Varied PM Lineup: Leaders for Bonsai,
Compassion, Detective Films,
Memoirs, Civil War, Heroines,
Churches (top to bottom)

Friday Afternoon and Saturday Seminars

These seminars take place on the CSUS campus on Friday afternoons or on Saturdays. Most Friday times are from 1 to 2:45 p.m., unless otherwise noted (look carefully for seminars that have different starting times). The Friday seminars all run for the entire semester, from Feb. 3 through May 5 (with one exception, below). There are no seminars on March 24 or 31.

There are also four seminars on campus on Saturdays, three in the morning and one in the afternoon. They will run from Feb. 4 to May 6 (with none on March 25 or April 1); The three morning seminars require registration; the afternoon one is a drop-in with no registration required. Jump to them.

You must register for all the Friday seminars and the three morning Saturday seminars. There are three ways to register:

Please do not sign up for more than one Friday afternoon seminar, unless you are on a waiting list. If you get into the class you want, please let leaders of your other wait-list classes know that you are no longer interested! Also, inform the leader if you are dropping a seminar (so those on the waiting list can be added). You can make these changes online.

Many of these classes encourage participation. You may be asked to make a presentation on the topic or secure an outside speaker or help in some other way. Here are some technical tips for presentations. It will be noted in the writeups below if no participation is required.

Each seminar has a Style immediately following its name, defined as follows:

Friday Seminars

Here is the link to Online Seminar Registration. NOTE: This list of Friday Afternoon Seminars does not include leader contact information or a description of the seminar. See the online or Catalog listings for that information.

Also, campus room numbers are currently not listed. They will be added during January as they become available from CSUS.

These Friday seminars are available for online registration:

  • Active Retirement Investing (L), Bill Bailey
  • Archaeology Ancient And Modern—Can You Dig It? (L), Richard Fuller, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Basic Spanish Conversation (D), Kathy Olson
  • The Beatles Jukebox: Music That Influenced The Fab Four (L), John Caselli
  • Big History 2: From Civilization's Start To Today And Into The Future (L), Ranny Eckstrom
  • Bonsai: The Art Of Miniature Trees (A/S), Clarence Smith
  • Compassionate Communication (D), Nanci Kuzins
  • Cross-Cultural Film: Cowboys And Samurais (D), Chip Zempe, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Cultural Statements In Film And Documentaries Iv (D), Birte Harley, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.
  • DNAology (L), Jonathan Brosin, First Eight Weeks Only, Feb. 3 Through April 7
  • Economics For The 99 Percent (D), Carl Pinkston
  • Game Changers: 12 Elections That Transformed California (L), Kathleen Beasley
  • Geography (P), Wayne Luney
  • Hard-Boiled Detection In Films (A/S), Rita Rippetoe
  • How Hitler Could Have Won World War II Redux (L), Doug Griebner
  • Ken Burns' Filmography: Part IV Of An Ongoing Nine-Part Retrospective Series (L), Allan Keown
  • Medical Rights And Medical Wrongs (D), Howard Slyter
  • Memories And Memoir: Writing Personal Histories (P), Kimberly A. Edwards
  • More Great American Trials (L), Joel S. Primes
  • The New Testament (D), Tom Slakey
  • The Other Side Of History Continued (L), Doris Keller
  • The People's Republic Of China’s First 60 Years, 1949-2009 (P), Bruce Moon
  • Class canceled! Reading Like A Writer, IV, Ron Tochterman
  • Spanish For Beginners (A/S), Susan Titus
  • The Story Of Writing (D), Peggy Fish
  • Sumer, The First Civilization—Lost Story Of The Rise Of Man (L), Paul Micheli
  • United States Civil War (L), Douglas Bonetti, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.
  • The War In Europe Or Deutschland Über Alles (L), Geoffrey Burroughs
  • The Western Tradition, Part II, The Reformation To The Technological Revolution (D), Kurt Findeisen
  • Women Behind The Scenes: Heroines You've Known Or Wish To Know (P), Peggy Krong
  • The World's Greatest Churches (L), Jon Courtway
  • Writing Personal History (P), Donn Miller

These seminars are NOT available for online registration; enrollment is closed or very limited and you must contact the leader for more information:

  • Alles Deutsche—Everything German (P), Ann Blazina
  • Great Decisions: Vital Issues In American Foreign Policy (P), David Peters
  • Intermediate Spanish, Speaking And Reading (P), Melody Flores
  • Major Classical Music Figures Of The Late 19th And Early 20th Centuries (L), Bob Seyfried, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. (Contact Seyfried)
  • Real Rock 'n' Roll, Bob Lang
  • Watercolor Painting (A), Doyle Crawford

Mike, David
Rome with David; Grammies with Mike

Saturday Seminars

NOTE: You must register for Ancient Rome, China! or Dancing for Dummies. Grammy Hall of Fame Music is a Drop-in Class (no registration required).

Also NOTE no campus classrooms are listed now; they will be added as they are made available by CSUS.

  • Ancient Rome (L), David Warren, 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon.
  • China! The Han Story (206 BCE To 220 CE) (L), Chris Budwine, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon
  • Dancing For Dummies (A/S), Vick Vicklans, 9:30 a.m.. to 12 Noon
    Register for one of these here!

Grammy Hall Of Fame Music (L)
12:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Mike Harkins

In this companion to my three other music seminars, we will enjoy a semester-long sampling from the hundreds of recordings that have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame based on their musical merit and not their sales. To underscore the marvelous diversity of these notable recordings, each week will feature selections representing the many different genres recorded since 1890. Apart from a few introductory comments to put the significance of each piece in context, this seminar is all about enjoying some of the most remarkable music ever recorded. So join us and hear the best of America’s music. This seminar is a drop-in; no registration required. But if you would like to get the weekly lists of featured artists and commentary, contact Mike by email. Get the schedule here.