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Aging in American Culture

Fall 2021: Monday and Wednesday 10:30am-11:45am
Ross-Blakely Hall, Room 171

  • What does it mean to be old and who decides what old is?
  • How can a dialogue between movement and the environment shift our perceptions of time, spatial awareness, and age?
  • What kind of space can an older adult “take up” in American culture?
  • How does an intergenerational perspective on aging impact healthier possibilities in our built environment?
  • How does our interaction with the environment affect our embodied understanding of the aging process?
 

What does it mean to age in American culture?

American culture has become obsessed with a decline ideology of older age – an ideology emphasizing the social and cultural exclusion of people as they age. Yet, older adulthood is increasing a larger part of the life course. Indeed, the majority of the life-span could not be considered ‘older’ age. This Lab investigates what it means to age in American culture. Through examining our bodies and selves, it will encourage students to explore how our interaction with the environment affects our embodied understanding of the aging process.

Collaborations

  • Collaborators TBA

Impact Outcomes

Students will share their findings with the general public in a format of their choosing. This will be updated several times. Include intended outcomes and then when Lab is over, come back here to update with examples of some of the outcomes.

Age and Aging in the News

At the Humanities Lab, we strive to ensure our Labs are relevant and current. Here are some recent articles about age and aging in today’s news!

Why do our Bodies Age?
You’re Not Too Old to Talk to Someone
FDA Approves First Drug For A Rapid Aging Disorder In Children

Enrollment Information

Fall 2021: Monday and Wednesday 10:30am-11:45am and *Monday 9:00am-10:15am

Ross Blakley Hall, 171, Session C

  • Humanities Lab HUL 494 and 598
  • Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts HDA 494 and 598
  • School of Social Transformation SST 494 and 598
  • Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation HCR 494 and 598
*Lab time is for students to work on activities and assignments, especially skill-building and collaborative Lab projects. Contact faculty about required Lab times.

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Instructional Team

Faculty: Mary Fitzgerald Dance School of Music, Dance, & Theatre Aging in American Culture Fall 2021
Faculty: Eileen Standley Dance School of Music, Dance, & Theatre Aging in American Culture Fall 2021
Faculty: Aaron Guest Aging Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging Aging in American Culture Fall 2021