Gero-Punk World Tour 2014!

Okay, dear gero-punk peeps, I need some wardrobe advice. You see, I’m going on the road next month. I am, really! I’m embarking upon the first ever Gero-Punk Project world tour! 

But what the heck should I wear?


Well, maybe it’s not technically a world tour. Truth be told, it is a trip to Oakland, California, followed by a trip to Reno, Nevada. But, hey, two cities in four days constitutes a tour, don’t it?  And I’ve heard rumors that for the Reno portion of the trip there might be official Gero-Punk tour t-shirts.


First stop: The 72nd annual conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, April 3-7, 2014, in Oakland, California.  I’ve been invited to be a keynote speaker. The title of my interactive presentation is, “Honoring the Past, Dreaming the Future.” I’ll be facilitating active learning around the idea that we are all ancestors and we can create an intentional relationship to the work we do in the present and on behalf of the future. Not explicitly Gero-Punk, but I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to Gero-Punk it up, especially when my colleague and friend Jackie Fowler and I facilitate a follow-up workshop in which we’ll explore the themes I surface in my keynote presentation. We’re going to do some reflection, writing, discussion and sociodrama (Jackie’s specialty) around our “future older selves” and the potent question: What kind of ancestors do we want to be?

If you happen to be in the Bay Area during the first part of April, feel free to bop on over to the conference and catch us in action. Here’s a link to more information:


Second stop: Next, I’ll be heading to the University of Nevada-Reno to give a prentation as part of the Sanford Center for Aging Distinguished Speakers Series. The title of my performance is: “Gero-Punk Adventures: Is it time for my guitar solo yet?” While I’m visiting the U of N-R, I’ll also be hanging out with their amazing gerontology students and faculty. We’ll be militating for Gerontological anarchy and spray-painting Gero-Punk slogans all over Reno (shhhhh….don’t tell!).

If you happen to be in Reno, Nevada April 8-9, feel free to join me for my combination teach-in and show-and-tell about the Gero-Punk Project. If you aren’t going to be in Reno, guess what? My presentation will be streaming live at  from 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST on Tuesday, April 8th.  How cool is that?


Yeah, yeah, yeah. But we still haven’t dealt with the real point of this little ditty: What am I going to wear for my Gero-Punk Tour?


About Jenny Sasser, Ph.D.

I am a freelance educational gerontologist, writer, community activist and facilitator. I am former Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University. I joined the faculty as an adjunct member of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program in 1997 and since that time, I've been involved in designing many on-campus and web-based courses and programs for adult learners, including in Gerontology. As an undergraduate I attended Willamette University, graduating Cum Laude in Psychology and Music; my interdisciplinary graduate studies at University of Oregon and Oregon State University focused on the Human Sciences, with specialization areas in adult development and aging, women’s studies, and critical social theory and alternative research methodologies. My dissertation became part of a book published in 1996 and co-authored with Dr. Janet Lee--Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary US Society. Over the past twenty (or more!) years I have been involved in inquiry in the areas of creativity in later life; older women's embodiment; sexuality and aging; critical Gerontological theory; transformational adult learning practices; and inter-generational friendships and cross-generational collaborative inquiry. I am co-author, with Dr. Harry R. Moody of Aging: Concepts and Controversies (now in its 10th edition!) and first author, also with Moody, of the recently published Gerontology: The Basics, as well as author/co-author of several book chapters, articles and essays. I am on the Portland Community College Gerontology Program faculty.
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1 Response to Gero-Punk World Tour 2014!

  1. Heidi says:

    Reno?! Awesome. I’m in. 🙂

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