Writer Leslie Jamison will give a public reading from critically acclaimed essay collection, The Empathy Exams, as part of the Kenan–CDS Visiting Writers Series in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Arts, a joint venture of the Center for Documentary Studies and Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. In The Empathy Exams, Jamison begins with her experience as a medical actor, paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose. Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about one another? 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? The Empathy Exams is a brilliant and forceful book by one of this country’s vital young writers. Copies of The Empathy Exams will be available for sale and a brief signing session and reception will follow the talk.