One Insider's View
Roger Boshier is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Studies, Adult Education program at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. Aside from his many contributions to the field of adult education worldwide, Boshier has been a long-time, albeit somewhat colourful, supporter of the AERC. Case in point, it was Boshier who managed to convince an unsuspecting graduate student to build a Web site in the first place!
It is, therefore, an honour to include in this Web site Boshier's historical look at the AERC, entitled Aging Gracefully: A Personal Perspective on the Adult Education Research Conference.
For those of you who have attended the AERC in past years, particularly the 1992 Conference at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Canada, you've likely heard this speech. On the other hand, there may be those of you, perhaps newer additions to the AERC community, who have never been exposed to Boshier's unique outlook on the world. Be forewarned that Boshier's propensity for speaking his mind is legendary. At times, you may find his comments disconcerting and irreverent, and at other times, thought-provoking and insightful. We suggest you take his speech for what it is; quite simply, just one insider's view.
We'd also like to hear other insider views, so if you've got a story to tell about the AERC, let us and we'll look at adding it to the web site!