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The Emeriti Council

The Stanford Emeriti Council provides an ongoing schedule of events for the Stanford Emeriti and their spouses/partners.

The 2019 -2020 Council Members: 

Iris Litt (Chair), David Abernethy, Sandy Fetter, Chuck Holloway, Roberta Katz, Mike Kirst, Ray Levitt,  Michele Marincovich, John Rickford, Susan Schofield, Dick Scott, George Springer, and Bill Stone.

Upcoming Events

All events are open to Emeriti Faculty, their spouses/partners and by invitation.

Our first talk in the series co-sponsored with the Stanford Center on Longevity will take place on February 19, 4:00 to 5:30 pm, in the Faculty Club Red Lounge.  We will hear a presentation on Health Benefits Resources for Emeriti by Reggie Johnson, Director of the University Human Resources (UHR) Client Services Team, and Jane Lanning, Team Lead. The Client Services Team supports Stanford’s 18,000 active employees and 4,000 retirees. Reggie Johnson has an extensive background in customer service and process improvement and has worked in UHR for 18 years. This will be an opportunity to ask your questions and learn about the available resources and “where to go” when you need assistance with retiree health care benefits.

The David B. Abernethy Emeriti Lecture Series: “Autobiographical Reflections”

The second lecture in our David B. Abernethy Emeriti Lecture Series—Autobiographical Reflections will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, in the Faculty Club Main Dining Room.  The speaker is Arnold Rampersad, the Sara Hart Kimball Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in the Stanford Department of English. His lecture, entitled “In and Out of Stanford,” will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.

Educated first in his native Trinidad, Arnold Rampersad earned his university degrees at Bowling Green State University and Harvard.  He has taught at the University of Virginia, Stanford University (from 1974 to 1983 and again from 1998 to 2011), Rutgers, Columbia, and Princeton.  From 2003 to 2006 he also served as Senior H&S Associate Dean for the Humanities.  As a pioneering biographer in the area of African American culture, he has published numerous books, including: The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. DuBois; the two-volume Life of Langston Hughes; Jackie Robinson: A Biography; and Ralph Ellison: A Biography. He is also co-author, with the late Arthur Ashe, of Days of Grace: A Memoir.

Among his honors are the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Award, Princeton’s Behrman Medal for Distinction in the Humanities, and in 2011 the National Humanities Medal.  He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1991.  An elected member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, he holds honorary doctorates from various universities, including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.

Professor Rampersad writes that “I would like to talk about the two eras that I lived through while at Stanford—the university that was and the university it became.  I arrived as an assistant professor of English in 1974, rose to the rank of professor, but then decided that I had to go away.  Why?  I moved to New York.  After declining an offer to return to Stanford in 1990, I finally came back in 1998.  Why?  I found a university to some extent the same as I had left it but also one significantly changed in crucial respects.  Having taught at a number of schools, I was in a position to contrast Stanford as a community (its administration, faculty, students, and alumni) with a variety of other institutions. What conclusions did I draw?  As Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities, how did I address the complex challenges facing the humanities, including those of leadership, morale, and integrity on a campus famed far more for its command of science than for its embrace of the humanities?  Where has the ‘wind of freedom’ blown us?”

Past Events

After each lecture series event, audio of the talk is uploaded to Stanford on iTunes U under the collection, Emeriti Council Autobiographical Reflections. They are available for download to the public for free.

Thursday, November 8, 2018. Reception preceded by talk by Irv Weissman, Professor of Pathology, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research, Professor of Developmental Biology and, by courtesy, Biology.

Thursday, April 12, 2018. Talk by Ewart Thomas, Professor of Psychology, served as Chair of the Psychology Department, and as Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Thursday, May 30, 2013. Talk by William Miller, Co-Director of the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) and Former Stanford Provost, Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management Emeritus, Professor of Computer Science Emeritus and Professor of Computer Science Emeritus on "Autobiographical Reflections."

Monday, February 25, 2013.  Informal reception followed by talk by Hank Greely, the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law, and Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics on "The Revolution in Neuroscience: Likely Effects on Society and on Law."

Thursday, March 21, 2013. Wine and cheese reception followed by talk by William J. Perry, Berberian Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Hoover Institution on "A Journey to the Nuclear Brink."

Contact Information

The Council receives administrative support from the Office of Faculty Development. For more information, contact Melanie Rappa at 650-736-0384.

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