7. Yikes! Can’t We Just Get Along? Five Generations Among Us moderated by Susan Norin and Lori Filipek




A number of researchers have identified a four-stage generational cycle in Western history in which each of the four generations grows up under a different set of cultural, economic and political environments. Those different environments tend to produce people who think and act differently from their parents’ and grandparents’ generations, but fairly similar to those who were born four generations before them. Those of us born in one generation often have difficulty interacting with those in other generations. This course is meant to help people better understand generational differences and use that knowledge to learn to better interact with each. In this course we will use a team approach and we will lead 3-5 person discussion groups to discuss how we would interact with people from each generation: Traditionals, Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z. Participants will be asked to take notes from handouts, move into discussion groups and relay your impressions to other groups.

Susan Norin has worked in education since 1970. She has held numerous jobs in the Education and Business workplace. Lori Filipek has previously taught in the ILR and was asked to develop a course to further pursue the question of why we’re so polarized. This is that course.

7 sessions, Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00, Jan 8-Feb 19