16th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography

Surviving Two Epidemics: Resilience and Health in the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH) 1998-2021

Presented by Dr. Hans-Peter Kohler, Frederick J. Warren Professor of Sociology and Co-Director, Population Aging Research Center, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kohler will present an overview of how respondents in the MLSFH have been affected by HIV/AIDS and COVID-19, and how they have managed to "survive" through challenging times.



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Dr. Sam Clark, Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University


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Dr. Mary K. Shenk, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Demography, and Asian Studies, Penn State


More information to come.

The De Jong Lecture is free and open to everyone.


The decision of whether to hold the Lecture in person will be made in September and all registrants will be notified. The De Jong Lecture will be livestreamed and a recording will be available for a limited time. More information to come.

Registration is required for attending and viewing the lecture online. Please register online.


Lecture Sponsors

The De Jong Lecture is supported by the Gordon F. and Caroline M. De Jong Lectureship in Social Demography Endowment, administered jointly and supplemented by the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Population Research Institute at Penn State.

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Gordon F. De Jong is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Demography, former Director of the Graduate Program in Demography, and Senior Scientist with the Population Research Institute at Penn State. Caroline M. De Jong, a former middle school teacher, has been involved in numerous community, church, and university-related organizations including the American Association of University Women, Stay-and-Play Nursery School, Presbyterian Women, and the Centre County Board of Elections.

When:  Oct 1, 2021 from 09:00 to 12:00 (ET)


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