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

Joy Skalbeck

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. 4: Your Choice of Two:
Renaissance Society member Richard Rypinski will give a visual presentation of the 250 million-year geologic history of Northern California, beginning when the continental shoreline was as far east as then non-existent western Utah and became California.
Reza Peigahi, Instructional Services librarian, will introduce us to the variety of library resources for research and personal pleasure. NOTE TIME AND ROOM CHANGE: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in LIBRARY 2022
Sept 11:
One of the most obscure historical interactions between ethnic groups identified in American History books is the intertwining relationships between various American Indian societies and the African American people. Darryl O. Freeman, CSUS Ethnic Studies Professor, will highlight and explore the long history of their contestation and collaboration during the development of this young nation.
Sept. 18:
Chris Evans, who has a masters in skilled nursing-registered nurse, is a clinical educator in the Collaborative Learning Center at Dignity Health (formerly Mercy Hospital). She will talk about end-of-life issues, specifically the POLST—Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Chris will be introduced by Mary Anne Kirchner, Renaissance member and former co-worker at Mercy.
Sept. 25:
Unsung American Women in History. Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, all big-name women who made a difference throughout history. But what about those we haven't heard about? Women's History expert Carolyn Martin will present little-known facts about unsung American women who made significant contributions throughout the world.
Oct. 2:
Greg Goodsell, Senior Docent at the California Automobile Museum, returns for a program on Automotive Evolution: From automatic transmission to the self-driving car.
Oct. 9:
The History of Sacramento. How well do we know the secrets of Sacramento's beginning as it emerged to become a major city in California? Sacramento historian Mark Davidson will discuss the history of early Sacramento, including some little-known intriguing details that may surprise us!
Oct. 16:
Where We Went and Why—The Plane and the Politics. Jerry Glasser, SR-71 Instructor Pilot and systems training director, presents a PowerPoint program about Lockheed's "Skunk Works" Blackbird effort.
Oct. 23:
Popular seminar leader Dave Lockwood. The Science of Science Fiction; What Did Authors Get Right and What Did They Get Wrong?
Oct. 30:
Computers. Jeff Hendy will attempt to answer these questions:
Where are we today in the computer world?
How did we get to where we are today?
What does that mean for us as individuals?
What does that mean for us as Renaissance Society?
Nov. 6:
Tom Swift will answer the question: Could and should President Truman have decided against dropping atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945? And what could the U.S. have done differently between 1900 and 1941 so that war between our countries, and thus the bombs, would not have happened?
Nov. 13:
Take a short Journey to Arlington National Cemetery. Millions have visited, but few have seen it all. Member Albert Wolfgang, Colonel USA (Ret), discusses interesting facts, changes and surprises found at this memorial to Americans who served their country from the Revolution to the present.
Nov. 20:
This Is Not Your Great Grandfather's SPCA. The original SPCA was the British Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals founded in 1824 following enacting legislation sponsored by one Richard "Humanity Dick" Martin, a member of Parliament. The Martin Act, as it became known, allowed for fines against persons who abused large animals. The first prosecution under the Martin Act was against one Bill Burns, a street vendor of fruit, for overburdening his donkey with too much of his merchandise. Who in that day could have imagined that two centuries later, while large animals were fully included in subsequent protective legislation throughout the civilized world, that the focus of these laws would have shifted to much smaller animals, those creatures which now fall under the broad category of pets? Like their predecessors, these animals also serve their masters (and mistresses) but in a different if not a more critical fashion. For many seniors, and others, these pets help us in carrying our daily burdens. In return, our pets deserve our support. Today's humane societies provide more than just temporary shelter for lost pets. If you are a person 65 or older and own a pet or know someone that age who does, plan to attend this Mini-Seminar to learn more about the resources available to qualifying pet owners. The speaker will be Shari Lowen, Director of Senior Services for the Sacramento SPCA.
Nov. 27:
No Mini-Seminar: Campus closed for Thanksgiving Break.
Dec. 4:
The topic for this Mini-Seminar has changed. The new topic is American History and Designer Babies. Judy Zimmerman will discuss how a relatively modern and unique scientific technique capable of developing "designer babies" relates to a little-known aspect of American history, the Progressive Period's American Eugenics Movement between 1900 and the 1930s. Judy extensively researched this period as a project for her Renaissance class on Decisive Decades