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University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. Meetings start at 11:30 AM. The $13 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

It’s that time of year again. Dues are due. Unless you are 90+ years of age, please mail your $95 annual dues in the enclosed envelope or give it to our treasurer or cashier at one of our Tuesday luncheon meetings. Your dues are needed to pay for operating expenses of the club, including room rental, mailing, insurance, etc. The treasurer presents the budget and annual financial report to the membership in June.

April Program Chair: Mel Boynton

April 5  – “Einstein Does It Again: The First Observation of Gravitational Waves”


Speaker – Dr. Thomas Helliwell, Professor of Physics Emeritus, Harvey Mudd College

Albert Einstein presented General Relativity, his theory of gravity, in 1915.  A few months later he predicted the existence of gravitational waves, distortions of space and time that travel at the speed of light. However, he doubted they could ever be detected. This past February, one hundred years after his prediction, the LIGO project of Caltech and MIT announced that gravitational waves had finally been observed by their enormous detectors placed at Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana. Dr. Helliwell will describe the gravitational waves that were observed, as well as the inspiralling black holes that generated them and how they were detected. This work has opened a fascinating new "window" or "ear" on the universe, through which new discoveries can be expected. Dr. Helliwell earned his bachelors degree from Pomona College and his PhD from Cal Tech. General relativity is his primary research field.

Introduction: Michael Fay
Fellowship: Donna Bernard
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

April 12  – “City of Claremont Update and How Claremont Works with Surrounding Communities”


Speaker – Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza

Mayor Sam Pedroza will highlight major accomplishments and upcoming projects from the City of Claremont. Find out about new developments, construction projects, the status of the water system, the Gold Line grade separation, the Wilderness Master Plan, and much more. During the presentation, the mayor will explain the many local and regional partnerships, which allow the city to offer services and programs to the community. Following the presentation, the mayor will answer questions from the audience.

Introduction: Jeanne Kennedy
Fellowship: Larry Sonner
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

April 19  – “Democracy and Education in India—a Historian and Activist’s Dilemma”


Speaker –Nita Kumar, Professor and Chair of the History Department, Claremont McKenna College

With unmatched turnout at regular elections and citizens engrossed in the issues, India has a vibrant democracy that is justly celebrated. The Indian citizen body, though, varies dramatically between top scientists and unschooled adults living in ignorance of their rights. Dr. Kumar will explain the history behind this in-egalitarian, un-democratic situation, discounting arguments about culture and tradition. A comparison with America shows that only when a country recognizes its responsibility equally towards all citizens does true democracy arrive. Professor Kumar will look at efforts to resolve the problem in India, with comparisons to America. She will present her unique insights into why certain solutions do not work. Dr. Kumar earned a BA from the University of Lucknow, India, an MA from the University of Bridgeport, an MPhil from Jawaharial Nehru University, India, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Introduction: Julia Arias
Fellowship: Rizek Abusharr
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

April 26  – “The Topsy-Turvy World of Negative Interest Rates"


Speaker – Donald P. Gould, President and CIO, Gould Asset Management LLC

Until recently, the concept of an interest rate below zero was mostly confined to the realm of theory. But as economies around the world struggle, central banks have taken extreme measures in an attempt to stimulate economic growth and avoid price deflation. Negative interest rates are one of their tools. The theory is that negative interest rates encourage more business borrowing and spending on plant and equipment, as well as encouraging investors to seek out riskier investments with higher expected returns. In turn, that pushes up asset prices and perhaps stimulates consumption. The jury is still out on whether this actually works.  Mr. Gould earned a BA in economics from Pomona College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a visiting lecturer at the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at CMC, and previously served as an adjunct professor at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at the CGU. He is a trustee of Pitzer College, and a former president of both the Pomona College Alumni Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont.

Introduction: Wesley Hawks
Fellowship: Bill Waggener
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Beth Smith


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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