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Special Panel of the PAA: Past Presidential Address Topics


As 2020 comes to a close, we are excited to present one final webinar that had been planned as part of PAA 2020 and is bound to be a special one. We are excited to host this presentation organized by the PAA History Committee: John Weeks (Chair and PAA Historian), Win Brown, Karen Hardee, Dennis Hodgson, and Emily Merchant.


Four PAA Past Presidents will review the main points of their respective PAA Presidential addresses and consider how demographic and social changes have evolved since then. We've asked them whether they would give the same address today. How much of their assessment of demography remains true? Why or why not?


Join this esteemed group of Past Presidents on Tuesday, December 8 at 12:00pm ET. Please register in advance. (If you cannot make it, the recording will be available on our YouTube channel.)


Past President panelists include:

  • Samuel Preston, University of Pennsylvania, PAA President in 1984: "Children and the Elderly: Divergent Paths for America's Dependents."
  • Jane Menken, University of Colorado, Boulder, PAA President in 1985: "Age and Fertility: How Late Can You Wait?"
  • Arland Thornton, University of Michigan, PAA President in 2001: "The Developmental Paradigm, Reading History Sideways, and Family Change."
  • Barbara Entwisle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, PAA President in 2007: "Putting People Into Place."
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Engaging with each of the distinguished speakers' remarks will be four demography Ph.D. students who will offer their perspectives as representatives of the next generation of demographers. Alexis Dennis from UNC, Chapel Hill will comment on Sam Preston’s presidential address, Kyungwon Choi from the University of Chicago will comment on Jane Menken’s presidential address, Andrea Tilstra from the University of Colorado, Boulder, will comment on Arland Thornton’s presidential address, and Nick Graetz from the University of Pennsylvania will comment on Barbara Entwisle’s presidential address.


Looking forward to "seeing" you there!




Eileen Crimmins, PAA President
Sara Curran, PAA Vice President