Past Appearances

Past Appearances

Public Hearing on Age Discrimination in the Workforce

Where: Council Chambers, 2fl., City Hall, NYC

When: September 17, 2018 01:00 pm

More info: The Committee on Aging and the Committee on Civil & Human Rights will hold a public hearing on Age Discrimination in the Workplace. Details here

keynote, Pioneer Network annual conference

Where: Denver, CO

When: August 15, 2018 09:00 am

More info: Talk + all-day anti-ageism workshop. Register here.

Let's Talk About Ageism: A Morning with Anti-Ageism Activist Ashton Applewhite

Where: Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 North Nevada Ave, Chapman Foundations Recital Hall, Colorado Springs, CO

When: August 14, 2018 10:00 am

More info: A "five-year celebration event on social inclusion and ageism." Free and open to the public; register here.

keynote, Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness Conference

Where: University of Southern Indiana, Evansville IN,

When: August 9, 2018 03:00 pm

More info: A two-day inter-professional gerontology conference for nurses, social workers, older adults, professionals working in the field of gerontology, and the community. Free and open to the public; register here.

This Chair Rocks Book Talk and Q&A, SAGE Center

Where: Edie Windsor SAGE Center, 307 Seventh Ave. 15th fl, NYC

When: July 25, 2018 06:45 pm

More info: Free and open to the public link here  

Age Justice Testimonial and Celebration

Where: NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W64th St NYC

When: June 6, 2018 06:00 pm

More info: The event will feature all of the speakers and performers who were scheduled to appear at RAM's Age Justice Rally on May 15th. We will  have speakers, music, and wine and snacks. Free and open to the public. Register here.

“Coming of Age in Aging America” panel, Brooklyn Public Library

Where: Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

When: May 30, 2018 10:00 am

More info: Discussion of "Coming of Age in Aging America", a Re-imagining of Aging initiative from Terra Nova Film, followed by a panel discussion with experts in tackling ageism and changing perceptions and attitudes toward older people.  Free; no registration required; light refreshments will be served. Dweck Auditorium, Central Library, Brooklyn


lecture sponsored by UC Santa Barbara

Where: UCSB Campbell Hall

When: May 19, 2018 03:00 pm

More info: Open to the public; followed by audience questions and a book signing.

“Aging While Female” talk sponsored by UC Santa Barbara

Where: Santa Barbara Public Library

When: May 18, 2018 03:00 pm

More info: Talk to be followed by audience questions /free community session.

featured speaker, Age Justice Rally

Where: Union Square, New York City

When: May 15, 2018 05:00 pm

More info: Organized by the Radical Age Movement

NY County Judicial Committee on Elder Justice, NYC


When: May 15, 2018 02:30 pm

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"The committee is tasked with raising awareness of elder abuse and developing programs, policies and protocols to address the court system’s handling of the ever growing number of cases involving older litigants in both civil and criminal matters."

Aging Re-Imagined Symposium 2.0: Meaning, Mind, Mobility, Mortality

Where: Wake Forest University, Bridger Field House, 499 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC

When: May 3, 2018 09:15 am

More info: Free and open to the pubic; register here.

keynote, annual conference, National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)

Where: George Vari Engineering & Computing Centre, Ryerson University, 245 Church St., Toronto, ON

When: April 30, 2018 09:00 am

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opening keynote, Environments for Aging Conference

Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, GA.

When: April 22, 2018 08:45 am

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annual Women and Gender Studies lecture, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY

Where: Hayden 100

When: April 17, 2018 04:30 pm

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Annual Gala, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

Where: Fredericton, NB, Canada

When: April 12, 2018 07:00 pm

More info: Tickets here; discounted senior and student pricing available.

