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 $5.00. No fee is charged for program attendance only. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

February 2010 Calendar

January 5 – “Understanding the Context of the American War in Afghanistan”


Speaker: Dr. Liam Corley

By focusing on the internal and international contexts of the war in Afghanistan, Dr. Corley will present key factors and dynamics that can be used to evaluate the current approach to the war in Afghanistan. The presentation will focus on ethnic, religious, economic, and cultural matters in Afghanistan. It will also discuss the diversity in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which also affects the way US policy in Afghanistan proceeds. A slide presentation will include maps, metrics, and images that further illuminate the operating environment in Afghanistan. Dr. Corley spent the 2008/09 academic year in Afghanistan as a mobilized Navy Reserve Officer. He is a 2009 graduate of the Army's Counterintelligence Warfare Course and is currently studying National Security Decision Making through the Naval War College. Dr. Corley is an assistant professor in the English and Foreign Language Department at Cal Poly Pomona. He has a Ph.D. from UC Riverside, an M.A. from San Jose State, and a B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Introducer: Art Parker 621-1714
Fellowship: Beverly Carpenter 985-2681

January 12 – “Iran – From the Past to the Ever-Changing Present”


Speaker: Ardi Rashidi

Iran, hidden behind many veils, is the story of an ancient land with many nationalities. From its cultural diversity to its deep-seated ideological strife, Iran and the Iranians are caught up in the whirlwind of global change. The delicate situation of their relationship with the people of the West, East and the Middle East has compelled the Obama administration to try to better understand a country that is long overdue for change. In this urgent and evolving situation, managing Iran requires understanding Iran. As the former President of the Kurdish American Education Society, Ardi Rashidi will share his views on Iran’s history, from past to the present, and explain the root causes of the wrenching change that is sweeping Iran before and since the recent election, and the impasse over the nuclear negotiation. A past president of the University Club, Ardi was born in Eastern Kurdistan, now a part of western Iran, adjacent to the Kurdish regions in Iraq and Turkey. Ardi is the founder of the Kurdish American Education Society. He is very active in the United Nations Association and currently serves as a National Board Member, having served as president of the Claremont Chapter and of the Southern California Division.

Introducer: Roya Ardelan 596-2911
Fellowship: John Najarian  626-6199

January 19 – “International Place of The Claremont Colleges: Our Students, Programs and Services”


Speaker: Donald Delgado

International Place of The Claremont Colleges is a multi-functional-inter-college space, serving the international student community at The Claremont Colleges. I-Place is an exciting hub of international activity throughout the year. It is a "home away from home" for students from abroad as well as U.S. students who have lived or studied overseas. This presentation will provide an update on its current students as well as some of its important programs and services. Donald Delgado first entered the field of international education in 1990 when he started as a graduate student assistant in the Office of International Students and Scholars at West Virginia University. He has been with International Place of The Claremont Colleges since December 2005, serving as Director since February 2008. He has held positions at a number of institutions with responsibilities ranging from international admissions, international student recruitment, foreign academic credential evaluations, exchange program administration and international student services. He was NAFSA Region VIII Chair from 1999 – 2000, served on the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials from 2001 – 2004, and is a current member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s International Student Records Committee.

Introducer: Michael Fay 624-6939
Fellowship: Hal Durian  624-0338

January 26 – “Where is the U. S. - China Relationship Headed”


Speaker – Dr. Minxin Pei

Dr. Pei was director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace before becoming Tom and Margot Pritzker Professor of Government and director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College this fall. He is the author of China's Trapped Transition:  The Limits of Developmental Autocracy. Dr. Pei is a frequent commentator on BBC World News, Voice of America, NPR and Fareed Zakarias GPS on CNN. His op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times and Newsweek International. He appeared in November on the Lehrer Report on PBS.

Introducer:  David Sonner 594-3111
Fellowship: John Suchocki  626-7601
Birthdays: Mel Boynton 398-1124

Past Programs: Nov 2009 - Dec 2009 -
Bulletin Committee Members: David Sonner, Opanyi Nasiali, and Roya Ardelan