The Gilbrea Centre runs several events each year as part of our regular programming. We also collaborate with our partner organizations and associate researchers to bring you special events throughout the year. Check back often to see what new events have been added!
Annual Seminar Series
Our annual seminar series creates opportunities for exchange of ideas and stimulates discussion amongst researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, community members and older people. The 2016/2017 series will focus on exploring our research themes: Aging & Place; Perspectives on Indigenous Aging and Health; Policy, Practice, and the Life Course; Diversity and Inequality; Technology and Aging. We will be partnering with various McMaster Research Centres, Networks and Collaboratives to explore these themes.
Aging, Care, and Literature Reading Group
Facilitator: Dr. Ellen Ryan
The Art of Memoir in Later Life: Reading and Writing Memoirs
Two sessions focus on writing memoir. We discuss the art of writing memoir, excerpts from published memoirs, as well as our own goals and strategies for writing life memories. Each session begins with an invitation for participants to read aloud their brief writing assignment. Within each session, we also write with memoir prompts.
The group will be facilitated by Ellen Ryan, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health, Aging and Society. Ellen’s research examines how to foster resilient aging through the decades –from the young old to the oldest old. Throughout her career, she has focused on ageism, disability, and life stories. She hosts the website on Writing, Aging and Spirit: www.writingdownouryears.ca.
*Sessions are free, but require advanced registration. Seating for the reading group is limited to 12 persons per session. For information, inexpensive materials for purchase, and free registration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual Karl Kinanen Public Lecture
Each year the Centre hosts our Karl Kinanen Public Lecture featuring a prominent expert in the field of aging and gerontological research. This public lecture is held at a venue in Hamilton, and seeks to foster knowledge exchange with the public, service providers and older people.
The Karl Kinanen lecture tends to be held in the Spring, often in collaboration with at least one of our partner organizations. The lecture is free of charge, and open to the public.
The annual public lecture series is made possible due to the generous support of former McMaster faculty member Karl Kinanen (and his wife Beatrice Kemp), who retired from the university in 1992. As an Associate Professor in Social Work, Karl Kinanen taught the first Gerontology course in the mid-1970s and created the first Summer Institute on Gerontology in 1984. His work was instrumental to social gerontology at McMaster and in Canada, and marked the beginning of many continuing education events for the professional community
The Centre hosts and co-hosts special events throughout the year based on the research of our associate and student members. Events are held on campus and in the broader community. Special events are scheduled at different times throughout the year.
We invite you to check back regularly for more information about special events or initiatives.
Community Events and Conferences
The Centre and its members are engaged with a larger network of community partners, research centres and professional groups across Ontario, Canada, and internationally. This network means that we can often partner on conferences or related events, as well as advertise events related to aging that we expect will be of interest.
Information and links are updated regularly.