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Find Out More, Workshop 4: The Call for Empathy

In "Heeding the Call," a Tapestry of Faith program


The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands by Margaret Regan (Beacon Press, 2010).

The U.S. Immigration Support website has information on how to get visas, green cards, and full citizenship.

A book with additional activities around immigration is The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration by Bill Bigelow (Milwaukee: Rethinking Schools, Ltd., 2006).

Check out Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration, by Lalo Alcaraz (New York: RDV Books, 2004). This book has won many awards, including the Latino Spirit Award awarded by the Latino Caucus of the California Legislature.

Movies for Inspiration

The Visitor, directed by Thomas McCarthy, 2007

The Terminal, directed by Steven Spielberg, 2004.


Taking It Home includes a link to Nova's Science Now, which has a short video and related articles discussing mirror neurons, a scientific discovery that might help explain empathy.

Humans might have inherent mechanisms for empathy, but often we do not act upon those instincts. Other research in the study of empathy show that meditation might increase feelings of empathy. Read about the studies at MSNBC.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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