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Asaro, Frank, J.D.
Founder and senior partner of a San Diego law firm, Frank Asaro received his doctor of jurisprudence at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Bee, Ron
Director of The Charles Hoestler Institute on World Affairs at San Diego State University.  He is the author of the 2007 Great Decisions article on Climate Change and Global Warming
Berman, Eli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, San Diego.  Research interests include:  Labor Economics, Labor Demand and Technological Change, Religion, Middle East, Terrorism and Insurgency, the Economics of Terrorism.
Blecki, Catherine, Ph.D.
Dr. Catherine Blecki received a Ph.D. from UCLA, specialization in 17th Century Literature.  Dr. Blecki has spent 35 years teaching courses in English Literature from 16th and 17th centuries, including many courses on Shakespeare.  In recent years, Dr. Blecki has been a guest lecturer for the CEC at Rancho Bernardo on many occasions.  She has lectured on the following topics: Dr. Samuel Johnston, Francis Bacon, Translation and the King James Bible, and lastly HAMLET the Play.
Bregante, James
A docent at the San Diego Maritime Museum and a lifelong resident of Little Italy, a community near the San Diego waterfront.

Chadley, Cy
Cy was born and raised in London where he graduated from the University College London, majoring in Economics.  His career with an international British construction company took him all over the world.  This work brought him to San Diego in 1981 where he retired in 1991.  Cy became an American citizen in 1993 and has been an active participant in the CEC for many years, serving also on the Academic Affairs Committee.  He is a past president of the World Affairs Council, North County.

Clark, Walter, Ph.D.
Professor of Music at University of California, Riverside.

Clausen, Dennis, Ph.D.
Dr. Clausen is a Professor of American Literature at the University of San Diego with specialization in 19th and 20th century American literature, creative writing and poetry.

Dintrone, Patricia, Ph.D.
Dr. Patricia Dintrone has earned an M.B.A. from San Diego State University, a M.A. from the University of Virginia, and an A.B. from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Virginia and is an emerita faculty member from SDSU, where she taught a variety of history courses for 24 years. She has given lectures at the CEC on topics ranging from ancient Egypt to some of the more colorful Roman emperors.
Dorfman, Toby
A secular, humanistic, agnostic, atheistic, Bible loving American Jew and a retired Rabbi of the Humanistic Jewish Congregation of San Diego.

Drinan, Patrick, Ph.D. M.A. Degree in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia
Ph.D. in Government at the University of Virginia

Dr. Drinan is a Professor of Political Science at the University of San Diego and recently retired Dean of Arts and Sciences.  He has served as president of the San Diego World Affairs Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Academic Integrity, having been its president in 1998.   He now teaches courses in international relations at the graduate and undergraduate level at USD.

Drucker, Marvin
B.A. Manhattan School of Music
M.A. Columbia University

Marvin Drucker is a professional musician and teacher, specializing in improvisation.  He has been a popular instructor with emphasis in the composers and lyricists who contribute to the American Songbook.


Drummond, Sean, Ph.D.
Dr. Drummond completed his Pre-doctoral Internship at the Tucson VA hospital and returned to UCSD as a Postdoctoral Fellow.  He joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry in October 2002.  In the Spring of 2009, Drummond also lectured for the CEC at Rancho Bernardo on Sleep Disorders.
Edmonds-Poli, Emily, Ph.D.
B.A. from Middlebury College. 
M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Edmonds joined the Political Science department of the University of San Diego in 2001 and teaches courses such as: Politics in Latin America, Politics in Mexico, Comparative Politics, Politics of Developing Countries and Introduction to International Relations.  Her dissertation is entitled: “Decentralization and Local Autonomy in Mexico” and her research interests include sub-national politics in Mexico as well as decentralization and democratization in Latin America.

Gach, Donald, Ph.D.
Dr. Gach has been the "Artist in Residence" at Palomar College for 30 years as music professor and concert pianist.  He plays the "classics" - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt as well as contemporary works.  Dr. Gach has completed post-doctoral work at the Warsaw Conservatory, Chopin's alma mater.

Garrett, Mario, Ph.D.
Bachelor of Science, Psychology- University of East London
Ph.D., Psychology of Loneliness  Bath University

Dr. Garrett serves as Chairman of the Department of Gerontology, San Diego State University.  He has served on the Commission on Aging and is a frequent editorial writer for local publications.

George, Henry, M.A.
After a career in engineering, Henry George returned to the University of Arizona where he received a Master's Degree in Anthropology.  He lectures on migrations of the world and ethnic origins.

Goldsmith, Jan, J.D.
Now serving as Can Diego City Attorney, Jan Goldsmith has served as a Superior Court Judge, California State Representative, and Mayor of the City of Poway.  He is expert on judicial matters, state and local government.
Gragg, Charlotte
Charlotte Gragg is a self-taught art historian, having studied art history in college, then exploring the art galleries of Europe.  She has made an intensive study of the artists of the Impressionist Period and has developed PowerPoint presentations to document chronologically the artist's life and work.

