Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot on Midlife Magic

The Finding Magic in Midlife Radio Show was produced and archived by Exceptional Wisdom Radio from August 2008 through June 1013, when EWR went off the air. I’m moving the show archives to Choosing To Be Fit because much of the wisdom I’ve gained about creating a body- mind-spirit fitness lifestyle came from reading books by and talking with these exceptional midlife women. The interviews are timeless. I hope you will get to know some of these brilliant, talented, and inspirational women and learn from them as I did.

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Dr. Sara Lawrence Lightfoot was interviewed on the Finding Magic in Midlife Show in March of 2009.

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Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a sociologist, is a Professor of Education at Harvard University. Her new book is The Third Chapter: Risk, Passion, and Adventure in the Twenty-five Years After 50.

Since joining the faculty there in 1972, she has been interested in studying the culture of schools, the patterns and structures of classroom life, the relationships between adult developmental themes and teachers’ work, and socialization within families, communities and schools.

Dr. Lawrence-Lightfoot has written numerous articles, monongraphs, chapters, and nine books. Her books include Balm In Gilead: Journey of a Healer (which won the 1988 Christopher award for literary merit and humanitarian achievement), I’ve Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation, and her new book The Third Chapter: Risk, Passion, and Adventure in the Twenty-five Years After 50.

In 1984, she was the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Prize Award, in 1993 she was awarded Harvard’s George Ledlie Prize for research that makes the “most valuable contribution to science and to the benefit of mankind,” and in 1995 she became a Spencer Senior Scholar. Dr. Lawrence-Lightfoot has been the recipient of twenty-six honorary degrees from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

In 1993, the Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Chair, an endowed professorship established at Swarthmore College, was named in her honor. And in 1998, she was the recipient of the Emily Hargroves Fisher Endowed Chair at Harvard University, which upon her retirement will become the Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Endowed Chair, making her the first African-American woman in Harvard’s history to have an endowed professorship in her name.

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