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Film Group Mar 30, 2022

Series Fourteen –  Immigration

Zoom discussions of each film will take place on last Wednesdays at 4pm: Jan 26, Feb 23 and Mar 30

Hosted by John LeBlanc

To join the group, please email john.leblanc @

Series Fourteen: Immigration continues to become a central reality of our time, increasing in scale and complexity and eliciting a wide range of responses from positive promotion (Canada desires and needs more immigrants) to condemnation (strong man countries erecting walls of various sorts).  Feature films have addressed issues of immigration since film began in the late 19th century, but our series will focus on more recent efforts, beginning with El Norte from 40 years ago when the general public was just beginning to gain a more in-depth awareness of such social issues.  Mediterranea provides a more contemporary (and more geographically removed) window into the situation facing immigrants.  Finally, Amreeka sees immigrant experience from a more positive perspective, adding balance to the seemingly insurmountable problems. 

Mar 30 – Amreeka (2009) – directed by Cherien Dabis (and based on her family’s experiences) tells about an Arab single mother (Muna) and son (Fadi) from Bethlehem who are fed up with navigating West Bank checkpoints.  Unexpectedly, Muna’s green card application approved, they move to small town suburban Illinois, joining her sister Raghda’s family.  Denied work in her previous career of banking Muna begins her search for the American Dream at the local White Castle fast food restaurant.  Set in 2003 at the start of the second Iraq war, anti-Arab/Muslim sentiment has been building, with her son bullied at the local high school as a terrorist.  Employing some popular film devices of plot clichés and one-dimensional characters, the film, nevertheless, provides insights into immigrant experience.  STREAMING AVAILABLE THROUGH THE UBC LIBRARY CATALOGUE.

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 - 4:00pm
2008 Lower Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Emeritus college in-person social event with people gathering and talking

UBC Emeritus College Conversations - March 30, 2022

Features of a Post-Pandemic Society: Three Perspectives

The conversation invites 3 speakers to offer their perspective on how changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on individuals and societies.
The conversants will be Brian Job, Pittman Potter and Peter Suedfeld.
Our moderator will be Craig Riddell.


Brian Job headshot

Brian L. Job, Professor Emeriti of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (2021)

Job's teaching and research interests concern international security—more specifically, the evolving security order of the Asia Pacific, intrastate conflict, human security, and Canadian foreign and security policies.  He joined the UBC faculty in 1989, having previously been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota.  He has served as Director of the Centre of International Relations, Interim Director of the Liu Institute, and Associate Director of the Institute of Asian Research. His current research concerns UN peacekeeping, the protection of civilians in conflict, Canadian security policy, and security relations among Asian states and peoples.  Job has been actively involved in Asia Pacific expert networks, particularly with the Council of Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP).  He has been co-editor of International Studies Quarterly, and of Global Governance, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal and of International Relations of the Asia Pacific. Job is currently a Senior Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and has been a visiting professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo; Nanyang Technical University, Singapore; and the Australian National University.

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Pitman Potter, Professor Emeritus of Law (2020)

Potter’s teaching and research have focused on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of international trade and investment, dispute resolution, property and contract law, business regulation, and human rights. He has published many books and essays on China law and policy, including Exporting Virtue? China’s International Human Rights Activism in the Age of Xi Jinping (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2021).

Prior to his retirement in 2020, Dr. Potter also served as an attorney licensed in British Columbia, Washington State and California handling China business and arbitration matters. Dr. Potter has served on the Boards of Directors of several public institutions, including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where he is currently a Distinguished Fellow Emeritus and the Canada-China Business Council. Dr. Potter is a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of New Westminster) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Peter Suedfeld, Professor Emeritus of Psychology (2004)

Dr. Suedfeld is one of the pioneering researchers in the field of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) and in his field research he has studied the reactions and adaptation of crews in the Antarctic, the Canadian High Arctic, and in space vehicles, as well as survivors of the Holocaust and other traumatic events. His research findings were among the first to emphasize the positive aspects and consequences of these experiences.

His research interests include the effects of challenging and stressful environments and experiences on psychological processes and behaviour, including coping, positive and negative outcomes, and both short- and long-term aftereffects. Examples of the environments and experiences studied are: living and working in extreme and unusual situations such as space vehicles and polar stations; isolation and confinement; high-level political and military decision-making; surviving genocide and persecution.


