UCLA Emeriti Assn. Report, October 2016

 

Our organization continues its program of providing lectures and other presentations for members through a combination of after-lunch programs (we provide light refreshments) and dinner meetings. The 2015-16 academic year saw the following events:

 

October 8, 2015 - Joint Meeting with Retirees' Association

After Lunch Lecture

Location: Faculty Center - California Room

Speaker: Dr. Jerry Nickelsburg

Topic: UCLA Anderson Forecast

 

November 4, 2015

Quarterly Dinner

Fall Dinner Meeting

Speaker: Steve Clarke, Professor of Biochemistry

Location: Faculty Center, California Room

Topic: Physiological Aging

 

December 10, 2015

After Lunch Lecture

Location: Faculty Center - Hacienda Room

Speaker: Jaana Juvonen, Professor of Psychology

General topic:  Adolescent Cyber Bullying

 

January 14, 2016

After Lunch Lecture

Location: Faculty Center - Sequoia Room

Speaker: Chi Li and Helen Rees (Program includes Student Ensemble from Ethnomusicology)

General topic:  Music of China

 

February 10, 2016

Quarterly Dinner

Winter Dinner Meeting

Speaker: Benjamin Karney, Professor of Social Psychology

Location: Faculty Center, California Room

Topic: Learning from Couples Who are Not Middle-Class, College Educated, and White.

 

March 10, 2016

After Lunch Lecture

Location: Faculty Center - Hacienda Room

Speaker: Daniel Treisman, Professor & Comparative Politics Field Chair

General topic: Russian Politics & Economics

 

April 12, 2016

After Lunch Lecture

Location: Faculty Center - Hacienda Room

Anne Rimoin, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

General topic: Viral Epidemics (Ebola)

 

May 11, 2016

Spring Awards Dinner

Speaker: Zev Yaroslavsky

Former member, LA County Board of Supervisors

Location: Faculty Center, California Room

Topic:  Lessons Learned from My Years in Local Government

 

June 9, 2016 - Joint Meeting with Retirees' Association

After Lunch Lecture

Location: Faculty Center - Sequoia Room

Speaker: Professor James L. Gelvin, Department of History

Topic: “Syria, ISIS, and the Future of the Middle East.”

 

For those who can’t attend in person, and when presenters allow it, we provide audio recordings of programs on our website: http://emeriti.errc.ucla.edu/Event-Resources-and-Recordings

 

Apart from these lecture-style programs, we continue an annual Arts and Crafts show and various mentoring efforts. We have begun audio interviews with our officers. This experiment is a preliminary program but we have two interviews on our website: http://emeriti.errc.ucla.edu/Interviews. We plan more in the future.

 

I have mentioned the website above. One of our plans for the coming year is to update the Emeriti Assn. website. The staff member at our Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center (ERRC) who had been maintaining it left his position in the spring. His replacement at the ERRC will be on the job soon and we hope to address this issue in the coming months. One of our most illustrious members, Yousee Elayemeriti, maintains an unofficial Facebook page to which members may subscribe and post. https://www.facebook.com/yousee.elayemeriti

 

Finally, many emeriti utilize the facilities of the UCLA Faculty Center, an independent entity on campus which is under financial pressure. We have been contributors in various ways to the Center and expect to continue to assist as appropriate.

 

Daniel J. B. Mitchell, UCLA