The Himan Brown Lecture at the New Jewish Home


When: April 10, 2018 06:00 pm

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Florence Gould Theater at the Alliance Francaise, 59th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, NYC

keynote, Masterpiece Living Annual Symposium

Where: Philadelphia, PA

When: April 4, 2018 11:00 am

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opening speaker, Ageless Living Kimo Conference

Where: The KiMO Theater, 423 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque New Mexico

When: March 16, 2018 07:45 pm

More info: The conference runs from Friday evening through Saturday March 17. One ticket grants admission to all sessions.

keynote, Walk With Me: Changing the Culture of Aging in Canada

Where: Niagara Falls, Ontario

When: March 5, 2018 09:00 am

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keynote, Headspace2018

Where: Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

When: March 2, 2018 12:00 am

More info: "The event explores using science and the arts to understand the totality of contemporary ageing, its challenges and joys."  Free and open to the public; register here.

talk at Mt. Sinai West to School of Social Work

Where: 1000 Tenth Ave, 14B Boardroom.

When: February 8, 2018 10:00 am

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MoMA R&D Salon 22: Aging - panel discussion

Where: Museum of Modern Art, Bartos Theatre, 4 West 54 St, NYC

When: January 22, 2018 06:00 pm

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VII Futures Congress

Where: Santiago, Chile

When: January 15, 2018 12:00 am

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"A global flagship science engagement event;" link here

Fundación Innovación Bankinter Future Trends Forum

Where: Ritz Hotel, Madrid, Spain

When: November 29, 2017 07:00 pm

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Twice each year, the Foundation chooses a topic that will influence the society in the future, identifies a diverse, global group of twenty-five experts, and brings them together for a structured conversation designed to produce insights for business and policy leaders. The theme of the 29th Forum is “How Will Longevity Reshape the World?"

closing remarks, symposium co-sponsored by AARP & the Berkeley Journal of Labor & Employment Law

Where: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Berkeley, CA

When: November 17, 2017 03:30 pm

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Ithaca College Gerontology Institute’s Distinguished Speaker lecture

Where: Ithaca, New York.

When: October 23, 2017 07:00 pm

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talk, Greater New York Mensa

Where: SLC conference center, 15 west 39th St, NYC

When: October 21, 2017 03:00 pm

More info: Free and open to the public.

Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society

Where: the Louvre, Paris, France

When: October 6, 2017 02:15 pm

More info: Link here.

keynote, National Investment Center fall conference

Where: Loews Hotel, 455 North Park Drive, Chicago, IL

When: September 26, 2017 11:15 am

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talk, Consider This: A Day of Challenging the Status Quo in Sex & Relationships

Where: House of Yes, House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave Brooklyn, NY

When: September 16, 2017 12:30 pm

More info: About the event here. Tickets $45-$100; purchase here.

Why Ageism Needs a Movement

Where: Senior Planet, 127 W 25 Street, NYC

When: September 14, 2017 06:00 pm

More info: The Radical Age Movement and Senior Planet are co-hosting a special evening with Ashton Applewhite. We'll view Ashton's wildly successful TED talk, followed by Q & A and discussion. Tickets are free, register here.  

plenary, Florida Council on Aging Annual Conference

Where: Caribe Royale Hotel, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL

When: August 28, 2017 12:30 pm

More info: Register here.

Monadnock Summer Lyceum

Where: Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, Peterborough, NH

When: August 20, 2017 11:00 am

More info: Monadnock Summer Lyceum "presents world class speakers on social, political, educational, cultural, scientific, economic, environmental and artistic topics." Presentations are free ~ donations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking is available next to the church courtesy of People's United Bank. Reception following the presentations in the Parish Hall.

Organized Acts of Kindness - OAKS event

Where: Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem, NH

When: August 18, 2017 06:00 pm

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keynote, Pioneer Network Annual Conference


When: August 2, 2017 12:00 pm

More info: Hyatt Regency Hotel, O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL. Register here.

keynote, Embrace Aging Forum

Where: Chattanooga, TN

When: July 13, 2017 09:30 am

More info: Link here.

book talk

Where: Concordia University Chapel, River Forest, IL

When: June 15, 2017 07:00 pm

More info: Free and open to the public; book signing to follow.

