Empowering the aging process: A communication perspective

A lecture by Dr. Howard Giles.

When: Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, 3:30 p.m.

Where: 1009 Social Science and Media Studies Building

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures


The role of communication in the social construction of aging is understudied especially considering intriguing likelihood of some cultures reflecting more positive intergenerational communication climates than others. Given that reports that positive intergenerational communication can predict life satisfaction for older people, we will discuss the kinds of communication practices that may foster successful aging across the lifespan. Finally, we will discuss the development of a communication model which integrates, and builds upon, recent theories of empowerment on the one hand and uncertainty management on the other.

Howard Giles was past Head of Psychology at the University of Bristol, England, and has been Professor of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara (with affiliated positions in Linguistics and Psychology) since 1989. He has researched different areas of intercultural, organizational, intergenerational and intergroup communication. He is an elected Fellow of associations in psychology, intercultural relations, and communication, and has been the recipient of numerous distinguished research awards in psychology and communication, including the International Communication Association's inaugural (2000) Career Productivity Award.

February 24, 2012 / 3:30p.m. / Free
1009 Social Science and Media Studies Building
University of California, Santa Barbara

For additional information or questions please visit or call 805-893-4479.

Phone: 805-893-4479

Event posted Feb. 24, 2012
Last updated Feb. 24, 2012


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