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Coming of Age in Aging America

Coming of Age in Aging America

A major three-hour PBS series and public engagement initiative

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America is an aging society—and it's not just about old people. Coming of Age in Aging America explores a social transformation unfolding across our—and other modern—societies. This phenomenon will change everything—how we approach education, work, health, housing, transportation, technology, medical care, the economy. But most important, our relationships with one another as communities and individuals will also change—for Americans of all ages. A robust online presence and extensive public engagement initiative are integral to the project. A prestigious Board of Advisors and multiple institutional partnerships guide the content.

Who Wants You? National Service and Democracy

Who Wants You? National Service and Democracy

A Two-Part Documentary Series, public engagement project and website

Who Wants You? National Service and Democracy challenges us to reflect on what kinds of obligation we have as citizens to serve our country – whether as civilians or as soldiers. We will see portraits of service today – from AmeriCorps to the military. We will see portraits of service through our history, including those mandated by the military drafts. And we will hear from those who question any government intervention funding a mandate for a citizen to dedicate time to serve his or her country. The project will energize a national conversation about service, political and social engagement and democracy.

One Window, Two Worlds

One Window, Two Worlds

For decades, a beautiful stained glass window depicting the Feast of Pentecost illuminated tens of thousands of baptisms, communions, confirmations, weddings and funerals in an ordinary working class parish of Chicago, St. Benedict’s. Over the years, St. Benedict’s German population evolved to include Hispanic, then gentrified populations. And over the years, American Catholicism changed dramatically. One member of that parish whose grandparents likely raised the early funds for the building of the church, moved to live in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. On a lonely Sunday morning, searching for a respite from the sharp loneliness of being white in emphatically black Africa, she went to Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. To her astonishment, she found a facsimile of that same Pentecost window. It had emerged from the same stained glass workshop in Munich as had the window in St. Benedict’s in Chicago. St. Joseph’s parish too had undergone tumultuous change—from a German colony to a British colony to a socialist black nation to, now, a stable burgeoning African nation. ONE WINDOW, TWO WORLDS will paint an intimate portrait of the Feast of Pentecost window, exploring both parishes through the eyes of one woman—and her family—who lived, loved, and worshipped in both.