Keynote, National Inst. of Senior Centers national conference

Where: Oak Brook, Illinois

When: June 15, 2017 09:00 am

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talk at Coming of Age

Where: 65 Broadway, 12th fl, NYC

When: June 8, 2017 05:30 pm

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AARP Master Class

Where: Washington, DC

When: June 5, 2017 11:30 am

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book talk, Springfield Free Public Library

Where: 66 Mountain Ave, Springfield Township, NJ 07081

When: May 20, 2017 10:30 am

More info: Free event, sponsored by the North-Central New Jersey Chapter of The Transition Network (TTN), runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is required: Description here.

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

Where: The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd, Maplewood, NJ

When: May 18, 2017 06:30 pm

More info: Free and open to the public. Book signing afterwards.

Talk at VA Brockton Healthcare Systems

Where: 940 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA

When: May 5, 2017 12:30 pm

More info: This talk, "Old ≠ Sick," is about the medicalization of old age.

talk at Brookline Senior Center

Where: 93 Winchester Street, Brookline, MA

When: May 4, 2017 06:00 pm

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Keynote, Baltimore County Dept. of Aging BCDA Senior Solutions Conference

Where: Martin’s Valley Mansion, 594 Cranbrook Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030

When: May 4, 2017 08:30 am

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Founders Lecture & Luncheon, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Where: Penn State York, York PA

When: May 3, 2017 03:00 pm

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TED2017 - The Future You

Where: Vancouver, Canada

When: April 27, 2017 12:00 am

More info: The event is sold out; you can watch a few of the week's events on a paid simulcast or wait until TED posts the video at some point during the year, sigh.

talk at Chatham College

Where: Pittsburgh, PA

When: March 29, 2017 12:00 am

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keynote, Nat'l Assoc of Senior Move Managers annual conference

Where: Indianapolis, IN

When: March 10, 2017 09:00 am

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talk + conversation

Where: Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King, Oakland CA—come to the back room

When: February 15, 2017 06:00 pm

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Pick up a drink at the bar and bring it next door to the private room. Come early for dinner or stay after!  Dave Chappelle appeared here recently, just sayin'. 

interview, In Deep radio show

Where: Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA

When: February 15, 2017 12:00 pm

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Free; RSVP required; link here.

book talk, Institute for the Future

Where: 201 Hamilton Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94301

When: February 14, 2017 10:00 am

More info: Free; RSVP required; link here.

talk at the Institute on Aging

Where: Institute on Aging Weinberg Auditorium 3575 Geary Boulevard San Francisco, CA

When: February 13, 2017 07:00 pm

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General admission$15; free for students & people 65 and up. Link to buy/reserve a seat here.

Aging While Female—Reimagined

Where: Senior Planet - 27 West 25th Street, NYC

When: February 2, 2017 05:30 pm

More info: World premiere!  What makes aging different for women—and so much harder than it has to be? How does the double whammy of ageism and sexism affect women’s health, income and well-being? And how does competing to “stay young” dig the hole deeper? In her rousing new talk, Ashton Applewhite proposes that we throw away the damn shovel, forge new cross-generational compacts and collaborate on new ways of thinking and behaving. The women’s movement taught us to claim our power. A pro-aging movement will teach us to hold onto it. Doors open at 5:30pm, talk is at 6pm, followed by your questions. No charge; RSVP required; register here.

TED talk at the TEDNYC Idea Search event


When: January 26, 2017 06:00 pm

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"A combination of speakers and performers from a wide variety of backgrounds on a broad array of topics. The longest talk anyone will be six minutes... Some talks from the event may go straight to and it is our hope that we’ll invite someone from this group to join us as a speaker on the TED2017 main stage in Vancouver in the spring." Not open to the public.

panel discussion at the Knockdown Center

Where: 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378

When: January 14, 2017 02:00 pm

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Ashton Applewhite, Ayana Evans, Buzz Slutsky and Pamela Sneed talk Activism, Aging, Art,  Black Lives Matter, Civil Rights, Intersectional Feminisms, Sexuality, Trans Rights, and more. What can we do? Where do we connect? How can we share power? Part of the Nasty Women Exhibition.

keynote, Retirement Reimagined conference

Where: Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, New Jersey

When: December 9, 2016 11:00 am

More info: Open to the public; link here.

opening speaker, annual conference, National Council of Jewish Women New York

Where: New York City

When: December 4, 2016 10:00 am

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The theme of the conference is Women Adapting to Change:  Financial, Social, and Legal Matters. Contact me if you'd like to attend.

