Gender, Creativity and the New Longevity the Focus of UH Women’s Studies Conference

In an age of living longer, how do you also make sure you are living well? A three-day symposium sponsored by the University of Houston Women’s Studies program will address “Gender, Creativity and the New Longevity,” Nov. 13- 15 at the Rockwell Pavilion at the UH MD Anderson Library.

The event is free and open to the public.

Poet, critic and award-winning columnist Katha Pollitt will deliver the keynote address for the John P. McGovern Annual Award Lecture on Family, Health and Human Values. The topic will be “Women and Creativity: Old is the New Young” and will be delivered at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the Rockwell Pavilion.

Other speakers and topics for the three-day conference include:

  • Margaret Gullette, Brandeis University—“Carolyn Heilbrun’s Suicide: Women, Aging, Ageism and the Duty-to-Die”
  • Joan Engebretson, University of Texas Health Science Center—“Pro-active Menopause and Health Management”
  • Hilary Waldron—“Money and Mortality: How Class Affects Longevity”
  • Sandra Leiblum, director of psychological services at the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness—“Sex after 60: Love, Lust and Rust”

The conference is made possible by the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Joan Wich, UH Office of the President, Humanities Texas, Carey Shuart, Tenneco Lecture Series, Cecily Horton, Janet and Richard Caldwell, Ann Harithas, University Commission on Women and Continental Airlines.

The UH Women's Studies program is an interdisciplinary academic field that analyzes and investigates gender's functions in society and women's roles, issues, history and contributions to humankind.

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WHAT: Gender, Creativity and the New Longevity
WHEN: Nov. 13- 15
Keynote address: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13
Symposium times: Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library
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WHO: The University of Houston Women’s Studies Program