CANCELED: Writing a New Story for Old Age in Today’s Longevity Economy

April 08, 2020
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall, Danforth Campus

After much discussion and consideration of precautions that Washington University is putting into place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we announce the cancellation of the 20th Annual Friedman Lecture and Awards on April 8th. We look forward to hosting this event in April 2021 and hope that you will be able to join us then.

An announcement of the 2020 Friedman, Kopolow and Wrighton Award Winners will be made soon. To stay up-to-date on this event, the awards and other Friedman Center News, we encourage you to sign-up for our newsletter.

Thank you for your interest in the Friedman Lecture & Awards, we hope to be able to connect with you soon.

The annual Friedman Lecture and Awards addresses topics related to older adults and aging society and presents awards to individuals who have contributed to the field of aging. This year marks the 20th annual event. Joseph Coughlin, PhD, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, will deliver his keynote presentation: Writing a New Story for Old Age in Today’s Longevity Economy. Dr. Coughlin’s keynote will provide an overview and discussion of opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurship and innovation for an aging society.

Additionally, the event will include the presentation of the Harvey A. & Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in Service to Older Adults; the Alene & Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology; and the Mark S. Wrighton Graduate Student Research Award on Aging.


Keynote Speaker

Joseph Coughlin, PhD
Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
Senior Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies & Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph Coughlin’s current research explores how global demographic transition and technology are converging to shape the future of transportation, the multigenerational workplace and real estate development. He teaches transportation policy and planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and demography and business in the Sloan School of Management’s Advanced Management Program.
Coughlin advises major companies worldwide and has served on advisory committees for the White House, the multinational Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, and economic development authorities worldwide. A Behavioral Sciences Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Coughlin is recipient of one of GSA’s highest awards, the Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging recognizing his research improving policy while bridging the worlds of research and practice. Learn more about Dr. Coughlin.


Times are tentative

9:00 am Coffee and Check-in
9:30 am Welcome and Presentation of Awards
10:00 am Keynote and Discussion
11:00 am Poster Session and Refreshments


Visitors are encouraged to park in the East End Garage, located underground immediately east of Hillman Hall. Click here for driving directions to the East End Garage via Google Maps. To approximate the address for GPS, use: 6453 Centennial Parkway, St. Louis, MO.

Washington University in St. Louis’ Danforth Campus is accessible via MetroLink light rail and MetroBus. For quickest access to the Brown School, passengers on the MetroLink should take the Blue Line to Skinker Station. Passengers on the MetroBus can take the #1 Gold Line, #2 Red Line, or Green Line to the Mallinckrodt Center Loop.

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We will provide certificates of attendance for attendees to receive continuing education credits from professional boards. Registration for certificates will be available at the check-in table.



Event Sponsors: Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging and the Center for Health Economics and Policy at the Institute for Public Health, Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Endowment for Aging at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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