"Old Myths" - panel discussion at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Where: 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, NY

When: November 29, 2016 06:30 pm

More info: Join Ashton Applewhite of This Chair Rocks, Ellen Cole, co-creator of 70 Candles, John Leland of The New York Times, and Dr. Veronica LoFaso, Director of Geriatric Medical Education at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, for a discussion about positive aging. Paula Span, “New Old Age” columnist for The New York Times, moderates. Doors open at 6. $10 General Admission / $5 for BHS and G-W Members. Link here.  

closing plenary, Green House Project annual meeting

Where: Iselin, NJ

When: November 16, 2016 02:00 pm

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keynote, Care Providers of Minnesota annual convention

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, Bloomington, MN

When: November 15, 2016 02:30 pm

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talk at Carteret Arts Forum

Where: Coral Bay Club, Atlantic Beach, NC

When: November 10, 2016 10:30 am

More info: $25, includes lunch, register here.  

YANA Health Forum: Ageism and Why It Matters

Where: Saint Peter's Church 619 Lexington Avenue, NYC

When: November 3, 2016 06:30 pm

More info: Yale's Becca Levy and I discuss the implications of being asked, “How old are you?” Levy's fascinating research plumbs the link between attitudes towards aging and how our minds and bodies function.  $10 registration fee, which goes to the nonprofit Gray Panthers NYC. Tickets here.

keynote, Aging Well: Building a Community for All Ages

Where: Concordia University, Portland, OR

When: October 29, 2016 10:00 am

More info: Free and open to the public; link here.

Book Reading and Discussion with Author Ashton Applewhite

Where: Hollywood Senior Center, Portland OR

When: October 26, 2016 03:17 pm

More info: Join us in partnership with Northeast Village PDX for this FREE event featuring live music, refreshments, and the opportunity to hear Ashton Applewhite read from and discuss her book, “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism.” Call  503-288-8303 to reserve your seat.

panel discussion, "An Entrepreneur for All Seasons"

Where: Marble Collegiate Church, 1 West 29 th St, NYC

When: October 20, 2016 06:00 pm

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plenary at Village to Village Network Annual Conference

Where: Columbus, Ohio

When: October 18, 2016 11:00 am

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presentation, 2016 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference

Where: St. Paul, MN

When: October 17, 2016 03:30 pm

More info: In partnership with Aroha Philanthropies.

keynote for the 26th International Day of Older Persons at the UN

Where: New York

When: October 6, 2016 10:00 am

More info: The theme this year is "Take A Stand Against Ageism." Open to the public; no charge. To register, go to the website of the NGO Committee on Ageing/New York:

opening keynote, Deal With It: A Women's Conference

Where: Los Angeles, CA

When: September 25, 2016 09:00 am

More info: Tackling the issues that keep us up all night.

plenary, Area Agency on Aging annual conference

Where: Charlotte, NC

When: September 23, 2016 09:00 am

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Seattle Speaks with Ashton Applewhite about Age Equality

Where: Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center

When: September 18, 2016 02:00 pm

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conversation with the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, including local readers sharing favorite passages from the book and a lively Q&A about age bias, where it comes from, and what we can do about it.  Tickets here.

Book Reading at Third Place Books

Where: 17171 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

When: September 17, 2016 06:30 pm

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Closing Keynote, University of Washington Elder Friendly Futures Conference

Where: Seattle, WA

When: September 16, 2016 02:00 pm

More info: Register here.

Reimagine Aging 7th Annual Fundraising Breakfast Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services)

Where: Washington State Convention Center

When: September 14, 2016 08:00 am

More info: Free and open to the public; register here.

Book signing at Prairie Lights bookstore

Where: 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA

When: September 12, 2016 07:00 pm

More info: Free and open to the public.

presentation, Certified Senior Advisors conference

Where: Capitol Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

When: August 27, 2016 10:45 am

More info: Open to the public; register here.

keynote, International Conference on Positive Aging

Where: Capitol Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

When: August 26, 2016 09:00 am

More info: Open to the public; register here.

