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

January 2017 Program Chair: Art Sutton

January 3  – "Northern India"


Speaker – Gene Smith
Gene Smith will tell us and show us about his latest trip to India. India is a vast sub-continent, not just a country. It has many types of people, languages, and climates. It also is one of three cradles of civilization along with Mesopotamia and the Yellow River Valley in China.  Gene will discuss and look at Northern India, including the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. The Golden Triangle was the stronghold of the fabulous Mogul Empire and its famous architectural building style. He will also discuss Varanasi (Benares), the holiest place in Hinduism. In the process, we will see a large part of modern India. Gene taught history for many years in Claremont and served as president of the University Club in 2012.

Introduction: Hal Durian
Fellowship: Beth Smith
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

January 10  – "Earthquakes and You"


Speaker – Dr. Linda Reinen, Geology Department, Pomona College
Does the recent flurry of earthquakes near the Salton Sea give us an indication of what we might expect in our area? Why are earthquake insurers reevaluating the possibility that a quake in our south fault could trigger a quake in a north fault leading to a very big quake?  What about earthquake prediction?  Learn the latest thinking on quakes and what should we be doing to prepare for a quake. Dr. Reinen earned a Ph.D. from Brown University. She currently is an associate professor at Pomona College. As a scholar in structural geology, Dr. Reinen is an expert in the mechanics of fault systems and the potential for major earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault in Southern California.

Introduction: Tom Helliwell
Fellowship: Gail Sparks
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

January 17 – "The Crisis in South Sudan"


Speaker – Dr. Lako Tongun, International & Intercultural Studies, Political Studies, Pitzer College
The situation in South Sudan, the world’s newest country, continues to worsen with the United Nations warning of potential genocide. What are the causes of the conflict and possible actions by the United States? Dr. Tongun is a native of South Sudan. He has an amazing story beginning as a teenage refugee who ended up in the United States earning a Ph.D. at UC Davis. He currently is an associate professor at Pitzer College. His research specializes in African and third-world politics, political economy, and developmental economics.

Introduction: Mel Boynton
Fellowship: Marie Ross
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

January 24 – "Take the Train, the Metrolink Commuter Rail System"


Speaker – Scott Johnson, Metrolink Public Affairs
In 1991, five counties formed the Southern California Regional Rail Authority to develop Metrolink, a regional commuter train system. Expanded to 59 stations, with service to six counties, Metrolink carries long distance commuters, group travelers, students and families. Pomona, Claremont, Montclair and Upland are fortunate to be on the popular, well served San Bernardino line. Scott will discuss service improvements and extensions and what will determine Metrolink’s future.

Introduction: Art Sutton
Fellowship: Rich Phillips
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy

January 31 – "Claremont Heritage 40th Anniversary - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"


Speaker – David Shearer, Executive Director, Claremont Heritage
From the historic Garner House in Memorial Park, Claremont Heritage advances, preserves and celebrates the historic architectural, natural and cultural resources of Claremont, a city with a very rich heritage.  The program – with a great slideshow – features Claremont’s heritage and how Claremont Heritage is involved with preserving it. The program coincides with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden exhibition “Claremont Modern:  The Convergence of Art and Architecture at Midcentury.”

Introduction: Art Parker
Fellowship: Rizek Abusharr
Greeter: Anne Sonner
Birthdays: Nancy Magnusson


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

Calendar Archive (2010-2016)

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