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. 


Tentative Schedule

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Understanding the Role of Natural Resources in Environmental Migration in the US Gulf Coast  |  Watch the Recording
Katherine Curtis - Community & Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison


MONDAY, OCTOBER 4  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Supplemental Income Programs and Health and Wellbeing of Older Adults  |  Watch the Recording
Emma Aguila - Sol Price School of Public of Policy, University of Southern California


MONDAY, OCTOBER 11  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Inequality without Groups: Intersectional Typicality and the Shift from Categories to the Cues of Categories  
Ellis Monk - Department of Sociology, Harvard University


MONDAY, OCTOBER 25  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

“Can you just tell us what works?” Building the evidence base for effective COVID-19 vaccine demand creation in a dynamic environment  |  Watch the Recording
Alison Buttenheim - Nursing, University of Pennsylvania 


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

The Demography of Retirement  |  Watch the Recording 
Courtney Coile - Economics, Wellesley College


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8  |  12:15 - 5:00 PM CT

Population Dynamics Branch: COVID Research and Data Barnraiser  |  Learn More
Virtual Panel Discussion, In-Person Poster Session, and In-Person Research Mixer


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Structural Determinants of Disparities in Later Life Cognitive Function and Dementia  |  Zoom Link 
Jennifer Manly - Neuropsychology in Neurology, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute for Research in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Columbia University
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22  |  12:15 - 1:30 PM CT

Life Course Center Year 1 Pilot Project Presentations  |  Zoom Link 

Rural-Urban Differences in 5-Year Mortality among Older Adults in the United States: The Role of Socio-Demographic and Health Characteristics, Living Arrangements, and Spousal Mortality
Carrie Henning-Smith - Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota
Julia Drew - IPUMS

The Budgetary Impact of Assisted Living Availability on State Medicaid Spending on LTSS
Lynn Blewett - Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota

Do Grandparents Moderate the Association Between Early Life Conditions and Health at Older Ages?
Evan Roberts - Sociology, University of Minnesota
Anna Prizment - Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation, University of Minnesota Medical School

The Impacts of Extreme Weather on Older Adults’ Time Use
Sarah Flood - IPUMS
Jesse Berman - Environmental Health Science, University of Minnesota 
Kathryn Grace - Geography, University of Minnesota
David Van Riper - Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, University of Minnesota

The Paradox of Racial Disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease
Rachel Hardeman - Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity, University of Minnesota
Samuel L. Myers, Jr. - Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

COVID-19 Research during the Pandemic: The Health and Retirement Study   |  Zoom Link 
Bharat Thyagarajan - University of Minnesota Medical School 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 6  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Cross-over Effects of Education on Health within Married Couples  |  Zoom Link 
Andrew Halpern-Manners - Sociology, Indiana University Bloomington


MONDAY, DECEMBER 13  |  12:15 - 1:15 PM CT

Raíces de Salud: The Social Determinants of Health among Older Latina/o/xs in the U.S.  |  Zoom Link 
Catherine Garcia - Sociology, Syracuse University



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.