Not the greatest time to be old—or is it? About to turn 75, writer and psychologist Lesley Hazleton has a whole new take on the surprises, challenges, contradictions, and unexpected freedom of getting old. In the spirit of “old is the new black,” she reclaims what she calls “the shortest four-letter word,” and advocates being old and into it.
Hazleton is joined for a livestream conversation by writer Hanna Brooks Olsen.
Lesley Hazleton is a psychologist by training, a Middle East reporter by experience, and an agnostic fascinated by the vast and often terrifying arena in which politics and religion intersect. An “accidental theologist,” she’s spent the past twenty years writing on the roots of conflict in the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Through her work Hazleton aims to question, to explore, to keep her mind—and yours—open, to raise some sparks, and see what happens.
Hanna Brooks Olsen is a writer and political consultant. She was Town Hall’s Scholar in Resident during the 2016 election. She is presently working on a book for UW Press about Lou Graham and Seattle’s history of forgetting its own history. She also co-hosts a podcast about cleaning (and not cleaning), called Spotless.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.