Past Events

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Photo Group

Photo Group February 25, 2022

There are two themes:  “Shadows” and “Space/Time/Motion” – you can chose either or both. New photos, or photos from your catalog, are welcome, and you can submit photos on other themes.

A change in meeting format: We agreed to try some changes to our meeting format, as follows:

Submit no more than 3 photos, no later than the end of the day on Thursday before the meeting.

Designate one photo to be shown first. (If there are 1 or 2 photos that show how the main photo was processed, you can show them along with the main photo.)

Number your remaining photos in order.

We will start by going through all our first choice photos , one per person*, allowing time for discussion and comment. One of our experienced photographers will facilitate a discussion of each photo, exploring questions such as:

Why did you take the photo?

Does it do what you wanted it to do?

Could it have been/be improved:

     o When it was taken?

     o In post-processing?

We will then look at the photos that haven’t been shown, one photo per person, in order, spending less time on each photo, if there is time remaining. (*if you chose to show additional photos with your main photo, we won’t look at them again.)

Meetings will be limited to 1 hour for review of photos + 15 min for feedback, and planning our next meeting.

The order of viewing will be randomised (before the meeting).

We will discuss how this worked at the end of the meeting, and decide whether to continue this way, or make some changes.

Please send no more than 3 photos to me at no later than the end of the day on Thursday, Feb 24.

Future meetings: We plan to meet on April 8, and May 13. We may be able to move to hybrid meetings (in person at UBC + online using Zoom), depending on Covid.

Take and Make Better Photos: Once we can confirm rooms at UBC I will contact Neil leNobel to schedule this talk, and let you know the date, time and place.  I hope we can do this in February or March.

If you would like to join the group, please contact Richard Spencer for the zoom-link at 

Friday, 25 February 2022 - 3:00pm
Zoom online by request
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Travel Group February 24, 2022

Circumnavigation of Newfoundland

Presented by John and Sylvia Aldrich

Newfoundland has its roots in its relationship with the sea, so there is really no better way to see the island than from a ship. In fact, many communities cannot be visited without access from the sea. St. John’s is a marvellous place to walk around - so much to see on the harbour front and in the brightly coloured houses near the harbour. We sailed in a counter clockwise direction around the island, stopping at 11 locations including St. Pierre et Miquelon before ending up back in St. John’s. Among these locations were Bonavista with its famous lighthouse and where John Cabot stepped ashore in 1497; Little Bay Islands, once a thriving outport, where most of the residents have been relocated:  St. Anthony - famous for Dr. Grenfell and his medical missionary work. His house is beautifully preserved. Nearby is L’anse aux Meadow, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only authenticated Norse/ Viking site in the Americas. On to the west of the Island and Gros Morne National park for some guided hikes.

On the south coast the highlights were François, a small hamlet (population<100) which has no road access, and Miawpukek, a First Nations territory where we were treated to dancing and a drum circle.

If you are currently not on the email list of the EC travel interest group and wish to receive our mailings, please contact Paul Steinbok at

A zoom link will be sent out 2 days before each meeting.

Thursday, 24 February 2022 - 3:00pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Film Group Feb 23, 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. 

Feb 23 – Mediterranea (2015) – directed by Jonas Carpignano follows two brothers who make the perilous journey from Burkina Faso (Central Africa) through Libya to what they hope will be a promised land in Rosarno (Southern Italy).  The older brother (Ayiva) is played by an actual immigrant who greatly informed the screenplay.  The journey through Africa to the coast is perilous enough, but upon their arrival in Italy they are faced with squalid living conditions, low-paying seasonal work in the citrus groves of the Gioia Tauro plain, and hostility from the locals and the police, with the 2010 anti-immigrant riots in Rosarno as a backdrop.  STREAMING AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON OR YOUTUBE FOR A SMALL FEE.    

