These seminars are designed for researchers studying issues at the intersections of topics related to the life course and demography. Seminars are held during both the fall and spring semesters. All seminars are hybrid with in person speakers and audience as well as a Zoom option for attending remotely. The University of Minnesota community and friends of the Life Course Center are welcome to attend.

The Zoom link for all seminars is:

Fall 2022 Seminar Series Speakers

September 12  

Jennifer Karas Montez, Sociology, Syracuse University

US State Policy Polarization and Death among Working-age Adults   |  Watch the Recording

September 19

Roland Thorpe, Jr., Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University

Black Men’s Health Across the Life Course  |  Watch the Recording

September 26

Molly Martin, Sociology and Demography, Penn State University

The Causal Effect of Income Gains on Children's Academic Achievement: Evidence from a Natural Experiment  |  Watch the Recording

October 3

Audrey Dorélien, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Racial/Ethnic Differences in US Social Contact Patterns and Implications for COVID-19

October 10

Kevin Cahill, Economics of Aging, Boston College ECONorthwest

To What Extent Do Older Americans Combine Retirement Pathways in the United States?

October 17  

Shekinah Fashaw-Walters, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Inequitable Access and Outcomes: The Case for Medicare Home Health

October 24 

Whitney Robinson, Epidemiology, Duke University

Selected Methodological Takes on Race, Racism, and Health Inequity

October 31

Janna Johnson, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

The Heterogeneous Impacts of Climate-Related Extreme Events on Population Change: Evidence from U.S.-County Hurricane Exposure

November 7

Life Course Center Pilot Project Presentations

Janette Dill, Measuring the supply and turnover of direct care workers in long-term services and supports (LTSS) in the care of adults with AD/ADRD

Wei Duan-Porter, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Risk for Cognitive Decline and Dementia among Veterans with PTSD

Hannah Neprash, Primary Care Exam Length and Potentially Inappropriate Prescribing among Older Adults

Colleen Peterson, Comparing the Utility of Subjective and Objective Measures of Older Adult Health and Physical Functioning to Predict Long-Term Driving Difficulty and Driving Cessation

Tom VanHeuvelen & Jane VanHeuvelen, Intergenerational Health Socialization in Rural America

November  14  

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Sociology, University of Minnesota

COVID-19 Mortality in Minnesota: What Do We Know and How is it Changing?

November  21 

Stephen Russell, Child Development, University of Texas

Don’t Say Gay: Research, Politics, and LGBTQ+ Youth

November  28  

Marti DeLiema, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota

Older Adult Victims of Mass Marketing Scams: An Analysis of Longitudinal Data Seized from Scammers' Customer Relationship Management Systems

December 5 

Ruby Nguyen, Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota

December 12  

Kathryn Grace, Geography, University of Minnesota

Climate Change and Fertility




Spring 2022 (Schedule and recordings)

Fall 2021 (schedule and recordings) 

Spring 2021 (schedule and recordings)

Fall 2020 (schedule and recordings)

Spring 2020 Flyer (Note because of COVID-19 seminars starting March 18th were cancelled).

Spring 2019 Flyer

Fall 2019 Flyer


The LCC regularly convenes Open Forums where research results are presented to the broader community. in addition to piloting its new University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative (UMAC), promoting intergenerational learning and career readiness for what’s next in people's lives.