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A Special Philosophers' Café:
Work and Purpose Later in Life

How is the changing world of work affecting older adults? And what role should work play in our lives, anyway? SFU Philosophers' Café and SFU Liberal Arts & 55+ Program invite people of all ages to an open public discussion. We’ll discuss practical issues, like:

  • What is “retirement” these days? 
  • Do we want to, or have to, keep working in some way, in later years? 
  • What do changes in the traditional rhythms of careers mean for our lives? 
  • What positive and negative stereotypes are there of older workers? 
  • And how different, really, are the challenges and opportunities faced by different generations?

We’ll also explore more fundamental questions:

  • Is work necessary for meaning in life; is it the root of our identities and social connections? 
  • How do we find purpose beyond conventional careers? 
  • What “work” should we be undertaking in our sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties?
This discussion is free and no registration is required. But please, show up early to ensure a seat!

Since 1998, Philosophers' Café has engaged philosophers and non-philosophers together in the passionate exchange of ideas. The Liberal Arts and 55+ Program has been offering university-level non-credit courses to older adult learners since the 1970s.



Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM



SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings St., Vancouver

Room 1510

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