Book Event, Library of Congress, Washington DC

Where: West Dining Room, James Madison Building

When: August 25, 2016 12:00 pm

More info: Free and open to the public; link here.

This Chair Rocks—Book Reading & Discussion

Where: Actors Theatre Workshop 145 W 28th St New York, NYC

When: July 26, 2016 06:30 pm

More info: A Call to Awareness and Action: To Redefine What Aging Means in This Culture. Email Cheryl Dolinger Brown ( for Evite. Suggested donation $10 to cover the cost of the space.

Book signing at Book Culture Bookstore

Where: 450 Columbus Ave, NYC

When: July 7, 2016 07:00 pm

More info: Free; link here.

A World Without Ageism

Where: Durham Street Auditorium, RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London

When: June 30, 2016 01:00 pm

More info: Talk at the Royal Society for the Arts. Free and open to the public; reserve here.

book talk & conversation

Where: The Premises Recording Studio, 205-209 Hackney Rd, London

When: June 26, 2016 07:30 pm

More info: Free and open to the public. Email to reserve:

plenary, Minnesota Elder Justice Center

Where: St. Paul, MN

When: June 15, 2016 09:00 am

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keynote, Connecticut Association of Senior Center Personnel

Where: New Haven, Connecticut

When: June 3, 2016 09:00 am

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Book conversation & signing with Debbie Galant

Where: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield St, Montclair, NJ

When: May 25, 2016 05:00 pm

More info: Debbie is the publisher of Midcentury Modern -- smart and lively essays about age and generational identity. Free and open to the public.

Book talk, Regulator Book Shop

Where: 720 9th Street, Durham, NC

When: May 20, 2016 07:00 pm

More info: Free and open to the public

Fearrington Cares

Where: Pittsboro, NC

When: May 19, 2016 04:00 pm

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Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn

Where: Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare, 1740 84th Street, Brooklyn, NY

When: May 12, 2016 09:30 am

More info: Free and open to the public; RSVP to

Aging into Possibility: Challenging Myths & Misperceptions of Growing Older

Where: Replogle Center for Counseling & Well-Being, 126 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL

When: April 30, 2016 09:00 am

More info: Open to the public; register here.

keynote, Area Agencies on Aging in Southeast Michigan annual conference

Where: Shriner’s Silver Garden Event Center 24350 Southfield Rd, Southfield, MI

When: April 21, 2016 08:30 am

More info: register here

Institute for Retired Professionals

Where: The New School, 5 West 11th St , Room A 404, NYC

When: April 16, 2016 09:30 am

More info: Description here. Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.  Attendees must sign up in advance by calling the Institute for Retired Professionals at 212-229-5682 or by emailing the Institute for Retired Professionals at the New School at

Closing plenary, MA Aging and Mental Health Coalition Conference

Where: Hogan Center, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA

When: April 14, 2016 12:00 am

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Society for Ethical Culture - Empowering Ethical Elders

Where: 2 West 64th St., NY, NY, 5th Fl., Elliott Library

When: April 7, 2016 06:00 pm

More info: Free and open to the public.

Elder Abuse Case Consultation and Review Team

Where: New York City

When: April 6, 2016 09:30 am

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Book publishing event: Ashton Applewhite—This Chair Rocks

Where: Senior Planet Exploration Ctr, 127 W 25th St, NY, NY

When: March 17, 2016 06:00 pm

More info: Celebrate the publication of Ashton Applewhite’s powerful new book, “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism” — before it starts flying off the shelves — at this special reading by Applewhite and friends. The reading and book signing will be followed by questions. RSVP on Eventbrite here.

The Radical Age Movement celebrates the publication of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

Where: NY Ethical Culture Society, 64th St and Central Pk West

When: March 15, 2016 06:30 pm

More info: The Radical Age Movement is proud to celebrate the publication date of this important call to  mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age. Members of the Radical Age Movement’s steering committee will join Ashton in reading from the book. We’ll then use consciousness-raising to delve deeper into the personal and political implications of these passages. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!