The Great Circle of Life: A Resource Guide on Films and Videos on Aging

About the Author:

Robert E. Yahnke is a professor in the Department of Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning, College of Human Education and Development at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught courses in film study, the visual arts, and video production since 1976. He earned his PhD in American Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has led numerous workshops on the use of educational media in gerontology instruction, and he has presented papers on aging and the humanities at meetings of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He is the author of The great circle of life: A resource guide to films and videos on aging (1987), now updated and available online, and coauthor (with Richard M. Eastman) of two books, Aging in literature: A reader's guide (1990) and Literature and gerontology: A research guide (1995). He maintains a website devoted to film study and to topics relevant to gerontology. He has been an AGHE Distinguished Teacher, served AGHE as a member of the Publications Committee, and since 2002 has been the Audiovisual Editor for The Gerontologist (also serving in that capacity from 1997-2000).

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