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Forget Memory: Imagining the Self after Memory Loss

When Oct 11, 2004
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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When: Oct 11, 2004 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library

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Director, Center on Age and Community, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, and Associate Professor of Theatre, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee

Anne Basting, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center on Age and Community and an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Basting has written extensively on issues of aging and representation, including her book, The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture. Her numerous articles and essays have been published across multiple disciplines including journals such as TDRAmerican Theatre, and Journal of Aging Studies, and anthologies Figuring AgeMental Wellness in AgingThe Handbook for the Humanities and Aging, and Aging and the Meaning of Time. Basting is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship, and numerous major grants for her scholarly and creative endeavors. Her creative work includes nearly a dozen plays and public performances, including The Frida Kahlo Retrospective(1994), Persuasion (co-written with Ping Chong, 1994), The Last Dinosaur (winner, Jane Chambers Student Division, 1992), and Time Slips (Milwaukee, 2000, New York City 2001). Basting received her Ph.D. in Theatre Arts and Dance from the University of Minnesota in 1995. Basting continues to direct the TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project, which she founded in 1998, and makes numerous presentations on creativity and aging across the United States.

Forget Memory: Imagining the Self after Memory Loss

Is creative growth possible among older adults? Among those with memory loss? Basting looks at: recent research trends in creative expression among older adults; the senior theatre movement; and particularly, the potential for meaningful self expression when people with dementia are freed from the pressure to "remember."