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.

Library Orientation:
CSUS Library Logo
Reza Peigahi, Instructional Services librarian, will introduce us to OneSearch, the University's research and data recovery system. Discover how to get started on a Renaissance Society seminar presentation and how to access books, articles, theses, media and more research resources in the EUREKA Library Catalog, including databases, digital collections and other scholarly works. Note Different Location! Meeting is in Library 2022.
Exploring the World of Art and Art Museums from a Docent's Perspective
art docent book
Ivy Hendy, author of Docent Details, will give a PowerPoint survey of art, the history of art museums, and possible tribulations for art docents. There will be some light-hearted, fun-filled disclosures, discoveries and leaks. Egad! In the usual location, Library 1522!
Feb. 14: Disecting Early Sacramento History
Bear Book
Peeling back the skin to delve into what might have been in three time periods: 1825-29, 1844-53 and 1893-1910. After 20 years researching and writing about the history of the Sacramento region, Naida West will address the three time periods represented by her three big history novels and discuss the significance of the major themes of each book, showing the impact of key events that shaped California and the United States. In doing so, she will point out alternative outcomes that easily could have come to pass. The novels are Eye of the Bear, set 1825-1829; River of Red Gold, set 1844-1853; and Rest for the Wicked, set 1893-1910.
Feb. 21: Medicare Beneficiary Rights and Appeals
Medicare card
Melissa Brown and Katherine Roe,, law professors at University of the Pacific, will outline what you need to know about your rights under Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans, how to navigate the appeals process, and recent changes in case law and how that affect you.
Feb. 28: Korean War POW Camp
Prison Camp
John McCoy will talk about the Korean War and his experience in a Chinese prison, which was very different from that of people held by the Germans.
March 7: History of Haggin Oaks
Haggin Oaks
Ken Morton will talk about the original owners, horse breeders and even some duels that occurred in the area and also will share experiences from some golf tournaments in the 1930s and '40s with golf and entertainment big names, including Bing Crosby.
March 14: Fracking
Geophysicist Fritz Reuter will provide the history and economics of fracking, including the potential oil production from different geologic formations.
March 21: Cuba Today
Cuban flag
Professor Paul Bardwil will talk about Cuba, its history and current realities, and how to travel there legally.
March 28:
Spring Break; No Seminar.
April 4: Women in the World: Roles and Cultural Expectations
Woman Working
Drawing from observations and experiences in her travels throughout different countries, Renaissance Society member Dana Pierce-Hedge will explore women's roles in various indigenous cultures. Her presentation will focus on what women do and their various cultural expectations, and will examine some surprising similarities as well as differences from culture to culture. She has taught Native Studies at various universities including CSUS for over 20 years and has served on boards for Native communities on the national, regional, and local levels.
April 11: Geology of the Sierra Nevada
Yosemite geology
Richard Rypinski is back by member request with an informative new slide show and suggestions for car trips to view some of the more unusual formations about which he'll talk.
April 18: The World of Opera
Opera poster
Sean Bianco will give a talk on the wonderful and fascinating world of opera that will include a brief overview of opera's history and what it takes to mount an operatic production. He will also discuss the different voice types in opera and play examples of them singing operatic excerpts. He will share some funny operatic anecdotes, dispel some cultural stereotypes about opera and give advice on how to approach listening to opera. You will hear popular operatic excerpts by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and others and will be treated to a live demonstration of what opera singers do to prepare to sing an aria. A great class for the opera novice and avid opera fans as well.
April 25: Sacramento's Gold Rush Saloons: El Dorado in a Shot Glass
gold rush saloon
As early as 1839, Sacramento was home to one of the most enduring symbols of the American West, the saloon. Sacramento saloons offered not simply a nip of whiskey but also operated as polling place, museum, political hothouse, vigilante court, and site of some of the 19th century's worst violence. Sacramento Public Library librarian James Scott will take us bar-hopping during a most fascinating time in Sacramento's social history.
May 2: My Story Project
Story Telling
Member Mary Lynn McGrath works with a group at the Sierra 2 Senior Center who are trained to help you create a 100-year archival disk with your memories, stories and photos. The presentation will include a discussion of the process for preparing and producing the videos and viewing short clips from completed DVDs. Take the journey to find out who you are today, who you have been in the past, and share your story with family and friends. This project, started in 2011 with a grant to purchase the camera and editing equipment, has a skilled team of senior volunteers helping other seniors complete video productions, and create a 100-year archival disc in a high-quality customized case. Taping takes place in the Senior Center at Sierra 2 Center for Arts and Community. Senior volunteers have received on-going training in digital video, computer technologies, and coaching other seniors to organize the material they wish to include on the DVD. This training assures a professional quality experience in coaching, camera work and editing, including the integration of photos into the story.