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11th Annual Envisioning California Conference

In its diversity, its innovative economies, its forging of new communities, and its ever-evolving vision of the good life, California will shape the culture and the lifestyle of America in the 21st Century.

Paths to California 's 21st Century

In its diversity, its innovative economies, its forging of new communities, and its ever-evolving vision of the good life, California will shape the culture and the lifestyle of America in the 21st Century.

What will it mean to be a Californian in the 21st Century? What will be the challenges to how we live, act, think and deal with each other, to our ethics, our education, our government?

The Center for California Studies ' Eleventh Annual Envisioning California Conference, Paths to California's 21st Century, assembled individuals reflective of California's diversity whose insights and visions will led our exploration of what confronts California at the cusp of the new age.

Keynote Addresses:
    Thursday dinner speaker, Audie Bock, Member, California State Assembly,
    Friday luncheon speaker, Warren Olney, Host of Which Way, L.A.?, KCRW Public Radio and Host of Life and Times, KCET Public Television.
Plenary Sessions:
    The conference began with an opening plenary session entitled Markets, Corporations and Civic Duty. Moderated by Felicenne Ramey, Dean of the College of Business Administration at CSU Sacramento, panelists were asked to address whether or not contemporary corporate ethics serve the common good.

    The closing plenary, Volunteerism, Public Service and a Commitment to Improving California's Communities, was moderated by Leon Panetta of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. The panel discussion focused on the timely topic of community service, with specific emphasis on service by college students, members of faith-based communities, and California's retired population.
Panels Sessions:
    Rebuilding the Civic Infrastructure

    Spirituality and Community

    Growth Controls in a Democratic Society

    The People's University: Civic Education at the Library

    Nonprofit Organizations as Citizens

    Diversity and Community

    Schools and Teaching Ethics

    A Window of Opportunity: Multidisciplinary Views of California Citizenship in the 21st Century
Special Conference Events:
  • Public art tour of Sacramento's public library and new federal courthouse, conducted by docent Jean Roach from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

  • A guided tour of the di Rosa Art Preserve in Napa, an eclectic mix of art produced in the greater San Francisco Bay Area during the latter part of the 20th Century.

  • Volunteer work day at Noralto Elementary School in North Sacramento, where volunteers, with the help of the Pacific Bell Pioneers painted a map of the United States on the playground.

The Center would like to thank the California State Library for its continued sponsorship and commitment to this conference. We also wish to acknowledge the support of the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy at CSU Monterey Bay.