A reading and discussion with Karel Rose
Mason Library, 231 Main St, Great Barrington, 2 p.m.
This active participatory session aims to raise the consciousness of Berkshire women about the problem of ageism in American society. Elderly women, the fastest growing population in America, are living without a map, bereft of role models in a society that worships youth. Aging for women is compounded by the political and economic turmoil of our times which fuels personal fears and exacerbates long-standing sexist and ageist practices. Karel Rose will share the results of her interviews with aging women, some fictional and artistic references, and her own scholarship and personal memoir about aging, as well as read briefly from her forthcoming book, Women Who Embrace Aging. A discussion will follow, aimed at developing an agenda for future action.
Karel Rose earned her doctorate in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1969. She has been a professor of Education, English and Women’s Studies at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York for the past fifty years. She has published many books and is an award-winning professor. Her strongest commitments are to social justice issues related to ageism, and combating stereotypes based on gender, race, class and ethnicity.