Upcoming Events

E.g., Mar 28, 2023

Photo Group

Photo Group | April 6

How to Take and Make a Better Photo with Neil le Nobel

This presentation will appeal to novice and intermediate photographers wanting to improve their photographic technique by putting more "wow" into their photos. A basic explanation of photographic parameters that govern the capture of a good photo will be presented using many illustrative photos. The talk will include a number of techniques that the novice photographer can use to make creative photos without the use of expensive software. "In-camera" techniques that make use of on-board camera software will also be discussed. 

You'll learn about good photographic composition by the use of proper placement of subject matter and favorable shadow and light conditions that help enhance photos. The talk will end with a short series of amateur award winning photos.

Neil le Nobel has been an amateur photographer for thirty years. He is currently the Past President and Competitions Chair of the Richmond Photo Club. He is a photographic judge amongst the Lower Mainland camera clubs as well an online judge for the Canadian photographic community, and a member of the Canadian Association of Photographic Art.

If you would like to attend, please contact Richard Spencer at richard@rhspencer.ca for details

Check out the Photo Group’s new Flickr account to view photos from their last meeting.

Thursday, 6 April 2023 - 1:30pm
Ponderosa Commons North
Room 1009
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Community Volunteer Group April 6, 2023

Meeting Details: PEN Canada

Speakers: Scott McIntyre, founder of Douglas and McIntyre Publishers and Board member, PEN

Meeting Format: TBC. This meeting my be hosted in a hybrid format. Before the meeting, those interested will be asked to confrim thier attendance in-person or online.

Join the Community Volunteer Group mailing list: Please email Nancy.Gallini@ubc.ca and express your interest.

Thursday, 6 April 2023 - 4:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Co-housing Women's Group April 13, 2023

Women’s Cohousing:

With speaker Margaret Critchlow (formerly Rodman), PhD.

Dr. Critchlow taught anthropology of space and place at York University in Toronto, Canada for 25 years before retiring to Vancouver Island and co-founding the first senior cohousing community in western Canada, Harbourside Cohousing, where she has lived with her husband since it opened in Jan 2016. Margaret enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for cohousing with people of all ages, independently and as a Community Building Facilitator with Cohousing Development Consulting. She teaches online courses for the Foundation for Intentional Community with Laird Schaub, “Planning for aging in community” and “Aging Well in Community.” She also offers workshops for new cohousing groups who want to build their membership and/or understand more about how cohousing can support aging in place. 

Baba Yaga House and other models for living for women retirees

The recent crises in long term care as a result of the Pandemic have emphasized the need for coming up with new models for aging demographics. It remains a well-documented fact that women generally have fewer access to resources than men when it comes to this stage of their lives. The group is intended to comprise those who wish to delve further into the possibilities for self-governing models of group living that combine independent spaces with communal ones (co-housing, coop housing etc.). The Baba Yaga model set up in France has inspired people across the world: https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20130305-babayagas-house

We will share experts and expertise (including inspiring writers, artists and film directors) that exist in the field to see what is possible. It is anticipated that pooling our knowledge will provide a range of realistic models for the future and may even have direct practical outcomes. While the call to participate is initially directed at women only we will decide at the first meeting whether to stay with this model.

Join the Co-housing Women's Group mailing list: Please email sneja.gunew@ubc.ca and express your interest.

Meeting Format: Zoom. Group members will receive the Zoom links in advance of all meetings.

Thursday, 13 April 2023 - 4:00pm
Zoom meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Catalyst Program Callout Image

Wall Catalyst Program | April 20

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the UBC Emeritus College have assembled a cohort of Emeriti to participate in the 2022-23 PWIAS Catalyst Program.

The Wall Catalyst Emeriti cohort will meet monthly to share research experience and engage with guest lecturers on the topic of the "Climate and Nature Emergency".

For more information on this program and the list of participating Emeriti click here.

Members of the Emeritus College are invited to attend speaker lectures throughout the year. 

