Time's Potential: The Past, Present and Future of Aging

Wednesday, 1 May 2002 - 4:00pm6:00pm

Time's Potential: The Past, Present and Future of Aging

In honor of National Aging Month

Seven distinguished Penn faculty in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, and nursing discuss how aging informs many more aspects of our lives than we may realize. SAS professors Jeffrey Kallberg, Christine Poggi, and Susan Stewart explore the effects of aging on music, art, and literature. Penn Medicine's John Trojanowski, cochair of the Center for Neurodegen-erative Diseases, updates us on the science of the brain and the encoding of creative potential as one ages. Penn Nursing's Neville Strumpf, noted gerontologist and former acting dean of nursing argues for the importance of humanistic values in caring for the elderly. And Rosemary Stevens, former dean of SAS, offers a historical and social critique of hospital care in the United States.


AGENDA (Synopsis) 


Eugene Narmour

E.J. Kahn Distinguished Professor of Music

Acting Director, Penn Humanities Forum


Aging, Medicine, and Hospitals

Rosemary Stevens

Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor Emeritus

History & Sociology of Science


Literary Creativity in Old Age

Susan Stewart, Donald T. Regan Professor of English


New Treatments in Alzheimer's Disease

John Trojanowski

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Codirector Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

School of Medicine


Late Style in Painting

Christine Poggi

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair 

History of Art


Late Style in Composition

Jeffrey Kallberg

Professor of Music


Time and the Experience of Aging

Neville Strumpf

Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology

School of Nursing

Event in Print

A Matter of Time

The Gift of Time



Bruce Miller, MD

Portraits of Dementia


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Jean Dampt's "The Grandmother's Kiss" (image credits)

Event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration required.


The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in The Second Half of Life, by Gene D. Cohen (Avon Books, 2000)

The Fountain of Age, by Betty Friedan (Simon & Schuster, 1993)

America the Wise: Longevity and the Culture of Compassion, by Theodore Roszak (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998)

At Seventy, by May Sarton (W.W. Norton, 1984)

Resources on Line:

The National Institute on Aging

The Administration on Aging

Wider Horizons, WHYY, Phila.