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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Sociology

2017 Edward Laumann

"Reconceptualizing Health and Well-Being among Older Americans Empirically" in the Gressette Room of Harper College on the Horseshoe on Thursday March 23, 2017 from 4-5pm

The 2017 Bruce H. Mayhew Jr. Memorial Lecture was delivered by Edward O. Laumann. In this talk, Laumann described two empirically grounded models of health and wellbeing among older Americans: the disease-centered Medical Model (MM) vs. a Comprehensive Model (CM) that incorporates psycho-cognitive, behavioral and social information. Laumann work demonstrates that the CM model is a far better prognosticator of health and wellbeing (including the relative risk of death within five years) than the medical model and discuss its implications for reforming health care for older Americans.


Edward O. Laumann is the George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. Since joining the University of Chicago in 1973, Laumann has acted as the editor of the American Journal of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, Provost of the University of Chicago, and is currently the Director of the Ogburn Stouffer Center for Population and Social Organization at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). Dr. Laumann also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sexual Health. As a leading scholar in the field of social network analyses, Dr. Laumann has contributed to longitudinal analyses of social network dynamics, transitions, and sexual motivation, behaviors, and function.