Sympathy is a word and a concept with a rich and fascinating history.
Today we understand ‘sympathy’ as a feeling of shared suffering that can bring individuals together; yet sympathy seems to be increasingly lacking in the 21st century.
This talk by Dr Richard Meek will explore the emergence of the word ‘sympathy’ in the 16th century. Poets and playwrights, in particular William Shakespeare, have played a key role in associating the words ‘sympathy’ and ‘sympathize’ with ideas of compassion and fellow-feeling.
The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Our motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years, we’ve shared that light with thousands of people from across the world. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research. And we have no plans to stop helping to build a better world.