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Speaker Series: Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota

  • When: March 7, 2018, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Lakeside, Chicago IL 60611

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The Changing (still Gendered) Life Course: Living with Uncertainty, Risk, and Possibility

Moen describes the confluence between the social organization of work/career paths, the standard contract between workers and employers, and the lock-step (and gendered) life course. All were institutionalized in the middle of the last century. All are increasingly unraveling, as demographic forces, technological advances, globalization, and a weakened safety net disrupt the nature of work and the (still gendered) life course. Dr. Moen sees two new life stages – emerging adulthood and encore adulthood – as times of uncertainty and risk, but also as offering possibilities for redesigning work and the life course. However, outdated taken-for-granted framings, assumptions and stereotypes around age, gender, work, careers, family care, and retirement limit advances in scholarship, reductions in inequality, and innovations in work, career, safety-net, and life course policies and possibilities.

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Phyllis Moen is a life course scholar interested in the mismatch between 20th century clocks and calendars shaping work, careers, and the gendered life course and 21st century demographies, technologies, risks and realities. She directs the Life Course Center, holds a McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair and is a professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, following 25 years at Cornell University. Dr. Moen’s latest book is "Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose" (2016). Her newest project, the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative (UMAC), aims to configure public universities as innovative catalysts promoting meaningful encores for Boomers.

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