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 (effective April 1st) includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

November Program Chair: Bob Smith


November 1  – "Deconstructing Jack the Ripper”


Speaker – Simon Daryl Wood, author, artist, and educator
Come to the University Club on the day after Halloween to find out who Jack the Ripper really was. Simon Daryl Wood is the author of the definitive treatise Deconstructing Jack: the Secret History of the Whitechapel Murders. His book exposes the endless stream of lies, inventions, political misinformation, self-publicity and opportunism, which has kept this Victorian bogeyman alive in the darkest reaches of our 21st century imaginations. Simon Wood’s best-selling book informs and stimulates our imaginations through story-telling and factual narrative. Mr. Wood was born in England but is a current resident of southern California. He is primarily a writer of non-fiction history. Deconstructing Jack has won several awards, including Book of the Year at the 2015 Jack the Ripper Conference in Nottingham, England.

Introduction: Bob Smith
Fellowship: Julia Arias
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

November 8  – “The Electoral College”


Speaker – David Sonner
As you vote today, learn about the Electoral College and how recent presidents have been elected by 538 electoral votes. This is not a partisan presentation. Instead, it seeks to answer such questions as: How does the Electoral College work? How does the popular vote figure into a presidential election? Is voting power distributed equitably? What problems have arisen in past elections out of our electoral method of selecting presidents? How were those problems resolved? And what are the laws that govern selecting a president when a problem arises? University Club member David Sonner is a retired attorney. He earned his B.S. degree from Harvey Mudd College, his M.A. degree from the Claremont Graduate University, and his J.D. degree from Southwestern University School of Law. He has talked to various organizations and published articles on the Electoral College.

Introduction: Anne Sonner
Fellowship: Donna Bernard
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

November 15  – “Recent Astronomical Observations from the South Pole”


Speaker – Dr. Jason Gallicchio, assistant professor of physics, Harvey Mudd College
Dr. Jason Gallicchio will present his latest astronomical research, including his spectacular photos, from the South Pole. Dr. Gallicchio earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in science from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his PhD in Physics from Harvard. His postdoc was in theoretical particle physics at UC Davis. Dr. Gallicchio is currently teaching at Harvey Mudd College as an assistant professor in the Physics Department. He has spent summers at the South Pole gathering astronomical data. His publications include research on cosmic microwave background, quantum mechanics, cosmic background, and gravitational lensing potential.

Introduction: Tom Helliwell
Fellowship: Anne Sonner
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

November 22  – No meeting because of Thanksgiving week


November 29  – "Women Pilots Who Flew Planes Across the Country During WWII to Free Men for Battle"


Speaker – Iris Cummings Critchell, lifelong pilot and instructor
Iris Cummings Critchell is one of a handful of women left who flew planes during World War II. Her fascinating story is part of American history. Iris has led an amazing life, with a long career in aeronautics and even swimming for the US at age 15 at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. She graduated from USC in physical science and mathematics in 1931. There she finished the Private Pilot and Advanced Acrobatic courses in Waco Bi-planes. She then taught the Civil Pilot training program at Brackett Field in LaVerne and the Naval Cadet program for Stockton Junior College at Carson City, Nevada. In 1942 she trained with the Army Air Corps and was assigned to the WAFS (Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron), later known as the WASPS (Women's Air-force Service Pilots). She flew the following aircraft: WWII trainers, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-40 War Hawk, P-39 Air Cobra, P-51 Mustang, C-47 Transport, B-25 Mitchell, A-20 Havoc, P-38 Lightning and P-61 Black Widow. In 1961 she and her husband developed a special aero program for the Bates Foundation for Aeronautical Education at Harvey Mudd College, where she is faculty emeritus. Her many honors include: Flight Instructors Hall of Fame, Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Flight Instructor of the Year 2000, and numerous awards from Harvey Mudd College.

Introduction: David Sonner
Fellowship: Bill Waggener
Greeter: Anne Sonner


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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