Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

We’re Experiencing an Empathy Shortage, but We Can Fix it Together

“Being a psychologist studying empathy today is a little bit like being a climatologist studying the polar ice caps,” says psychology professor Jamil Zaki. That’s because according to research, our collective empathy is eroding. But there is good news: Empathy is a skill, it can be built, and he explains how he — and others — are doing just that. Click here to listen.

How to Make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Chef Anna Olson shows you how to make the best Pineapple Upside Down Cake using her own original recipe! You won’t want to make it any other way! Click here to get started.

A Breath of Fresh Air: 5 Minute Outdoor Meditation

Take 5 minutes to enjoy this short outdoor meditation.  Click here to relax.

Inside the Vaults at the National Archives – The Bill of Rights
and the First Federal Congress

This Inside the Vaults video short looks at the work of The First Federal Congress Project, an effort by scholars at The George Washington University to collect every scrap of paper associated with the First Congress of the United States. Click here to learn.

Upcoming Alexandria Library

 From Slavery to Concert Hall – Presented by The National Park Service Thursday, February 25 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Learn about formerly enslaved and free people of color who inspired the world through music, theater, art and dance. Click here to register.

Virtual Carefull KnittingThursday, February 25 – 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Join us online for Barrett’s knitting and crochet social group! Click here to register.

Following the Drinking Gourd – Presented by the National Park Service  Friday, February 26- 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Join us for a talk by National Park Service Ranger Kenya Finley on how enslaved people on the Underground Railroad used their knowledge of astronomy to find their way to freedom. Click here to register.


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