San Francisco-based AgeSong Institute has organized a grassroots gathering of pro-aging performing artists, directors, writers and advocates for the inaugural Poetics of Aging conference Nov. 16-19, 2011, to celebrate and explore elderhood and aging as the basis for depth and wisdom.
Organized in collaboration with Bay Area universities and local and national aging services organizations (including Dr. Bill Thomas’ Eden Alternative organization and the ChangingAging Blogstream), the mission of the conference is to counter the belief that aging is decline and/or disease and to promote a new understanding of old age as a time of growth and potential, not in spite of living longer, but because of it.
The conference will feature speakers and performers highlighting each day’s theme, including a panel discussion on the politics of aging featuring ChangingAging Editor Kavan Peterson. Featured speakers include John Gray (Men are from Mars), Dick Bolles (What Color Is Your Parachute), Rev Cecil Williams (Glide Memorial), John Krumboltz (Happenstance), Nader Shabahangi (AgeSong), Patrick Fox (UCSF) and others interested in exploring the beauty and depth of life at any stage and age.
Lead speakers will be joined by workshop, roundtable and poster presenters. The gathering will also showcase a bevy of professional talent, from stage directors and professors to actors, musicians and improv groups.
Only 8 days left for early registration discount. Register online and learn more at http://poeticsofaging.org/registration.
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