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, Mercy clinical nurse educator, and part of the speakers' bureau sponsored by the California Health Decisions group, provides the information we need to know about advance directives and POLST.
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:
Nov. 6:
Tom Swift will answer the question: "Could The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima Have Been Avoided?"
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:
The SPCA does much more than provide temporary shelter for lost pets. The Director of Senior Services for the Sacramento area SPCA will review several valuable services available for Sacramento area seniors, 65 years of age older, to help them maintain their pets in their own homes.
Nov. 27:
No Mini-Seminar: Campus closed for Thanksgiving Break.
Dec. 4:
Idea Potluck: Open meeting for member feedback and ideas for future Mini-Seminar topics and speakers. Surprise treat.