Upcoming Events

E.g., Oct 21, 2021

Photo Group

Photo Group October 22, 2021

The next photo group meeting will be a Zoom meeting on Friday, October 22, at 3pm. You can join for a general chat at 2.30.

The theme is “Breaking the Rules.” As always, photos from your catalog, as well as new photos, are welcome, and you can submit photos on other themes. Please send up to 3 photos, plus (if you wish) a “before” version of one of your photos before processing, to me at richard@rhspencer.ca. Please number your photos if you would like me to show them in a particular order.
You can send them as email attachments, zip files, or downloads from an online site. If you include them in the body of an email, you should avoid letting your software reduce the size of the photos to any resolution less than about 1000 x 800 pixels (within reason, bigger is generally better!).

If you would like to join, please contact Richard Spencer for the zoom-link at richard@rhspencer.ca 

Friday, 22 October 2021 - 3:00pm
Zoom online by request
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
RV in campground

Travel Group October 28, 2021

Grizzly bears and hot pools - two road trips in BC.

Presented by Richard Spencer (Associate Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Registrar Emeritus) and Helen Spencer.

Richard and Helen will describe two road trips: one to stay at a lodge and see Grizzly bears on the Lardeau River, and the other to swim in hot pools in Ainsworth, Radium, Halcyon and Nakusp.

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 psteinbok@cw.bc.ca.

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

Thursday, 28 October 2021 - 3:00pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Film Group Oct 28, 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.     

Oct 28Double Happiness (1993) – directed by Mina Shum, on the surface seems to be a simple family situation comedy but is, in fact, a sophisticated analysis of systemic forces that perpetuate racism against Asians in Canada.  Focusing on a Chinese-Canadian family living in Vancouver and, in particular, on an aspiring actress (played by Sandra Oh), the film reveals the bind in which Asian Canadians often find themselves: both too Asian and not Asian enough.  In particular, the film explores how the media perpetuates this bind while claiming to be Asian-positive.   May be streamed through the UBC Library Catalogue streaming site.  Suggested additional viewing: The Joy Luck Club directed by Wayne Wang.  May be streamed through the UBC Library Catalogue.

Nov 25Beans (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 viff.org.  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 @ ubc.ca

Thursday, 28 October 2021 - 4:00pm
2008 Lower Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Senior Scholars' Series - November 9, 2021

Senior Scholars' Series: The Passions that Drive Academic Life

Link to zoom registration

Pitman Potter

Pitman Potter
Professor Emeritus of Law (2020)

"Reflections From a China Scholar"

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.

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

Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe graduated from the Courtauld Institute and taught for the Open University, and at London and McGill Universities before joining UBC. He chaired the ISGP and then his home department, Art History Visual Art & Theory before serving as Associate Dean, Awards and Scholarships, in the Faculty of Graduate Studies; a member of Senate for several years he was twice elected co-Chair.

He has published extensively on art, architectural and design history with a particular interest in related social and political culture especially of the later modern era; recipient of the Vancouver Book Prize, he was awarded a J.S Guggenheim Fellowship  and a Visiting Fellowship at Clare Hall in Cambridge University. He is currently completing a re-assessment of the architecture and ideology of Arthur Erickson and, also with Michelangelo Sabatino, a multi-perspective anthology on Modernist architecture in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Tuesday, 9 November 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Zoom registration in text
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Council Meeting - November 10, 2021

The Council will meet online.

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

Poetic Odysseys - November 16, 2021

All who are interested in writing, reading or listening to poetry are welcome. 
Philip Resnick (Professor Emeritus, Political Science - philip.resnick@ubc.ca)
and George McWhirter (Professor Emeritus, Creative Writing).

Tuesday, 16 November 2021 - 2:00pm
Contact meeting organizer for Zoom link
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2