The Power of Greyscale

Lisa LaFlamme just might have gotten fired for it. Dana Capell resisted it, even during the pandemic. Andrea Charise shaved her head to do it boldly. I hoped it would bring some respect. What gray hair says about us and the aging world we live in.

Host Sally Chivers and guests talk about the first time we discovered gray hair, what it means for a teacher to look young (or old), the New Woman, and the imagination.

Wrinkle Radio is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Episode includes music from freesound by Graham_Makes – CC 4.0 license and aluroso. from artlist by Duce Williams, Ziv Moran, Sun River, and Michael Shynes.

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Author

Dr. Sally Chivers
Professor, Gender & Social Justice and English, Trent University, Ontario

Sally Chivers is Full Professor of Gender & Social Justice and English as well as a Founding Executive Member and Past Director of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society. She was honoured with the 2021 Distinguished Research Award in recognition of her prolific scholarship and international reputation as a leader in the interdisciplinary fields of age and disability studies, health humanities, and cultural gerontology.

Her research focuses on the hidden or ignored contributions of older adults and people with disabilities, especially those who too often get pushed outside the frame. Specifically, she studies the cultural politics of aging and disability, especially within film