Fuss Center Events

The Fuss Center organizes and hosts talks, conferences, and other age-friendly events for the College and the local community. Please call or email Joann Montepare, Director of the Center, at 617-663-7006 or jmontepare@lasell.edu, for information on upcoming events.

In 2012, the Fuss Center launched the Talk of Ages program to bring together the Lasell College-Village intergenerational community around topics of mutual interest. Each year an annual Talk of Ages theme is selected and scholars, researchers, artists, and community partners are invited to visit Lasell and share their work and perspective in intergenerational exchanges with faculty, Lasell College students and Lasell Village residents.

Talk of Ages 2015-2016: Frontiers in Health and Medicine 

~ Beyond Cloning:  Making a "Better" Baby with Gene Editing, George J. Annas, JD, MPH, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Chair, Dept. of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, BU School of Public Health, School of Medicine, and School of Law
~ Resilient Aging:  Learning from Cancer Survivors, Jennifer Moye, PhD, ABPP, Director, Geriatric Mental Health, VA Boston Healthcare System, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
~ Healthy Effects of Caregiving, Lisa Fredman, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health

Talk of Ages 2014-2015: Exploring Life through Science and Art

~ The Science of Personality: A Life Span Exploration, Jonathan Adler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Olin College of Engineering 
~ Finding and Losing Ourselves at the Same Time: Why Art Matters for Health and Growing Older, Beth Soltzberg, MSW, MBA, Jewish Family & Children's Service
~ Neshoba: The Price of Freedom Then and Now, screening and discussion with Director Micki Dickoff
~ The Legacy of Freedom Summer: Civil Rights Then and Now, exchange with former Tuskegee air force pilot and educator Clifton Reed and Freedom Summer participant Dr. David Trimble.
~ Emotion Developmental Across the Life Span, Derek M. Isaacowitz, PhD, Associate Professor, Northeastern University
~ John Dennis Anderson performance of Charles Dickens, "The Mutual Friend", a solo adaptation of the biographical novel about Dickens as he faces the end of his life and reflects on his past.

Talk of Ages 2013-2014: Celebrating Intergenerational Teaching and Learning (events co-sponsored with individual classes)

~ Living Beyond the Mask of Parkinson's Disease, Linda Tickle-Degnen, Ph.D., Chair, Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy
~ Effects of Age and Hearing Acuity on Understanding Speech: Stability in the Face of Change, Art Wingfield, Ph.D., Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Neuroscience, Brandeis University
~ Stories from the Modern Family: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW, CASAC
~ Judy Cockerton, Founder of the Treehouse Foundation 2012 Purpose Prize Winner for Intergenerational Innovation
~ Execution Night Photo Exhibit with Talk by Scott Langley of the Death Penalty Photography Project
~ The Laramie Project: 15 Years Later Film and Discussion with actor Kelli Simpkins
~ Girl Rising: Film and Discussion

Talk of Ages 2012-2013: Healthy Living and the Environment

~ Healthy Aging and the Environment, Maria Valenti, Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) Initiative Coordinator                                               
~ A Sense of Wonder, Screening and talkback with writer and actor Kaiulani Lee (celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Caron's historical, pioneering book Silent Spring).
~ The Truth about Getting Sick in America: The Real Problems with Health Care and What We Can Do to Fix Them, Timothy Johnson. MD
~ GenSilent, Screening and Talkback with LGBT Aging Project Director Lisa Krinsky
~ Developmental Pathways to Aggression in Children and Adolescents, Malcolm Watson, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, George and Frances Levin Professor of Psychology, Brandeis University
~ A New Look at Physical Activity after 60, talk Jeffrey Martin, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, with Allison Martin

The Fuss Center's Talk of Ages Intergenerational Women's History Month Celebration, co-hosted with the Nancy Donahue '49 Institute for Values and Public Life, is distinctive in the attention it brings to historial, developmental, and intergenerational issues in the exploration of contemporary gender issues.

