Calendar of Events

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays at noon in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. A full buffet lunch, beginning at 11:45 AM, is available for $12.00. For those who wish to come only for coffee and dessert, the fee is $6.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

 February Program Chair: Sam Mansour

  February 4 – “The Future of Political Islam: the Case of Egypt

Speaker – Dr. Shawki E. El-Zatmah
The Arab Spring of 2011 highlighted the issue of political Islam and its ability to govern a modern nation-state.
This question has been the most contested issue of the Arab masses. In the case of Egypt, political Islam as the
governing ideology of the Moslem Brotherhood resulted in popular failure within the span of just one year. In this
presentation, Dr. El-Zatmah will analyze the rapid failure of political Islam in Egypt and what the failure may
hold for that country. A native of Gaza, Palestine, Dr. El-Zatmah specializes in Middle Eastern civilization,
history and politics. He has taught at UCLA, Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara. Dr. El-Zatmah received
his BA in history from Beir Zeit University in Ramallah, Palestine, and his MA and Ph.D from UCLA. He is
fluent in Arabic and English and claims medium proficiency in Hebrew and French.

Introducer: Michael Fay
Fellowship: Deepak Ubhayakar
Greeters: Doug MacKenzie, Ellen Litney

  February 11 – “Stem Cell Research and Treatment

Speaker – Dr. Thomas A. Gionis
Dr. Thomas Gionis is the Surgeon-in-Chief of the Irvine Stem Cell Treatment Center, its medical director and
head of stem cell research. Dr. Gionis has been a practicing physician and surgeon for over 38 years, and is
recognized as the youngest individual in the US to have obtained his medical degree - at the age of 21. He is a
physician and also an attorney, and has lectured worldwide. He serves as President and Chairman of the Board,
Fulbright Academy of Law, Peace and Public Health. He is a Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine;
Fellow, American Institute for Health Care Quality and Fellow International College of Surgeons. Dr. Gionis has
lectured on the subject of bioethics, international law and peace, and public health at UNESCO bioethics
workshops and seminars.

Introducer: Fred Gattas
Fellowship: Dean Kays
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

  February 18 – “Prospects for Resolution of the Palestinian/Israeli Problem; the Role of "U.S. National Interests"
        and ‘Guilt Complexes’”


Speaker –Dr. David J. Lull
Dr. David Lull will present a history of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and its political and humanitarian effects on
countries in the Middle East and the world as a whole. Dr. Lull, a resident of Claremont, earned his BA from
Iowa Wesleyan College, M.Div. from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, and Ph.D. in
New Testament from Claremont Graduate University. He was the pastor of the United Methodist Church in Port
Ewen, NY, taught at Yale Divinity School, was executive director of The Society of Biblical Literature, directed
the Bible Translation Unit of the National Council of Churches, and taught at Wartburg Theological Seminary.
Mr. Lull is the current director of the Process and Faith program of the Center for Process Studies at the
Claremont School of Theology. He has published several books, visited the Holy Land, and participated in the
Palestinian Concerns advocacy group in Bubuque, Iowa from 2000 to 2013.

Introducer: Rizek Abusharr
Fellowship: Gail Sparks
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

  February 25 – “History of Early Los Angeles"


Speaker – Bruce Phillips
This presentation is about the settling and growth of El Pueblo de Reina del Los Angeles from its origins in 1781
to the time of statehood in 1850. It also covers the factors that allowed for its exponential growth from 1850 to
the present. Bruce Phillips is vice president of Angeles del Pueblo, a volunteer group that leads tours of the Old
Pueblo, including Olvera Street, in Los Angeles. He is a native Angelino and a retired teacher. He lives in Covina
with his wife Katy.

Introducer: Hal Durian
Fellowship: Nancy Osgood
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Dick Newton


Bulletin Committee Members: David Sonner, Opanyi Nasiali, and Roya Ardelan

Calendar Archive (2010-2013)

Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344