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"Celebrating UBC Emeriti Research Seminar" is organized by UBCAPE and co-sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies.
These luncheons are held twice a year, in Spring and in the Fall.

Emeriti, Faculty, Students (graduate and undergraduate) and general public are welcome to join us in another terrific session on Thursday, April 12 from 12 to 4pm.


12:30pm Opening remarks by Peter Suedfeld, Chair.

12:40-1:30pm Paul Burns
Associate Professor Emeritus of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (2005)
"Augustine and his audiences”

Paul Burns studied Greek and Latin language, literature, philosophy and history at the University of Toronto before doing a program in Catholic Theology at the University of St. Michael's College. For his work in Ecumenism with theological students across Canada, the World Council of Churches arranged for him to do advanced studies in the history of Christian Thought at Oxford. For several years he was responsible for teaching World Religions and the History of Christian Thought at UBC.

1:30-2:20pm Iain Taylor
Professor Emeritus of Agroecology and Botany (2004)

"Scientist tries Science Department History. At least we should know where we came from!"

Iain Taylor was educated in North Wales and at the University of Liverpool, where he received B.Sc. (1961) and Ph.D. (1964) degrees in Botany. He was a post-doctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor in the Botany Department at the University of Texas. He moved to Canada and to UBC in 1968 and retired in January 2004. He is currently the volunteer Project Director for the UBC Botanical Garden. Throughout his career he has been involved in scientific publishing, first with the Canadian Journal of Botany and then with the journal Cellulose. From 1991-2006, he served as Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the NRC of Canada Research Press. His research career spans several fields from plant physiology and biophysics to ethical issues in science.

2:20-2:30pm Coffee break

2:30-3:20pm Ann Cameron
Honorary Professor Emerita of Psychology

East/West Comparisons of the Moral Judgments of Children and Youth regarding Verbal Deception: When is it Best to Lie?

We have investigated the classifications, judgments and justifications of young children and youth about story characters’ truths and lies in various contexts. Data are gathered in Vancouver BC and Fredericton NB and in Hangzhou PR China. The youngest Canadian children in elementary school reason quite similarly about veracity, but as we query older children and youth, we see evidence of the effects of culture and context on their decisions. Modesty, loyalty, and other considerations modify pronouncements and complexities arise for young people in our multicultural Canadian community of Vancouver.

Ann Cameron is an emerita professor at the University of New Brunswick and honorary professor emerita of psychology at UBC. She collaborates in conducting cross-cultural studies of moral development in Canada and China and cultural studies of thriving across the lifespan in diverse communities around the globe.

3:20pm Closing Remarks by Peter Suedfeld, Chair

Location: Peter Wall Institute Seminar Room 307