Barbara Aswad

Founding Board member Barbara Aswad, who is a Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at Wayne State University, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arab American Studies Association. 

The award was presented at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  The theme of the conference held there was ‘Arab American Activism and Memories’.  While at the conference she also participated in a roundtable discussion by activists and scholars from the 1960s and 1970s.

Barbara received her PhD in anthropology from the University and spent years on the faculty of Wayne State University.  At one point she was president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America: which is the leading organization of Middle East scholars.

One of her major accomplishments was helping initiate a hugely successful social services center in Dearborn for immigrants: the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Service (ACCESS).

She remains on the board as an emerita member.

Upon retirement she and her husband have moved to Claremont where she is not only active on the board of TAIPD but is deeply involved in the local Syrian Refugee Resettlement Committee.

Jack Schuster

TAIPD welcomes to its Board Jack H. Schuster, one of the country’s leading scholars on education and academia.

Jack H. Schuster is senior research fellow and professor emeritus of education and public policy at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.

Previous roles include: Professor of Education and Public Policy, Claremont Graduate University, assistant director of admissions at Tulane University; legislative assistant, then administrative assistant, to Congressman John Brademas; and assistant to the chancellor and lecturer in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jack has authored or co-authored numerous works and served in leadership roles for a number of academic organizations, including chairing the American Association of University Professors’ committees on campus governance policies and accreditation. He formerly chaired the Journal of Higher Education’s editorial board and served as a member of the Board of Trustees, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA.  

He earned a B.A. in history at Tulane University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in political science from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gerry Kominski

Gerry, an Associate Member of the TAIPD board, is very much in the news these days since the topic of healthcare is near the top of the charts. He is Professor of Health Policy and Management at UCLA and also Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  As he is an expert on our healthcare system, he is great demand these days by the media.  Look for his name and comments.

Susan McWilliams

Susan is also an Associate Member of the institute’s board.  A very accomplished scholar and winner of multiple awards for teaching excellence, she has recently been appointed Chair of the Politics Department at Pomona College.

Grant Administration

TAIPD has become the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for a grant to aid the volunteers who are working to serve the newly placed refugees in our area.  

The grant is a Community Well-Being Grant for $7500 renewable from Tri-Cities Mental Health and made to the Refugee Resettlement Team #2/Claremont.

The institute will ensure that the grant monies are expended appropriately and provide accountings and reports.

Sponsoring a November Forum

The institute will be producing another public forum on November 4.

The title will be Flirting With Fascism?:  Trump and the Prospects for Democracy

The forum will consist of  three sessions: Understanding Fascism, The Age of Trump and the Rise of Authoritarianism, Saving Democracy in the Age of Trump.

The aim is to explore the frequently encountered claim that the country is now faced with fascism.

We are still making arrangements with some of the prospective speakers - those who have committed to appearing are well-known people from around the country.

The event will be held at the Rose Hills Theater at Pomona College from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday November 4.

When the full program is known, it will be posted here on the web site – those on the journal’s mailing list will be notified when that information is posted.