Past Events

E.g., Mar 29, 2023

Series at Green College January 19, 2023

'Disciplines Over Time: Making, Keeping and Breaking the Boundaries of Knowledge' is a cross departmental collaboration between UBC's Green College and Emeritus College.

This series will bring together scholars who inhabit the same academic discipline or field of study, and are at different stages of their careers, to talk about how the boundaries separating their field of specialization from other fields have changed over time. The conversation will inevitably lead to a consideration of cross-disciplinary influences and interdisciplinary trends, as participants account for changes in the cognitive strength of sub-disciplines and the rise and fall of disciplinary paradigms. The intent will be to identify underlying reasons for the observed changes and, by the end of the series, to draw some general conclusions about mechanisms of (inter)disciplinary interaction and development, in the spirit—if not necessarily the style—of Thomas Kuhn and Michel Foucault.

Series Convener: Donald Fisher, Past-Principal, UBC Emeritus College

Nursing OVER TIME: Broadening HORIZONS

Wendy Hall, Professor Emerita, Nursing, UBC

Lydia Wytenbroek, Green College Leading Scholar and Assistant Professor, Nursing, UBC

Elizabeth Straus, Green College Society Member and Postdoctoral Fellow, Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice, University of Guelph

This third event in the series will stage a conversation between scholars of Nursing. The moderator will ask the panelists a series of questions about their perspectives on the discipline, and the discussion will be opened at an early stage to members of the audience. The goal of the event is to grasp the interdisciplinary nexus that is ‘Nursing’ in Canadian and other universities and to peer into possible futures of the field.


Join us in-person at Green College on the UBC Vancouver Campus or virtually. The session will be followed by a reception. Meeting details on Green College Website

Green College Event Details
Coach House, Green College, UBC and livestreamed
Thursday, January 19, 5-6:30pm with reception to follow


Emeritus College and Green College

Thursday, 19 January 2023 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Hybrid: In-person and online through Green College
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Community Volunteer Group January 19, 2023

Presentations by 5-6 members on their volunteer activities

Members will speak about their activities, how they got involved, and potential opportunities for others in the group who might be interested.  A wide range of sectors will be represented, as well as types of activity (hands-on, membership on boards, research, etc.).  The meeting in January will be a great chance to highlight members’ contributions and to make connections for those interested in similar opportunities.  

Join the Community Volunteer Group mailing list: Please email and express your interest.

Thursday, 19 January 2023 - 4:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Myanmar temple on top of a hill with pointed gold roofs

Travel Group January 19, 2023


Presented by: Nancy Langton, Ass. Prof. Emerita, Commerce and Business Administration

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is the largest country in Mainland Southeast Asia. The country has over 100 different ethnic groups. The presentation will feature two faces of Myanmar: 1) some of the major cities that tourists are attracted to, including Yangon (its largest city), Bagan (known for its hot air balloons), Mandalay (second largest city), and Inle Lake and 2) some of the villages, with their distinct dress and customs that are not often visited by tourists. It is an interesting country under a lot of strife. Currently the Canadian government recommends to avoid all travel to Myanmar due to the political tensions and high risk of civil unrest. I feel fortunate to have visited several years ago before the latest civil unrest.

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, 19 January 2023 - 3:00pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
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Wall Catalyst Program | Jan 19, 2023

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. 

Future Energy: How climate change, sustainability, and geopolitical stability is transforming the path forward

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson

Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering, UBC, working on the details of decarbonization, energy conversion and storage, and advanced sustainable solutions for energy and water use.

Future Energy: How climate change, sustainability, and geopolitical stability is transforming the path forward


Energy is one of the most important challenges facing humanity today, forming a nexus with the environment, food, water, health, and global security and prosperity. Since the late 1700s and the start of the industrial revolution our dependence on fossil fuels has grown and resulted in significant climate change and global instability. Electrification of the energy system (targeting over 50% by 2050) and phasing out of fossil fuel use are cornerstones of the energy path forward. The use of batteries, fuel cells, biofuels and hydrogen, are critical to the success of this plan. The transition away from oil and gas is key but carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), and timing are important in the near-term to meet energy and climate change requirements, and for geopolitical stability. This talk will discuss the clean energy plan and transition based on the Net Zero 2050 Roadmap by the International Energy Agency (IEA), and others, some related research at UBC, and some of the potential issues we face in this massive undertaking.   


David P. Wilkinson is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. His research is focused on electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering, particularly with respect to materials, processes, and devices to create clean and sustainable energy and water. Prior to joining UBC he had over 20 years of industrial leadership positions in the areas of fuel cells, hydrogen and advanced lithium batteries. He has over 82 issued US patents and over 235 refereed journal articles, a co-authored book, and a number of book chapters and edited books. Dr. Wilkinson is also the cofounder of the company Mangrove Lithium focused on water treatment and processing of lithium for batteries. He has received a number of awards from various academic, scientific and industrial organizations, including the Order of Canada.

FORMAT: In-person and on Zoom

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

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, 19 January 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
In-Person and Zoom
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

SPEC Elders Circle | Jan 19, 2023

Crossing Bridges - Youth Talk to Elders

This is an opportunity to hear from a diverse group of exceptional young people who are eager to meet with and talk to elders about their values, hopes and concerns for the future, and how elders can support youth in bettering the world. We are recruiting elders who feel similarly interested and eager to listen to and share with young people.

This panel is a pilot module of the course Legacy-making for Organizational Guiding Elders, which is designed to encourage and equip elders to bring an expanded set of skills and knowledge to their volunteer experience.

Click for Registration on Eventbrite

Thursday, 19 January 2023 - 10:00am
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Poetic Odysseys Group - January 17, 2023

The group welcomes members who write or enjoy poetry. Those interested in attending can contact convenor Philip Resnick, for details on how to attend and to be added to the Poetry Group list.

Learn more about the group and their activities

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 - 2:00pm
Zoom online by request
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2