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.

These Friday seminars are available for online registration:

  • Active Retirement Investing (L), Bill Bailey, Alpine 148
  • Archaeology Ancient And Modern—Can You Dig It? (L), Richard Fuller, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., Mendocino 1003
  • Basic Spanish Conversation (D), Kathy Olson, Brighton 202
  • The Beatles Jukebox: Music That Influenced The Fab Four (L), John Caselli, Douglass 212
  • Big History 2: From Civilization's Start To Today And Into The Future (L), Ranny Eckstrom, Mendocino 3013
  • Bonsai: The Art Of Miniature Trees (A/S), Clarence Smith, Eureka 105
  • Compassionate Communication (D), Nanci Kuzins, Douglass 110
  • Cross-Cultural Film: Cowboys And Samurais (D), Chip Zempel, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., Solano 2002
  • Cultural Statements In Film And Documentaries Iv (D), Birte Harley, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., Library 3021
  • DNAology (L), Jonathan Brosin, First Eight Weeks Only, Feb. 3 Through April 7, Brighton 104
  • Economics For The 99 Percent (D), Carl Pinkston, Alpine 236
  • Game Changers: 12 Elections That Transformed California (L), Kathleen Beasley, Tahoe 1007
  • Class canceled!Geography (P), Wayne Luney, Brighton 218
  • Hard-Boiled Detection In Films (A/S), Rita Rippetoe, Alpine 144
  • How Hitler Could Have Won World War II Redux (L), Doug Griebner, Brighton 208
  • Ken Burns' Filmography: Part IV Of An Ongoing Nine-Part Retrospective Series (L), Allan Keown, Folsom 1049
  • Medical Rights And Medical Wrongs (D), Howard Slyter, Capistrano 327 NOTE Room Change!
  • Memories And Memoir: Writing Personal Histories (P), Kimberly A. Edwards, Calaveras 134
  • Class canceled!More Great American Trials (L), Joel S. Primes, Douglass 213
  • The New Testament (D), Tom Slakey, Douglass 111
  • The Other Side Of History Continued (L), Doris Keller, Alpine 156
  • The People's Republic Of China's First 60 Years, 1949-2009 (P), Bruce Moon, Douglass 106
  • Class canceled! Reading Like A Writer, IV, Ron Tochterman
  • Spanish For Beginners (A/S), Susan Titus, Brighton 214
  • The Story Of Writing (D), Peggy Fish, Brighton 110
  • Sumer, The First Civilization—Lost Story Of The Rise Of Man (L), Paul Micheli, Douglass 107
  • United States Civil War (L), Douglas Bonetti, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., Mendocino 4004
  • The War In Europe Or Deutschland Über Alles (L), Geoffrey Burroughs, Humboldt 202
  • The Western Tradition, Part II, The Reformation To The Technological Revolution (D), Kurt Findeisen, Alpine 235
  • Women Behind The Scenes: Heroines You've Known or Wish To Know (P), Peggy Krong, Kadema 145
  • The World's Greatest Churches (L), Jon Courtway, Alpine 232
  • Writing Personal History (P), Donn Miller, Calaveras 135

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, Amador 260 NOTE Room Change!
  • Great Decisions: Vital Issues In American Foreign Policy (P), David Peters, Mendocino 1032
  • Intermediate Spanish, Speaking And Reading (P), Melody Flores, Douglass 109
  • Major Classical Music Figures Of The Late 19th And Early 20th Centuries (L), Bob Seyfried, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., Capistrano 223 (Contact Seyfried)
  • Real Rock 'n' Roll, Bob Lang, Benicia 1025
  • Watercolor Painting (A), Doyle Crawford, Kadema 170

Mike, David
Roam Rome with David; Grapple 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).

  • Ancient Rome (L), David Warren, 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, Mariposa 1000
  • China! The Han Story (206 BCE To 220 CE) (L), Chris Budwine, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, Mendocino 3013
  • Dancing For Dummies (A/S), Vick Vicklans, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Yosemite 187
    Register for one of these here!

Grammy Hall Of Fame Music (L)
12:30 to 2:45 p.m., Mariposa 1000

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.