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Thursday, February 8, 2018



THEMES and speakers (here in alphabetical order) — after Paola's intro:
(please feel free to edit and comment on the brief outlines we added)
Ashton Applewhite -- will talk about how discrimination and prejudice on the ground of a person's age are rooted in the negative messages about late life that bombard us from the media and popular culture. She will describe ageism as a perfect target for collective advocacy, as everyone  all ages, all genders, all nationalities  is old or future-old.
Bethann Hardison -- will share her personal take on the process and philosophy of aging, stressing how this experience can be better or worse depending on the culture in which it takes place. She will also talk about how the aging body is perceived by the fashion world — both outside the runway, and in the most glittery branches of the industry.
Carly Dickson -- will elaborate on the barriers and opportunities that different build environment stakeholders face in designing for older adults; and show how designing in an age-friendly manner is beneficial to society at large.
Linda Montano -- will talk about how age has affected her own practice and creative process. As an artist who oftentimes challenges the existence of strict conceptual binaries, Linda will talk about how the aging body  as an entity that represents an archetypical instance of transformation — has the potential to become a powerful source of artistic inspiration.
Liz Agbor-Tabi -- will address the topic through the lens of a wider debate revolving around the impact of major physical, social and economic challenges on developing countries. Specifically, Liz will look into the dilemmas and uncertainties that the aging of the planet's population poses for African regions; and present some of the strategies that African cities can adopt to become more resilient to this unprecedented demographic shift.

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