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Living on the Edge: An American Generation’s Journey through the 20th Century

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BCTR Talks at Twelve

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Rick Settersten and Glen Elder will join us for a discussion of their new book (with Lisa Pearce), Living on the Edge (University of Chicago Press, January 2021). Based on lifelong data drawn from the iconic Berkeley Guidance Study, the book tells the story of the rarely studied 1900 generation. Set against a century of revolutionary change, the book traces the 1900 generation’s social origins through education, marriage and childbearing, employment and their later years. From the reorganization of marriage and family roles and relationships, to strategies for adapting to a dramatically changing economy, the challenges faced by this generation echo our own time. Their experiences with rapid social change and disruption provide remarkable insights into life as we know it today.

Richard A. Settersten, Jr. is the Barbara E. Knudson Endowed Chair and Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, and head of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. He is a specialist in life-course studies, with a strong record of experience conducting research and collaborating across disciplines and life periods, and using both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze lives through time.

Glen H. Elder, Jr. is the Odum Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a prominent figure in the development of life course theory, methods and research. He studies individuals and groups of people with in-depth interviews and other measurements across different times in their life span with the objective of investigating how changing environments have influenced them.

Book giveaway!

Attend their Talk at Twelve for a chance to win a copy of  Settersten’s and Elder’s new book! One attendee will be drawn at random to win.

Registration required

This Zoom event is free and open to all, but registration is required. Register now for the Setteresten and Elder talk.


Richard A. Settersten, Jr. →Oregon State University
Glen H. Elder, Jr. →University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill


March 18, 2021 | 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Zoom Registration

Please register for the Settersten and Elder talk.