Past Events

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Community Volunteer Group September 22, 2022

Join us for the first meeting of the 2022-23. We are pleased to invite you to attend this meeting in hybrid format, you may RSVP to attend in-person or on Zoom. Speaker, Jenny Peterson will be joining us in-person for their lecture.

Scholars at Risk, WUSC, Ukraine, Afghanistan

Speaker: Jenny Peterson, Associate Professor of Teaching, Research area: Human Rights, UBC Political Science Department 

Jenny Peterson joined the Political Science Department from the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (Manchester) where she worked as a lecturer from 2009-2013. Her research explores the politics of international aid, has analyzed the process of liberal peacebuilding, and diversity and innovation, both local and international, in peace/justice movements. She has conducted research and led student fieldtrips in Kosovo, Sri Lanka and Ghana. Her teaching interests include peace studies, international relations, humanitarian studies and human rights. Her volunteer service is as impressive as her research and teaching record, currently as a committee member on UBC's Scholars at Risk Advisory program, faculty advisor for both UBC's Human Rights collective and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) student refugee program, and committee member on various UBC initiatives to support Ukrainian and Afghan scholars and students.

Learn more about Scholar's at Risk & Human Rights Collective a UBC Office of Regional and International Community Engagement initative

Meeting Format: Hybrid. (members can choose to join in-person at UBC or on Zoom). 

In-person location: UBC Vancouver Campus, Ponderosa Office, Annex F, Room 201.

Attend & join the Community Volunteer Group mailing list: Members receive meeting details including Zoom links in advance of all meetings. Please email and express your interest.

Thursday, 22 September 2022 - 4:00pm
Hybrid Meeting (in-person at UBC and on Zoom)
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
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Wall Catalyst Program September 22, 2022

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the UBC Emeritus College have assembled a cohort of Emeriti to participate in the 2022-23 PWIAS Catalyst Program.

The Wall Catalyst Emeriti cohort will meet monthly to share research experience and engage with guest lecturers on the topic of the "Climate and Nature Emergency".

For more information on this program and the list of participating Emeriti click here.

Members of the Emeritus College are invited to attend speaker lectures throughout the year. 

LEcture - Political Obstacles and Opportunities for Canadian Climate Policy

Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison

Professor, UBC Political Science, COP26 (Conference of the Parties) delegate in Glasgow, 2021

Kathryn Harrison is a Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Harrison received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Western University and MIT, and a PhD in Political Science from UBC. Before entering academia, Harrison worked as a chemical engineer in the oil industry, and as a policy analyst for the United States Congress and Environment Canada. She has been a visiting scholar at Resources for the Future, the University of Melbourne, the University of California Berkeley, and the European University Institute. She has widely published on Canadian and US environmental and climate policy, most recently in Nature Climate Change, Science, and Global Environmental Politics. Harrison has advised governments from the local to international level, and is currently chair of an Expert Advisory Panel of the Canadian Climate Institute and a member of the BC Climate Solutions Council.  Harrison is a frequent media commentator on climate policy, and tweets at @profkharrison.


Canada has a three-decade track record of missed emissions targets, failed climate plans, and weak or abandoned regulatory standards. This presentation will provide an overview of obstacles that have contributed to that failure, including oil and gas export dependence, carbon-intensive households, a growing partisan divide on climate, and federalism, all of which still loom large today. However, I’ll also consider political shifts at this critical moment in the climate crisis: visibility of tragic and costly climate impacts, evolving NGO and Indigenous strategies, US climate legislation and regulatory ambitions, and a new legislative accountability regime.


Members of the UBC Emeritus College are invited to attend a lecture by the guest speaker. There will be a question period following the presentation.

Join us in-person or through Zoom, please use the following links to register in advance of the meeting date.

Registration - In-Person

Location: Seminar Room at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

University of British Columbia, University Centre, 6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Registration - Zoom


Emeritus College and Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Thursday, 22 September 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Peter Wall Institute, Seminar Room (Room 307), 6331 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Poetic Odysseys Group - September 20, 2022

Format: Zoom

If you would like to join, please contact convenor Philip Resnick, for the Zoom meeting link and to be added to the Poetry Group list.

Learn more about the group and their activities

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 - 2:00pm
Zoom online by request
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Travel Group September 15, 2022

Vietnam and Cambodia with Mekong River Cruise

Presented by: Paul Steinbok, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Surgery

After touring Hanoi in Northern Vietnam, we travelled by air to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where we visited many temples, including Angkor Wat. From Siem Reap, we went by road to Kampong Cham. There we boarded our ship to cruise down the Mekong River to the Southern part of Vietnam, finishing in Ho Chi Min City (Saigon).  We experienced the beauty and colours of the markets, the food stalls and  the people. This was also a history lesson about the “Vietnam” war and atrocities in Cambodia under Pol Pot from the perspective of the local population.

If you wish to receive the zoom link for the meeting and are not already on the EC Travel group list, please contact Paul Steinbok at

A zoom link will be sent out before each meeting.

Thursday, 15 September 2022 - 3:00pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Easy Riders Cycling Group *POSTPONED* September 15, 2022


An enjoyable AAA ride (All Ages and Abilities). 

updated 09/15/2022

Meeting Details: MEET AT  @ 10:00 am in the parking lot of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

From there we will follow the seawall route around Vanier Park, along the S side of False Creek to Science World; along the N side of False Creek to Lost Lagoon.; In Stanley Park there are two options - the seawall route (scenic and flat) and the road route (still separated as a bike lane I believe, which is a steeper climb). I am opting for the scenic route this year. If anyone wants to do the road route once — or twice — we can arrange to meet at Second Beach.  From Second Beach we will continue to Burrard Bridge and end our ride with a stop at Kits Beach Coffee 1945 Cornwall  for sustenance/ refreshment.

Route: Vancouver Maritime Museum-S side False Creek-Science World- Burrard Seawall-Stanley Park-N side False Creek-Second Beach-Kist Beach Coffee

This route is gentle (Stanley Park Road Route excepted) and scenic in the extreme . The circuit from and back to Kits Point is about 25km  and will take 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on stops to admire views

Partners and e-bikes are welcome

Any emeriti (and/ or partners) interested in joining this ride please contact group convenor Graeme Wynn ( before Friday, Sept. 9 who will provide further details.

Thursday, 15 September 2022 - 10:00am
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7

Council Meeting - Retreat September 14, 2022

The Council will meet for their annual Retreat.

Wednesday, 14 September 2022 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Council members only
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2