Humanities and Aging Workshop Event

Friday, May 15, 2015

The first of two integrative closed workshops was held at Columbia University on May 15, 2015. With support from The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), The Institute of Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS), and The Heyman Center, Dr. Neni Penourgia serves as the project investigator for the Project on Aging and aims to bring a perspective of social justice to medical and artistic takes on aging. The series of events oganized in this project promotes discussions about the problems, constraints and challenges surrounding the idea of "aging" -- from the hospital to the street.

During this first workshop, participants explored questions surrounding emergency, intensive and hospice care, and the lived experiences of underrepresented and underprivileged populations. The second workshop, slated for the coming Fall, will focus more heavily on the arts and artistic representations of aging, especially in relation to social justice. Finally, in Spring 2016, an open, public conference will bring together all the different perspectives.