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Highlights from Compassion under Contemporary Conditions at Congress 2016

Margaret Atwood delivers keynote address at the Faculty of Nursing interdisciplinary symposium for Congress 2016, hosted by the the University of Calgary.

Photo courtesy of Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 

On Sunday, May 29, the Faculty of Nursing hosted a day-long conversation on compassion under contemporary conditions at an interdisciplinary symposium for Congress 2016. 

More than 600 people came out to hear Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood give her keynote on the theme of compassion, how much is too much?

The conversation continued with the afternoon panels at the Taylor Institute with community and faculty members discussing compassion in health care, compassion in the community and compassion in the classroom. 

We want to thank the arts organizers who coordinated the art on display at Mac Hall during the event: Allan Rosales, art therapist and coordinator, Healing Arts - Tom Baker Cancer Centre; and the University of Calgary fine arts students Anbareen Abeer, Zareen Abeer and Mahwish Ahmed. And also a big thanks to the three artists who were live-painting on the theme of compassion through the day: Rebecca Zai, Kathleen Moors and Mark Vazquez-Mackay.

Another huge thank you goes to all our fantastic volunteers who stepped up to the plate and helped to make our event what it was. Despite the early hour and minor hiccups behind the scenes, their bright smiles, efficiency and willingness to help kept everything running smoothly and guaranteed our success. Thank you Compassion Crew: we couldn't have done it without you!