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Thomas R. Cole

Thomas R. Cole is Professor and Graduate Program Director at the Institute for Medical Humanities,University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

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Thomas R. Cole Biography

He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Religious Studies at the University of Houston. Cole graduated from Yale University (B.A. Philosophy, 1971), Wesleyan University (M.A., History, 1975) and the University of Rochester, (Ph.D., History, 1981).

Dr. Cole has published many articles and several books on the history of aging and humanistic gerontology. His book The Journey of Life: A Cultural History of Aging in America (Cambridge University Press, 1992) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is senior editor of What Does It Mean to Grow Old? (Duke, 1986), the Handbook of Humanities and Aging (Springer, 1992, 2nd edition 1999) and Voices and Visions: Toward a Critical Gerontology (Springer, 1993). The New Yorker noted his co-edited Oxford Book of Aging as one of the most memorable books of 1995.

Cole’s interest in the life stories of older people has taken him into biography and film-making. In 1984, Cole encountered a hospitalized psychiatric patient who claimed he was the “original Texas integration leader.” While psychiatrists focused on the diagnosis, Cole embarked on a decade-long journey to recover the patient’s story. The result was a book -- No Color Is My Kind: the Life of Eldrewey Stearns and the Integration of Houston and an accompanying documentary film, “The Strange Demise of Jim Crow,” broadcast nationally on over 60 PBS stations and internationally by the U.S. State Department. This documentary received numerous awards and was nominated for a regional Emmy and a National Humanities Medal.

Currently, Cole is completing a film, Still Life: The Humanity of Anatomy. Based on interviews with medical students and with participants in willed body programs, this film explores the special yet unstated relationship between donors and students. He is also Senior Editorial Consultant for Life Stories, a PBS documentary about the program of writing workshops for elders that he directs.

Since 1991, Dr. Cole has edited (along with co-editors Harry R. Moody and Carter Catlett Williams) Aging and the Human Spirit, a biannual newsletter. He is currently launching a broader project entitled Aging and the Human Spirit, which includes: 1) programs of creativity and lifelong learning for elders in various settings; 2) training workshops for people who want to conduct such programs; 3) a book series, co-edited with Dr. Ruth Ray; 4) a film series; and 5) professional education in humanistic gerontology and geriatrics.

Cole is a frequent contributor to professional and public discussions about our aging society. He serves as an advisor to the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing, and various editorial and foundation boards.

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    Speaking fees for Thomas R. Cole, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Thomas R. Cole are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Thomas R. Cole, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Thomas R. Cole speak about?

    Thomas R. Cole is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Aging, Art, Culture, Faith & Religion, Health and Wellness, Literary, Spirituality.
  • Where does Thomas R. Cole travel from?

    Thomas R. Cole generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Thomas R. Cole’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Thomas R. Cole for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Thomas R. Cole for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Thomas R. Cole or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Thomas R. Cole is Professor and Graduate Program Director at the Institute for Medical Humanities,University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

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Thomas R. Cole Biography

He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Religious Studies at the University of Houston. Cole graduated from Yale University (B.A. Philosophy, 1971), Wesleyan University (M.A., History, 1975) and the University of Rochester, (Ph.D., History, 1981).

Dr. Cole has published many articles and several books on the history of aging and humanistic gerontology. His book The Journey of Life: A Cultural History of Aging in America (Cambridge University Press, 1992) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is senior editor of What Does It Mean to Grow Old? (Duke, 1986), the Handbook of Humanities and Aging (Springer, 1992, 2nd edition 1999) and Voices and Visions: Toward a Critical Gerontology (Springer, 1993). The New Yorker noted his co-edited Oxford Book of Aging as one of the most memorable books of 1995.

Cole’s interest in the life stories of older people has taken him into biography and film-making. In 1984, Cole encountered a hospitalized psychiatric patient who claimed he was the “original Texas integration leader.” While psychiatrists focused on the diagnosis, Cole embarked on a decade-long journey to recover the patient’s story. The result was a book -- No Color Is My Kind: the Life of Eldrewey Stearns and the Integration of Houston and an accompanying documentary film, “The Strange Demise of Jim Crow,” broadcast nationally on over 60 PBS stations and internationally by the U.S. State Department. This documentary received numerous awards and was nominated for a regional Emmy and a National Humanities Medal.

Currently, Cole is completing a film, Still Life: The Humanity of Anatomy. Based on interviews with medical students and with participants in willed body programs, this film explores the special yet unstated relationship between donors and students. He is also Senior Editorial Consultant for Life Stories, a PBS documentary about the program of writing workshops for elders that he directs.

Since 1991, Dr. Cole has edited (along with co-editors Harry R. Moody and Carter Catlett Williams) Aging and the Human Spirit, a biannual newsletter. He is currently launching a broader project entitled Aging and the Human Spirit, which includes: 1) programs of creativity and lifelong learning for elders in various settings; 2) training workshops for people who want to conduct such programs; 3) a book series, co-edited with Dr. Ruth Ray; 4) a film series; and 5) professional education in humanistic gerontology and geriatrics.

Cole is a frequent contributor to professional and public discussions about our aging society. He serves as an advisor to the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing, and various editorial and foundation boards.

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  • How do I book Thomas R. Cole to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Thomas R. Cole for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Thomas R. Cole, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Thomas R. Cole or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Thomas R. Cole

    Speaking fees for Thomas R. Cole, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Thomas R. Cole are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Thomas R. Cole, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Thomas R. Cole speak about?

    Thomas R. Cole is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Aging, Art, Culture, Faith & Religion, Health and Wellness, Literary, Spirituality.
  • Where does Thomas R. Cole travel from?

    Thomas R. Cole generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Thomas R. Cole’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Thomas R. Cole for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Thomas R. Cole for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Thomas R. Cole or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Thomas R. Cole is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Thomas R. Cole for your event is available upon request. Thomas R. Cole generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Drew Leder, Harry Katz, Robert D. Kaplan, Manil Suri and Mike Love. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Thomas R. Cole for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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