LEcture - Advancing climate solutions in a politically polarizing world

Dr. Andrew J. Weaver is a Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He was also the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis until he was elected as a BC Green Party MLA in the 2013 BC Provincial Election representing the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

In 2015 Dr. Weaver assumed leadership of the BC Green Party, leading them to an historic election result in the 2017 provincial election with three elected MLAs holding the balance of power in an NDP minority government. He returned to UVic after completing two terms as an MLA.

Advancing climate solutions in a politically polarizing world

Over the last century, scientific understanding of the causes and consequences of global warming has evolved to the point that it is, for all intents and purposes, an extremely well understood problem. The fundamental question facing society is whether the present generation has a moral and/or ethical obligation to future generations in terms of the type of world we leave behind as our legacy. Science alone cannot, and will not, ever answer this question.

In this talk Dr. Weaver will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with curbing the increase of atmospheric greenhouse gases, with particular emphasis on the complexities arising from the ongoing political polarization of society. Emphasis will be on the need for more evidence-based decision-making within the political establishment if we collectively wish to reverse the disturbing trend towards decision-based evidence-making in the formation of provincial and national policy.


Register for In-person

Location: Seminar Room at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
University of British Columbia, University Centre, 6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Register for Zoom

Co-sponsors Emeritus College and Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Thursday, 20 April 2023 - 1:00pm
In-Person or Zoom TBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Puglia, Italy

Travel Group | April 20

Cycling in Puglia and a visit to Malta
with Peter Dodek, Professor Emeritus of Critical Care Medicine

In September 2019, my wife and I booked a self-guided cycling trip through Puglia, Italy.  After brief visits to Bari, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, and Matera , we criss-crossed the heel of Italy on backroads and stayed in delightful small towns.  Then, we flew to Malta to immerse ourselves for several days in the place where the 'west' defeated the Ottomans in 1565 and the Nazis in 1942.

Format: Hybrid
If you wish to receive the zoom link for the meeting and are not already on the EC Travel group list, please contact Paul Steinbok at psteinbok@cw.bc.ca.

A zoom link will be sent out before each meeting.

Thursday, 20 April 2023 - 3:00pm
Life Sciences Centre - Room 1312
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Series at Green College April 20, 2023

'Disciplines Over Time: Making, Keeping and Breaking the Boundaries of Knowledge' is a cross departmental collaboration between UBC's Green College and Emeritus College.

This series will bring together scholars who inhabit the same academic discipline or field of study, and are at different stages of their careers, to talk about how the boundaries separating their field of specialization from other fields have changed over time. The conversation will inevitably lead to a consideration of cross-disciplinary influences and interdisciplinary trends, as participants account for changes in the cognitive strength of sub-disciplines and the rise and fall of disciplinary paradigms. The intent will be to identify underlying reasons for the observed changes and, by the end of the series, to draw some general conclusions about mechanisms of (inter)disciplinary interaction and development, in the spirit—if not necessarily the style—of Thomas Kuhn and Michel Foucault.

Series Convener: Donald Fisher, Past-Principal, UBC Emeritus College


Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Professor Emerita, Educational Studies;

Hagwil Hayetsk (Charles Menzies), Professor, Anthropology;

Caroline Running Wolf (Apsáalooke), Green College Society Member and PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Studies

This series, co-hosted with UBC Emeritus College, brings together scholars who inhabit the same academic discipline or field of study, and are at different stages of their careers, to talk about how the boundaries separating their field of specialization from other fields have shifted over time. This sixth and final event in the series will stage a conversation between scholars of Indigenous Studies. The moderator will ask the panelists a series of questions about their perspectives on the discipline, and the discussion will be opened at an early stage to members of the audience. The goal of the event is to grasp the interdisciplinary nexus that is ‘Indigenous Studies’ in Canadian and other universities and to peer into possible futures of the field.


Join us in-person at Green College on the UBC Vancouver Campus or virtually. The session will be followed by a reception. 



Emeritus College and Green College

Thursday, 20 April 2023 - 5:00pm
Hybrid: In-person and online through Green College
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1