Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop, Festival

SWF Lecture – Creating A Society of Empathy

Organised by: Singapore Writers Festival
Performed by: Jonathan Friesen
  • Date:
    12 Nov 2016
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  • Venue:
    National Gallery Singapore, Auditorium
    National Gallery Singapore, AuditoriumNational Gallery Singapore, Auditorium
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To anyone who has struggled with feeling out of place, this lecture is for you. Jonathan Friesen's personal experience with Tourette syndrome and epilepsy was the inspiration behind his highly lauded novel, Jerk, California. Look at the world through his eyes, and understand how kindness and empathy are even more crucial in today's crisis-riven world.

Jonathan Friesen
Jonathan Friesen is an award-winning author, international speaker, storyteller and Professor of Education at North Central University. He is the author of eight novels, including the highly acclaimed Jerk, California, winner of the Best Book for Teens at American Library Association's 2009 Schneider Award. His young adult novels explore the pains and successes of lives lived with mental health concerns. He lives on a small farm in central Minnesota with his family and has 16 years of teaching experience. His website is

SWF Lecture – Creating A Society of Empathy