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.

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

Research Snapshot

LCC Member Elizabeth Wrigley-Field has been named the 2019-2020 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies—a one-year appointment awarded to a faculty member to support research in aging that enhances and develops their own career in addition to the University’s scholarly capacity in aging science. To learn more about Dr. Wrigley-Field’s research and goals for her year as Fesler-Lampert Chair, visit the award page. There will be a recognition event on Wednesday, September 25th, from 5:00-8:00 PM. RSVP here.

LCC Fall 2019 Seminars are Here!

Join us on Wednesdays at 12:15 for the fall 2019 LCC Seminars. See the full schedule on our events page.

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

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 9, 2019
Three-Parent Families and the Redefinition of Parenthood
June Carbone

OCTOBER 16, 2019
Child Care and Early Childhood Skills
Aaron Sojourner

OCTOBER 23, 2019
Does Disability increase the Risk of Interpersonal and Institutional Discrimination?
Deborah Carr

All LCC Seminars are open to the public and include refreshments.

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In the News

"When do Americans retire?"
WCCO, July 8, 2019

"When older students and younger students teach each other,"
Next Avenue and Forbes, February 25, 2019

"New post-retirement job: Making the world a better place"
Star Tribune, February 16, 2019

"University of Minnesota professor begins statewide tour to shed light on Alzheimer's"
Star Tribune, November 3, 2018

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