Fielding Graduate University News

Program for '11 Positive Aging Conference Now Available

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Oct 24, 2011

Fielding Graduate University has finalized the program for the Fifth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, December 6-9, 2011, it was announced today by the planning committee led by Katrina Rogers, Fielding’s newly appointed provost and senior vice president. The schedule of events being held in Los Angeles, CA, and the line-up of leading experts who will speak, lead workshops and seminars, and be panel discussants is available at

 Hotel information and registration forms - Early bird registration ends on November 15, 2011 – can be found at

Harry R. Moody will be the conference master of ceremonies. Moody is the director of academic affairs for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), which is one of the conference sponsors.

Keynote speaker will be writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson. She will speak about the contributions and improvisations of engaged older adults which she explores in her recent book Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom.

Innovation in Positive Aging, the theme of this year’s conference, is an opportunity to explore the ways in which people are creating new and more effective answers to one of the biggest challenges of our times: what does it mean to age well?  This small question has big implications for how we build community spaces, how we take care of our physical health, how we express ourselves through creative processes, and how we tackle life’s often complicated transitions.  In workshops and table presentations, conference participants take up new ideas to forward our understanding of these questions by tackling the conference themes of community, wellness, creativity, and life transitions.  Presentations range across these themes as well as across cultures as we consider how other societies are addressing the challenges and opportunities of aging. 

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