Speaker March 3, 2020

Associate Professor Dana Claxton

Claxton will present diverse historical and contemporary portrayals of Indigenous winyan(women in the Lakota language) in art. These include modes of being ranging from positions of great vulnerability to great manna (power). The intent of her talk is to see how the Indigenous winyan body has been represented and the meanings that have been ascribed to it, and to illustrate that this representation exists in many different forms.

Dana Claxton is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, video, video installation, photography and performance. Her work investigates Indigenous beauty, the socio-political and the spiritual. She is an associate Professor and Head in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University
of British Columbia. Her family reserve is Wood Mountain located Yorkton in Saskatchewan.

A recognized academic, media producer, director and writer, Dana challenges stereotypes of Indigenous people within her image making. In 2018, the Vancouver Art Gallery profiled her career to date in Dana Claxton:
Fringing the Cube, and she has a forthcoming book on her Lakota Sioux research with the Mackenzie ArtGallery. Claxton co-founded the Indigenous Media Arts Group in 1998, which organized the first Aboriginal Film Festival in Vancouver, and as Director of the artist-run centre, the Helen Pitt Gallery, in
the early 1990s, Dana curated exhibitions that featured only Indigenous women artists. Dana was awarded a fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and was the Ruth Wynn Woodward Research Chair in Women’s Studies at SFU.

Speaker February 4, 2020

Bio-sketch of H. K. Chang

H.K. Chang received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from National Taiwan University, Stanford University and Northwestern University, respectively.

He has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, McGill University and the University of Southern University; was Dean of Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1990-94) and the University of Pittsburgh and President (1994-96) of City University of Hong Kong (1996-2007).

In recent years, Professor Chang has taught general education courses at Tsinghua University, Peking University, Shandong University and Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China-Europe International Business School and Bogazici University in Istanbul.

Professor Chang is a Foreign Member of Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom and a Member of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.

He was named by the Government of France to be Chévalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 2000, decorated as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 2009, and was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2002.

Presentation title: Silk Road: Yesterday and Tomorrow

“With expeditions of Alexander the Great and westward expansion of China’s Han Dynasty, the trade routes between Europe and Asia, named Silk Road by a 19th century German geographer, were formally opened. Subsequently, merchants, soldiers and monks of various ethnic and linguistic groups traveled on the Silk Road, exchanging not only merchandise but also religious beliefs, arts and writing systems. The most influential group were the Mongols who, in the 13th-14th centuries, ruled over the largest empire the world has ever known. However, Silk Road declined sharply in the 16th century when naval forces from Western Europe arrived in the Indian Ocean. Today, with land, sea, air, space and Internet connections, the ancient Silk Road is poised to enter a new era of Eurasian communication. ”


Speaker November 2019

Dr. Love- Ese Chile:

Dr. Love-Ese Chile is a sustainable plastic researcher and consultant at her company Grey to Green Sustainable Solutions. She is one of the growing scientists, passionate about learning and communicating on green technologies, and the new innovations, that propel us towards a sustainable future. Love-Ese has worked with all levels of government, non-profits and businesses to bring greater understanding about sustainable plastics. Her research focusses on developing new technology for plastic biodegradation. Love-Ese is an advocate for sustainable science and science communication, she has delivered several public lectures to engage with her community on a variety of important issues

Sustainability, Science and the Ways Technology Can Impact the World


Sustainable science is concerned with creating technologies that will help our communities grow and thrive; science that can inform and empower us to take a “bottom-up” view of climate change to build sustainable innovative cities.

In this presentation, Dr Love-Ese Chile will speak about her pathway to becoming one of a growing group of Sustainable Scientists advocating for the use of green technologies within our communities. An important aspect of sustainable science is to explore the social and cultural practices at the core of sustainability issues; how did we arrive here and, what will support us getting to where we want to be? Using plastic, 3D printing and 5G technology as case studies, Dr. Chile will speak about how these innovations could help propel us towards a sustainable future.

Speaker October 2019

Ms. Diana Ellis:

Past chair, Suzuki Elder Council, in association with the David Suzuki Foundation.
A long time feminist/ environmentalist that spans a rich career of 40 years to date, involved in a wide range of social justice issues and movements, as author, leader, consultant, planner and organiser, in partnership with governments, in private sector, and non profit community organizations across British Columbia.

