensions of compassion, and the role of compassion in conflict resolution and post-conflict healing.



Nancy Guerra

Dean of the School of
Social Ecology and Professor of Psychological Science


Sherine Handy

Associate Professor
of Anthropology


Richard Matthew

Professor & Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation


Julian Thayer

Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science

About the Dialogue Series

The UCI Brain Dialogue series is a monthly forum that brings together researchers studying one phenomenon from various perspectives. Events will include 10-minute presentations from 3-4 invited speakers, followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A. This series is designed for both academics and the public. Visit the UCI Brain website for more information on upcoming talks.