MasterClass just launched “The Power of Empathy,” an online course led by celebrities from Pharrell Williams to Gloria Steinem

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Pharrell, Gloria Steinem, Cornel West, and more teach courses around empathy in this new MasterClass series.
  • MasterClass just launched its first-ever multi-instructor course: "The Power of Empathy."
  • Primarily led by Pharrell Williams, it's co-instructed by Gloria Steinem, Walter Mosley, and more.
  • They explore empathy across different disciplines and share their firsthand experiences.

MasterClass' claim to fame is its improbable instructor lineup. With the click of a button, you can learn anything from the mechanics of TV writing from Shonda Rhimes to the best ways to negotiate a higher salary from former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss. No matter how inaccessible celebrities are to most people, Masterclass's household names can connect and deliver their insight, tools, and formative experiences in a living library.

And now, you can learn from multiple famed teachers all in one class: "The Power of Empathy," MasterClass's first foray into multi-instructor, multi-disciplinary courses.

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"The Power of Empathy" is primarily taught by Pharrell Williams, but its co-instructors — Robin Arzon, Roxane Gay, Walter Mosley, Robert Reffkin, Gloria Steinem, and Cornel West — also apply their unique lenses to empathy, exploring its impact on their lives and careers, as well as sharing their personal experiences with it. 

Pharrell Williams leading a MasterClass on empathy
Pharrell Williams introduces students to The Power of Empathy MasterClass series.

Philosopher Cornel West delves into the origins of empathy, how it connects to poverty, and how prolific writers such as Toni Morrison have dealt with it in their work. Feminist journalist and activist Gloria Steinem discusses the history of talking circles and how they're the "maximum expression of empathy." And writers Roxane Gay and Walter Mosley speak on empathy's place in reading — how to spur compassion in your readers and how the act of reading expands your worldview.

You can sign up for The Power of Empathy here

How much is a MasterClass subscription?

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MasterClass is $180 for an annual membership, though you could elect to pay a bit more for upgrades such as access to classes on more devices or offline viewing. 

Right now, there is also a 2-for-1 Black Friday sale on MasterClass memberships until November 29. You can find more info here.

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Is MasterClass actually worth the money?

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Depending on how comfortable the expense is for you, we've taken multiple MasterClasses and definitely think a MasterClass subscription is a worthwhile investment for the access to experts, high-quality production, and the hours of deep enjoyment it brings. 

With an annual pass, you get access to over 150 courses, and you can even use the audio of some MasterClasses as de facto podcasts

A MasterClass subscription also makes a great gift for you and anyone else who's a lifelong learner or might appreciate an "edu-tainment" route to personal interests from cooking to activism

Plus, MasterClass is always adding more content. Upcoming courses include instructors like Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, Ringo Starr, Bill Nye, and even former US presidents.

You can read a full MasterClass review here.

Sign up for The Power of Empathy MasterClass here.

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