UFW Flag
Paris Opera
United Farm Worker flag (top);
Paris Opera House (bottom)

Mini-Seminars

Friday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1522

Beth Mann, Ed Speegle

Fascinating subjects will be 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.

PLEASE NOTE: No food or drink (except bottled water) is allowed in the library. 

MINI-SEMINARS are subject to schedule change. Please check with this Website or The Recorder to be sure of what's on the docket each Friday.


Feb. 3: James McRitchie, Understanding and Influencing Corporate Behavior.
Think corporations have too much power? Learn how investors in pensions, mutual funds and stocks can redirect corporate power from within. James McRitchie has over 20 years of experience strengthening those democratic mechanisms. Class will discuss how to make corporations more democratic and productive, while reducing costs to society and the environment.
Feb. 10: Touger Vang, From the Mountains of Laos to the Sacramento Valley: The Odyssey of the Hmong People.
Since the mid-1970s, the Hmong have been resettled throughout the United States. A large population of Hmong has made Sacramento Valley their new home. Come and learn about the history, culture and the journey of coming to the United States. He is a Hmong refugee from Laos and has lived in the U.S. since age 10. Vang has a Master of Library and Information Studies degree and has been a guest lecturer for universities for many years.
Feb. 17: Brigitte Jaensch and Patricia Daugherty, Sister Cities: Connecting People to People.
What are Sister Cities? Are they something new? Who creates them? What do they do? Does Sacramento have any? Learn about Sister Cities, both generally and with Sacramento specifics, from Brigitte Jaensch (a long-time Renaissance Society member) and Patricia Daugherty, two of the co-founders of the Sister City friendship between Sacramento and Bethlehem.
Feb. 24: Michelle Teran, United Farm Workers.
Michelle Teran is the Legislative Advocate for United Farm Workers. Her presentation will cover the history of the farm worker movement and a review of farm worker rights. She will also share with us what victories have been won for farm workers over the years and the issues farm workers continue to face today. She will conclude with ways to get involved with the farm worker movement.
March 3: Sean Bianco, Opera Potpourri.
Sean Bianco is the well-known host of Capitol Public Radio's Saturday Night at the Opera, and an area music teacher, composer and lecturer. Always popular with Renaissance Society audiences, he will be returning to campus discussing the Best of the Best of the Opera World.
March 10: Paul Helman, Old Time Radio.
This presentation is about the creation of radio, the first broadcast stations and the development of radio networks (CBS, NBC and ABC), eventually flowing into TV by the same networks. Participants will have a chance to listen to a 1930s era Fibber McGee and Molly program. For many, it brings back many memories of listening to the radio while growing up.
March 17: Chris Smith, Home Hosted Travel Options.
Be more than a tourist. Change the way you see the world. When you travel to another country do you want to learn about the culture? Would you like to make friends throughout the world? Chris Smith has traveled to over 52 countries, often living with the locals. He has hosted visitors from around the world into his home in Sacramento for an evening meal or a week-long visit. Chris will share with you various home hosting/travel opportunities such as The Friendship Force, Servas, Evergreen B&B Club and more.
March 24:
No class. Spring Break.
March 31:
No class. Cesar Chavez Day.
April 7: Richard Fuller, Re-Naissance.
It started in 1140 when Italian scholar Gerard of Cremona went to Toledo, Spain, to research a Greek astronomy text called Almagest, only available in Arabic at a Muslim library. What he found were thousands of classical texts. Gerard settled in Toledo, learned Arabic, translated the books into Latin, and took home studies of dialects, geometry, philosophy, and medicine. This was the start of the Re-Birth of Western Thought, that flourished greatest in the 1400s, almost exclusively in Italy, and largely in the Po River Valley. Renaissance scholar (and Renaissance Man) Richard Fuller will present this fascinating topic.
April 14: Katie Carreusco, Consumer Fraud.
Katie Carruesco is the Northern California Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Business Oversight (DBO). The DBO protects California consumers by licensing and regulating individuals and companies that offer securities, investment advice, consumer finance loans and residential mortgage loans. The flagship program of the Department is Seniors Against Investment Fraud (SAIF). The SAIF program alerts and educates Californians over the age of 50 about financial and investment fraud, scams, and unscrupulous sales practices that specifically target seniors.
April 21: Richard Lui, Finding Your Calling at Any Age.
Your calling is your passion and purpose: What you are born to be and do at any age. You can have many callings that evolve over a lifetime. In this Mini-Seminar, you will learn the eight practical proven steps to finding and following your calling for more aliveness, inner peace, leaving a legacy to others and creativity. Learn to release the inner critic that can block your callings. Come and learn in a safe and informative class.
April 28: Chris Aguirre, Discovering the American River Parkway.
This presentation will provide a comprehensive view of the American River Parkway, the 4,800-acre, 23-mile stretch of the Lower American River from Nimbus Dam to Discovery Park. The session will be led by Chris Aguirre, Development Director of the American River Parkway Foundation. Participants will learn about the Nimbus Fish Hatchery; the history of the Folsom Dam and Folsom Powerhouse; flora and fauna on the Parkway and that which is native and non-native; stewardship efforts on the Parkway; recreational uses and impacts of the Parkway; and the Parkway Foundation's efforts to care for and improve this recreational and natural asset.
May 5: Allan Keown, A Compelling New Paradigm of Human Origins.
A YouTube lecture by Professor Curtis Marean of Arizona State's Institute of Human Origins given in Mossel Bay, South Africa, frames a discussion of the new emerging paradigm of human origins. This is the latest report on an ongoing international project studying human evolution in the Pinnacle Point caves—one composed of 10 countries and over 40 scientists led by Marean. The NSF ($3.6 million) and the John Templeton Foundation ($4.9 million) have supported this work more than any other study focused on human evolution in history. Learn why.