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

 March Program Chair: Bob Smith

  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

 March 4 – “Artist Milford Zornes

Speakers – Maria Zornes Baker and Hal Baker

Maria and Hal Baker’s presentation about noted Claremont artist Milford Zornes will cover Milford’s
remarkable life as a painter, traveler and teacher. Hal will give historical background and Maria will provide
personal insight into life with her father. Milford painted all over the world into his mid-90’s, despite
contracting macular degeneration in his early 80’s. He painted right up to his death at age 100. Several paintings
will provide a backdrop to the lecture. Milford Zornes studied art at the Otis Art Institute and Pomona College,
where he took classes from Millard Sheets at Scripps. He later taught art at Pomona College and at many other
locations. His paintings are in various collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA, the
White House, and the Library of Congress.

Introducer: Bob Smith
Fellowship: Margaret Ward
Greeters: Doug MacKenzie, Ellen Litney

  March 11 – “Kipling in America

Speaker – Thomas Pinney, Professor Emeritus of English, Pomona College

Rudyard Kipling is, for most of us, automatically connected with stories about India - The Jungle Book, The
Plain Tales from the Hills, The Ballad of East and West, and so on. But he had many other connections as well,
including an important one with the United States. He married an American woman, built a house in Vermont,
and wrote some of his most famous stories there. The American episode came to a bad end, but it figures
significantly in Kipling’s life and work. Dr. Pinney earned a BA from Beloit College and a PhD from Yale. He
has taught English at Pomona College for 35 years. He has worked on Kipling for more than 30 years,
published a 6-volume edition of Kipling’s letters, and last year published a 3-volume edition of Kipling’s
poems. He has also written a 2-volume history of wine in America.

Introducer: Art Sutton
Fellowship: Chuck Cable
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

  March 18 – “Ending Slavery Off the Battlefield: The Works of Lucretia Mott, Thaddeus Stevens, and Charles
Sumner’”

 

Speaker – Beverly Wilson Palmer, Research Associate, Department of History, Pomona College

Beverly Palmer has extensively researched the papers and letters of Lucretia Mott, a Quaker, abolitionist,
women's rights activist, and social reformer; Thaddeus Stevens, a Congressman from Pennsylvania; and Charles
Sumner, a Senator from Massachusetts. Stevens and Sumner were abolitionists and leaders in Lincoln’s
Republican party during the Civil War period. Ms. Palmer earned a BA in history from the College of William
and Mary and an MA in English from UC Berkeley. She is the author of several books and articles and is the
recipient of fellowships, awards, and research grants, including several from the National Endowment for the
Humanities. Ms. Palmer has taught at Pitzer College, and at Pomona College from 1985 to 2003.

Introducer: Anne Sonner
Fellowship: Gene Smith
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

  March 25 – “Why Aren't We Always Happy?"

 

Speaker – Paul J. Zak, Professor of Economics, Management and Psychology, Claremont Graduate University

Recent research from Dr. Zak’s lab at CGU has identified a brain chemical that can make us happy - but not in
the way one would expect. It does this by motivating virtuous or moral behaviors. The unlikely discovery of
this brain chemical and how you can use it is reported in his 2012 book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of
Love and Prosperity. He will show film clips from experiments he has run around the world to demonstrate
“how we do this work and how we know what we know.” Dr. Zak has degrees in mathematics and economics
from San Diego State University, a PhD in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral
training in neuroimaging from Harvard. He is also the director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies.

Introducer: Dick Mitchell
Fellowship: Ray Lockhart
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Beverly Carpenter

 

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


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