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What is the cost of compassion?

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Feb. 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm with No Comments »
February 15, 2012 5:34 pm

Is there a limit, and more importantly, a price to pay when it comes to compassion? Those are some of the questions raised in a Pacific Lutheran University MediaLab documentary, “Overexposed: The Cost of Compassion.”

The film explores the complexities of “compassion fatigue,” a condition that affects care givers and those repeatedly exposed to tragedy and trauma like police officers and firefighters.

After nearly a year of research and filming the student filmmakers premiered the film in Seattle in fall of 2011. They’re hosting a screening at PLU on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The event will include a panel discussion of experts in nursing, family therapy and social work. Panelists will include PLU Marriage
and Family Therapy Prof. Elisabeth Esmiol, Ph.D., and Karen Fieland, Ph.D., a PLU professor of Social Work.

The screening is free and open to the public. More information about the film, including a trailer, can be found at

You can read a story Kathleen Merryman wrote on the film last year here.

This screening is part of an ongoing Focus Series presented by PLU’s School of Arts and Communication. The theme of this year’s series is “Compassion.” You can find more information about the Focus Series at and read a story my colleague, Rosemary Ponnekanti, wrote about the series here.

WHAT: “Overexposed: The Cost of Compassion”
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
WHERE: Mary Baker Russell Music Center’s Lagerquist Concert Hall, located near the intersection of 8th Avenue Court, South, and Wheeler Street, South, on PLU’s Parkland campus.

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