For the past decade the Suzuki Elders have worked with young people on a range of issues including plastic pollution, storytelling, fast fashion, and understanding what climate change means for their future.  We support their activism and organizing, we participate at their conferences and marches, and when asked, we provide mentorship.  In turn, young people have shared with us their experiences, worries, hopes, and ideas.  Elders bring to this work our own years of work and especially our experience as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

As we see how a 16 year old Greta Thunberg has inspired the youth around the world to engage in climate action, it seems very timely for the older generation to ponder  some more on how we can join in and do our part!

Diana Ellis’s Presentation


Speaker February 2020

Prof. H.K. Chang

Former president of the City University of Hong Kong. He has taught in various universities in Canada ,US, and travels widely especially in Middle East.  He has been acknowledged as an  expert on Silk Road, about its history and impact on world trades, cultures as well as our world’s future. Prof. Chang is a recipient of high honors from governments of France, United Kingdom as well as Hong Kong SAR government.

Speaker March 2020

Prof. Dana Claxton

Currently department head of Art history, visual art and theory in UBC.
A recognized indigenous academic, media producer, director and writer, Prof. Claxton challenges stereotypes of indigenous people in her image making. She profiled her career to date in Vancouver Art Gallery in 2018, that included the first aboriginal film festival, and exhibitions by indigenous women artists only.  She has a forthcoming book on her Lakota Sioux research.

Speaker April 2, 2019 Parmida Esmaeilpour,  a Masters Student and Research
Assistant in the Department of Political Science at UBC

The title of her talk is “‘Quiet Encroachment’: Everyday life in the Islamic
Republic of Iran”.  She will describe the profound changes in the lives of
the Iranian people, particularly women, following the Iranian Revolution in
January 1979 and the subsequent establishment mere months later of the
Islamic Republic of Iran.

2019-04 Parmida Esmaeilpour (April AGM speaker)

Speaker March 5 2019 and November 4, 2018: Herbert Rosengarten, UBC Professor Emeritus
 “UBC Past and Present: An Overview”. Professor Rosengarten is
co-author of the book “UBC:  the First 100 Years”. On March 5, 2019 he will speak about Changing Times, Changing Values, Changing Expectations: How well is UBC adapting to the 21st century?

On November 4 he spoke about changes at UBC over the years, including some comments
about the part played by women at the University.

Professor Herbert Rosengarten

Speaker February 5, 2019: Artist and Author 
Topic: Her Art and Her Memoir “From Paint to Words”:  Internationally acclaimed artist Pnina Granirer puts down her brush and picks up the pen.

Her memoir traces her life journey as a painter in three acts, unfolding from her home
on the Danube River in Romania during the war and the Communist takeover, to
the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, to her time in North America, arriving
in Vancouver in 1965.

2017 Pnina Granirer in her studio
2017 Pnina Granirer in her studio
2018 Pnina’s memoir

Speaker October 2, 2018: Maria Howard, CEO Alzheimer Society of BC

Maria Howard, Alzeimers CEO

Speaker February 6, 2018 :  Professor Tony Sinclair: UBC zoologist, ecologist, and adventurer

Anthony Sinclair with Buffalo in Nyasirori

Talk Title:  Fifty years in Serengeti
Summary:  the science and the adventures — this is an account of what it is like to live and work in the most famous National Park in the world for 50 years, and what Tony Sinclair and his wife Anne were doing there (and still are).

Latest book:   “Serengeti Story”: life and science in the world’s greatest wildlife region

Alison MacLean – Speaker November 7th 2017
Burkas2Bullets: The Rise of Afghan Women in Security

2017-11 Alison MacLean, speaker

Alison MacLean has been working in Afghanistan for six years as a combat photographer. She is releasing her documentary, “Burkas2Bullets”, internationally in the fall of 2017. The film features the rise of Afghan Police and Military Women, with the help of their Coalition supporters. Alison started her career as a Camera Person for The Sports Network. Her company, Tomboy Digital Productions, specializes in women in combat, on the frontlines. The mother of 2, Alison is also an advocate in the Family Court System in B.C. for vulnerable Canadian women and children.