CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8032
Release: July 12, 1999
UI Obermann Center seminar on late life, aging issues
is July 19-30
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- While aging is generally viewed as
changes in the body and mind over time, how we interpret and understand those
changes is influenced by a variety of cultural, scientific, personal and social
factors. An upcoming University of Iowa seminar will focus on issues surrounding
our perceptions of who -- and what -- is "old."
"Late Life: Representations, Perceptions, Possibilities"
will be July 19-30 at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies on the UI Oakdale
Research Campus. The seminar will bring together researchers and scholars
in the basic sciences, medicine, social sciences, arts, humanities, film and
popular culture to discuss how assumptions about aging affect the types of
work produced in these disciplines. Participants also will discuss ways in
which interdisciplinary collaboration might lead to new questions, methods
and contributions to the study of aging.
Seminar presenters from around the United States, as well
as Australia and Canada, will cover a wide range of topics, including the
biology of aging, women and late life, aging and the theater, social networks
and life satisfaction among older adults, and aging in Japan.
Two public lectures are planned as part of the seminar.
On Wednesday, July 21, at 3:30 p.m. May L. Wykle, professor and associate
dean for community affairs at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, will deliver a lecture entitled,
"Increasing the Longevity of Minority Older Adults." Wykle's presentation,
followed by a reception, will be in Room 133 of the Nursing Building.
On Monday, July 26, at 3:30 p.m. Gene Cohen, professor
of psychiatry and director of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at
George Washington University in Washington, D.C., will discuss "Aging and
Creativity" in the Seebohm Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Education
Building. A reception will follow.
In addition, the public is invited to a free screening
of the film, "Andre's Lives" at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, in Room 101 of
the Becker Communications Studies Building on the UI campus. Film and video
director Brad Lichtenstein will be on hand to introduce and discuss his documentary,
which premiered in January at the New York Jewish Film Festival. The film
follows an elderly Jewish American's return to Europe, along with his sons,
to retrace the path his life has taken.
Since 1990 the Obermann Center has hosted its summer research
seminar series, bringing together scholars from different disciplines to explore
and discuss a broad range of topics -- from the effects of the Americans with
Disabilities Act to the impact today of the Spanish-American War.
"The seminars have enabled world-renowned researchers
to sample the intellectual, culinary and cultural riches of Iowa, to share
their work, and to produce important collaborative publications," noted Jay
Semel, director of the Obermann Center.
The "Late Life" seminar is supported by the C. Esco and
Avalon L. Obermann Fund, the UI Office of the Vice President for Research,
the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and by the following UI organizations:
the Aging Studies Program, the Center on Aging, the department of English,
the Geriatric Education Center, the Gerontological Area of the UI College
of Nursing, the Graduate College, the Institute for Cinema and Culture, International
Programs, the Office of the Provost, the department of psychiatry, the Stanley-UI
Support Organization, and the Midwest Universities Consortium for International
NOTE TO EDITORS: For a complete listing of seminar speakers
and their presentations, contact the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
at (319) 335-4034.