Too Old and Ugly to be Useful?

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British Academy Debates
University of Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG
Tuesday 25 March 2014, 6pm

British Academy Debates
Tuesday 25 March 2014, 6pm

Too Old and Ugly to be Useful? Challenging Negative Representations of Older People

Chaired by Professor Mary Beard FBA

Has there ever been a golden age of ageing, or is that golden age now? In the past, representations of older people in literature, art, the media and everyday life have been highly diverse; stressing their positive roles in their families and communities as much as their frailty. As the numbers of older people grows, how can we promote and celebrate their positive contribution, and challenge the pervasive negative stereotypes of later life?

Speakers:

Professor Pat Thane FBA (King’s College London)
Dr Lorna Warren (University of Sheffield)

Discussants:

Professor Tim Parkin (University of Manchester)
Ilona Haslewood (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

For more information and to book your free place click here (you will be redirected to The British Academy web pages).

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