Future Programs

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 $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

February 2017 Program Chairs: Art Sutton and Bob Smith

February 7  – "Deadly Secret of the Lusitania"


Speaker – Ivan Light, Author
Dr. Light’s book, Deadly Secret of the Lusitania, is a work of historical fiction, a spy thriller with romance. The background is the political cover-up in the U.S. after the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. He has degrees from UC Berkeley in Sociology and Harvard University in European History. He taught at UCLA for forty years before retiring in 2008. Ivan is a leader in several local progressive groups. He lives with his family in Claremont. After hearing Ivan tell the story, you will want to read his book.

Introduction: Mel Boynton
Fellowship: Georgia MacManigal
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

February 14 – "Love Songs and the Great American Song Book"


Speaker – Coril Prochnow, Singer
Celebrate Valentine’s Day! Our guest singer performs with opera companies, chorales and orchestras throughout the LA area.  She was trained in the bel canto style by Mario Carta at UCLA and developed her vocal technique studying with baritone Leonid Smetannikov. She has sung in The Merry Widow, Il Trovatore, and Don Giovani, and is currently a popular principal singer in the Pomona Repertory Opera Company. Bring your sweetheart or a few friends for a great lunch with first class entertainment.

Introduction: Bob Smith
Fellowship: Pat Kelly
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

February 21 – "The 125th Anniversary of the University of La Verne"


Speaker – Dr. Devorah Leiberman, President of University of La Verne
Dr. Lieberman’s program is on the past, present and the future of the University of La Verne. Founded as Lordsburg College by Church of the Brethren members in 1891, it was renamed La Verne College in 1917, and became the University of La Verne in 1977.  Among its many accomplishments, the university has added locations and programs, including doctoral programs, increased its outreach to low-income and first-generation students, and is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution. Dr. Lieberman became first female president of the University of La Verne in 2011.  Previously, she was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wagner College in New York.  She has published and co-authored dozens of books and articles relating to higher education.  Among other awards, the Association of College Unions International named Dr. Lieberman President of the Year in 2015.  She is a contributor to the Huffington Post. Dr. Lieberman is a graduate of Humboldt State University, San Diego State University, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Introduction: Chuck Cable
Fellowship: Michael Fay
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

February 28 – "Africa: Is It The End of the Miracle?"


Speaker – Dr. Pierre Englebert, H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations and Professor of African Politics, Pomona College
After almost two decades of sustained growth and relative democratization, an increasing number of Sub-Saharan African countries have been facing renewed economic hardship and authoritarian backlashes these last few years.  What is going on?  What can we expect? Professor Englebert has spent more than 30 years studying African politics and development, travelling to Africa two to three times a year. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Africa.  He studied at the Free University of Brussels, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Introduction: Opanyi Nasiali
Fellowship: Chuck Cable
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Maria Carlson


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

Calendar Archive (2010-2016) | 2017: January

Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344 Bsartist@netscape.com