These seminars are designed for researchers studying issues at the intersections of topics related to the life course and demography. The University of Minnesota community and friends of the Life Course Center are welcome to attend.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seminar schedule is flexible this semester and subject to change. All seminars will have the option to attend virtually. Notice about hybrid or any in-person event details will be clearly communicated closer to the event. We will be keeping in mind the University's policies, COVID-19 numbers in our community, and input from our speakers and community when making decisions. 


Monday, January 31  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Climate change and Food Security - Evidence that connects changes in temperature, rainfall and vegetation dynamics to nutrition and human health outcomes

Molly Brown, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland  |  Watch the Recording


Monday, February 7  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Surveillance, Sampling, and Social Inequalities: Lessons Learned from Early in the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

Tim Bruckner, Public Health, University of California, Irvine  

This recording is only available to MPC or LCC members. You must be logged into your UMN account to access it. 


Monday, February 14  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Equal Partners? How Dual-Professional Couples Make Career, Relationship, and Family Decisions

Jaclyn Wong, Sociology, University of South Carolina  |  Watch the recording


Monday, February 21  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

COVID-19 and the Uneven Stress of Social Change: Remote Work and Subjective Well-Being

Wen Fan, Sociology, Boston College  |  Watch the Recording


Monday, February 28  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Public Trust and Public Knowledge

Maggie Koerth, Senior Science Writer at FiveThirtyEight  |  Watch the Recording


Monday and Tuesday, March 14  - 15 

Minnesota Population Center (MPC) and Center for Antiracist Research for Health Equity (CARHE) Population Dynamics Barn Raising on Measures of Structural Racism. Learn more >


Monday, March 21  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Racism and the Mechanisms Maintaining Black Families' Income Inequality

Deadric Williams, Sociology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville  |  Watch the Recording 


Monday, March 28 |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Race/Ethnicity, Racism, and Population Health in the United States: The Straightforward, The Complex, Innovations, and the Future

Robert Hummer, Sociology, University of North Carolina  |  This seminar was not recorded. 


Monday, April 4 |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

A Great Reset? How Work Changed During the Pandemic

Scott Schieman, Sociology, University of Toronto  |  Watch the recording

This is a hybrid event. If you wish to attend in person, register ahead of time here


Monday, April 11 |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Views of Resilience with a Focus on Context

Chalandra Bryant, Department of Family Social Sciences, University of Minnesota  


Monday, April 18 |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Title to be Announced

Marc Garcia, Sociology, Syracuse University  |  Watch the Recording


Monday, April 25 |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Can Community Demographics Help Predict Political Conflict?

Elizabeth Heger Boyle, Sociology, University of Minnesota  |  Watch the Recording


Monday, May 2nd |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Pregnancy and the Pandemic: Evidence on Fertility, Fecundity, Infant Health, and the Urgency of Supporting Vaccination

Jenna Nobles, Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison  |  Watch the Recording



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.