Past Events

E.g., Aug 7, 2022

Photo Group

COVID walks in the neighbourhood: a photographic journey

Covid walks in the neighbourhood: a photographic journey

Presenter: Paul Steinbok, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Surgery

With the restrictions imposed by Covid, walking in the neighbourhood was one of the pleasures that all of us could enjoy. During my walks, I became more aware than ever of the beauty of nature and perceived details that normally I might have ignored. I observed more closely changes in the environment around me with the seasons, the weather and the light. It was uplifting to see how so many responded to Covid with messages of thanks and hope and with resourcefulness.

As we started a second year of Covid, I became more intrigued with patterns, shadows and reflections, especially on the pavement that I had been traversing repeatedly. This further stimulated my curiosity, imagination and ultimately my photographic creativity.

My hope is that this photographic presentation will not only be enjoyable but will enhance the appreciation of the richness and variety that abound in our neighbourhoods, if we take the time to look more closely.

Link to register for Zoom-meeting

Wednesday, 1 December 2021 - 4:00pm
Zoom link in text
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

European Association of Professors Emeriti | First Digital Educational Seminar

European Association of Professors Emeriti presents:

Committee on Prevention and Health Promotion

  • The clinical application of research in organ transplantation
  • The increase of life expectancy
  • Building health promotion. Psychosocial context
  • Epidemiology and prevention of CVD: past, present and future
  • Covid-19 and smoking

It is common knowledge that a healthy life is a requisite for every human achievement. Our committee has been formed towards preventing disease and promoting health in Europe and all over the world. Professors Emeriti have a great responsibility towards helping all individuals achieve a longer and healthier life, thus preserving and promulgating their capital of knowledge and of age.

Confirmation of Participation by email at:

Preliminary Program

9:00am PST

Welcome by Natale Gaspare DeSanto President of EAPE (University of Campania, Naples)

9:05am PST

Sir Magdi Yacoub, (Imperial College London & Aswan Heart Centre) Chairman Salutation
The clinical application of research in organ transplantation

9:20am PST

Dennis V. Cokkinos (University of Athens)
The goals of the committee of Prevention and Health Promotion
The increase of life expectancy 

9:35am PST

George Christodoulou (University of Athens)
Building Health Promotion. Psychosocial context

9:50am PST

Guy De Backer (University of Ghent)
Epidemiology and prevention of CVD: past, present and future

10:05am PST

Panagiotis Behrakis (University of Athens)
Salutation from the Institute of Public Health of the American College of Greece
Covid-19 and smoking.

10:20am PST

Questions and Answers

Confirmation of Participation by email at:

Wednesday, 1 December 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Zoom meeting
Confirmation of Participation by email at:
Zoom, BC V6T 1Z2

Wade Davis presentation "Magdalena: River of Dreams - A Story of Colombia"

Wade Davis, a renowned anthropologist, will captivate you with an evening of eloquent stories & stunning photographs from his latest book.

This event is in support of fundraising for the University of British Columbia Faculty Women’s Club Childcare Bursary for UBC students. The Bursary will assist student parents facing financial hardship from the high cost of paid childcare while undertaking a university education.

Professor Wade Davis is one of the most articulate and influential western advocates for the world’s indigenous cultures. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity” (TED Talks).

Wade Davis is the author of twenty two books, including Magdalena: River of Dreams, One River, The Wayfinders, and Into the Silence, which won the 2021 Samuel Johnson Prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English Language. A Harvard graduate with innumerable awards and accomplishments, he was the Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013 and is currently a UBC Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk. In 2016, he was made a member of The Order of Canada. In 2018, he became an Honorary Citizen of Colombia.

This event will follow the Covid-19 restrictions from the Government of BC and UBC.

