The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty

September 6, 2023, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Author and photographer Ellen Warner will present highlights from her recently published book,The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty. As reported in The Washington Post “Reading Ellen Warner’s ‘The Second Half’ is like having intimate conversations with 40 women from around the world… Their insights are particularly valuable in a country where intergenerational learning is often lost… Warner’s inclusion of women from other cultures offers perspectives not often expressed in the Western world. What is underscored by “The Second Half” is that aging and becoming old do not have to be synonymous.”


Ellen Warner began her career as a photojournalist in 1969. Her photographs have been pub­lished in numerous newspapers and magazines and exhibited extensively. She has documented indigenous cultures in North Africa, South America and Asia, and has occasionally writ­ten travel articles, which have been published in the New York Times and Travel and Leisure in the U.S.A., and in The Traveller in the U.K. She is also a portrait photographer. Over the years, she has developed a specialty of author portraits and has worked for most publishing houses in New York and London.


For the past fifteen years Ellen has been photographing and interviewing women of different cultures. Portraits include women from Algeria, Britain, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Myanmar, the Caribbean Islands and the USA. Each portrait is accompanied by a description, in the subject’s own voice, of her life journey, what “the second half ” has meant for her, and what advice she would give to younger women.

While many of the women are well known, perhaps successful in a career, others have never had the luxury or inclination to choose a career. Included in the book are women of different socio-economic backgrounds and different religions. They range from age 55 to 107 and represent cultures from the most sophisticated to indigenous.


Wednesday, September 6th

6 pm

Harrison Room



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