Book Club: 'The Empathy Exams' (2014)

3.00PM Sat 30 Jul 2022
QAG | Members lounge | Ticketed

Discuss art, life, culture and creativity from the comfort of your own home at the QAGOMA Members Virtual Book Club or join us at one of the meetings at the Gallery. From June to August, titles on the reading list will connect to, contextualise and complement ideas presented in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’.

'The Empathy Exams' (2014) by Leslie Jamison

  • Session 1: Wed 13 Jul, 3.00pm | Virtual
  • Session 2: Thu 14 Jul, 10.30am | On-site
  • Session 3: Sat 30 Jul, 3.00pm | On-site

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain — real and imagined, her own and others’ — Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory — from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration — in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.

  • Virtual Book Club: Free for Members / $5 Members’ guests
  • On-site Book Club: $12 Members / $17 Members’ guests

June – August Reading List

  • An Artist of the Floating World (1986) by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Empathy Exams (2014) by Leslie Jamison
  • Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) by Marge Piercy

Members receive 20% off current and past Book Club titles from the QAGOMA Store.


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