Link to Eventbrite to buy Tickets

Monday, 29 November 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Frederic Wood Theatre
6354 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Film Group Nov 25, 2021

Series Thirteen – Systemic Racism

The films can be screened via the streaming sites listed with each film

Zoom discussions of each film will take place on: Thursdays: Sept 30, Oct 28 and Nov 25 at 4pm

Hosted by John LeBlanc

Series Thirteen: As a result of the US Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, the reality of racism in North America could no longer be ignored, but early attempts to come to terms with racism, such as in the 60s and 70s Sidney Poitier films, narrowly defined it as the product of deranged individuals.  The recent Black Lives Matter protests, locating racism within society’s structures and institutions, such as the police, have forced us to confront the racism in the very nature of our cultures and national identity.  These three films invite us to examine how the very founding of our nations and their ongoing development is grounded in racism, requiring a major self-confrontation and transformation in order to move beyond the paralysis that racism fosters.  I Am Not Your Negro has the victims of racism explain its nature.  Double Happiness and Beans provide a Canadian context (Asian-Canadian and Indigenous-Canadian, respectively) for the damaging impact of racism.     

Nov 25 – Beans (2021) – directed by Tracey Deer fictionalizes the director’s personal experience as a 12 year old during the 1990 Kanehsatake / Kahnawake crisis, a defining moment in Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous peoples.  This crisis, developing out of the ongoing appropriation of Indigenous land in the Montreal / St Lawrence River region and resulting blockade revealed the racist nature at the heart of the Canadian settler project and its governing institutions.  Deer’s return to this pivotal moment assists us in dealing with Canada’s past and moving forward into a more inclusive Canadian future.  This film is playing at VanCity Theatre Sept 10-16: info at  Streaming options TBA.  Suggested additional viewing: Alanis Obomsawin’s four documentary films dealing with the crisis: 1)Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, 2)Rocks at Whiskey Trench, 3)My Name is Kahentiiosta, and 4)Spudwrench: Kahnawake Man.  All four can be streamed through the UBC Library Catalogue.  

To join the group, please email john.leblanc @

Thursday, 25 November 2021 - 4:00pm
2008 Lower Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
RV in campground

Travel Group November 25, 2021

Enjoying nature and scenery travelling in an RV

Presented by Beverley Green (Professor Emerita Botany)

Beverley Green will talk about the advantages (and a few disadvantages) of camping in a recreational vehicle (RV), with some photos and stories from past trips to California, New Mexico, Alaska and the Okanagan. This mode of travel offers many seniors the chance to enjoy nature up close while having a few essential comforts and more flexibility than staying in a fixed accommodation.

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, 25 November 2021 - 3:00pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Green College Series on Intergenerational Trauma

the challenges of getting to 'ok' in the telling of forbidden stories:  intergenerational, multiracial, complex trauma

Richard Vedan  
Professor Emeritus of Social Work (2014)

The presentation will identify excerpts of the history of contact between Indigenous People and Settlers that contribute to the contemporary inequitable position of Indigenous People. Amendments to the Indian Act which explicitly forbade all practice of traditional culture, including storytelling, continue to cause irreparable damage to the core of individuals, families, and communities. The damage caused was not accidental but the manifestation of that which was fully intended. Equally powerful in the damage caused are informal, unspoken rules that dictate individuals, families, and communities. Reflecting upon clinical practice, research and program development, Richard Vedan will review the challenges the unspoken informal rules present for an individual or group’s healing journey. Reference will be made to the work of Indigenous scholars and his own journey as a second-generation residential school survivor, whose great grandparents, grandparents and father attended residential schools. Indian Reserves and Indian Residential Schools are total institutions and manifest the features of other total institutions such as military organizations. Drawing from his clinical experience as a Social Work Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force/Canadian Forces, comment will be offered on the powerfully unspoken informal rules and cultural norms not conducive to a healing journey for Indigenous Veterans such as Richard Vedan's father, Hector, or for non-Indigenous Veterans and Serving Members of the Navy, Army and Air Force.

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

Topic: The Challenges of Getting to OK in the Telling of Forbidden Stories:  Intergenerational, Multiracial, Complex Trauma
Time: Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Green College link

Co-sponsors: Emeritus College and Green College

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
In-person and Zoom through Green College link
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1