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The Emeriti/ae Council

With the support of University leadership, the Emeriti/ae Council is a representative group of 15 emeriti/ae faculty and staff from across the university that supports the emeriti community, reflecting emeriti interests and concerns, communicating with relevant University officers, and encouraging emeriti to support the University in a variety of ways. A Council member serves ex-officio on the university’s Faculty Senate. In addition to start-of-year and year-end receptions, emeriti/ae and spouses or partners are invited to attend three “Autobiographical Reflections” lectures by distinguished emeriti/ae during the academic year as well as presentations co-sponsored with the Stanford Center on Longevity on topics of special interest to seniors. David Abernethy (Political Science) was the long-time chair of the Emeriti/ae Council; the current chair is Iris Litt (Pediatrics).

The 2020 -2021 Council Members: 

Iris Litt (Chair), David Abernethy, Margaret Ann Fidler, Sandy Fetter, Bill Gould, Chuck Holloway, Roberta Katz, Mike Kirst, Ray Levitt,  Michele Marincovich, Ellen Porzig, John Rickford, Cecilia Ridgeway, Susan Schofield, and George Springer. 

Virtual Events  

In light of concerns regarding COVID-19 and new University guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus, the Fall events will be hosted via Zoom. Please contact us at if you have questions. Stanford is providing updates on the overall campus situation at the Health Alerts website.

David B. Abernethy Emeriti/ae Lectures: Autobiographical Reflections 

The David B. Abernethy Emeriti/ae Lectures: Autobiographical Reflections is a series begun in 2005 in which retired professors speak about their lives, careers, inspiratins, and post-retirement experiences and prespectives. The collection of more than 35 lectures is available on the web through Stanford Apple Podcasts at Emeriti/ae Council Autobiographical Reflections

2020/21 Lectures 

April 22, 2021. Lecture by Milbrey F. McLaughlin, David Jacks Professor of Higher Education, Emerita entitled "Context and the Power of Opportunities" 

February 17, 2021. Lecture by Eve Vivienne Clark, Richard W. Lyman Professor in the Humanities, Emerita entitled “From French Literature to First Language Acquisition”

October 8, 2020.  Lecture by James F. Gibbons, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus entitled “Tutored Video Instruction, Before and After Zoom”

Past Lectures  

November 20, 2019. Lecture entitled “A Fortunate Life,” by David Abernethy, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus
April 2, 2019. Lecture entitled “Growing Up Mexican American” by Albert Camarillo, Professor of History, Emeritus 
January 28, 2019. Lecture entitled “A Well-Marbled Career” by Lee Shulman, Professor of Education, Emeritus 
November 8, 2018. Lecture 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
April 12, 2018.  Lecture by Ewart Thomas, Professor Psychology , Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences
January 24, 2018.  Lecture entitled “A Journey Through Uncharted Waters” by Channing Robertson, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus

Longevity Series

This series is co-sponsored with the Stanford Center on Longevity. Please see the list below of this past year's Zoom events. 

2020/21 Presentations 

May 19, 2021. “The University Archives and Beyond: Preserving One’s Papers, Data, and Research" presented by Josh Schneider, Stanford University Archiviest

November 2, 2020.  “Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic” presented by Philip Pizzo, M.D., former Dean of the School of Medicine, Emeritus and Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology

March 17, 2021. “University IT and You” presented by Stanford senior staff in University Information Technology

May 19, 2021. Presentation by Josh Schneider, Stanford University Archivist 

Contact Information

The Council receives administrative support from the Office of Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement. For more information, please call 650-736-0384 or email

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