A conversation with Jocelyn Elise Crowley on Gray Divorce, April 3

March 23, 2018

Join us on Tuesday, April 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for a thought-provoking conversation about gray divorce between Jocelyn Elise Crowley and Carl Van Horn, Ph.D., Director of the Heldrich Center and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy. The conversation between Crowley and Van Horn will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book signing for Gray Divorce.

The event will be held in the Roosevelt-Perkins Room (second floor) at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, 30 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. Registration and a reception will run from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. The conversation, Q&A, and book signing will run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Due to the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, “gray divorces” are spiraling. One out of every four divorces are people over the age of 50. In 2010, there were over 643,000 divorces. By 2030, this number will rise to approximately 828,000. This startling rise in the dissolution of marriages is alarming and should be a wake-up call to our political leaders to address this problem.

Why should we as a society worry about the tidal wave of gray divorces?

That’s the question Bloustein School professor Jocelyn Elise Crowley, Ph.D., explores in her new book Gray Divorce: What We Lose and Gain from Mid-Life Splits. She spoke with 40 men and 40 women, who had gone through a gray divorce, asking them questions such as why they got a divorce, how their finances were affected by the divorce, and how their social relationships changed. In her new book, Crowley tells their personal stories about how their lives were completely transformed in the aftermath of their gray divorces.

There is no charge for attending this event but seating is limited and registration is required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/crowleytalk

For those who are unable to attend this event in person this event will be broadcast via Facebook Live. To tune in, log into your Facebook account and then copy and paste https://www.facebook.com/heldrichcenter into your web browser. The livestream of the event will begin on April 3 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Be sure to LIKE the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University page as well.

All individuals who take part in the livestream are encouraged to submit questions to Dr. Crowley either via a private message to the Heldrich Center’s Facebook account or by posting a comment on the livestream post. All individuals who submit comments will be entered into a contest to win a free copy of Gray Divorce.

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