Craig Riddell, Professor Emeritus of Economics (2017)

Riddell's interests are in labour economics, labour relations, applied econometrics and public policy. Current research is focused on income inequality, skill formation, education and training, unemployment and labour market dynamics, evaluation of social programs, unionization and collective bargaining, and unemployment insurance and social assistance (welfare).

He is co-author of Labour Market Economics: Theory, Evidence and Policy in Canada, Canada's leading labour economics textbook. Professor Riddell is A Canadian Economics Association Fellow, former Head of the Department of Economics at UBC, Past-President of the Canadian Economics Association and former Director of the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Research Network. 

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Privacy and Consent to Recording

Please note that this event will be recorded via Zoom and posted publicly. The recording may contain attendees’ names and images. We recognize that this may be undesirable for some participants. If you do not wish for your name or image to be used in the video, please leave your video turned off during the event. You may also change your name to something generic like “Participant” or “Anonymous” in the Zoom meeting room by selecting yourself from the participants list and editing your name. By registering for this event and clicking the Zoom link that will be emailed to you, you consent to being recorded. If you do not want to participate in the live session, the recording will be posted at a later date to our YouTube channel. 

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Photo Group

Photo Group - March 24, 2022

The Joy of Symmetry in Photography
A presentation by Photography Educator, Rick Hulbert

We will explore photographic compositions that embrace “natural” symmetry as well as “creatively re-imagined” symmetry.

Symmetry has been historically appreciated by both the arts and sciences.

According to Scientist Alan Lightman, human brains actually strive to see things symmetrically. “The reason must be partly psychological," he says… “Symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in… [It] helps us make sense of the world around us.”
This presentation is designed to be of interest to everyone, regardless of their level of experience and expertise.

Rick Hulbert is an instructor of photography at Simon Fraser University and Langara College in Vancouver, and, in normal times, leads multi-day photo-workshops throughout Europe and North America.
Rick‘s background as an international award winning Architect and Urban Designer informs his photography. His teachings reflect his knowledge of both the History of the 2-Dimensional Arts of Drawing and Painting along with the Science of Human Vision. Rick is a "Life Member" of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and a “Fellow" of The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Rick was one of only two photographers from North America selected to attend and exhibit at the World Art Games in Bratislava, Slovakia.

If you would like to join the photo group and receive the Zoom-link, please contact Richard Spencer at 

Thursday, 24 March 2022 - 7:30pm
Zoom online by request
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

General Meeting March 23, 2022

Alfred Hermida will discuss how the future of journalism is being shaped by approaches to journalism, innovation practices, business models and policy frameworks.

Alfred Hermida, Ph.D., is an award-winning online news pioneer, media scholar and journalism educator. With more than two decades of experience in digital journalism, his research addresses the transformation of news, media innovation, social media and data journalism. He is a professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, where he served as director for five years. He is co-lead of the SSHRC-funded Global Journalism Innovation Lab. It examines how new revenue models, new policy frameworks, and new modes of audience engagement can support informed, knowledge-based journalism. He also co-founded The Conversation Canada in 2017. He was a BBC journalist for 16 years, including four in North Africa and the Middle East, before going on to be a founding news editor of the BBC News website in 1997.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Senior Scholars' Series - March 22, 2022

Senior Scholars' Series: The Passions that Drive Academic Life

Fes de Scally headshot

Fes de Scally fieldwork

Fes de Scally
Professor Emeritus of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences  (2019)

Reflections on a Career of Field Science and Experiential Education While Building UBC’s Okanagan Campus

Fes retired in 2020 after 32 years of teaching at Okanagan University College and UBC.  He was part of the first cohort of faculty hired by OUC to create the institution’s first degree programs.  Seventeen years later, those programs became the core of UBC’s newly acquired Okanagan campus.  Fes has spent his career as a field scientist on a wide range of research problems, including the hydrological role of snow avalanches, the dynamics and hazards of high-mountain fans, tropical cyclone hazards, and wildland-urban interface fire risk.  His fieldwork has taken him to Pakistan’s Punjab Himalaya and Karakoram Mountains, the Southern Alps of New Zealand, the Cascade and Rocky Mountains of western Canada, and the Cook Islands.  His passion for undergraduate education, especially experiential and field-based, has been recognized by a teaching award from the Canadian Association of Geographers and a Visiting Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury.

Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe - moderator
Professor Emeritus of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (2015)

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Poetic Odysseys - March 21, 2022

All who are interested in writing, reading or listening to poetry are welcome. 

Philip Resnick (Professor Emeritus, Political Science -
and George McWhirter (Professor Emeritus, Creative Writing).

Monday, 21 March 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2