HESBURGH LECTURE SERIES "What is Science Saying About Compassion and What Difference Does It Make in Our Daily Lives?”


Location: Providence Catholic High School, New Lennox, IL

Hesburgh Lecture for the ND Joliet Club

On Monday, April 8, 2019, the Notre Dame Club of Joliet and Providence Catholic High School will co-host a Hesburgh Lecture by Dominic O. Vachon, Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He will join us to present “"What is Science Saying About Compassion and What Difference Does It Make in Our Daily Lives?” This presentation is described by stating that “Recent research shows how human beings are hardwired for compassion. Rather than being only a moral ideal, compassion is essential to what it means to be human from the way we live our daily lives as well as the way we practice medicine and other helping professions.”

Dominic Vachon, Ph.D. is the Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine as well as a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Preprofessional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He teaches courses, conducts research, and provides consulting and continuing medical education in applying the science of compassion to medical practice. He is also a practicing psychologist who specializes in neurofeedback therapy. He has spent most of this career helping to train physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy. In 1985, he completed a master of divinity from Notre Dame, and in 1993, he earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Loyola University, Chicago.

This event will be held at Providence Catholic High School, 1800 W. Lincoln Highway in New Lenox, on Monday, April 8, 2019. The Hesburgh Lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Brown Student Commons. This event is open to the public and is free of charge.