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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.


Sept. 1: Some Savory and Unsavory Bits of Sacramento Food and Drink History: Maryellen Burns, author of Lost Restaurants and Their Recipes.
Learn how Sacramento's early saloons, hop fields, coffee roasters, farms and waves of immigration established the region, early on, as a food and drink mecca. Success was met with the not-so-occasional murder, sex scandal, drug war and occasional cultural divisions. Join us in a titillating conversation about Sacramento food and drink history, complete with a taste of at least one gilded-age-era drink speciality.
Sept. 8: Small Community Theater Scene: James Wheatley, Celebration Arts, Ray Tatar and Blair Underwood.
Speakers will address the passion, struggles and importance of community theaters to the Sacramento Region.
Sept. 15: Addressing Global Health Issues in Lower Nyakach, Kenya: Bob Metcalf, Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences.
Combining his expertise in microbiology and solar cooking, he has focused on bringing simple water testing methods and solar water pasteurization to developing countries. Working with the community-based organization, Friends of the Old (FOTO), he has demonstrated how microbiology can lead the way in replacing water myths with scientific evidence and adopting practical methods for treating contaminated water.
Sept. 22: Demystifying Native America: What Have You Always Wanted to Know?: Al Striplen, State Indian Museum and Connie Striplen, California Indian Heritage Center Foundation.
Like all people, those we call "Indians" have a past, present and future, but many outsiders see or understand them only in terms of the past: the drama of war bonnets, bison and the West. So what do Native people like others to know? Join us as we explore and help demystify Native American culture, and build a better understanding of this unique and remarkable culture—right here at home!
Sept. 29: The Realty of Climate Change: A Daunting Path Forward: Dr. Tom Suchanek, Scientist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey, and Research Associate, UC Davis.
Every day we see and hear reports of more and more damage and deaths related to extreme and unpredictable weather and related events: floods, droughts, fires, hurricanes, tornados, sea level rise. What' happening? And why?? What can or will the current U.S. Administration, Congress and EPA do to help? Come prepared with questions!
Oct. 6: What Makes Asian-American Culture Relevant: Elizabeth Xiu Wong.
Elizabeth Xiu Wong is passionate about honoring Chinese culture and helping make sure that Chinese-Americans don't let their traditions slip away. One of the highlights will be Elizabeth sharing how the holiday called the Chinese Harvest Moon Festival, or Mid- Autumn Festival, is celebrated. One popular tradition is the eating of mooncakes. Come have some with us!
Oct. 13: Programs that Serve CSUS' Underrepresented Minority Students; Changing Lives through Equity Programs: Norma Mendoza, Jessia Arauza and Tania Hernandez.
The speakers will present an overview of Sacramento State programs that are designed to provide a second family and a home away from home for students who are first-generation, Pell-eligible, migrant, immigrant, undocumented and under-served.
Oct. 20: Women and Sports: Carolyn Martin.
Learn about the transition from "too fragile and not competitive" to winning Olympic medals. College PE instructors opposed organized competitive sports and participation in the Olympics as not ladylike! Discover the role of bicycling, the magnificent "Babe" (not Ruth), Billie Jean King and Title IX in changing women in sports.
Oct. 27: Innovations in Architecture: Peter Kosar.
In this seminar we will take a brief look at the history of innovations in architecture, starting with the invention of mortar in 300 BCE through the sophisticated use of computers in the 20th century.
Nov. 3: Become a Zero Waste Household: Catherine O’Brien.
Do you want to improve your budget and help save te planet? Catherine O'Brien of rePurpose What to Trash, What to Treasure, will conduct a short Zero Waste Workshop with tips and tricks to save both yours and the earth's resources. Come with your questions and ideas.
Nov. 10:
No class. Veterans Day.
Nov. 17: Beneficial Insects in Our Gardens and Farms: Mary Lou Flint, PhD, Extension Entomologist Emerita, UC Davis.
Learn about the thousands of species of beneficial insects that inhabit our gardens and farms. You might be surprised at how many of these beneficials can be found foraging in your garden. This presentation will feature hundreds of color photographs that will help you learn to identify beneficials. It will also address the important topic of why honeybees and other pollinators across the U.S. are dying.
Nov. 24:
No class. Thanksgiving Holiday.
Dec. 1: The End of Life Action Act: Accessing the Law: Dolores Eitel BSN, MA.
Dolores is a Family Nurse Practitioner (the first in New Jersey), a retired Hospital Administrator and University Professor with more than 60 years experience in health care, including consulting on the first Right to Die Law: the New Jersey Supreme Court Karen Ann Quinlan case, implementing Hospice Services, and working with Elizabeth Kubler- Ross. She is committed to improving care and educating others in end-of-life planning and expanding choice at the end of life.