Can VR and Video Games Foster Empathy?

Virtual reality is a powerful and emerging medium that enables viewers to step into real and imagined worlds, including those that feature stories of culture and identity. In 2015, VR was characterized as “the ultimate empathy machine.” Embodying the bodies, lives and spaces of others can be compelling, but can it really foster empathy? Drop … Continued

Podcast: What’s in a Name?

On the eve of Smith College 2017 Commencement, Margaret Bruzelius was assiduously rehearsing the pronunciation of 200 student names. To get it right, she made no assumptions. This year a new technology simplified her task. She used NameCoach, Smith’s new name pronunciation software (easy to use and available campus-wide). Listen to her story, featuring interviews with Margaret Bruzelius and Dwight Hamilton.