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 - 4:00pm
2008 Lower Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Green College Series on Intergenerational Trauma

A Narrative Study of Intergenerational Trauma and the Chinese Diaspora:  Parental Experiences of Trauma

Fred Chou 
Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies (University of Victoria)

Marvin Westwood - Convenor 
Professor Emeritus of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education (2015)

Topic: A Narrative Study of Intergenerational Trauma and the Chinese Diaspora:  Parental Experiences of Trauma
Time: Tuesday, February 15, 2021, 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Green College link

Co-sponsors: Emeritus College and Green College

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Zoom through Green College link
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Deadline for Nominations

UBC Emeritus College Award for Excellence in Innovative and Creative Endeavours

Nominations due February 15, 2022

The Award of Excellence in Innovative and Creative Endeavours from the UBC Emeritus College recognizes UBC emeriti for excellence in innovative research, artistic creation or new applications of previous research since attaining emeritus status.
Each year, Emeritus College holds a ceremony to highlight both UBC and the accomplishments of its Emeriti, honouring those who have excelled and brought integrity to UBC. In addition to the recognition of the Award, recipients will receive $1,000. Any person may nominate candidates for the Award to the Emeritus College through an online nominations form.

Candidacy nominations can be submitted by any persons, however, to be considered, candidates bust be persons listed under "Emeritus Staff" within the UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar.
More information about the online application and last year’s recipient at: UBC Emeritus College website

UBC President’s Award for Distinguished Service

Nominations due February 15, 2022

The UBC President's Award for Distinguished Service honours UBC emeriti who have displayed exceptional leadership in volunteer community services.

UBC Emeritus college seeks to recognize the importance of the voluntary and community contributions made by UBC Emeriti toward broader communities. In addition to the recognition of the Award, recipients will receive $1,000. It is anticipated that the recipient(s) will direct the fund to an organization, charity, or fund of their choosing. 

Candidacy nominations can be submitted by any persons, however, to be considered, candidates bust be persons listed under "Emeritus Staff" within the UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar.
More information about the online application and past award recipients at: UBC Emeritus College website

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 - 4:00pm
link in the text
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

General Meeting February 9, 2022

Photo of Daniel Heath Justice


2:00 pm Business Meeting
2:15pm Guest Speaker Daniel Heath Justice
3:00pm Q&A
3:15pm End of meeting

Daniel Heath Justice (O.C., FRSC) is a Cherokee Nation citizen raised in the Ute homelands near Pikes Peak, Colorado. He is Professor of Critical Indigenous Studies and English at UBC. His books include Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History (2006), Why Indigenous Literatures Matter (2018), and the animal cultural histories Badger (2014) and Raccoon (2021). He is also co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literatures with James H. Cox (2014) and the forthcoming Allotment Stories with Ojibwe historian Jean M. O’Brien (March 2022).

"Land Back and the Legacies of Allotment: Settler Privatization Schemes and the Restoration of Indigenous Land Relations"

The US Supreme Court’s 2020 decision, McGirt v. Oklahoma, begins with this memorable line: “On the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise.”

That was a promise that, after the US forcibly relocated them from their southeastern homeland to what is now Oklahoma in the early nineteenth century, the Muscogee (Creek) people hold those lands forever, a promise echoed in the US government’s agreements with the Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole, and Chickasaw Nations. By the end of that century, the US moved to destroy tribal sovereignty and territorial autonomy through privatization legislation to accelerate assimilation and expand white access to Indigenous lands and resources. As a result of various allotment policies and the accompanying theft and corruption, Indigenous nations in what is currently the US lost roughly 2/3 of their 1880 land base (or around 100 million acres).

The 2020 McGirt decision found that Congress had not, in fact, dismantled the reservation boundaries of the Muscogee Nation, and subsequent court decisions have upheld the continuity of reservation boundaries for other tribes in Oklahoma, but conflicts with the state over its authority and resource claims continue. This presentation will offer a short history of allotment and other global settler privatization schemes and discuss the author's forthcoming co-edited collection, Allotment Stories: Indigenous Land Relations under Settler Siege, which grounds analysis of privatization in the wake of McGirt within Indigenous response, resistance, and resurgence.

Registration for Zoom

Wednesday, 9 February 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Registration link for Zoom in text
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2