September 5, 2007

Education, immigration among topics of fall Renaissance forums

Sacramento State’s Renaissance Society—the campus learning organization for senior citizens—has announced a fall schedule of forums free of charge and open to the public. Forums cover a wide range of topics from consumer rights to Sacramentans’ favorite things. Question and answer sessions are held following each seminar. All forums are held from 3-4 p.m., Fridays at various University locations.
Carrie Lopez, director of California’s Department of Consumer Affairs, will kick off the forum series with a discussion titled, “What are Your Consumer Rights?” on Sept. 14 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.
“Animal Abuse and Other Violence,” featuring professor Sue Cote of the Division of Criminal Justice, will be held on Sept. 21 in the Hinde Auditorium. Cote will discuss the relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence and child abuse and how the legal system responds to those issues.
Robert Hendren, professor of psychiatry and executive director of the MIND Institute at the U.C. Davis Medical Center will lead the discussion “Helping Children’s Minds” on Sept. 28 in the Hinde Auditorium. Hendren will talk about the search for cures for neurodevelopmental disorders in children and efforts to improve the lives of affected children and their families.
On Oct. 5, Sacramento State sociology professor Amy Liu will report on a survey she and her students conducted regarding the interests of people in the Sacramento region. The forum, “What Do Sacramentans Like?” will be held in Mendocino Hall, Room 1003.
Immigration issues will be examined in the Oct. 12 forum “The Immigration Quandary” in the Hinde Auditorium. Retired law professor Stephen Ybarra, who is active in national Hispanic issues, will lead the discussion.
Eva Rutland, author of When We Were Colored, will take part in a forum of the same name on Oct. 19 in Mendocino Hall, Room 1003. Rutland will speak about her experiences growing up and raising a family in segregated America. She will be accompanied by her daughter, Ginger Rutland, who is an editorial writer for the Sacramento Bee.     
The forum “What’s New in Education,” on Oct. 26 in the Hinde Auditorium, will round out the series. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell will talk about current issues and trends in public education.

More forums may be announced at a later date in the semester. An updated schedule, as well as more information on forums and the Renaissance Society, is available at or by calling (916) 278-7834. Media assistance is available at Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.