Gentrain Society.

The Gentrain Society is a volunteer auxiliary of Monterey Peninsula College

Note from the President

Greetings to one and all as I leave my position as president of the Gentrain Society. Our Vice President Linda Chetlin has taken the reins as President of our organization. You will elect a new president in August. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a leader of this fine organization. Getting to know so many of you in person and sharing your stories and interests has made a lasting impression on me. The Board of the Gentrain Society looks forward to serving you, as it has so wonderfully in the past, and you are welcome at any time to attend board meetings, and most happily, our fantastic lectures, class, functions and social events.

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the Gentrain Society, and I will be a grateful participant in everything they do. Use this awesome website as a way to stay in touch with us. Cheers, Mary

Who We Are

The Society was formed in 1983 to help financially support the Gentrain Program at Monterey Peninsula College. The dues of $35 per person and $50 per couple, are paid annually and assist the Society to provide programs which include: a special lecture given on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (free of charge), field trips and special events, and a scholarship fund. The Gentrain Society lends its support to the Gentrain Courses given in four-week, two-hour units on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 10:50 AM

What We Do

The Gentrain Society is a non-profit organization established as volunteer auxiliary of Monterey Peninsula College. It

Upcoming Events

Project Azorian

Project Azorian was a CIA project to covertly recover the sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine, K-129.  The K-129 went down with all hands approximately 1,600

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Travel & Study

Special Events

Sample some local and regional cultural events or spend a few hours socializing with other Gentrainers. We make all the arrangements; you enjoy.


What has made western civilization what it is today? What critical ideas shaped our world? Let our Gentrain faculty lead you on a journey of discovery.


Did you ever want to read a book you have heard about, but never tracked down a copy? Or explore a topic in depth, but did not know where to start? Books, CDs, and other resources, all selected by our faculty to augment class discussions, are at your fingertips in the Gentrain Library.


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Najm Akbar

I am Muhammad Najm Akbar. Call me Najm.
Born in Multan, Pakistan, I had my initial education there.
In the United States, I have graduated twice from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA 1995 and MALD, 2011, and have a graduate degree in History from Fresno State, 2022. Middlebury awarded me an MA in Teaching of Foreign Language, in 2009.

Alia and I have lived In Monterey since 2005. Our children are married and engaged in their professional lives in New York.

Our biggest delight is our two granddaughters, the eldest turns four soon, and the youngest is about a year and a half old.

I remained part of the Pakistan Foreign Service for two decades and at the Defense Language Institute taught Urdu for thirteen years until 2018.

I joined the MPC pool of adjunct history instructors in 2022 and have taught courses in Gentrain, World History, US History, and History of World Religions. 

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