Past Events

E.g., Jun 27, 2024

Council Meeting - February 10

The Council will meet online.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Zoom link available to Council members only
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Film Group January 27, 2021

Series Eleven – Filmed Intellectuals

The films can be screened via the Kanopy streaming site of the Vancouver Public Library

Zoom discussions of each film will take place on: Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and Mar. 31 at 4pm

Hosted by John LeBlanc

Series Eleven: Films featuring intellectuals face serious difficulties in presenting such complex and unique individuals in a medium that often relies on formulaic structures within its standard two hour limit.  Film director Margarethe von Trotta, has addressed this problem by attempting to engage intimately with her subjects, requiring that she identify to some degree with them (for example, as a woman railing against male oppression) as well as trying to discover the real person through their letters, close associates and places they inhabited.  The two hour time limit also requires identifying a representative moment in the individual’s life.  These three films, all by women directors, feature, in the first two films, internationally known intellectuals and, in the third film, a fictional thinker, offering an additional difficulty of creating what a contemporary intellectual might look like.  All three films share a focus on intellectuals as figures of exile, not only mental because of their advanced ideas but also physical, suffering displacement that shows they are not merely mind but also flesh and blood.  

Jan. 27 - Hannah Arendt (2012) – directed by Margarethe von Trotta - is part of a trilogy of films by her on prominent women intellectuals, also including films about Rosa Luxembourg and Hildegard von Bingen.  Von Trotta presents the life of this key 20th century intellectual (played, as in the other films of the trilogy, by German actor Barbara Sukowa) by focusing on her contentious response to the Adolph Eichmann trial in Jerusalem.  A Reform German Jew, Arendt was forced into exile to France then the US by the rise of Nazism.  Her attack on Zionism, crystalized in her Eichmann trial reports and book, made her a pariah of her own Jewish people and her conservative personal life has placed her outside of feminism.   

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 - 4:00pm
Zoom link by request
Email for Zoom link
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Poetic Odysseys - January 2021

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, 26 January 2021 - 2:00pm
Contact meeting organizer for Zoom link
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Senior Scholars' Series - January 21

Senior Scholars' Series: The Passions that Drive Academic Life

Jane Coop
Professor Emeritus of Music (2012)

Jerry Wasserman - moderator
Professor Emeritus of English and Theatre (2017)

Jerry Wasserman retired in 2016 after 44 years teaching at UBC. Jerry is also an actor and theatre critic with Lifetime Achievement awards from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Association. He is a member of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Co-sponsors: Emeritus College and Green College

Thursday, 21 January 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
To join the meeting, click on the Green College link.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Travel Group January 21, 2021

Paul Steinbok will talk about 2 small vessel cruises: a barge cruise along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin in Alsace Lorraine, France;  and a river cruise along the Douro river from Porto, Portugal to Vega de Terron, Spain.

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.

Please note the new time of 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, 21 January 2021 - 3:00pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Third Retirement Session on January 19, 2021

Your Investments: Factors to Consider in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Performance of the Canadian and Global Economies

Zoom Registration

This third, and last, session in the Retirement Series will discuss how to preserve and grow your wealth to ensure that it is sufficient for the rest of your life.

It will address issues such as:

  • Factors to consider in making pension and investment decisions during these times.
  • Investments and economic uncertainty:  E.g., inflation, recession, government measures to address the mounting deficit and debt.
  • Stock market performance: What are the expectations?
  • Investment risk:  How to reduce it?  What are lower risk investments?  Higher risk investments?
  • Bond funds: A low-risk investment-portfolio stabilizer or not?
  • Annuities: A recommended strategy?
  • What is considered sufficient savings, including recommended reserves in cash, to cover future living expenses given ongoing uncertainties?
  • Investment strategy for the later years of your retirement. How might it differ from the earlier years?

Oliver Gilbert, Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy;
Alain Quennec, Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager, RGF Integrated Wealth Management

Paul Marantz, UBC Emeritus College

Note: This session will not be made available for later viewing.

Zoom registration

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Zoom webinar - registration link in the text
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2