“Nell Irvin Painter is a leading historian of the United States. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University.” (Ref: https://history.princeton.edu/people/nell-irvin-painter) As a scholar, she has published numerous books, articles, reviews, and other essays and has served on numerous editorial boards and as an officer of many different professional organizations. Ms. Painter exemplifies the value of creative aging, as described in her memoir, “Old in Art School.” At age 64, after a full career as an historian (teacher and writer), she pursued an undergraduate and a master’s degree in Art (painting).
Marc Freedman, the President, CEO and Founder of Encore.org, is a renowned social entrepreneur, thought leader and writer. Marc’s leadership at Encore.org has pioneered innovative programs and sparked a growing movement in the United States and beyond to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife as a human resource for solving our most vexing social problems.
John Leland is a reporter and award-winning journalist at The New York Times, where he wrote a yearlong series that became the basis for his book, “Happiness Is a Choice You Make,” published in 2018. The book is an enduring collection of lessons from America’s fastest-growing age group that emphasizes, above all, the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives.
Susan Perlstein is considered the “grandmother” of the creative aging movement. She founded and directed the National Center for Creative Aging (2001- 2007) and Elders Share the Arts ESTA (1979- 2003). Currently she is a consultant to the field advising on arts organizational development, training healthcare professionals, artists and organizations. Susan is a trained social worker and a dancer. (Ref: https://www.artfulaging.org/meet-the-team-1)
Eric Klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author of several books and an editor of, “Cultural Production in a Digital Age.” His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and more.
Ashton Applewhite is an author and activist dedicated to combating ageism and making age a part of diversity. She has published numerous books, including her most recent, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, published in 2016, and has been a featured TED speaker.
Anne Basting is the founder and director of Timeslips at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. She is a playwright, artist and author of/contributor to many articles and three books, as well as an internationally recognized speaker on arts and aging.
Laura L. Carstensen is a Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University where she serves as founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Her research has been supported continuously by the National Institute on Aging for more than 25 years. In 2011, she authored the book, “A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity.”
Mary Catherine Bateson is a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College. In 2010, Mary authored the book, “Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom,” on the contributions and improvisations of engaged older adults. This project lead to further exploration of intergenerational communication and involved her as a special consultant to the Lifelong Access Libraries Initiative of the Libraries for the Future.
The late Robert Butler, MD was a world-renowned gerontologist and psychiatrist. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning activist and aging pioneer who coined the terms “ageism” and “longevity revolution.” He was the founding director of the National Institute on Aging and the president and CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA.