Mission

The mission of the Life Course Center is to address critical challenges of our times through interdisciplinary scholarship and public engagement that promote social participation, equity, health and well-being at all ages and life stages.

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Research Snapshot

New research looks at the assests and unmet needs or diverse, older adults 

The United States is rapidly diversifying and aging. Understanding the existing assets as well as the challenges and unmet needs of this demographic will become increasingly important to policy makers and service providers. 

Listen to LCC Director Phyllis Moen talk with MPR's Kerri Miller about the generational divide at work.

Why a Life Course Center?

A life course approach is about time, age, biography, and history—the dynamics and inequalities of women’s and men’s pathways, perspectives, health, and well-being as they play out in work, family, educational, health, community, policy, and comparative locational contexts. Transformational demographic, technological, socioeconomic, and cultural changes are upending existing institutions undergirding the conventional life course, while simultaneously exacerbating multiple dimensions of disadvantage. Interdisciplinary life course scholars can address the human meaning of these dislocations and disadvantages, as well as necessary policy innovations to promote social engagement, social welfare, health and well-being.

GOALS

  • Provide a learning community around life course scholarship and training
  • Foster intergenerational educational experiences
  • Understand lives, contexts, and social change through interdisciplinary longitudinal research

Upcoming Events

Events are canceled for spring 2020 due to COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you all in the fall.

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