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Elite International Organization Enlists UH Professor For Discussions on AgingAndrew Achenbaum Joins World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council

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August 7, 2008-Houston-
Andrew Achenbaum, University of Houston professor of social work and history, has been invited to become a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council, a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, that engages international leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Global Agenda Council is a new effort and will have its inaugural summit Nov. 7 - 9 in Dubai to discuss, among other issues, the prospects and problems associated with population and societal aging.

"During the three-day summit, the 700 participants of this interdisciplinary event will engage in interactive workshops and sessions to set priorities for the most compelling ideas for improving the state of the world, from groundbreaking areas of research to new and exciting developments and cross-cutting solutions to address the world's challenges," according to the Forum's Web site.

Achenbaum will join an elite gathering of 15 to 30 people who will meet to discuss global issues on aging. He is a sought-after expert who specializes in research on the history of aging, including policy and spirituality. Additionally, he has written several books on the topic, including "Shades of Gray" (Little Brown, 1983), "Older Americans, Vital Communities" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005) and "Crossing Frontiers" (Cambridge, 1995).

"I am interested in issues where historical research and the gerontological imagination intersect. Those who recognize that past is prologue can envision the range of certainties and contingencies in the proximate future," Achenbaum said.

The outcomes of the summit will be presented at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting next year in Davos, Switzerland, for further discussion and action.

For more information on the UH Graduate College of Social Work, visit www.sw.uh.edu/main/home.php.

For more information on the World Economic Forum, visit www.weforum.org/en/index.htm.

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