Scottish Rite Masonic Center
Scottish Rite Masonic Center

Summer Seminars

You Don't Have to Wait Until Fall!
Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m.,
Scottish Rite Masonic Center
6151 H St.

The popular Summer Seminars series, coordinated by Marilyn MacBride, will commence May 22 and continue until July 31.

The location is the same as it has been: The Scottish Rite Masonic Center is north of the main CSUS entrance, just off Carlson Drive. There is plenty of free parking (no pass needed).

There will generally be two presentations each Friday with a break in-between. It is a drop-in seminar; no sign-up is necessary. It's a good idea to get there early.


Cracker Barrel meets all summer long from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., May 29 through Aug. 21 in Mendocino 3009. Join us for a lively discussion of current events; it's okay to bring lunch.

Also, the Knitting Group meets each Friday in Mendocino 3007, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. All levels are welcome.

Note: If you want to park on campus for Cracker Barrel or the Knitting Group during the summer, check with the leaders for parking passes for July and August. The current-year pass expires June 30.


The Schedule

David Warren Winston Churchill
David Warren, May 22, Winston Churchill, June 5
Allan Keown Ed Sherman
Allan Keown, July 3, Ed Sherman, June 26
Photos by Jeff and Ivy Hendy
Julia Morgan Bob Lang
Julia Morgan, July 17, Bob Lang, July 24
Photo by Ivy Hendy
May 22:
David Warren: Egypt.
Helen Flasch: The Great River Road (Mississippi River).
May 29:
Doris Keller: Great Plains: The Real America. The Massive expansion of the Great Plains in a very short period of time by thousands, mainly from the East, Europe, Mexico, and those displaced after the Civil War all of whom were intending to get "Free" land. Nothing they were promised was true and therefore they were unprepared to deal with what they found. To be successful, they used ingenuity, worked together, developed communities and survived!
Tom Holt: Technology and the Renaissance Society. The new Chair for Classroom Technology will discuss upcoming plans to automate activities within the society, including online membership registration, seminar registration and more. He will discuss the background behind the need for change, and how we are going about it. He'll be looking for feedback.
June 5:
Jeff Hendy: Churchill. Jeff will cover the life of Winston Churchill, and attempt to show how events in his early life created the towering figure he became in World War II. His humor and wisdom will be featured.
Ivy Hendy: Sugar. From prehistory, sugar is a substance that has enticed humans. In this PowerPoint, Ivy will go over the historical record of sugarcane; the body's metabolism of sugar; the scientific theory of why we crave sugar; the health risks of sugar; and solutions to the sugar craving problem. Other sweet botanicals and the chemical sweeteners will be mentioned as well.
June 12:
Ranny Eckstron, et al: Big History. The guest speaker will be Bob Regan, director of Education at bgC3, based in Seattle. His Big History Project is a set of free, online materials for teaching history that starts with the Big Bang and runs through to the future. It brings together some of the leading intellectuals from around the world to create a series of videos, texts and interactive content and a group of creative, innovative teachers to create fantastic instructional content.
Carolyn Martin: Women of Courage. Mini portraits of a Civil War "Cyclone in Calico," a Paiute Princess, army scout, author and union organizer described by a state attorney general as "the most dangerous woman in America."
June 19: No Meeting.

June 26:
Marian Kile: Louisiana Purchase. What happened that allowed the United States to more than double its size for three cents an acre? Marian will tell us about the events that lead us to the purchase as well as the key players. NOTE: This is change from previous schedule!
Ed Sherman: Grand Tour. When young British lads graduated from Oxford or Cambridge, many were given the opportunity to trek through France and Italy in search of art, culture and more exotic pleasures. It was finishing school and a rite of passage for the Empire's future leaders.
July 3:
Claire and George Roper and Allan Keown: Alive Inside video. The Ropers and Allan will present and discuss Alive Inside: A story of Music and Memory. The film and discussion will take up the entire two hours. It is a joyous documentary exploring music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. The film chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who, though living with dementia, have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. It reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. In addition, it won the 2014 Sundance Audience Award and left audiences humming, clapping, and cheering. The creator, Dan Cohen, aims to transform the quality of life for the afflicted.
July 10:
Scott O'Connor: Modern Art. Scott will discuss the many variables that influenced the emergence of "modern" art by placing it into its historical context (emergence of a middle class, nationalism, technology, patronage, etc.). He will compare representational and traditional art to modern art; identify strategies for viewing modern art; and share and analyze examples of modern art.
Ed Sherman: Invisible Ladies of Ancient Athens. (NOTE: Schedule Change; Due to circumstances beyond her control, Anita Adams has had to withdraw as a speaker for the second hour.) In her place, Ed Sherman will present an illustrated discourse on the Invisible Ladies of Ancient Athens. To what do they owe their invisibility?
July 17:
David Abelson: Water In California: Can Groundwater Provide A Fail-Safe* Solution For Droughts in California? Ten little-known facts about the current drought and California's groundwater resources will be presented. Please do not "abandon all hope, ye who enters here!" *Fail-Safe: A system or plan that (i) comes into operation in the event of something going wrong; or (ii) prevents such an occurrence in the future.
Elaine Duxbury: Julia Morgan. Elaine Duxbury will share information about Julia Morgan and her work. She was the first woman architect in California and designed over 700 buildings, including Asilomar and Hearst Castle. Elaine will show photos of a number of Morgan's structures you may be familiar with and also some you may not have seen. This presentation differs substantially from the one that members of Beth Mann's Women Artists seminar saw in the fall semester.
July 24:
Fred Chapman: Personal Histories. Fred Chapman will explain what a personal history is, why you should write one, and how to get started. Then he will discuss sources to generate stories, potential topics, and what you can include to make your stories more interesting. He will conclude with a presentation on why you should consider self-publishing, and a short intro on how to go about it.
Bob Lang: Rock 'n' Roll. Bob Lang leads Renaissance music appreciation classes on jazz and rock 'n' roll and offers a mini-presentation on the roots of rock and how it developed. Influenced by R&B, hillbilly music, and gospel, it was embraced by youth and exploded when a kid from Memphis gave it a voice. Remember? You were there!
July 31:
Ed Sanborn and Kathleen Beasley: Muslim Expansion into the East Roman Empire and Europe; the Origin of the Crusades. Conflicts between Muslims and Christians go back hundreds of years. Earlier this year, President Obama caused a backlash when he appeared to downplay the actions of Islamic terrorists by pointing out that people 'committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ' during the Crusades. Join Ed Sanborn and Kathy Beasley as they provide historical context for the roots of the animosity. Ed will cover the Muslim expansion into the East Roman Empire and Europe that pre-dated the Crusades, and Kathy will present a brief history of the calls to battle that set Christians off on multiple journeys to reclaim Jerusalem.