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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.

Winter Quarter Events 

David B. Abernethy Emeriti/ae Lecture Series — Autobiographical Reflections on Wednesday, February 17, 4:00 to 5:30 pm, via Zoom.  Our speaker is Eve Vivienne Clark, Richard W. Lyman Professor in the Humanities, Emerita with appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the Program in Symbolic Systems. Her talk is entitled “From French Literature to First Language Acquisition.”

Professor Clark has been at Stanford since 1969. She pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh and Université D’Aix-Marseille, receiving both an M.A. Hons. in French Language & Literature in 1965 and a Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1969 from Edinburgh. She is an elected member of the Koninglijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences) and from 2011 to 2014 was President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language. Professor Clark’s publications include Psychology and Language: An introduction to psycholinguistics (with H. H. Clark, 1977), The Acquisition of Romance, with special reference to French (1985), The Lexicon in Acquisition (1993), First Language Acquisition (3rd edition, 2016), Language in Children (2017),  and numerous research articles. Professor Clark will reflect on the path that brought her to Stanford, the kinds of research she has done since, and how she has combined her research with frequent returns to Europe, with many comparative studies—in France, Israel, Germany, and The Netherlands—and with ongoing questions about the nature of language and language use. 

Longevity Series

In our other series, co-sponsored with the Stanford Center on Longevity, and has been organized in response to suggestions from several emeriti/ae. It will take place Wednesday, March 17, 3 to 4 pm, via Zoom.  Entitled “University IT and You,” this presentation will highlight the Stanford technology services and support available to us as emeriti/ae faculty and staff, including practical information such as how to request help and how to safeguard our information.  Ample time will be available for open discussion and to address questions and concerns.

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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