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.
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.
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.
- Provide a learning community around life course scholarship and training
- Foster intergenerational educational experiences
- Understand lives, contexts, and social change through interdisciplinary longitudinal research
In the News
New York Times, April 10, 2020
Dialogue Minnesota, April 6, 2020
"The Generational Divide at Work"
MPR News, November 27, 2019
"Microsoft Proved a Four-Day Workweek Improved Productivity in Japan. Can Its Results Translate to the U.S.?"
Fortune, November 24, 2019