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通識午餐聚會 Lunch Seminar
Can Compassion be Taught?
Engaging Students to Develop Compassionate Attitudes
Speaker: Prof. Shekhar Madhukar Kumta (Assistant Dean (Education), Faculty of Medicine)
The technological advances in society have had a profound impact on the practice of medicine and perhaps even in the expectations of people directly benefitting from it. Breakthroughs in human genomic sequencing, the discovery of targeted therapies and highly customized patient specific solutions provide rapid diagnostic possibilities backed up by a plethora of sophisticated therapies for many diseases that were hitherto difficult to manage.
Yet the advances of technology, the expectations of modern society (including those of our students) and the corporatization of health care delivery have all tended to depersonalize the practice of medicine – changing from a healing art to a technology-based research driven enterprise.
Yet for all its sophistications the practice of medicine should remain a matter of close human interaction – based on a genuine feeling of compassionate understanding. Without this important paradigm medicine would become divorced from its deep human bondings and be relegated to the realm of pure commerce.
As educators, how can we retain the deep and innate humanity that underpins the practice of medicine—how can we inculcate compassionate values in our students?
In this lunch seminar, the speaker wishes to share his personal experiences in the teaching and practice of medicine that have profoundly influenced him and have enabled him to engage students and interns, motivating and stimulating them to understand the core value of compassionate and ethical behaviors in our daily interactions with humanity.
日期 Date：25 / 11 / 2013 (Mon)
時間 Time：12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Venue: 701, Hui Yeung Shing Building
英語主講 In English
Prof. Shekhar Madhukar Kumta is Assistant Dean (Education) of Faculty of Medicine, Director of the Teaching and Learning Resource Centre and Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology. Prof. Kumta joined CUHK in 1989 and is an accomplished teacher, whose courses range from bedside and OPD clinical attachments to small group tutorials and larger group lectures that range widely across the medical curriculum. His contributions both to medical research and to medical education are much valued by the international medical fraternity.
Prof. Kumta is an enthusiastic teacher and advocate of effective and interactive teaching methods. He is highly regarded by both his students and his colleagues. His outstanding teaching has earned him a number of CUHK teaching awards, including the Best Teacher of the Year Award, the Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award. In 2012, Prof. Kumta was presented with a 2012 UGC Award for Teaching Excellence by the University Grants Committee (UGC), in recognition of his outstanding teaching performance and achievements.
GE Salon 2013-14 "Values, Life and Society"
第四節 Session 4
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil*
Speaker: Mr. Tai Yuen Hung
日期 Date：29 / 11 / 2013 (Fri)
時間 Time：6 - 8 pm
地點：香港中文大學康本國際學術園 5 號演講廳
Venue: LT5, Yasumoto International Academic Park, CUHK
本講將由電影《漢娜鄂蘭：真理無懼》談起，分析鄂蘭於1963年在《艾希曼耶路撒冷大審紀實》提出的「惡之平庸」(the banality of evil)。鄂蘭拒絕自稱為哲學家，然而若脫離歐洲哲學傳統的脈絡，則難以理解她對現代世界的反思。鄂蘭指出極權主義的罪惡之處，在於破壞人與人之間的連繫，令人變得孤立(isolated)，從而不再能夠通過聯合政治行動而為世界打開新的面貌。於是，人們不一定出於邪惡之動機而作惡，但人們對事情失去判斷力，不加以深思熟慮(thoughtless)，就會如艾希曼般釀成反人類的罪行。鄂蘭超越柏拉圖以來的哲學傳統，不再蔑視政治議題，有當代學者稱鄂蘭的思想為政治現象學(phenomenology of the political)，以突顯哲學如何面對政治的種種危機，而又不淪為統治的工具。
We are going to prolong Arendt's philosophical reflections on the banality of evil and the political world starting from von Trotta's film Hannah Arendt (2012). Although it is well known that Arendt refused to be named as philosopher, one could gain a better understanding of Arendt's insistence on the problem of evil by referring to the relevant discussions in modern European philosophy. In Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963), Arendt deepened her remarkable analyses of the totalitarian regimes first appeared in The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951). We are going to revisit some of her important insights in revealing the constitutive processes of totalitarianism, like rendering individuals superficial, forming isolated subjects, alienating the capacity of judging and consequently alienating the public world of political actions. All these, in the eyes of Arendt, bring about the phenomenon of thoughtlessness in the present epoch. Nowadays more and more scholars recognize Arendt's phenomenological way of thinking as the distinctive contribution to the contemporary arena of philosophy and political theories.
Mr. Jacky Tai: He is teaching humanities and general education in universities. His research interests include contemporary French philosophy and modern European philosophy.
廣東話進行 In Cantonese
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