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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.

Longevity Series

In our other series, co-sponsored with the Stanford Center on Longevity, we hosted Dr. Philip Pizzo's discussion on Monday, November 2, as he provided an update on COVID-19 and what we have learned/still need to learn with particular reference to those in our age group.

Dr. Pizzo, you will recall, is the immediate past dean of the Stanford School of Medicine and the founding director of Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute. He has four decades of research and clinical leadership in the field of infectious diseases.

For those who may have missed the event, the recording can be accessed here.   

Past Lectures  

The David B. Abernethy Emeriti Lectures: Autobiographical Reflections is a series in which retired professors speak about their lives, careers, post-retirement experiences and perspectives. The collection of 39 lectures is available on the web through Stanford Apple Podcasts at Emeriti Council Autobiographical Reflections

Thursday, October 8, 2020. Lecture by James Gibbons, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Lecture entitled “A Fortunate Life,” David Abernethy, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus

Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Lecture by Albert Camarillo, Professor of History, Emeritus  

Monday, January 28, 2019. Lecture by Lee Shulman, Professor of Education, Emeritus  

Thursday, 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 

Thursday, April 12, 2018. Lecture by Ewart Thomas, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences 

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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