Movie Seminar
A Morning Movie Seminar
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Friday Morning and Noon Seminars

These seminars take place on the CSUS campus on Friday mornings and lunchtimes throughout the semester. The first one is Sept. 5 and the last one is Dec. 5. There are no seminars on Nov. 28.

Some of these seminars are drop-ins with no registration; that means you just show up any week that the topic interests you. Beware: Some of these fill up, so get their early!

Other seminars (Meditation, Great Books, Arts and Crafts Group, Introduction to Spanish, Ballroom and Line Dancing, the various Apple seminars) require registration for the semester. Read the information below carefully! There are two ways to register: You can call or email the leader right now or you can contact the leader at the Rendezvous on Aug. 29.

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

Arts and Crafts Group (A/S)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Mendocino 1032

Linda Silberstein, Petey Connolly, Cherie O'Boyle

Craft/Hobbies/Social. Gather up your project materials and join us in the Arts and Crafts group on Friday mornings. Current members are working on beading, drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting. No instruction will be provided, although everyone is willing to share expertise. All levels are welcome. This is the perfect opportunity to finish that project you started eons ago, or begin a new one. Registration required. Limited by room size.

Cracker Barrel (D)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mendocino 1022

Susanne Coleman, Ed Sanborn

Economics/Government. This is a free-wheeling, year-around lunchtime discussion group that chooses up to five topics each Friday for discussion in the manner of the Cracker Barrel at the Old Country Store. One can eat lunch while listening to other participants and contributing information and opinions. Registration is not required and drop-ins are encouraged. Open discussion.

Documentaries (D)
9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Library 3023

Allan Keown, Wade Brynelson

Art/Entertainment. Many outstanding documentaries were produced in 2013 and 2014. The finalists for the Oscars in 2013 and for the Sundance Film Festivals in 2013 and 2014 were again of remarkable quality. The genre continues to evolve in transcendent ways. We have drawn heavily from those finalists and winners for our 13 fall seminar selections. Please watch for the specific titles in the Renaissance Recorder newsletter as well as here. In addition, we shall have a complete or nearly complete seminar list of all 13 titles ready to distribute at Rendezvous. This is a drop-in seminar with no sign-up or presentation requirements.

Great Books Discussion Group (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 4005

Jean Cawood, John Quattrin

Literature/Drama/Languages. We will be reading selections taken from two Great Books anthologies during the fall 2014 term: Short Story Omnibus and The Evil and the Guilty. We will also be reading two longer works of fiction, Shakespeare's Richard III and Dante's Inferno. We use the "shared inquiry" method of discussion originated by the Great Books' founders. Generally, we meet two to three Friday mornings each month. We currently have a wait list!

Introduction to Spanish (P)
10-11:50 a.m., Riverside 1004

Robert J. Parker, Clara Chapala, Celia Perez-McCarthy

Literature/Drama/Languages. The instructors will use interactive strategies and materials for the successful innovative Destinos public television series. Participants will acquire a basic Spanish vocabulary along with reading, writing and speaking skills. No previous knowledge of Spanish is necessary. Participants will be encouraged to devote outside study to reinforce their language learning. Class will be limited to 20.

iPad Basics (L)
9:30-11 a.m., Sept. 5-Oct. 10 (six weeks), Eureka 103

Carol Dabrowiak, Karen Martin

Technology. Learn how to take advantage of all the features on your iPad. This six-week seminar will teach you the basics: Settings, Control Center, Notifications, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Notes, Maps, Photos and email. There will be time for hands-on practice and group discussion. This seminar is for beginners or anyone wanting to improve their iPad skills. Participants will need an Apple ID and password and have email set up on their device. Everyone will receive a CSUS Wi-Fi account; these will be issued at Rendezvous. Registration required here. See the Schedule.

iPhone Basics (L)
9:30-11 a.m., Sept. 5-Oct. 10 (six weeks), Eureka 113

Karen Roseland, Stan Todd, Nancy Findeisen

Technology. Do you have an iPhone and want to learn how to use it? This seminar will help you master the basics by demonstrations and hands-on participation. Topics may include display and controls, gestures, making and receiving calls, Photos, Camera, Photo Sharing, iCloud, Notifications, Messaging, Calendar, Contacts, Voicemail, FaceTime and iTunes. No experience needed, but participants should have an Apple ID and password and have e-mail set up on their iPhone. Registration required here. Participants without a CSUS Wi-Fi account should set one up at the Apple registration table at Rendezvous. See the Schedule.

iPad/iPhone Lab (L)
9:30 to 11 a.m., Oct. 17-Dec. 5 (six sessions), Eureka 113

Pat Crippen, Alex Ives

Technology. If you can handle basic stuff on your iPad or iPhone, but want to learn more on your own and share it with others, you're ready to join our collaborative learning seminar. All participants suggest topics and learn hands-on from each other in an informal setting. Participants select what they want to work on, which may include Pages, Keynote, Photos, etc., and learn together. This is a participant-based, not leader-based seminar. Some iOS (iPad or iPhone) experience is helpful. This is a drop-in class, but registration is required here. You will need a campus Wi-Fi account that can be issued and set up at Rendezvous. See the Schedule.

Learning to Meditate Using the Buddha's Map (A)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Alpine 232 NOTE: Room Change!

