The Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies is dedicated to enriching the lives of adults through writing, sharing, and preserving life stories and life experiences. 


About GAB

Learn more about the history of Guided Autobiography, Dr. James Birren, and the founding associates.

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We offer a variety of in-person and online courses based on the Guided Autobiography process. 

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James E. Birren, the founding dean of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and an aging research pioneer considered by many to be the father of modern gerontology, passed away on January 15, 2016 at the age of 97. Click here to read the University of Southern California's tribute to Jim.

Cheryl Svensson's Eulogy for Jim Birren.

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. —Thomas Campbell