I recently caught up with Purpose Prize director Alexandra Céspedes Kent to find out more about the application process and what judges look for in winners.
SA: What inspired Civic Ventures to create the Purpose Prize? AK: We created the Purpose Prize the first year that boomers started turning 60. We knew millions of older adults were working longer, out of desire and increasingly out of need. We wanted to highlight people solving major social problems in their encore careers, a new stage of work that combines personal meaning, social impact and the opportunity for continued income. We do that by investing $100,000 in each winner and promoting their accomplishments.”
Midlife has swung between serving as an emblem of power and influence, and a metaphor for decline, yet the invention and history of this vital period of life has never before been fully told. Acclaimed New York Times reporter Patricia Cohen finally fills the gap with a book that provokes surprise, outrage and delight. In Our Prime takes readers from turn-of-the-century factories that refused to hire middle-aged men to high-tech laboratories where researchers are unraveling the secrets of the middle-aged mind and body. She traces how midlife has been depicted in film, television, advertisements, and literature. Cohen exposes the myths of the midlife crisis and empty nest syndrome, and investigates anti-aging treatments like human growth hormones, estrogen, Viagra, Botox, and plastic surgery.
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JUNE 10TH - The New York Times Film Club is screening the new documentary "Ivory Tower" at BowTie Cinema in Chelsea (23rd St b/w 7th and 8th Avenues).
Afterwards, I will be interviewing Andrew Coffman (associate producer, editor and cinematographer) and two of the featured subjects: Andrew Delbanco, director of American studies at Columbia University and Cooper Union student Victoria Sobel, who organized protests when that institution announced that it would begin charging tuition.
For more information: http://www.nytfilmclub.com/
JULY 24, THURSDAY - "Powerful Women on TV
... or Women in Power on TV?"
Times Talk with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lucy Liu, and Mira Sorvino, interviewed by Patricia Cohen.
6:30 – 8:00 pm, The New York Times Center at 41st Street and 8th Avenue.
For more information: http://timestalks.com/