Gragg, Donald, M.D., Ph.D.
Don Gragg and wife Charlotte moved to Rancho Bernardo after his retirement from a second career managing the alcohol and drug treatment programs for Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles.  Previously he served 23 years as a Medical Officer in the U. S. Navy.  As CEC President in 2004 Dr. Gragg oversaw the transition of CEC from affiliation with San Diego State University to to its status as an independent nonprofit association.  He is also a past president of the World Affairs Council.

Gross, G. Timothy, Ph.D.
Professor of Archaeology at San Diego State University.

Hart, Marjorie, Ph.D.
Former chairman of the Fine Arts Department at the University of San Diego.  She is a professional cellist and performs in chamber music ensembles.  Her memoir at age 82, Summer at Tiffany is a New York Times Best Seller.

Hilt, Douglas, Ph.D.
Dr. Douglas Hilt’s fluency in several European languages and diverse university teaching reflect his cross-cultural and interdisciplinary interests. He has chaired European Language and Literature Departments, most recently at the University of Hawaii from which he retired as Professor Emeritus.  His many publications and lectures have stressed the connections between philosophy, literature, and history. He has published historical biographies and many professional articles, as well as two more recent whimsical novels.
Hoiberg. Anne
During her 25-year career as a research psychologist with the federal government, Anne Hoiberg published two books and more than 130 scientific articles, book chapters and reports.  She currently serves as the Co-President of the League of Women Voters of San Diego, President of the International Museum of Human Rights at San Diego and President of the Southern California Association of the National League of American Pen Women.  She serves as an officer or is on the board of many local and national organizations devoted to women’s rights, human rights and international issues.
Joksimovich, Vojin, Ph.D.
Dr. Vojin Joksimovich was born, raised and educated in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia.  At the age of eight, he was an eyewitness and sole survivor of Nazi bombing which instantly killed seven family members.  He holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Imperial College, London University and is a nuclear power plant safety specialist.  He originated over 125 professional publications presented at various international conferences, published over 50 newspaper columns and delivered over 40 talks on Balkan conflicts.  Author of Kosovo Crisis: A Study in Foreign Policy Mismanagement and The Revenge of the Prophet: How Clinton and Predecessors Empowered Radical Islam.  At the CEC, Dr. Joksimovich has lectured on the topic of the Nuclear Renaissance.
Lederer, Richard, Ph.D.
The author of more than 35 books about language, history and humor, including his best-selling “Anguished English.”  His syndicated column “Looking at Language” appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the USA.

Larson, Alan, M.D.
Dr. Larson is a gastroenterologist and the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Palomar Pomerado Hospital.

Leone, Bruno
University of Minnesota History and Anthropology instructor.  Mr. Leone was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and National Endowment for the Humanities recipient.  He is an author, scholastic editor, and a popular speaker on medieval history.  Mr. Leone is also a professional pianist, recording artist and entertainer.
Lombard, Ann, Ph.D. Dr. Lombard is a specialist in American Colonial History at California State University, San Marcos.

Luna, Carl, Ph.D.
Carl Luna is a lecturer on American Government, Comparative Politics and International Political Economy for the Political Science department at San Diego Mesa College.  He received his Ph.D. from the American University, Washington D.C. and his B.A. in Political Science, History and Philosophy from the University of San Diego.  In addition to teaching and research, he is a political commentator for KPBS radio and television and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Marseglia, Eugene, Ph.D.

Eugene Marseglia received his BA with Special Honors in Art History and Theory from The George Washington University. He then spent two years in Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship doing research towards his dissertation on the Architecture of Santa Maria della Steccata in Parma for which he was awarded a Ph.D. with Distinction from The Johns Hopkins University.

He served as Professor of Art History at Cambridge University in the U.K. for 15 years and has lived and taught in Italy for American University programs there.

Mott, Robert
Holds an M.A. in Radio TV from University of Denver.  He helped to establish National Public Radio. In April, Mott received the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Distinguished Excellence Award from Washington State University.  He is a Past President of the CEC at RB.

Myers, Al, Ph.D.
Dr. Myers received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois, spent 20 years as a practicing psychologist, then returned to college to get a Master's Degree in Computer Science at Clemson University, followed by a career with Bell Labs.  In retirement, he has pursued learning the Chinese language and international travel.  He has visited 70 countries and is an inveterate scholar.

Al-Nasser, Farouk, Ph.D.
Farouk AL-Nasser, Ph.D. was born in Baquba, Iraq.  He is a graduate of Baghdad University and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver.  Dr. AL-Nasser is the President of the San Diego World Affairs Council.  At the CEC he has instructed courses such as the Iraq Update, Shaping the Middle East after WWI, Shia Ismlam and Iraq/Iran, USA Restore its Standing?, Iraq Story, Middle East Issues, Iran’s Influence on Iraq and Politics of Oil.
Provence, Michael, Ph.D.
Michael Provence is an Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, San Diego.  He earned his Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago and has been a three-time Fulbright Scholar in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and France.  He is the author of the book “The Great Syrian Revolt”.  He has also given programs on the topic of The Fall of the Ottoman Empire.
Putnam, John, Ph.D.
John Putman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, San Diego State University.  Historian of the modern American West (late 19th and 20th centuries), particularly California and the Pacific coast states.  Courses include California History, the History of the American West, U.S. History since 1945, and the Constitutional History of the United States.  His lectures for the CEC have included Star Trek and History, Slavery, America West, Civil War, and the Conquest of California.
Ramsey, Michael, J.D.
Michael Ramsey, Professor of Law, University of San Diego.  Ramsey received his J.D. at Stanford Law School.  Ramsey has clerked for Clifford Wallace of the Court of Appeals, San Diego and Antonin Scalia at the United States Supreme Court.

