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Saint Xavier University professor chosen to present at Oxford Round Table

Kate Carey to speak on the sociology of aging

Chicago (May 14, 2007) – Kate Carey, assistant professorial lecturer at Saint Xavier University, has been invited to present a paper at the prestigious Oxford Round Table in August.

Carey’s paper, titled “The Lived Experiences of the Independent Oldest Old in Community Based Settings: a Heideggarian Hermeneutical Approach,” looks at the importance of resiliency and the ability to adjust one’s standard of judgment to living a long life. Carey is a faculty member in the department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice in Saint Xavier’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Carey’s paper, which has also been submitted for publication in the Forum on Public Policy, a peer-reviewed journal of the Oxford Round Table, includes a profile of an individual who survives and thrives independently at age 85 and beyond. The picture is one of a highly vital human being who is committed to maintaining social ties, cares about an active body and mind, and continues to be energized by new ideas and short-term goals. 

“This individual has the strength of character necessary to accept loss and manage change, remains committed to making a meaningful contribution to society, and is at peace with the world and with herself,” Carey said. “These findings can guide those influencing social policy for the independent oldest old and those professionals who work with the elderly in community-based social programs.”

Carey, who lives in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, has been teaching at Saint Xavier for three years. Her areas of expertise are life satisfaction among the elderly and successful aging as well as family sociology and the sociology of childhood. 

“As a participant in last year’s Oxford Round Table on women’s leadership, I know firsthand the caliber of scholarship that is presented at these invitation-only conferences designed to bring a small group of experts together for stimulating discourse and debate,” said Kathleen Alaimo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Carey is a specialist on the sociology of aging and in particular the study of the ‘oldest of the old,’ and has much to offer her peers at the Oxford Round Table.”

Founded in 1989, the Round Table meets periodically in Oxford, England, to consider major issues in contemporary educational policy in the United States, the United Kingdom and other selected countries. 
    
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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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