The lecture will be held at the Center for Vital Longevity (not on the UT Dallas main campus): 1600 Viceroy Dr, Suite 800, Dallas, TX, tel. 972-883-3200. See a map.
This public lecture is free and open to the public. You are also invited to join the Center for Values Fellows for this lecture for $45. Center for Values Fellows will have reserved priority seating, will receive the speaker's recent book in advance, and will be invited to an exclusive reception and book signing before the lecture. Sign up for this lecture or you can sign up for the entire series.
We are approaching a watershed moment in human history. By 2020, the number of people over 65 will surpass the number children under 15; and by the time our children reach old age, living to 100 will be commonplace. While extended lifespan present many challenges, this is far from gloomy news. We should not lose sight of the fact that long life presents unprecedented opportunities. Carstensen will argue that if we apply science and technology to the problems of aging and join forces with policy makers and leaders in business and communities, we can use added years of life to improve quality of life at all ages.
MERIT award recipient, Laura L. Carstensen is best known for the socioemotional selectivity theory, and for more than two decades of research on aging. Most recently, she has been investigating the ways in which our motivation influences cognitive processing. Her latest book, A Long, Bright Future, examines the myths and misconceptions about aging and how they stop us from preparing for long, healthy, fulfilling, and financially stable lives. Carstensen is Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr., Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University, where she is also founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. For more than twenty years her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging. Among the honors she received is Guggenheim Fellowship, Stanford University’s Dean Award for Distinguished Teaching and The Richard Kalish Award for Innovative Research.