Upcoming Events

  • Film Group on January 23 at 2pm

Series Five: While comedy’s generic conventions can be extremely rigid and thus even more reinforcing of status quo values, favouring entrenched elites at the expense of those on the margins, this genre’s focus on humour can also encourage and acceptance of diversity and change. On the one hand, comedy tends to insist on managing new impulses within the established order, but it also can gently (or harshly) suggest a radical transformation of that order. Whether dealing with romance, family or social relationships or friendship, comedy can point towards a better future, even though its generally upbeat tone can also make us complacent.

Jan. 23 - The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) by Preston Sturges offers a romantic comedy and, more specifically, a home front romantic comedy set in and made during WWII. Such comedies deal with the anxiety around young women marrying soldiers just before they leave for the front, creating the possibility of socially dreaded widowed mothers. Sturges, the most intelligent of mid-century comedy directors, ingeniously combines his home front romantic comedy with a nativity story (the miracle referred to in the title) and upends romantic comedy’s focus on the couple with an emphasis on multiplicity.

All emeriti and partners are welcome. To get on the mailing list for meeting announcements, please contact John Leblanc: john.leblanc@ubc.ca
When: Tuesday, January 23 at 2pm
Where: Orchard Commons, room 3016, 6363 Agronomy Road
 
 
  • Finance Group on January 31 at 3pm
John Fleming will be discussing "How to Create the Biggest Impact with Your Charitable Giving".  John is Associate Director, Gift & Estate Planning, UBC.  In his role at UBC, he assists donors in matching their philanthropic intentions with the multitude of opportunities on the UBC campuses, including complex gifts, gifts of securities and estate planning, allowing donors to meet their philanthropic goals in the most tax effective way.  His talk will be interest to individuals who would like to learn more about charitable giving, whether to UBC and/or another charity.

All emeriti and partners are welcome.

When: Wednesday, January 31 at 3pm
Where: room 222 at the Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd.
 
 
  •  Senior Scholars’ Series with Beverley Green, Botany, Tuesday, February 6
"Harvesting Light and Chasing Genes: A Winding Path Through The Landscape Of Modern Biology"
 
The first molecular biologist to be appointed in the UBC Botany Department, Beverley Green seized the chance to pursue her interest in photosynthesis, the process by which light energy is converted into chemical energy and sustains all living organisms. Discovering the major role played in that process by families of related proteins led her to her second major theme: understanding how genes and metabolic pathways evolve and acquire novel functions. In this talk she will retrace some of her scientific journey, touching on the role of chance and the importance of not sticking to a single narrow path if one wants to have an interesting and productive career.
 
When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 5:00-6:30pm
Where: Green College Coachhouse, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road.
 
Complimentary tea and coffee are available in the Piano Lounge of Graham House at Green College from 4:30 pm onwards. Those attending talks at Green College are warmly invited to come to dinner. For information on making dinner reservations, please see http://www.greencollege.ubc.ca/how-attend-dinner
 
 
  • Save the Date: General Meeting on February 7 at 1pm
More information about the speakers and subject will follow in the next Alert and newsletter.
All emeriti and partners are welcome.
When: Wednesday, February 7 at 1pm
1pm: Coffee, tea and cookies
1:45pm: Business meeting
2pm: Presentation speakers
Where: Jack Poole Hall at the Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd.