Author Archives: Jenny Sasser, Ph.D.

About Jenny Sasser, Ph.D.

I am a freelance educational gerontologist, writer, community activist and facilitator. As of 12/21/15, 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 fifteen 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 cross-generational collaborative inquiry. I am co-author, with Dr. Harry R. Moody of Aging: Concepts and Controversies (8th edition). I live in Portland, Oregon with my dog Happy. My daughter Isobel is a Sophomore at Bard College in New York state. I have been on the planet 49 years.

Gero-Punk Salon: The Soundtrack for Our Travels through the Life-Course

Hello to those of you dwelling in and around Portland, Oregon! What’s up? How’s it going? Any juicy questions you’ve been pondering about which you’d like to think together? Well, as you might (or might not!) know, one of the … Continue reading

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Gero-Punk Provocation: The Fourth Car

By Guest Essayist Libby Hinze “I will be created in the best of your image and you will be created in the best of mine. Joy in the quest.” –Dr. Cornel West When we arrived the line was long, an … Continue reading

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Gero-Punk Press-Release: World Tour 2016

I thought you might like to know that the next leg of my 2016 Gero-Punk World Tour commences next week. Just to remind you: I kicked off the Tour with a play-date at the Treehouse Community in Easthampton, Massachusetts, then … Continue reading

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