Marylhurst University

Skip to content »

Jennifer Sasser Published in Gerontology Journal

Dr. Jennifer Sasser, human sciences chair and gerontology program director, published an article titled Ever Hopeful, Always Dreaming in the January 2014 issue of Educational Gerontology.

Excerpts from Ever Hopeful, Always Dreaming: Life Course Lessons from V. by Jennifer Sasser.

Several years ago I began hearing from some of my students and colleagues about this amazing woman named V. Again and again I was told that I absolutely must meet this V. person because she was an "older than average" student who had come to my university to complete her undergraduate degree and, perhaps, continue on with graduate studies.

When I heard that she was close to 90, I must admit to thinking that it was quite wonderful that the age diversity at my university was so wide—imagine the potential richness of a learning community that has students representing different life course phases, from just out of high school to extreme later life!

I also heard from her advisor that she was writing her undergraduate senior paper on a "good old age," laying the groundwork for what she hoped would be a future master's thesis and, perhaps, a published (and wildly successful) book. I became even more compelled to figure out how we could bump into each other, explore some ideas together, see if I could be of any support to her as she worked on her long-term scholarly (and, it turns out, deeply personal) project.

And then, guess what happened? V. showed up in my spring term 2010 Women's Issues in Aging seminar!

White haired, sparkly-eyed, and very genteel, V. quickly became the heart of our learning community, our touchstone, because she'd lived so much life and had been through so much and—and, this is crucial—had reflected upon her experiences, good and bad and everything in between.

The work she and her classmates and I did together in that seminar is some of the most embodied, holistic, and meaningful learning of my life.

» Read the full article on TandFonline.com

Jennifer Sasser leads the gerontology program and Department of Human Sciences at Marylhurst University. She teaches several courses in aging and the life course, and she maintains a blog at GeroPunkProject.org.

Related News

See All News

Paul Sutinen Discusses Avant-Garde and Kitsch

Paul Sutinen, director of art programs, will join local artists, critics and scholars for a discussion on Clement Greenberg's Avant-Garde and Kitsch at the Blackfish Gallery on April 19, 2014.

Jennifer Sasser Publishes New Edition of Aging Text

Dr. Jennifer Sasser co-authored the 8th edition of Aging: Concepts and Controversies, updated with the latest information on jobs in gerontology, in March 2014.

Calendar

See All Events

February 01, 2014 – April 20, 2014

Submissions for Student Digital Video and Animation Festival now being accepted

The Department of Culture & Media is accepting submissions for the second annual student video competition. Open to active students of - Mt. Hood ...

READ MORE

April 01, 2014 – April 29, 2014

Streff Gallery: The William Stafford Calligraphy Project - Portland Society for Calligraphy

For this year's Portland Society for Calligraphy member exhibition, members were invited to create an artwork using the words of William Stafford a...

READ MORE

April 14, 2014 – May 17, 2014

The Art Gym: Vanessa Renwick

The Art Gym presents Vanessa Renwick. A filmmaker Renwick has been making short movies and media installations for over twenty years. She lives in...

READ MORE

GIVE

Support Marylhurst University. Gifts of all sizes make a difference!

DONATE NOW

©2013 Marylhurst University