Society to host fall season of campus forums
Renaissance Society, California State University, Sacramento’s
learning-in-retirement organization, will once again offer a series
of free Friday afternoon forums this fall. The on-campus events
will feature speakers on the arts, politics, health care and more.
All forums begin at 3 p.m.
On Sept. 12 Gary Hart, former legislator and founder of the CSUS
Institute of Education Reform, will talk about “The Status
of Public Education in California” in Mendocino 1003. Sacramento
attorney and CSUS adjunct faculty member Steve Robbins will talk
about “Privacy and the American Patriot Act” Sept. 19
in the University Union Redwood Room. And CSUS English professor
and distant relative of Mark Twain Mary Mackey will discuss the
process of writing her new comic novel The Stand In during
her talk “Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens and Me” on Sept.
26 in the University Library Gallery.
On Oct. 3, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East will be the topic
of CSUS government professor William A. Dorman’s talk “How
Have U.S. Foreign Policies Fared Since the Iraq War?” in the
University Union Redwood Room. On Oct. 10 Sacramento Choral Society
president James McCormick will speak on “The Sacramento Choral
Society and Orchestra: In Concert with the Community” in the
University Union Redwood Room.
Sacramento Bee reporter Stuart Leavenworth will discuss
his award-winning series of articles in “’Liquid Assets’:
A Look at the Growing Market for Water as California’s Population
Booms and Shortages Become More Common” on Oct. 17 in the
University Union Redwood Room. Sacramento Theatre Company artistic
director Peggy Shannon will speak on “Live Theatre at Its
Best: The Sacramento Theatre Company” on Oct. 24 in the University
Union Redwood Room.
“Elder Abuse and Other Serious Issues Facing Residents in
California Long-Term Care Facilities” will be the topic of
an Oct. 31 session in the University Union Hinde Auditorium by Joan
S. Parks. She is the manager of ombudsman services for more than
20,000 long-term care residents in eight Northern California counties.
CSUS humanities professor Richard Shek will speak on “Friend
or Foe? China in the 21st Century” on Nov. 7 in the University
Union Redwood Room. Legislative budget analyst Elizabeth G. Hill
will present “Let’s Analyze the Budget” on Nov.
14 in the University Union Redwood Room. And on Nov. 21 physician
David H. Lehman explains why “There’s Poetry in Medicine”
in the University Union Redwood Room.
CSUS communication studies professor Donald S. Taylor will discuss
“How Does Africa View U.S. Foreign Policy?” on Dec.
5 at a location to be determined. The season will close with “Bits
of Broadway” presented by CSUS musical theatre director and
choreographer Edward Brazo on Dec. 12 in the University Union Redwood
In addition to the public forums, the Renaissance Society offers
members a number of classes, seminars and excursions. The group’s
annual membership information meeting, the Renaissance Rendezvous,
will be on Aug. 29 in the University Union Redwood Room. Dues are
$60, which includes a special parking pass for the academic year.
Members can also obtain an annual library card for $5. More information
is available at (916) 278-7834 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.