The Silver Screen: Aging through the Lens of Popular Cinema


Oct 1st - 2:00 pm

1301 5th St Coralville



Many popular films have focused on aging characters, from “Cocoon” and “On Golden Pond” to “Harold and Maude” and the Disney animated feature “Up.” What do these films tell us about how cinema views aging and aging-related stereotypes? In this special community-wide presentation, UI professors Teresa Mangum and Corey Creekmur will address these issues and more. For example, how does Hollywood differentiate between the aging of men and women, or among different ethnic groups, or different classes? A Q&A discussion will invite audience members to share their own memories and experiences of images of aging in popular culture.

Teresa Mangum is a professor in the UI Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Her research interests range from rebellious women in Victorian novels to the ways art and literature represent life stages, especially late life. Corey Creekmur is an associate professor of English, Cinematic Arts, and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the UI. His teaching and research focus on international popular cinema, cross-cultural film genres, and popular literature, especially crime fiction and comics.

A brief reception with light refreshments will follow the conclusion of the presentation at approximately 3PM. Professors Mangum and Creekmur will be on hand to chat with audience members, as will representatives of TRAIL of Johnson County and corporate event sponsor Caring Hands and More.