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 Ed Sherman, will commence May 23 and continue until Aug. 1.

The location is the same as last year: 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 16 and 23 in Mendocino 1020. May 30 through Aug. 22 (except Friday July 4) in Mendocino 2009.
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.,beginning May 16. All levels are welcome. This will last throughout the summer, same dates as the Summer Seminar.

Note: If you want to park on campus for Cracker Barrel or the Knitting Group during the summer, be sure to renew your membership so you will have a pass valid all summer. The current-year pass expired June 30!


Mummy in Desert
Mummy, July 11
Genghis Kahn
Genghis Khan, July 25
Ivy Hendy
Ivy Hendy, June 13
Photo by Jeff Hendy

The Schedule

May 23:
Kay Palmbaum: Finding Your Roots and Preserving Your Past. We will discuss how to begin your genealogy search and creative ways to preserve and share your research information with others.
Marian Kile: Creating Family Stories from Research. If we don't have the details of our ancestors' lives, we still can develop meaningful stories to capture what they might have seen or done during different times in their lives. Marian will show us where to begin, where to research and how to bring it all together.
May 30:
David Warren: The Life and Times of King Tut. Probably one of the most talked about archeological discoveries of the 20th century happened when Carter found King Tut's Tomb more or less intact. There is hardly a person alive who does not know the name King Tut. I have been to his tomb many times and I will try to give you the thrill of discovering it yourself. I will be sharing pictures of his tomb and the history of the boy king. Would you like to vicariously go with me to the Valley of the Kings?
David's handout is available here.
Jonathan Brosin: Antibacterials and Gene Mutations.
June 6:
Elaine Moody: The Silk Road: India and Spices. In its day, the spice trade was the world's biggest industry and India was a key player. This presentation will be a brief survey of the development of India's spice trade with the west, from ancient times to the Age of Discovery, when desire for spices led to the discovery of new continents.
Joel Primes: Bill of Rights and Privacy.
June 13:
Ivy Hendy: Separating the Liberty from Libertarianism: Philosophical Influences from the 17th to the 20th centuries. In this PowerPoint talk, Ivy Hendy will discuss the source of both the theories of liberalism and libertarianism. The origin of these two theories, so remarkably at odds now, comes from 17th century English philosophers who were concerned with what to do with tyrannical, oppressive governments. Also explored are the modern libertarian theories of Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick and others.
David McGuire: Benedict Arnold, Patriot and Traitor.
June 20:
Carolyn Martin: Canadian Front During the War of 1812. The War of 1812 along the Canadian frontier produced heroes (Oliver Hazard Perry, Winfield Scott, Sir Issac Brock, Tecumseh), two court-martialed generals, a victory before one side knew the war had started and several stunning examples of how not to conduct a war. Who won?
Richard Fuller: The Boys of Summer and Bad Boys of Baseball. Baseball in the United States of America has existed for 175 years, and there have been lots of heroes. But the Renaissance Players feel it can be more fun to present the BAD BOYS of BASEBALL, with a series of readings and skits—with NOTHING on the Scottish Rite's painted wall, except maybe a baseball, a dead bird, a foul ball, or some Bad Boy's mean joke !
June 27:
Marty Keale: Multiculturalism in the Northern Adriatric.
Bob Lang: Real Rock 'n' Roll Bonus Tracks. A feature of the Real Rock 'n' Roll music appreciation class was "Bob’s Bonus Tracks." Rock 'n' roll's first decade was exciting and dynamic. The hits kept on coming! But sometimes the stories behind the songs and the artists and the culture can be as much fun as the music itself. And sometimes the less familiar tracks can be even more meaningful than the hits. That's what’s planned for you this summer—Real Rock 'n' Roll Bonus Tracks!
July 4: No Meeting.

July 11:
Ed Sanborn: Enlightenment to Revolution.
Ranny Eckstrom: Blond Mummies in the China Desert. Blond, blue-eyed mummies, 4,000 years old, were recently rediscovered in the Taklamakan desert in China. Who were they? What were they doing there? Were they the elusive Tocharians? What happened to them? It had long been thought that China and the West had developed in isolation. These mummies indicate otherwise.
July 18:
Lee Ruth: Strength in Unity The Growth of California Cooperatives.
Jeff Hendy: Globalization. Globalization affects all of us in many ways: the products we buy, the food we eat, the jobs available for coming generations, etc. In this talk Jeff gives some of the historical events that together made today's globalization what it is, the impact that it has on our lives and speculates (aka guesses) about the future.
Jeff's presentaton is available here.
July 25:
Doris Keller: Genghis Khan. .
David Goldstein: The new Barnes Museum. On May 19, 2012, after years of legal battles and intrigue, the Barnes Foundation opened the newly constructed Barnes Museum on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, revealing to the public the spectacular impressionist art collection of Albert C. Barnes, an eccentric and highly controversial multimillionaire. The story of Albert C. Barnes, his foundation and how he acquired his incredible collection valued at over $25 billion is truly remarkable.
Aug. 1:
Ed Sherman: The Nude in Art History. Why are the museums of America and Europe filled with paintings depicting the nude human figure?
Dick Tarble: The Drought. Weather, Water and Climate in the Central Valley.