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Talks at Twelve: Matthew Kaplan, Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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Intergenerational Spaces and Places
Matthew Kaplan, Intergenerational Programs & Aging, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, & Education, Penn State University

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room


What does it mean to create public places that are conducive to intergenerational engagement and coop¬eration? Places such as parks, playgrounds, shopping malls, community centers, and purpose-built age-integrated centers where the generations can readily meet, interact, build relationships, and, if desired, work together to address issues of common concern. In his talk, Kaplan will present examples of creative programs, planned environments (including images and objects found in these environments), and design strategies that are responsive to intergenerational engagement goals in diverse settings. Kaplan will frame these examples in the context of intergenerational contact zones -- a conceptual tool (for examining complex, multi-generational settings), and a design tool (for generating innovative ideas for developing intergenerational meeting spaces which may be converted into socially meaningful places).

Matthew Kaplan is Professor of Intergenerational Programs and Aging in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at Penn State, where he conducts research, develops curricular resources, and provides leadership in the development and evaluation of intergenerational programs. At the core of Kaplan’s  research and outreach initiatives is the Penn State Intergenerational Program, rooted in Penn State Extension, but inclusive of a broader base of scholars and practitioners working in diverse settings. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from CUNY Graduate Center and is an affiliate faculty member of Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging.

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Botanical Gardens lot across the road from Beebe Hall. No registration or RSVP required except fo groups of 5 or more. We ask that larger groups email Patty at pmt6@cornell.edu letting us know of your plans to attend so that we can order enough lunch.

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