Thomas R. Cole is the McGovern Chair in Medical Humanities and Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. 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 (1992) was nominated for a Pulitzer prize. His book No Color Is my Kind and accompanying film The Strange Demise of Jim Crow (1997) were nominated for a National Humanities medal. His work has been featured in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, Voice of America, PBS, and at the United Nations.