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The Stanford Emeriti/ae Council

With the support of University leadership, the Emeriti/ae Council is a representative group of 16 emeriti/ae faculty and staff from across the university that supports the emeriti/ae community, reflecting emeriti/ae interests and concerns, communicating with relevant University officers, and encouraging emeriti/ae 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).

Council Members as of February 2022: 

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

COVID-Related Procedures 

In light of campus concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be monitoring and following the latest University guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus. 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 Series 

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

2021 - 22 Lectures 

November 17, 2021. Lecture by Jerry M. Harris, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus entitled “My Mississippi"

February 16, 2022. Lecture by Lubert Stryer, Mrs. George A. Winzer Professor of Cell Biology, Emeritus.  "Light and Life" 

April 20, 2022. Lecture by William Durham, Bing Professor in Human Biology, Emeritus.  "Surprising Implications of Evolution" 

Recent Past 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
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 

All past lectures in this series may be accessed on our podcast:

Longevity Series

This series is co-sponsored with the Stanford Center on Longevity and addresses topics of particular interest to seniors in the Stanford community.

2021-22 Presentations

November 3, 2021. “COVID Considerations in 2021: An Emeriti/ae Update. Zoom presentation by Dr. Yvonne “Bonnie” Maldonado, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Infections Diseases, Department of Pediatrics. 

March 17, 2022. “Balanced Living: The Key to Fall Prevention." Zoom presentation by Dr. Deborah Kado, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Geriatric Research. 

May 3, 2022. “Navigating 21st Century Lives." Zoom presentation by Dr. Laura Carstensen. 

Recent Past 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


Contact Information

The Council receives administrative support from the Provost's Office of Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement. For questions regarding zoom events and other information, please email for support. 

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