Past Events

E.g., Jun 30, 2022

Senior Scholars' Series - February 8, 2022

Senior Scholars' Series: The Passions that Drive Academic Life

Link to Zoom registration

Photo of Frank Tester

Frank Tester
Professor Emeritus of Social Work (2016)

Do I Belong? Activism, Social Change and Commitment to ‘the Other’

As a student Frank lived in Arctic Bay, Baffin Island, and has worked in China, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nicaragua and Vanuatu. He is currently technical advisor to Pond Inlet, and 4 other communities on Baffin Island, affected by a proposal to expand the Baffinland Iron Ore Mine at Mary River. He is writing a book for James Lorimer on Arctic relocations.

Frank is President of the Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice (VARJ), and is working with former students and others to produce a video short based on Indigenous playwright René Morriseau’s play about restorative justice. His work with VARJ includes training the Safe and Caring School Liaisons who have replaced City of Vancouver Police Officers in Vancouver Schools. Frank has degrees in Medical Research, Environmental Design, Social Work and Geography. He taught at York University, the University of Calgary, the University of Waikato, UBC, and the University of Edinburgh.

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

Tuesday, 8 February 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Zoom registration to follow
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Mini-symposium in Honour of Professor Fred Brauer

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
Mini-symposium in Honour of Professor Fred Brauer

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
2:00 pm PDT
Online event
Open to everyone. For more information and to register: Registration is required.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022 - 2:00pm
Link in the text
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Film Group Jan 26, 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. 

Jan 26 – El Norte (1983) – directed by Gregory Nava focuses on indigenous (Mayan) refugees from the (American abetted) civil war in Guatemala, who make their way to California and become part of the, ongoing, broader Latin American immigration to the United States.  The film is divided into three parts: 1) events in Guatemala that lead the two protagonists (Enrique and Rosa) to flee the military dictatorship, 2) their journey from Guatemala to California and 3) their “new” life in Los Angeles.  The film was a trailblazer for being told from the immigrants’ point of view, rather than filtered through an American character, as in other 80s films focused on the region, such as Salvador (1986).  STREAMING AVAILABLE THROUGH THE UBC LIBRARY CATALOGUE.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 - 4:00pm
2008 Lower Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Council Meeting - January 26, 2022

The Council will meet online.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Zoom link available to Council members only
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Poetic Odysseys - January 25, 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).

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 - 2:00pm
Contact meeting organizer for Zoom link
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Volunteer Group - Jan. 20, 2022

The Emeritus Volunteer Group Second Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 4-5pm

This is a new Special Interest Group (SIG) for both the recently retired and those who have enjoyed the good life for decades. The focus of the group is on volunteer activities, ones for which you can devote your time and talents toward projects that will greatly benefit others. But how does one go about choosing among the possible volunteer roles you would like to take on? Would you like to give your time to educational activities such as tutoring in the DTES or mentoring UBC students, join boards of non-profit organizations, work on projects promoting women’s rights or improving access to clean water and health in developing countries? The opportunities are limitless, diverse and in need of volunteers. How can you find out what opportunities are available locally, nationally, and internationally? How can you determine which volunteer activity is a good match for you, given your talents and an organization’s needs, where your value-added will be the greatest? The objective of this SIG is to generate interest, learn and share information on volunteer possibilities and give interested participants ideas and directions on where and how they might best use their talents to contribute to the greater good.

I am delighted that Dr. Martha Piper, former UBC president, has agreed to join us. Martha has been extraordinarily active in the volunteer circuit since her presidency, having served on numerous non-profit, corporate and educational Boards. She co-founded the Vancouver Council for CARE Canada that promotes women’s voices and leadership, especially in developing countries. She has served on the boards of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, Stem Cell Research Foundation, Crofton House School and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, to name a few. In each case, she selected her volunteer activities based on her personal interests and how closely they aligned with the objectives of the respective organizations. I hope this idea is interesting to many of you and look forward to seeing you Jan. 20, 4-5pm. If you plan to attend, please let me know at

Thursday, 20 January 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2