President Nelson
CSUS President Robert Nelson
Addresses Forum
Photo by Lee M Vo


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.

Debra Ortiz
Feb. 3: Debra Ortiz, CEO, Opening Doors, Sacramento
Ballroom III, University Union
Helping Refugees to Re-settle in Sacramento. Debra Ortiz is CEO of Opening Doors, a nonprofit agency that works with Church World Service and the US Department of State to help refugees, immigrants and human-trafficking survivors achieve self-sufficiency through job training, small business loans and access to legal and social services. She is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law and served in the state Senate and Assembly. She is an advocate for immigration laws and refugee resettlement. She was vice president of Planned Parenthood and the California Primary Care Association. Ortiz is a member of the Los Rios Community College District Board.
Feb. 10: Andres Resendez, Author, History Professor, UC Davis
Del Norte 1004
The Other Slavery.
Feb. 17: Tom Suchanek, Lead Scientist and Climate Change Coordinator, Western Ecological Research Center
Del Norte 1004
Climate Change and the Drought.
Feb. 24: Jesus Hernandez, Sociology Professor, UC Davis
Redwood Room, Union NOTE: Location change!
Modern Segregation: Disparate Impact and School Closures in Sacramento. Dr. Jesus Hernandez will discuss how the history of neighborhood settlement in Sacramento has resulted in modern segregation, economically and socially. The effect on disadvantaged neighborhoods has been reduced resources and increased school closures. Dr. Hernandez will discuss some community development strategies to address these problems.
March 3: Omari Tau, Director, Opera Theatre, CSUS School of Music
Capistrano 151
Opera Selections.
March 10: Amy Rogers, Author
Redwood Room, Union NOTE: Location change!
Your Bacteria; Your Friend.
Mansour Yaghoubian
March 17: Mansour Yaghoubian, Owner, Mansour Rugs
Del Norte 1004
Do You See What I See? Works of Art: Persian and Oriental Rugs and Tapestries. A third-generation rug expert, Yaghoubian is one of the country's foremost authorities on fine Oriental and Persian rugs. He is owner of Mansour's Oriental Rug Gallery in Sacramento and Roseville; the two galleries contain over 8,000 rugs. Yaghoubian is a graduate of CSUS. He learned and practiced his craft from his family, growing up in Iran. He finds his treasures on his excursions to the hand-knitting capitals of the world: India, China, Iran, Naeen, Kashan, Heris. He alone selects each of the silk wool rugs and tapestries in his collection. He also teaches the course Art Appreciation: Oriental and Persian Rugs at the Crocker Museum.
March 24:
Spring Break; No Forum.
March 31:
Cesar Chavez Day; No Forum
Milton Bowens
April 7: Milton Bowens, Visual Fine Artist, Author and Educator.
Del Norte 1004
An Artist's Exploration of the African Experience in America. Milton Bowens is a nationally recognized fine artist and educator who has been creating powerful collections of art for the past 20 years. His unique mixed-media paintings are reflections on family, life and culture. In his Forum presentation, Milton will present and discuss images of his original work to encourage conversation about the human experience, art history, preservation of culture and the contemporary world.
April 14: Helen Wussow, Dean of Continuing Education, CSUS
Redwood Room, Union NOTE: Location Change!
Lifelong Learning: Structures and Opportunities.
Buck Busfield
April 21: Buck Busfield, Producing Artistic Director, Owner, B Street Theater
Ballroom III, University Union
B Street Theater Update. Buck has worked for the B Street since its creation in 1986. He selects and casts all plays and has directed more than 175 of them, working with some of the nation's finest actors and playwrights. As a playwright himself, he has written more than 20 plays. He is a senior fellow of the Mountain Vail chapter of the American Leadership Forum.

Dan Weintraub
April 28: Daniel Weintraub, Reporter-Turned-Legislative-Staffer
Del Norte 1004
A Reporter Leaves the Sidelines: A Longtime Journalist Describes his Decision to Change Careers. Until Feb. 6, Daniel Weintraub was editor-in-chief and project director of the California Health Report. Now he is chief of staff for state Sen. Steven Glazer. A native Californian, Weintrau grew up in San Diego and graduated with a degree in economics from San Diego State University. Daniel covered the state Capitol and California for more than 20 years for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the Sacramento Bee and the New York Times. He has reported on the careers of four governors and closely followed the state's fiscal condition plus health, education, energy and many other issues. He appears frequently as an expert on radio and television. He is the author of Party of One, a book about the career of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Daniel is a big believer in the Internet as a transforming force in journalism. He was the author of the first blog by a print journalist in California when he created the California Insider at the Bee in 2003. He was also the host of The Conversation, a weekly feature on the Bee's Sunday opinion pages that encouraged interaction and engagement on the major issues of the day.
May 5:
No Forum.