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, co-led by Marilyn MacBride and Ed Sherman, will commence May 27 and continue until Aug. 5.

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 on campus all summer long from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., May 13 through Aug. 26. Locations: May 13, Mendocino 1022; May 20, Mendocino 1020; May 27 through Aug. 19: Sequoia 122; Aug. 26, Rendezvous day, room TBA. Join us for a lively discussion of current events; it's okay to bring lunch.

Also, The Knitting and Crochet Group will meet 10 to 11:30 a.m. from May 27 through Aug. 5 in Folsom 1049. Folsom Hall is located at 7667 Folsom Blvd., just west of Hornet Drive. All levels are welcome.

Note: If you want to park on campus for Cracker Barrel or the Knitting Group, be sure to renew your membership early. Note that Folsom Hall does require a parking permit! The current-year pass expires June 30. Check on the Membership page for renewal information.


The Schedule

May 27:
Marty Keale: History of the English Language.
Jon Brosin: Fun With Germs. A light-hearted look at germs and their role in our lives.
June 3:
David Abelson: John Wesley Powell: An Exploration of the Place Nobody Knew. John Wesley Powell was one of the great explorers of America's vast, arid southwest territories. In 1869, he led a 1,000-mile journey down the uncharted waters of the Green and Colorado rivers, becoming the first to survey and survive the treacherous depths of the Grand Canyon. This seminar features the highlights of Powell's daring expedition, and his major contributions to science, ethnology and western water policy in the United States.
Peter Kosar: The High Line. Come hear how two guys with an idea got some friends, an innovative architecture firm and a world-renowned landscape architect to help them transform an abandoned elevated railroad spur into New York City's award-winning 1.45 mile-long High Line Park.
June 10:
Jeff Hendy: The 1 Percent and Wealth Inequality.
Ivy Hendy: Nineteenth Century Bicycles.
June 17:
No seminars.
June 24:
Richard Peters, Travel and Adventure: Eastern Sierra.
David Warren: Florence.
July 1:
Carolyn Martin: Women of Civil War
Paul Domyancic: Gold Rush Blacks.
July 8:
Joel Primes: Famous Legal Case.
Kathleen Beasley: Gold Rush Business.
July 15:
Ed Sherman: Ancient Olympics.
Bob Seyfried: Beethoven.
July 22:
Eric McElwain: First Amendment and Free Speech.
Beth Mann: Ancient Maps.
July 29:
Larry Whitlock: Liberal/Conservative?
Doris Keller: Funding College for Grandkids.
Aug. 5:
Ranny Eckstrom: Big History.
Doug Bonetti: Civil War.