Textured Aging: Refashioning Age-Based Stereotypes

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Johnson County Senior Center
28 South Linn St.
Iowa City, IA

Panel addresses stereotypes of aging

The Senior Center kicks off its celebration of "Older Americans Month" with an interactive panel discussion on the effects of age-based stereotyping. Panelists comprised of members of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Working Group on Late Life Across the Disciplines--Jean Gordon, Maggie Conroy, Kristi Williams, Elana Buch, Michelle Buhman, and Andrea Charise--will tackle this topic from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Do stereotypes help or hinder our understanding of aging and older age? Are myths of aging inevitably ageist and exclusionary? How can individuals and communities replace "flat" stereotypes with more complex, "textured" images of growing older? This panel promises to generate provocative questions and answers that engage artistic, humanistic, and scientific approaches to human aging. As a group, our goal is to synthesize and critique existing narratives and to make space for imaginative, vibrant, alternative expressions of the second half of long lives.

For more information about the Late Life Working Group, email andrea-charise@uiowa.edu or see http://latelifeworkinggroup.tumblr.com. No registration required.