~ 2015 Women In Public Life: Across the Generations, Stefaney Shaheen, and her daughters Elle (15) and Annah (13) discuss their experiences in public life through family experiences in polical life.
~ 2014 Sex(ism), Identity and Intimacy in a Porn Culture, author talk with Gail Dines, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
~ 2013 Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, author talk with environmental journalist Florence Williams
~ 2012 It's All Different, Yet It's Not Different at All: An Intergenerational Panel on Civic Engagement, facilitated by Callie Crossley, WGBH producer and host of "The Callie Crossley Show" on Boston's WGBH radio
~ 2011 Women Aging in Prison, author talk with social activist Kathleen A. O'Shea
~ 2010 Legendary Marathoner, Kathrine Switzer, tells her story and lifelong lessons learned of being the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. 

The Talk of Ages has also provided a framework for projects calling attention to aging issues and intergenerational exchange in higher education.

Talk of Ages Summit: A Vision for Aging Education and Age-Friendly Campuses in Massachusetts
Sponsored by a grant from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science

On June 8, 2015, over 100 educators and community partners across Massachusetts convened at Lasell to discuss the implications of age demographics in Massachusetts higher education, learn new strategies for integrating aging content and intergenerational activities into your courses, and help to shape a vision for aging education and age-friendly campuses in our state.  

Talk of Ages: A Web Resource for Integrating Aging and Intergenerational Activities into College Classes
Supported by a grant from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science

Despite recognition of dramatic shifts in age demographics, the changing age population and its far-reaching implications are often overlooked in college courses. the Talk of Ages website seeks to be a catalyst for changing this age-deprived state of education by offering college instructors resources for integrating aging content and intergenerational activities into their courses.

The Fuss Center has been the annual host of the Massachusetts Gerontology Association (MGA) Fall Policy Forum, which is open to researchers, professionals, policy makers, community members, faculty, and students - and, aims to advance MGA's mission to create dialogue on critical issues related to aging and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from academic research to day-to-day practice.  Recent Forums have included:

2015 MGA Fall Policy Forum: The Aging Network: Challenges and Opportunities for Emerging Leaders
Anne Doyle, Lasell Village, Welcome
Barbara Friedman, Boston Bridge, Moderator
Elissa Sherman, LeadingAge Massachusetts 
Carole Malone, MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Judy Willett, ReServe Greater Boston
Dan O'Leary, Mystic Valley Elder Services

2014 MGA Fall Policy Forum: At Ground Level: Massachusetts Cities and Towns Respond to Changing Demographics
Mayor Setti Warren, Newton
Jan Mutchler, Director, Center for Social & Demographic Research in Aging, Gerontology Institute, UMass/Boston
Benjamin Forman, Executive Director, Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, Research Director, MassINC
Sandra Johnson, Director, Randolph Senior Center
Jayne Colino, Director, Newton Department of Senior Services

2013 MGA Fall Policy Forum: Falls Prevention - New Perspectives on Research, Policy and Practice
Senator Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) NCOA Falls Prevention Hall of Fame
Holly Hackman, MD, MPH, Epidemiologist, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Douglas P. Kiel, MD, MPH, Director of Medical Research, Musculoskeletal Research Center, Hebrew SeniorLife
Suzanne G. Leveille, PHD, RN, Professor, Department of Nursing, UMass Boston, MOBILIZE Boston Study 

2012 MGA Fall Policy Forum: End-of-life care, Choices and Conversations
Ruth Palombo, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, MA Commission on End-of-Life Care 
Len Fishman, Hebrew SeniorLife, The Conversation Project
Terry Bard, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, Death with Dignity Initiative
Leonard Morse, Massachusetts Medical Society
Sandra Bertman, Mount Ida College, National Center for Death Education

Through grants and community partnerships, the Fuss Center collaborates with professionals and organizations involved in "encore" efforts - "continued work in the second half of life that combines social impact and purpose".  As a member of the Encore Boston Network (EBN) the Fuss Center joins EBN in its mission dedicated to strengthening our communities by engaging the talents of people in midlife and beyond. We envision a Greater Boston in which people of all ages experience an enhanced quality of life. Visit EBN to learn more: http://www.encorebostonnetwork.org/