156 Martindale Rd
St. Catharines, ON L2S 2X9
Lifelong Learning Niagara is a third age learning organization providing learning programs and experiences for adults 50+ living in the Niagara region.
Presenter: Dr. Andrea Charise, Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough; 2014 Polanyi Prize for Literature
Dr. Charise explores how the invention of population at the end of the eighteenth century helped fashion the “aging population” into a major character in the cultural landscape.
With reference to a range of literary and art works, she will discuss how ageism and the specter of aging populations took form in the nineteenth-century imagination.
Next she will shift from the past into the present day where similar impulses are not just alive but thriving in a wide range of twenty-first century literature, journalism, and health policy.
She concludes her talk on an optimistic note. Provocative instances of contemporary arts and literature should give us hope that just as Western culture so imaginatively built up the poetics of ageism, so can we find the tools to creatively unmake it.