Online: Learning to Be Old: Ageism & Sexism in Everyday Life

March 31, 2021 at 12 PM UTC-03
Price: Free
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Please mark your calendars for the last talk of our virtual Winter 2021 Feminist Lunch Series in the Faculty of Arts to be given on Wednesday, March 31 at 12:00pm via Teams by Deborah van den Hoonaard (Gerentology at STU).

The talk is titled: “Learning to Be Old: Ageism& Sexism in Everyday Life”

This talk uses a sociological approach to demonstrate that adults acquire the knowledge they are old and what it means to be old by the way others treat them. Ageism affects people’s daily lives as they get older, with the double impact of sexism. The talk addresses particularly the impact of gender on how individuals internalize the myths associated with aging. Given COVID, the talk will demonstrate the devastating consequences on those in long-term care.
Deborah van den Hoonaard is professor emerita at St. Thomas University in Gerentology. Deborah does research on gender, widowhood, and Qualitative Social Research. Her current project is a new book on older women’s experiences as widows. Among other publications, she is author of By Himself: The Older Man’s Experience of Widowhood (2013) and The Widowed Self: The Older Woman’s Journey through Widowhood (2001).
To attend on March 31th, click on the following link ( ) or email
All are welcome…please have your lunch with us!
The Feminist Lunch Series is organized by the UNB Gender & Women’s Studies Program, the UNB/STU University Women’s Centre and the Office of the UNB Dean of Arts. Special thanks to Daniel Grant for technical help. For more information on the series, contact Sophie Lavoie (

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