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Remembering George Raymon Shannon MSG, PhD 1939-2023

May 12, 2023

LA Weekly featured a story about the memorial of the late George Shannon that was hosted by his colleagues, students, mentees, friends and family at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

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Art and Cultural Treasures Abound at USC — and They’re Beckoning

Spring 2020

USC Trojan Family Magazine recently featured the Sophie Davis Gallery in a story about USC’s art museum and gallery collections. The article highlights the gallery’s celebration of aging as an art form. With an emphasis on older artists, pieces explore the many stages of life.

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Quiet Heroes — Over Eighty offers universal life lessons from older L.A. immigrants

April 19, 2018

Quiet Heroes — Over Eighty portrays the diversity and contributions of older adults across Los Angeles. It contains 31 portraits, including a woman who hid Jews in Poland during the Holocaust and another who survived the bombing of Hiroshima. Other heroes include a truck driver, housekeeper, professor, filmmaker and farmer. In poses and prose, they express themes of freedom, generosity, faith, education, forgiveness, hope, love and loss.

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Zekenim Program Recognition Reception on USC Leonard Davis School Facebook Page

February 23, 2016

Zekenim, an intergenerational art program designed to illuminate the life stories of Los Angeles’ Jewish elders, guides older adults in sharing and sketching pivotal experiences from their life stories. Thematic analysis of the life stories by a research team serves as the basis for art created by young adults. The February 23, 2016 Recognition Reception featured not only visual arts such as paintings and sculpture but also a short film, a poem set to choreography, and an original song. The program is supported by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and the Davis School Creativity and Aging Initiative.

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2015 Universal Design Competition Student Winners

January 25, 2016

From a wheelchair-friendly home bathroom to computer equipment that’s easier on arthritic hands, student innovators from across California designed products and spaces to better serve individuals of all abilities for the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology’s Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition.

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Bill Wishner Exhibit in USC News

April 23, 2015

At first glance, it’s hard to tell that the photos of Bill Wishner’s I Don’t Explain collection aren’t, in fact, paintings themselves. But looking beyond the colorful collages of painted characters, scrawled phrases and peeling poster images reveals the bricks, wires, lights and other telltale features of the photos’ urban backdrops.

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Zekenim Program in USC News

September 3, 2014

A grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles to the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology will support Zekenim, an intergenerational art program designed to illuminate the life stories of Los Angeles’ Jewish elders.

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USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Launches Creativity and Aging Initiative

November 15, 2013

Trojan Family Weekend marked the launch of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology’s new Creativity and Aging Initiative. Engaging USC faculty, staff, students, and community members, the Creativity and Aging Initiative will host events to celebrate and explore the achievements of older artists, musicians, writers, actors, and dancers, as well as link to research and academics. The opening event, The Ageless Artist: Art Fair and Exhibit, filled the Davis courtyard and lobby with work from 10 seasoned artists ranging from quilts, jewelry, furniture, prints, paintings, and fabric arts.

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