Social Impact of Aging is Focus of Hartwick’s 2019 O’Connor Chair Lecture

October 10, 2019

The Hartwick College Department of Nursing will present the 2019-20 O’Connor Chair Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11 in Anderson Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts, on the College campus. The presentation will feature distinguished alumna Anna Song Beeber ’98, Ph.D., RN, FAAN offering unique perspectives on the topic of “The Social Impact of an Aging Society.” Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Beeber is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and a research fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a recognized leader in gerontological nursing and health services research, who is devoted to improving the quality and safety of long-term care and enriching the quality of daily living for older adults residing in these settings.

The program will examine how society has been anticipating the aging of the baby boomer population, and the great debate on its preparation for this population growth. Beeber will discuss the study and analysis of aging; outline existing racial and socioeconomic disparities; and address current issues in social gerontology. She will also offer recommendations and answer questions on how individual attendees can address these challenges in their day-to-day work.

The O’Connor Chair Lecture series, endowed by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, brings notable speakers on health and nursing-related themes to the campus each spring and fall for the benefit of nursing students and faculty, and the Hartwick College and greater Oneonta communities.

For more information on the O’Connor Chair Lecture, visit the website or contact Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities Geenen Bolton at or (607) 431-4790.