Events / Visitor Scholar Lecture—Making Work Better: Supporting Longer, Healthier Lives

Visitor Scholar Lecture—Making Work Better: Supporting Longer, Healthier Lives

April 30, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 132, Goldfarb Hall

Join us for lunch and a lecture from a visiting aging scholar. Cal Halvorsen, PhD, MSW is a gerontological social work scholar whose research is at the confluence of aging societies, paid and unpaid work, and social purpose and impact. In this colloquium, Cal will discuss his research on how the conditions of work influence the health and well-being of older workers by highlighting his community-engaged work as well as his secondary data analysis. He will also review his research on older volunteers—unpaid workers—and intergenerational initiatives. Taking an applied approach, Cal will focus on how programs and policies can improve the health and well-being of midlife and older adults through organizational and governmental action. Reflecting on his time at a think tank and advocacy organization in Washington, DC, Cal will also describe how he has integrated public scholarship into his research, teaching, and community work for increased impact.

This event is co-sponsored by the Harvey A. Friedman Center at Institute for Public Health and the Brown School.

About the Speaker

Cal Halvorsen, PhD, MSW is currently an assistant professor at the Boston College School of Social Work and a project lead and investigator at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being. Before earning his PhD, Cal was the director of research and evaluation at (now called CoGenerate), where he now serves as a senior advisor.


This event is free and open to all. However, registration is strongly encouraged.

Directions & parking

This event will take place in Room 132 of Goldfarb Hall in the Brown School.

The Brown School is located in the southeast corner of Washington University’s Danforth Campus.

Visitors are encouraged to park in the East End Garage. Validation will be provided for non-WashU attendees.


If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Emily Hickner at We need to be notified at least five business days prior to the event to guarantee accommodation for interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services.