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Off-Campus Seminars

These seminars take place on different days of the week and in many locations around town, some of them members' homes.

This semester, there are three different kinds of off-campus seminars. Many are the traditional kind that run for the entire semester, or beyond. Others are one-day events; signup requirements vary! Read the descriptions carefully! They are:

You can sign up for as many of these semesters as fit your desires and schedules. Some of them have waiting lists and are not adding new members. If you are interested in one of these closed seminars, consider being a leader or co-leader for a new section! In order to start a new group you will need to identify a meeting place, days and times for the sessions and work on recruiting potential participants. The Seminar Committee will help you!


Each seminar has a Style immediately following its name, defined as follows:


One-Day Seminars

Fifteen One-Day Symposia

These are single-day events held at the time and place indicated. Each of these sessions is limited to 50 participants and registration is required! You may register for as many of these sessions as you desire. (You can also go back and cancel if your plans change later.)

You can sign up with Online Seminar Registration.

  • Beneficial Bugs (L), Mary Lou Flint, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River's Edge Residential Community
  • The Early Bronze Age (L), Ed Sherman, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • Celebration of Women (L), Panel Discussion, Monday, Feb. 13, 1 to 2:45 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge
  • Ancient Geographers (L), Ed Sherman, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River's Edge Residential Community
  • California Women Trailblazers (L), Carolyn Martin, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • Ireland (L), Mike Storey, Wednesday, March 1, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River's Edge Residential Community
  • Air Flight in the 21st Century (L), Jerry Glasser, Monday, March 13, 1 to 2:45 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge
  • Guatemala (L), Elaine Duxbury, Wednesday, March 15, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River's Edge Residential Community
  • The Late Bronze Age (L), Ed Sherman, Thursday, March 16, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • Emancipation and the Civil War (L), Cathy Minicucci, Thursday, March 30, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • A Career in the Media (L), Patricia Smith, Wednesday, April 5, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River's Edge Residential Community
  • Painting Antiquity (L), Ed Sherman, Monday, April 10, 1 to 2:45 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge
  • Cowboys and Samurai (L), Chris Zempel, Thursday, April 13, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • Greco-Roman Science and Technology (L), Ed Sherman, Wednesday, April 19, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River's Edge Residential Community
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire (L), Ed Sherman, Thursday, April 27, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community

Twelve Wednesdays at ACC

These off-campus seminars from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays have a different topic each week. These are drop-in seminars; no registration is required. They are all at the Asian Community Center, 7334 Park City Dr., Sacramento (phone 393-9026). Directions: From Interstate 5, take the Pocket Road west exit and go south on Greenhaven about five blocks to Park City Drive. Get map here. Be sure to wear your Renaissance nametag. See the schedule.


All-Semester Seminars

You must register for these seminars, except for this one drop-in:

Great Books At Hart (D)
4th Mondays, 10 a.m. to Noon, Ethel Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St. (at J Street)

Brigid O'Malley and Karen Roseland

This is a drop-in seminar, no registration required. Once a month our group meets to discuss an excerpted selection we have read from the Great Books Reading and Discussion philosophy anthology. We use the shared inquiry method developed by Great Books Foundation. We will read from the Fifth Series, Volumes I-III: Bible, Sophocles, Freud, Kafka, Goethe, Kant, Flaubert, Hume, Nietzsche, Dante, Burke, H. Adams, Shakespeare, Aristotle, Plato. Newcomers are welcome. Curiosity and willingness to read and discuss are all you need. Participants are expected to read selections from the books they purchase (about $33) which are used in multiple semesters. Leaders will supply specific dates, selections, and book order information.


You can sign up for the following group online, by contacting leaders or at Rendezvous. Here is the link to Online Seminar Registration. NOTE: This list of Off-Campus Seminars does not include leader contact information or a description of the seminar. See the online or Catalog listings for that information.

  • Wednesday Fantasy-Science Fiction Book Group (D), Gayle Greene, 1st Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Ave.
  • Dining Together (A), Cheryl Nelson, 2nd Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Locations TBA (Feb. 3 planning meeting: Noon in Alpine 218)
  • El Círculo Español (Conversational Spanish) (P), JoAnn Peter, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, Campus Commons Clubhouse, 650 Commons Dr.; Please contact leader before registering!
  • Games For Fun (A), Dottie Higbee, Thursdays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Rec Center at Ladi Senior Apartments, 2300 Auburn Blvd.
  • Photography: Digital Camera Group (L), Jeff Hendy, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave.
  • Singing For Fun (A), Jean Dean, Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. , Rancho Cordova Methodist Church, 2101 Zinfandel Dr.

These seminars are NOT available for online registration; enrollment is closed or limited. Contact the leader for more information:

  • Book Group—Monday (P), Carol Hayes, 1st Mondays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., East Ranch Clubhouse, 150 East Ranch Rd.
  • Book Group—Tuesday (D), Marian Kile, 3rd Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.
  • Book Group—Thursday, Partners In Crime (D/P), Pat Stokes, 4th Thursday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave.
  • Duplicate Bridge (A/S), Robert Houghton, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Selby Ranch Clubhouse, 750 Selby Ranch Road
  • Party Bridge: Land Park/Greenhaven/Pocket Area (A), Phyllis Mills, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Members' Homes
  • Le Cercle Français (Conversational French) (P), Rosalind Becker, Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Campus Commons Clubhouse, 650 Commons Dr.
  • La Conversation En Français, Niveau Intermediate (D), Irene Sadler, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Campus Commons Clubhouse, 650 Commons Drive,
  • Friends Of The New Yorker Magazine (D), Ron Meyer, Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., KOH Library, 2300 Sierra Blvd.
  • Games For Entertainment (A/S), Roberta (Bobby) Frieze, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Member's Homes
  • Genealogy (P), Karen Roseland, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Family History Center, 2745 Eastern Ave.
  • iPhone Photography Studio (A/S), Melissa Green, 10 a.m. to Noon, Six Thursdays beginning March 30, Fair Oaks Public Library
  • Mah Jongg (A/S), Carol Camponovo, Mondays, 1 p.m., Members' Homes
  • Memoirs (D), Fran Clarke, 1st and 3rd Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Raley's Event Center, 4840 San Juan Ave.
  • Photography As Art (P), Roger Klemm, Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Location TBA
  • Travel Through Food (A/S), Marsha Littrell, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Lunchtime-2:30 p.m., Arcade Library,  2443 Marconi Ave. and TBA
  • Walkabouts (A/S), Mary Runyan, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., Sacramento and surrounding areas (See the Walkabouts webpage for signup information)
  • Writers' Group I (D), Dan Keller, Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Avalon Hearing Center, 1260 Fulton Ave., Suite B
  • Writers' Workshop II (P), Roy Bishop, Tuesdays, Noon to 2 p.m., Members' Homes