Friday, 3 to 4 p.m., Campus Locations

Following the afternoon seminars each Friday, an "open forum" is held from 3-4 p.m.

The Forum features invited speakers of note, usually from outside Renaissance, who share their views on varied topics with members, followed by lively question-and-answer sessions. The locations vary depending on CSUS availability, so check below. The speakers and locations can change due to campus scheduling, so check here right before each Forum.

Greek Bailout
Sept. 4: State Assemblyman Rob Bonta, Chairman of Retirement and Health Committee
Ballroom III, Union NOTE: Location Change!
Current Health and Retirement Issues. He will be introduced by his father, Renaissance member Warren Bonta.
Sept. 11: Duane Campbell, Professor Emeritus, Bilingual/Multicultural Education, CSUS
Del Norte 1004
What is Greece's Future under the EU Bailout?
Sept. 18: Dr. Ben Rich, Emeritus Professor Internal Medicine Bioethics, UCDavis School of Medicine
Del Norte 1004
Physician-Aided Dying: Pursuit of a Peaceful Death Dr. Rich is an expert in the legal and ethical aspects of physician-patient relationships, end-of-life planning and decision-making, pain management and palliative care. He testified as a expert witness at the state Senate Health Committee meeting for the End of Life Options bill that is currently before the Governor.
Sept. 25: Karla Nemeth, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Del Norte 1004
Gov. Brown's Perspective on Drought and Long-term Water Reliability for California.
Oct. 2: Sacramento Councilman Eric Guerra
Redwood Room
Support for Sacramento's Youth and Young Adults.
Oct. 9: Gene Blackman, Docent, California Auto Museum
Del Norte 1004
Who's Driving? Self-driving Cars and their Implications.
Oct. 16: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson
Del Norte 1004
Vision of the City of Sacramento 2020.
Oct. 23: Bruce Maiman, Sacramento Bee Columnist
Del Norte 1004
The problem of Political Partisanship and the Two-Party System.
Oct. 30: Jeannine English, President, AARP
Ballroom III, Union NOTE: Location Change!
Important Issues Facing the 50-plus Population in the Next Decade. Jeannine English of Sacramento became AARP President in 2014. Among her duties, she communicates AARP positions and views in speeches and media interviews; represents AARP at national and international events; and testifies before Congressional committees. Ms. English became president of AARP California in 2007 and pushed the organization to become a leading force in reforming state government. She served as campaign committee president for the successful California Redistricting Commission's 2008 Ballot Initiative, Proposition 11, which changed the way state legislative districts are drawn. Previously, she was a state government financial auditor, serving as assistant executive director of the Transportation Commission and executive director of the bi-partisan Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy (also known as the Little Hoover Commission).
Nov. 6: Scott Syphax, Host, Studio Sacramento, KVIE
Del Norte 1004
Leadership Training and its Impact on the Sacramento Region.
Nov. 13: Joyce Terhaar, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, The Sacramento Bee
Del Norte 1004
Nov. 20: Lial A. Jones, CEO and Director, Crocker Art Museum
Del Norte 1004
Nov. 27:
Thanksgiving Break No Forum.