Clarence Lang shares perspective on film and empathy in a new video series

October 05, 2021

“As Roger Ebert says, film is an empathy machine — you can learn a lot about the complexity and diversity of the human experience.”

In a new video series titled “Perspective: Leaders at Penn State,” Clarence Lang, Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of African American Studies at Penn State, reflects on his love for film as an opportunity to develop empathy and compassion for others.

This is the first feature in the series which gives us a glimpse of the personal passions that have driven our leaders and have shaped their perspectives and impact at Penn State and beyond.

Dean Clarence Lang stands beneath a theatre marquee.

Clarence Lang, Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of African American Studies at Penn State. In a new video series, "Perspective: Leaders at Penn State," Lang reflects on his love for film as an opportunity to develop empathy and compassion for others.

IMAGE: Michelle Bixby / Penn State

“I think increasingly we function in a complicated world where it is necessary to be able to understand people unlike ourselves. And I think film can be a training ground for being able to understand and appreciate and value others.”

Watch and learn how Lang draws inspiration from film, encouraging students, faculty and staff to come together in fostering an environment where everyone can develop to their fullest potential.

 

Clarence Lang, Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of African American Studies at Penn State

Clarence Lang, Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of African American Studies at Penn State.

IMAGE: Michelle Bixby / Penn State

 

Last Updated October 06, 2021