Gentrain Society.

The King and I

The King and I is inspired by the experiences of Anna Leonowens, an English school teacher in Siam during the late 19th century who was assigned to teach the king’s many children and wives. A fictionalized version of her story was published as a novel by Margaret Landon in 1944. The novel has inspired several popular stage and film adaptations. The book and movie are still banned in Thailand today.

This will be a two-part event.

Stephanie Spoto will deliver a background lecture at 11:00 on March 21 in LF-103 at MPC.

Following the lecture, we will meet again (arrange your own transportation) at the Lighthouse Theater in Pacific Grove, the last local theater on the Monterey Peninsula, for a screening of The King and I at 12:45.

This event is open to everyone at a cost of $10/person. Please respond to if you want to participate. Payments (cash or check payable to MPC/Gentrain) can be made the day of the event.


Mar 21 2024


11:00 am - 3:15 pm




MPC campus, Lighthouse Theater
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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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