"WISDOM: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME WISER?" Ursula StaudingerPhD at Columbia U.

This is a past event

34 people went

Location image of event venue


The University Seminars on

Innovation in Education


Ethics, Moral Education, and Society present


Founding Director
Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
Robert N. Butler Professor, Mailman School of Public Health

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7-9 PM

Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College
525 West 120th Street, Room 305, Russell Hall

RSVP to [masked]


Ursula M. Staudinger is one of the pioneers in the empirical study of Wisdom, starting with work on the Berlin Wisdom Project at the Max Planck Institute in the 1980s. She is a life span psychologist and an internationally leading and interdisciplinary oriented aging researcher. Her research interest lies in the plasticity of the aging process and its implications for demographic change. In light of a society of longer lives, Prof. Staudinger explores the potentials of aging and studies the interplay between productivity and aging as well as the development of life insight, life management and wisdom over the life span.

In July 2013, Staudinger joined Columbia University as founding director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the associated International Longevity Center (ILC). She was appointed Robert N. Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of Psychology. Before her appointment, Staudinger was Vice President of Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) and the founding dean of the Jacobs Center of Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development (JCLL). Earlier in her career she worked for the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development and the Technical University Dresden. She made her PhD in 1988 and received her habilitation in 1997 from the Free University Berlin.

Prof. Staudinger consults for the German Government on issues related to aging and demographic change. She is also Vice President and Foreign Secretary of the German National Academy of Sciences, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Institute of Population (BiB) and a member of the Academy of Europe. She was awarded the Braunschweig Research Prize 2014 for her outstanding research work. Dinner: To augment the fellowship among members, you are invited to join other members for dinner at Faculty House at 5:30 PM, after which we move wll walk to Teachers College. 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 585 or 511 noted in the memo line. We will collect checks 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 (by Jan. 19).

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 Ave. 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. 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 (Michael Schulman, chair) 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. The seminar on Innovation in Education is co-chaired by Ronald Gross, who also conducts the Socratic Conversations at the Gottesman Libraries. Founded in 1970, the Seminar explores the process of learning in individuals, organizations, and society throughout the lifespan and via major institutions. Upcoming 2015 seminar dates: Apr 13, May 4. 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.
Michael Schulman, chair, Ethics, Moral Education, and Society, [masked]
Ron Gross, co-chair, Innovation in Education, [masked]