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

May 4  – “An Update on the Economy and Some Suggestions for Improvement”


Speaker – Michael Fay
Over a year ago, club member and financial planner Michael Fay gave us a presentation about the financial meltdown, including an indictment of both the industry and its regulators.  In today's presentation he will compare his remarks then with conditions now.  What has changed?  The answers may surprise you!  As part of his presentation, he will present a seven-step proposal to fix the financial mess.
Introducer: Art Parker
Fellowship: Ellen Litney

May 11 – “When Mental Illness Strikes”


Speaker – Richard Bunce
When mental illness begins to affect a loved one and the family, where to turn for support?  Richard Bunce, president of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Pomona Valley, will address problems and responses relating to mental illness.  He will describe the work of NAMI, and will tell about the crucial role this active, grassroots organization has had with innumerable families, including his own. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, making this an appropriate time to look at how this organization helps improve the lives of people afflicted with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.  Over 1100 chapters have been established across the nation. Richard Bunce has served as a community organizer, Presbyterian minister, and manager of nonprofit agencies.  He is retired, though confesses to being “busier than ever.”
Introducer: Art Parker
Fellowship: Gary Miller

May 18 – “I’ll Never Forget What’s-her-name: Language, Memory and Successful Aging”


Speaker – Deborah Burke
Research has uncovered a number of myths about normal aging. For instance, “We lose a thousand neurons a day,” or “It is normal to lose your memory as you grow older.”  In fact, many of the cognitive abilities we value most highly improve during adulthood and do not decline until people are 80 years or more. There are also some frustrating cognitive problems that develop with aging, for example, difficulty in remembering an article in the morning newspaper or the tip-of-the-tongue experience where you are temporarily unable to retrieve a name or word that you are confident that you know. After describing cognitive abilities that are stable or improve with aging, Dr. Burke will discuss frustrating problems like the tip-of-the-tongue state, what causes them and what can be done about them. She will focus on the relation between mind and brain and consider implications of recent research demonstrating surprising flexibility in how the brain manages mental functioning and how everyday behaviors such as exercise can affect this flexibility. Dr. Burke is the William M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Psychology and Linguistics/Cognitive Science at Pomona College. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Chicago for two years before coming to Pomona College in 1977.  In addition to academic presentations, she has discussed her research in more popular venues including NPR, Scientific American and BBC Worldwide.
Introducer: Art Parker
Fellowship: George Stoneback

May 25 – “The Controversies Behind ‘American Gothic’ ”


Speaker – John Seery
Grant Wood’s painting “American Gothic” has been called the most recognized American painting of all time, our “Mona Lisa” (and Grant Wood was known in his day as “the Christopher Columbus of American art”).  Undercover controversy has shadowed the painting since its unveiling in 1930, even though it has also been hailed as the all-American icon—for instance, during the 1940s it was used as a war recruitment poster, with the words added underneath: “Government of, by, and for the People shall not perish from the earth.”  In his lecture, Professor Seery (who appears in “This American Gothic,” a 2008 documentary about the painting) will talk about some of the eye-opening controversy, albeit from the vantage point of political theory rather than that of art history.  He’ll show some slides of Grant Wood’s other paintings, also. John Seery is the George Irving Thompson Memorial Professor of Government and Professor of Politics at Pomona College, where he teaches political theory. Seery, a summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College, earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and has taught at Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, Tufts University, and Pomona College.  Next year he will be the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University.
Introducer: Art Parker
Fellowship: Georgia McManigal
Birthdays: Marie Ross

Past Programs: Nov 2009 - Dec 2009 - Jan 2010 - Feb 2010 - Mar 2010 - April 2010
Bulletin Committee Members: David Sonner, Opanyi Nasiali, and Roya Ardelan