San Francisco is always a big draw and this meeting had over 6000 participants and many sessions and papers on aging. The AAA Interest Group and AAGE collaboratively organized two special events: An Interlocutor Event on Senior Activism with Anthropologist Roger Sanjek and Berkeley activist Harvey Smith being interviewed by Jay Sokolovsky and Athena Mclean. The room was full and the questions from the audience were lively and provocative.
At the Interlocutor Event with Athena, Roger and Harvey
We also had a panel discussion about the future of Aging and the Life Course Research and Teaching centered about presentation of short papers by young scholars Casey Golomski and Daena Funahashi. To a standing room only crowd, their work and other topics were discussed by Maria Vesperi ( Frontiers of Teaching); Samantha Solimeo: (Working Outside of the Academy) and Bjarke Oxlund (Globalizing Aging and Life Course Research).
Panelists Bjarke Oxlund, Maria Vesperi with paper presenters Casey Golomski and Daena Funahashi
There was discussion during this event and after at the formal business meeting of continuing to promote and highlight the work of young scholars at future meetings.
A larger report about the business meeting and future plans will come at a future date.
Warm regards from Florida.