Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Seminar: Why Survive? Being Old in the 21st Century: Reflections on the Life and Work of Robert Butler

From MICRA and International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK)
Professor Vern Bengston (University of Southern California, School of Social Work, Edward R. Royal Institute on Aging)
Wednesday 29 April, 2 - 4pm, free networking lunch from 1pm
Cordingley Lecture Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Robert Butler's seminal work: Why Survive Being Old in America (Harper & Row, 1975). The book, possibly the most powerful account of ageing ever written, set forward both the state of knowledge about ageing and as well as a political and social manifesto for improving the lives of older people. Some of the concepts developed in the book, notably those associated with what Butler termed ageism, have become a key part of the vocabulary for describing the pressures and constraints facing older people.

In this lecture, Professor Bengston, who knew Robert Butler over a span of four decades, will talk both about his work and its relevance for understanding and studying the lives of older people today. Professor Bengston has published 16 books and 260 research papers on gerontology, theories of ageing, sociology of ageing and family sociology. Please register online for this free event

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