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New Aging for a New Age

The University Seminars on
Innovation in Education (
Ethics, Moral Education, and Society

New Aging for a New Age:
Challenges, Visions, and Strategies for
a World Growing Older (and Wiser?!)

Ron Gross and Sue Salko
Members, Seminar on Innovation in Education
Co-founders, Life Review and Creative Aging

Monday, May 20, 2013, 7-9 pm
at Columbia University’s Faculty House
64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 10027

Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65, and they are transforming America’s social, economic, political, and cultural landscapes. From family life to healthcare, from media to technology, in politics to psychology -- the new prominence of older adults is generating challenges, inspiring visions, and stimulating innovative strategies.

At this session, we will explore:

1. The impact of the “Age Wave” on personal and public life.
2. Against Ageism: Combating Prejudice, Stereotypes, and Abuse.
3. Aging and the Arts: “Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing, For every tatter in its mortal dress.” (W. B. Yeats).
4. Aging and Lifelong Learning: Generativity, Life Review, Spiritual Dimensions of Aging (“Saging”), Wisdom, and “Gerotranscendance”.
5. Aging, Healthcare, and Nurturing the Older Brain.
6. Innovative Programs and Projects: Outstanding Initiatives Featured at the most recent annual Aging in American conferences.
7. Aging and American Values: How Are the Core Values of Americans Challenged by a Nation Growing Older?

Speaker Bios:

Ron has published 20 books including THE NEW OLD: Struggling for Decent Aging (Doubleday), hailed by leaders of the movement including the National Council on the Aging, and the late Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers. He was honored earlier this year for Lifetime Achievement in fostering Lifelong Learning, at the annual meeting of the International Society for Self-Directed Learning (
Sue is a licensed social worker who has served as senior advocate for NYS Senator Kemp Hannon, and is an Arthritis Foundation-certified instructor in Tai Chi and exercise modalities. She regularly presents programs for organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women, and at senior facilities in the New York metropolitan area.
Together, Sue and Ron report each year on the annual convention of the American Society on Aging. They currently offer free Life Review and Creative Aging programs to hundreds of seniors on Long Island (NY) under grant from the Greentree Foundation.

Dinner: To augment the fellowship among members this year, you are warmly invited to join other members for dinner at Faculty House at 5:30 PM, after which we move to a seminar room in Faculty House. Dinner at Faculty House, a superb buffet (including wine), is $25, which must be paid for by check made out to Columbia University with "dinner" and Seminar #511 noted in the memo line. Checks will be collected at the beginning of the meal. If you intend to join us for dinner you must let us know via email a week in advance.
Faculty House is located on Columbia University’s East Campus on Morningside Drive, north of 116th Street. Enter Wien Courtyard through the gates on 116th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Walk toward the north end of the courtyard, then turn right toward Morningside Drive. Faculty House will be the last building on the right. PLEASE BRING A PHOTO ID FOR ADMITTANCE TO THE BUILDING.
This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Columbia University Seminars on Ethics, Moral Education, and Society and Innovation in Education.
* The seminar on Ethics, Moral Education, and Society brings together scholars from psychology, philosophy, sociology, political theory, education, religion and other disciplines to explore issues in ethics, moral education, moral development, moral motivation, moral decision making and related topics; Michael Schulman, chair.

* The seminar on Innovation in Education is co-chaired by Ronald Gross, who also conducts the Socratic Conversations at the Gottesman Libraries, and Robert McClintock who is John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor Emeritus in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Teachers College. Founded in 1970, the Seminar explores the process of learning in individuals, organizations, and society throughout the lifespan and via major institutions.

PARKING: Upon request (a week in advance of the meeting), parking is available in the Engineering Terrace building garage on Amsterdam Avenue and 119th Street (on the west side of the street). At the meeting please give us a check for $15 made out to Columbia University, noting “Parking” in the memo line and the name and number of our seminar (#585).
DISABILITY NEEDS: Columbia University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. University Seminar participants with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact the Office of Disability Services at[masked] or [masked]. Disability accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, are available on request. Requests for accommodations must be made two weeks in advance. On campus, seminar participants with disabilities should alert a Public Safety Officer that they need assistance accessing campus.

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  • Yen


    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Anita K. G.

    Sorry but I got stuck babysitting new grandson. hoping to be at mtg on 5/23 to participate in continuing discussion of this important topic.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Joan

    Sorry something came up last minute. Enjoy. Catch you next time.

    May 20, 2013

  • Stanley

    Sorry can't make it tonight neither

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cant make it tonight.

    May 20, 2013

  • Sally

    Hoping to be there.

    May 19, 2013

  • Herb K.

    coming for dinner

    May 1, 2013

  • Anita K. G.

    Have competing event but will really try to be at this one.

    April 24, 2013

  • BobMM

    I thought we were going to sup at Faculty House at 5:30PM ???

    April 23, 2013

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