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After Lunch Program

The After Lunch Program was created by UCLA Emeriti to showcase the work of current and retired UCLA faculty across a broad range of disciplines. Guest speakers are also part of the mix. Some programs are co-sponsored by UCLARA, and all are open to retirees as well as emeriti. 

On this page we feature some of the After Lunch Programs offered virtually during the 2020, 2021 and 2022 pandemic years. Special thanks to the Emeriti/Retiree Relations Center for hosting these videos on their YouTube channel. 

In-person programs resumed when the UCLA Faculty Club re-opened. In October 2023 the program format shifted to "Conversations" conducted by retiree Stuart Wolpert.

Dean Eileen Strempel of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, June 2022As dean, Strempel is committed to academic excellence and has made expanding access to a UCLA musical education a top priority. Under her leadership, the school has created its first transfer student agreements with Los Angeles Community College as part of a comprehensive effort towards building deeper relationships with area community colleges, increasing outreach to historically underrepresented communities and easing the transition for transfer students.  

Russia/Ukraine with Historian J. Arch Getty, April 2022. Getty is a historian who specializes in gaining new insights into the Stalin period and the history of the Soviet Communist Party. Before coming to UCLA on the first day of the current millennium, he taught at UC Riverside, where he won the Distinguished Teaching Award and served as History Department Chair.

Slang at UCLA and Beyond with Pamela Munro, April 2022. Linguistics professor Pamela Munro (aka Slanglady) has been studying the slang used by UCLA students — and others — since 1983. What is slang? Is it just bad grammar? Is it just X-rated language? Does it change faster than standard language? We'll find out, and learn a number of brand-new words in use by UCLA students this year.


The Historical Transition to Lower Fertility with Romain Wacziarg, February 2022. Wacziarg, a UCLA Anderson professor, talks about the impact of lower fertility in Japan and China. Soon this impact will be felt in many other countries including our own. 

Beethoven and Politics with William Kinderman, June 2021. Prof. Kinderman, a formidable concert pianist and chamber musician, is an international authority on the music and creative process of Ludwig van Beethoven. He holds the Leo M. Klein and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Adam Nagourney of the N.Y. Times in conversation with Daniel J.B. Mitchell, May 2021. Nagourney has been the Los Angeles bureau chief of the Times since 2010. Here he discusses politics and more with Prof. Mitchell, professor emeritus at UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Carole Goldberg on “Coalition of Lineages,” April 2021. Law professor emerita Carole Goldberg presents the new book she just published with Duane Champagne. Through meticulous archival research, they traced the history of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of California Mission Indians, who have lived in the area now known as Los Angeles and Ventura Counties from time immemorial.

Coalition of Lineages book cover

David Hertz, winner of the Water Abundance XPRIZE, February 2021. Hertz works at the edge of sustainability and the forefront of regenerative architecture. Here he talks about issues of water quality and access, and his efforts to make communities more resilient through design. 


Jazz with Arturo O'Farrill, January 2021. Arturo O'Farrill is associate dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He directs the jazz program at the music school, including the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance featured in this exuberant presentation. 

Carolyn Campbell on "City of Immortals," December 2020. Former UCLA Arts editor Carolyn Campbell takes us through Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for notables such as Frederic Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Isadora Duncan, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. This presentation, like her book, talks about both the historical and architectural importance of this incredible site. 

Website for City of Immortals

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