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


October Program Chair: Roya Ardelan

October 4  – "Radiology – Imaging from Then to Now”


Speaker – Alan Jack, Registered Radiologic Technologist
Most of us are familiar with our dentist using x-rays to find hidden flaws in our teeth or a doctor in the ER checking for broken bones. What we may not know is that x-rays have been used to solve crimes, prevent accidents and ensure that structural beams are sound. From Madame Curie to today’s imaging, the history of radiology is the story of bringing the hidden and invisible into the light of day. Mr. Jack earned a B.S. in biology from California State Long Beach. He has worked in a variety of positions, including manager of the Pomona Valley Hospital and Medical Center Radiology Dept. for four years. He is a longtime Claremont resident and member and past president of Claremont Sunrise Rotary.

Introduction: Chuck Cable
Fellowship: Jim Martin
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

October 11  – “Environmental Issues for the 2016 Election Year”


Speaker – Dr. Heather Campbell, Chair of Dept. of Politics and Policy, Claremont Graduate University
Drinking water laced with lead, breathing toxic fumes, watching the ice caps shrink and sea levels rise at our shores are all environmental issues. How will the two presidential candidates approach these issues? Dr. Campbell’s position in the Dept. of Politics and Policy gives her particular insight into these questions. Though environmental issues often get shoved aside by news that is more immediately life-and-death, in fact environmental policies affect the health and wellbeing of all of us. In this talk Dr. Campbell will discuss specific environmental issues, and will address how the two presidential candidates approach environmental policy and how their approaches fit with what we know about what is likely to work to solve environmental problems. Dr. Campbell earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University. Following academic and administrative work at Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs, she taught at Claremont Graduate University, where she is currently chair of the Dept. of Politics and Policy.

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

October 18  – “Traditional Japanese Theater”


Speaker – Dr. Bruce Coats, Chair of Dept. of Art History, Scripps College
Bring friends and prepare to be dazzled! The stylized costumes, sets and styles of acting in traditional Japanese Theatre may unfamiliar to you, but they stimulate the western visual senses like no other style of theater. Dr. Bruce Coats will present a program on the traditions of Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku theater. Noh Theater dates back to the 14th c. in Japan, and is considered one of the great traditions in theater history. Dr. Coats earned B.A. degrees in American history and architecture from Rice University; M.A. degrees in Asian art history from UC Berkeley and Harvard; and a Ph.D. in Asian art history from Harvard. He has taught at Scripps College since 1985, where he is currently chair of the Department of Art History.

Introduction: Bob Smith
Fellowship: Nancy Magnusson
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

October 25  – “The Syrian Conflict”


Speakers – Dr. Sam Mourani and Dr. Elias Tarakji, medical doctors
Dr. Sam Mourani and Dr. Elias Tarakji, both Syrian expats and practicing physicians, will bring us eyewitness accounts of the war in Syria. They will discuss the historical, geopolitical, demographic and religious background behind this conflict, and describe the current situation on the ground, the heavy toll of the violent war on the infrastructure of Syria and the lives of the Syrian people. They will review the humanitarian crisis affecting the Syrians left in the country and the millions of refuges. They will also contemplate possibilities of how the conflict may be heading in the future. From Arab Spring to the current refugee crisis, this story will be with us for years to come. Dr. Mourani and Dr. Tarakji both grew up and attended medical school in Syria. In the U.S. Dr. Mourani did postgraduate training at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Elias Tarakji completed residencies and a fellowship at Wayne State University School of Medicine at the Detroit Medical Center. Both doctors have practiced gastroenterology for over 20 years in southern California.

Introduction: Sam Mansour
Fellowship: Larry Wicksted
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Vera Eyzendooren


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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