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Friday, 3 to 4 p.m., Campus Locations

Following the afternoon seminars each Friday, an "open forum" is held from 3-4 p.m.

The Forum features invited speakers of note, usually from outside Renaissance, who share their views on varied topics with members, followed by lively question-and-answer sessions. The locations vary depending on CSUS availability, so check below. The speakers and locations can change due to campus scheduling, so check here right before each Forum.

Sept. 5:
No forum.
Sept. 12: Arnoldo Torres, public policy consultant and analyst
Redwood Room, Union
The Shortcomings and Consequences of the Fight for Immigration Reform. Torres is a public policy consultant who has worked on immigration, health care, education and other areas impacting the Latino community since 1979. In the last year, he has written legislation in California proposing deferred action for undocumented farm and service industry workers. He has developed a new comprehensive immigration reform proposal and has met with Congress members since December 2012. He was the National Executive Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) from 1979 to 1985. He has served as the political analyst for Univision California and the Univision network, covering Presidential and mid-term elections since 2000, and was a regular contributor to Univision's Sunday program Al Punto. He now serves as a contributor to Telemundo/NBC. His op-ed articles have appeared in newspapers, blogs and websites throughout the nation.
Sept. 19: Kiyo Sato, Author
Del Norte 1004
Leaving Your Footprints: How I Did it and Why It's Important. At age 80, Kiyo Sato sat down in a Sacramento coffee shop to write her story. The result: a book, Dandelion Through the Crack, that won the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for writing new nonfiction and led to an invitation to speak at the Smithsonian. She will talk about how she wrote about her experience at age 19, when by Presidential Order her family was forced to leave home and pets for an unknown destination that was Poston, Arizona, even as her brother was serving in the U.S. Army. Now age 91, Kiyo Sato continues to share the story with people of all ages through words, pictures and haiku. She is currently working on a second book. After the war, Kiyo joined the Air Force, completing her college education in nursing and achieving the rank of captain. A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nisei Post 8985, she and other members have put together an educational video and workbook for children about the Japanese-American evacuation. The presentation, entitled "Lessons From Our Lifetime," received a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program in 1999. During her career as a public health nurse, Sato developed the Blackbird Vision Screening System for detecting eye problems in young children.
Sept. 26: Mac Taylor, State Legislative Analyst
Ballroom III, Union
The State's Fiscal Situation: Prospects and Perils.
Oct. 3: Richard Shek, Professor, CSUS
Del Norte 1004
China Under New Management: The "Dream" of President Xi Jinping.
Oct. 10: Vance Raye, Judge, Third District Court of Appeal
Redwood Room, Union NOTE: Location change!
Media Coverage of the Courts.
Oct. 17: Ginger Rutland, retired, Sacramento Bee Editorial Board
Del Norte 1004
When We Were Colored and Beyond. Ginger Rutland will be talking about the play she is writing about her late mother, Eva, who in her 90s wrote a book, When We Were Colored, A Mother's Story. Ginger retired after serving on the editorial board of The Sacramento Bee for more than 20 years. Before that, she covered the state Capitol for San Francisco television station KRON. Ginger, along with her mother, appeared at the Forum once before in 2005.
Oct. 24: Patrick Mulvaney, Chef and Restaurant Owner
Del Norte 1004
California Cuisine at its Finest. At his downtown restaurant, Mulvaney's B&L, Patrick Mulvaney is offering a new food experience to diners: Farm-fresh items in every dish. He had the distinctive honor of being selected by the James Beard Foundation to host a dinner and he is very proud of it. He will challenge members to look at the foods we eat in a new way.
Oct. 31: Dan Walters, Columnist, Sacramento Bee
Ballroom III, Union Note: Location change!
Jerry Brown's Fourth Term: What to Expect. Dan Walters has been a journalist for more than 50 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. At one point in his career, at age 22, he was the nation's youngest daily newspaper editor. He joined The Sacramento Union Capitol bureau in 1975, just as Jerry Brown began his first governorship, and later became the Union's Capitol bureau chief. In 1981, he began writing the state's only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events and in 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee. He has written more than 7,500 articles and his column appears in more than 50 California newspapers, as well as those in other states.
Nov. 7: Steve Swatt, Political Consultant
Redwood Room, Union
Election Wrap Up—Looking Back at the Midterm Elections and Ahead to 2016. Steve Swatt is a political and media consultant who covered politics and government for 23 years for Sacramento station KCRA. He has talked twice before to the Forum, after the election of 2010 and again in 2012. He has written and published a novel Fair, Balanced and Dead.
Nov. 14: Dr. Deb Niemeier, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis
Redwood Room, Union
Climate Change Update. Dr. Niemeier's research concerns transportation: air quality modeling, energy consumption, and land use interactions; sustainability; urban environments and climate change; poverty and transportation; and the project development process for major intrastructure projects. Her recent work includes the PM hotspot guidance issued by EPA and the Transportation chapter of the 2012 Southwest Climate Change Inventory. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering Board on Energy and Environmental Systems.
Nov. 21: Cindy Sample, mystery writer
Del Norte 1004
From CEO to Sleuth: Never Too Old to Pursue Your Dreams. Cindy Sample is a former mortgage banking CEO who decided plotting murder was more entertaining than plodding through paperwork. She retired to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a mystery author. Her national best-selling humorous mystery series, set in El Dorado Country, features a single soccer mom, Laurel McKay. Cindy features local businesses in her stories, and loves digging and diving into research, which has included talking with local homicide detectives. Dying for a Date, released in 2010, was followed by Dying for a Dance, the winner of the 2011 Northern California Publishers and Authors award for Fiction. Dying for a Daiquiri, a 2014 finalist for the LEFTY Award for Best Humorous Mystery, moves the action to Hawaii. She found it by far the most fun to research. In addition to her writing and wit, Cindy is known for her innovative book launches—such as ballroom dancing exhibitions. Cindy is currently working on Dying for a Dude and having a blast. She invites others to follow their dreams and have a blast as well.
Nov. 28:
Thanksgiving Break; No Forum.
Dec. 5:
No Forum.