Making the Slow Transition to Adulthood: Lessons in Experience, Identity and Inequality [KESSLER-FREEDHEIM LECTURE]

Event Date:
March 7th 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Photograph of Richard Settersten

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A

The inaugural Kessler-Freedheim lecture, in honor of Dr. Jane Kessler, Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Mental Development Center, and Dr. Donald Freedheim, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Schubert Center.

Richard A. Settersten, Jr.

Endowed Director of Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families
Oregon State University

Understanding transitions in the life course is perhaps nowhere more important or more challenging than in the period from adolescence to early adulthood. The process of becoming adult has seen rapid and dramatic change in recent years. What does recent science say about successful transitions into adulthood today? Professor Settersten, a former member of the MacArthur Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood, will discuss

  1. how transitions to adulthood have changed
  2. how young people build identities as “adults,”
  3. what skills and resources youth need if they are to make successful transitions
  4. the sources and consequences of inequality in early adulthood

Community Respondents:

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Paul Hill, Jr.
Founder and President, National Rites of Passage Institute

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Christie Sozio
Youth Engagement Associate, A Place 4 Me

Young Adult Respondent:

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Brittany Rabb
Undergraduate Student, CWRU
Youth Leader Board Member, A Place 4 Me

Community Partners:

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Logo with white background and black text




Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland Logo






The Council of Neighborhood Leaders logo in blue text with white background








Division of Children and Family Services logo








Voices For Ohio's Children logo in purple text




University Partners:

Case Western Reserve University Department of Psychological Sciences

Case Western Reserve University Department of Sociology

The Schubert Center Conversation Series connects Case Western Reserve University faculty, students and staff, visiting researchers, practice and policy experts, and community members whose work impacts children, young people, and families. This year’s series is “The Impact of Inequalities on Childhood.”

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.