Robinson, Robert, J.D.
Holds a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and is licensed by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.  Her law practice is located in Rancho Bernardo.

Rohatyn, Dennis, Ph.D.
Dr. Dennis Rohatyn received his Ph.D. from Fordham University.  He has served as Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego since 1977.  He has  lectured at CEC each quarter since 2001.  His lectures cover a wide range of philosophical ideas and their implementation from the ancients to the modern, from Socrates to Newton to James and Sartre.
Shirk, David, Ph.D.
Dr. David A. Shirk is Director of the Trans-Border Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of San Diego.  He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego and was a fellow at the UCSD Center for U.S.- Mexican Studies from 1998-99 and 2001-2003.  He conducts research on Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexican relations and a variety of policy issues along the U.S.-Mexican border.  As TBI Director, Dr. Shirk also directs the Justice in Mexico Project, a bi-national initiative involving scholars and experts conducting research on criminal justice and the rule of law in Mexico.  He is the author of Mexico’s New Politics: The PAN and Democratic Change and co-editor of Reforming the Administration of Justice in Mexico.
Shragge, Abraham, Ph.D.
Dr. Shragge earned his B.A. in History at UC-Davis and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern U.S. History from UCSD in 1998.  He spent fourteen years in business before entering the graduate program at UCSD.  Dr. Shragge has taught History at San Diego City College, Mira Costa College and UCSD.  He is presently Coordinator of Public Programs with the UCSD Civic Collaborative, engaged in projects including the compilation and publication of a Directory of San Diego County Historical Resources, creation of a San Diego Regional Studies Network, a San Diego Ex-Prisoners of War Oral History program and teaching at UCSD.
Shutler, Elizabeth, Ph.D.
Dr. Elizabeth Shutler, President of the San Diego Archaeological Society and retired University Dean is an active archaeologist, having participated in "digs" in the Middle East and the South Pacific where her work earned special recognition.
Smith, Steven, J.D.
Professor Steven D. Smith is one of the nation’s foremost scholars in the area of law and religion.  Smith received his J.D. at Yale University in 1979.   Before joining the University of San Diego Law faculty in 2002, he was the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and was the Byron R. White Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law.
Sparks, Irving Alan, Ph.D.
Dr. Sparks has "semi-retired" as Chairman of the Religious Studies Department at San Diego State University,  He is a visiting professor at the University of San Diego.

Templeton, Jack
Major Jack M. Templeton, USAF Retired, was stationed in the Middle East from 1964-1967.  He lived with his family in Libya, spoke Arabic and has been a continuing student of Middle East civilizations and the Koran.
Thurber, Barton
Dr. Thurber is a Professor of English Literature at the University of San Diego, specializing in 19th Century English Literature and Poetry.

Usell, Raymond, Ph.D., J.D. Dr. Usell is trained in science and the humanities.  His book encouraging calm political discourse, Rules for Moderates: Thinking and Interacting for Positive Change, was published July 2013.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and his J.D. from what is now Michigan State University, School of Law.
Watson, Cal
Cal Watson is a retired chemical engineer with an interest in “World Affairs” and the people who make up the world’s population.  He has served as president of the World Affairs Council, North County and is past president of CEC.  He is also a frequent CEC lecturer on travel studies and book reviews.

Wawrytko, Sandra, Ph.D.
Dr. Wawrytko is a member of the Philosophy Department at San Diego State University where she teaches Asian Philosophy with an emphasis on Daoism and Buddhism.  She received her BA at Knox College and her MA and Ph.D. at Washington University, St. Louis.
Wildenthal, Bryan, J.D.
J.D., Stanford University, with distinction 
A.B., Stanford University, with distinction and departmental honors
 
Professor Wildenthal was an editor of the Stanford Law Review and clerked for Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and Chief Justice Michael F. Cavanagh of the Michigan Supreme Court.  He practiced at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale) in Washington, D.C. and taught at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law before joining TJSL in 1996.  He has been published frequently in leading law reviews, including those at Stanford, Ohio State, Arizona, Illinois, Oregon, Tulsa, Washington & Lee, Georgia State and Michigan State.

Willoughby, Randy, Ph.D.
Dr. Willoughby is a member and former chairman of the Political Science Department at the University of San Diego.

Wittenborn, Allen, Ph.D.
Dr. Wittenborn received his Ph.D. in Asian Studies from the University of Arizona.  Now retired, he was a Professor for 10 years at the University of San Diego and for 16 years at San Diego State University.




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