Center on Aging and the Life Course Fall Symposium

The Center for Families co-sponsored “Interdisciplinary Intersections: Interpersonal Relations Over the Life Course,” the Center on Aging and the Life Course’s 2007 fall symposium. The event, held September 21 in the Stewart Center, drew more than 100 attendees from across Purdue’s campus.

Three featured speakers examined interpersonal relations over the life course and how they are influenced by age norms, stereotypes, and emotion regulation. They addressed topics such as why adult children still live at home with their parents and the struggles of communicating with aging adults.

Katherine Newman, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, presented “Failure to Launch? Delayed Departure from the Family Home in Western Europe and Japan.” Mary Lee Hummert, a professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, shared “Communicating Age: Stereotypes as Psychological and Interpersonal Phenomena.” Susan Charles, an associate professor of sociology ecology at the University of California at Irvine, presented “It’s Not as Bad as We Think: Understanding Emotion Regulation Amongst Age-Related Gains and Losses.” After their presentations, the speakers held a panel session that lead to lively discussion from participants. To learn more about each speaker, download the symposium brochure (pdf).

The center found co-sponsoring such a high-quality, well-received event beneficial and looks forward to future partnership opportunities with the Center on Aging and the Life Course.