Doug Kraft

Personal Development/Sports. This class focuses on learning the elegant, nuanced and amazingly effective meditation taught by the Buddha in the earliest records of his talks. The practice rejects one-pointed concentration in favor of relaxation and sense of humor. It blends the cultivation of ease with cultivation of insight. The instructions adjust to take advantage of your experience. Outside class you'll be asked to meditate daily and read short passages from my book, Buddha's Map. In class we'll meditate together and have ample time for questions, discussion, and personalized instruction. Beginning as well as experienced meditators are welcome.

Meditation (A)
9 to 11:45 a.m., Brighton 202

Gail Reed

Personal Development/Sports. Teaching: Explore why and how we meditate and the benefits of meditation. Various Eastern and Western meditation traditions will be examined. The class focus will be on awakening awareness beyond the mind using a variety of techniques. For full benefit, participants are encouraged to stay for the practice and discussion class that immediately follows. This class is open to new enrollees. This is not a drop-in class.
Practice: This section is open to those who have previously taken this class and those who are currently enrolled in the teaching meditation class at 9 a.m. The group will focus on class discussion of Eastern and Western meditation techniques, universal spiritual issues, awakening awareness practices, and end with a 20-30 minute mediation. This is not a drop-in class.

Memorable Moments (D)
10 to 12 noon, Library 3021

Richard Dabrowiak

Science/Philosophy. This is a drop-in seminar. As seniors, we have lived though an enormous number of exciting and significant events in history. This morning seminar will relive earth-shaking human tragedies, scientific breakthroughs and calamitous events that have affected how the world thinks and acts. The BBC videos in this seminar use dramatic reconstruction, eye-witness accounts and archival footage to relive and detail significant events in history. A short class discussion will help to clarify and understand the events more thoroughly. Check Recorder newsletter, the e-blast on Wednesdays or here for the schedule of topics.

Mini-Seminars (L)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1522

Joy Skalbeck

Art/Entertainment. Fascinating subjects presented by knowledgeable speakers, sometimes Renaissance members, sometimes not. These are single-subject, drop-in sessions presented in the Sac State Library, close to the Media Center. Some have proven so popular that they have been presented again for a Summer Seminar or Forum. Come early as seating is limited. See the Schedule.

The Renaissance Society Knitting Group (A)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 3007

Coby Bonner, Doris A. Keller

Craft/Hobbies/Social. Grab your project (knitting or crochet) and come to the knitting group on Friday mornings. Bring your unfinished projects or new ones and join us. You can work on your own project, a charity item, or a blanket for the next grandchild. All levels of knitters are welcome. This is a drop-in seminar. Come to stitch and chat and join others who are willing to share their expertise.

Travel and Adventure (L)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1533

Terry Moss, Tom Dole, Jennifer Kerr, Bob Seyfried

Art/Entertainment. The sharing of travel experience serves as an excellent aid in both the planning and execution of travel plans. Others' experiences, both good and bad, can help take much of the mystery and hassle out of our own travel adventures. In this seminar, members can meet informally to share such experiences, listen to speakers on travel subjects, and perhaps find companions to team with. This is an open, drop-in seminar; attendance is limited to the number of chairs allowed by the fire department regulations. Please understand that larger video equipped classrooms are not available for our use. See the Schedule.

Lunchtime Activities

Android Basics (P)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 111

Carol Limbaga

Technology. This new drop-in clinic/support group will begin with the basics of cell phone and tablet usage. Bring your Samsung, Android, LG, Nokia, Sony! Hands-on topics will include phone features, making a call, messaging/texting, settings, voicemail, camera, etc.

NEW!! Intermediate Android (P)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 110

Craig McCulloch

Technology. This new drop-in clinic/support group will tackle intermediates. Topics may include: Email from your phone, downloading apps and removing them and Facebook on your phone.

Ballroom and Line Dancing (A)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Solano 1010

Richard Kowaleski

Personal Development/Sports. Ballroom dancing is hot, and so is line dancing. Richard teaches ballroom dancing until the last three weeks when he teaches line dancing. This is not a drop-in class. Register now by email for either or both. Beginners learn the basics and experienced dancers go beyond, all in the same lesson. No partner required. Richard is an accomplished instructor and dance host who shows you easy-to-learn patterns that look sophisticated. His unique teaching methods and delightful sense of humor put you at ease so you can learn quickly while having fun, too. A noon-time favorite for years; check it out!

iPad and iPhone Topics (L)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Mariposa 1000

Ranny Eckstrom, Melissa Green, Jennifer Kerr, Mary Euretig

Technology. You can handle basic stuff on your iPad or iPhone, but want to know more, even about features you don't even know exist. You're ready to join our collaborative learning seminar. Participants suggest topics and make presentations, working in teams. No one is an expert, particularly in 45 minutes! You will get ideas and suggestions about apps, settings and tricks you soon will not be able to live without. Some iOS (iPad or iPhone) experience is helpful. This is a drop-in class, but registration is required here. You will need to have a campus Wi-Fi account; these can be issued and set up at Rendezvous on Aug. 29. See the Schedule.

Presenters' Clinic (C)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 106

Marian Kile

Personal Development These 45-minute sessions can help all of us to become more effective presenters. Each week, we will cover a different aspect of preparing or delivering a presentation. Drop-in to any or all of the sessions, and you are welcome to bring your lunch. No sign-up or participation required. Check the newsletter, email reminders or the Schedule for the weekly topics.