Scottish Rite Masonic Center
Scottish Rite Masonic Center

Summer Seminars

You Don't Have to Wait Until Fall!
Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m.,
Scottish Rite Masonic Center
6151 H St.

The popular Summer Seminars series, co-led by Marilyn MacBride and Ed Sherman, will commence May 26 and continue until July 28.

The location is the same as it has been: The Scottish Rite Masonic Center is north of the main CSUS entrance, just off Carlson Drive. There is plenty of free parking (no pass needed).

There will generally be two presentations each Friday with a break in-between. It is a drop-in seminar; no sign-up is necessary. It's a good idea to get there early; try to arrive by 12:50 p.m. for announcements before the presentations.

WARNING: The city is working all summer on a complex project to improve the horrific Carlson Drive intersections. Since there are not really any alternative routes, please allow extra time to get to Scottish Rite, as there could be delays on H, J and Carlson. The work will include improved bicycle, pedestrian and vehicular safety; new sidewalks, crosswalks, marked green bike lanes and bike boxes; new two-stage left turns for bicyclists and upgraded signals to improve visibility; and reconstruction of median islands, and curb returns. Here are details.

Cracker Barrel meets on campus all summer long from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., May 12 through Aug. 18. Locations: May 12 and 19: Calaveras 141; May 26 through Aug. 18: Yosemite 119; Aug. 25, Rendezvous day, room TBA. Join us for a lively discussion of current events; it's okay to bring lunch.

Also, The Knitting and Crochet Group will meet 10 to 11:30 a.m. starting May 26 in Mendocino 4005. All levels are welcome.

Note: If you want to park on campus for Cracker Barrel or the Knitting Group, be sure to renew your membership early. The current-year pass expires June 30. Check on the Membership page for renewal information.

The Schedule

May 26:
Kathleen Beasley: California Difference Makers. Since the earliest days of statehood, California's voters have repeatedly taken to the ballot box to change the way we live and how our government operates. This lecture will provide an overview of several of the elections but will focus on the enactment of Proposition 13 in 1978.
Ken Cross: Transitions; What Will I Do with the Rest of my Life? Hear a summary of this semester's exploration of a mindful retirement—focusing on your wellbeing and living a life of prosperity, health, and happiness in sync with your core values and calling.
June 2:
Mark Davidson: Sacramento Land Grants. Secrets of the Mexican land grants that started Sacramento County and their key players.
Lee Vo, Terry Moss: Vietnam. A personal story of service and re-indoctrination under an authoritarian regime.
June 9:
Angie Rooney: Haven in the East: My Shanghai. A personal history of a little-known chapter of World War II. When Hitler came to power and the Nazis began to sweep through Europe, more than 20,000 Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, China. Shanghai was an unlikely refuge, but it was the only city in the world just prior to the Second World War that did not require a visa for entry. It was an open port and became a haven for Jews fleeing the Holocaust. Under the Japanese occupation, these refugees were forced into the only ghetto outside of Europe.
Charles Scarcliff: Putting the Fun Back into Poetry.
June 16:
Mike Storey: Archaeology of Ireland. Dolmens, Passage Tombs and Bog Bodies: Archaeological Evidence of Ireland's Prehistoric Peoples.
David Warren: The Elgin Marbles. Should the English return them to Greece?
June 23:
Mary Ellen Dabaghian: Farm to Fork. Evolution of the Farm to Fork movement, from its beginnings to the big marketing campaign in Sacramento.
Jim Lerner: China and Climate Change. What China is doing to reduce air pollution and improve the quality of life for its citizens and what they are doing on climate change.
June 30:
Joel Primes: American Eugenics. Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927). Sterilization of Carrie Buck. Can it happen again? Sterilization without appropriate legal representation.
Jerry Glasser: Commercial aviation in the 21st Century.
July 7:
Carolyn Martin: Mothers of Invention. Lively and remarkable stories about the creations of women inventors from the electric dishwasher to computer language to disposable diapers and beyond.
Ed Sherman: History as Mystery. How historians and detectives use similar methods to solve dissimilar mysteries.
July 14:
Richard Fuller: Archaeology's Greatest Hits. The 10 greatest discoveries in Archaeology.
Doris Keller: Other Side of History. Common folk of the Middle Ages.
July 21:
Eric McIlwain: Presidential Executive Orders. They are mentioned nowhere in the Constitution, yet they are an essential tool in the President's exercise of executive power. How did they come about? In what ways have they been used historically? Why have they become so controversial in recent years? This talk will address these and other questions about what the President can and can't do in an executive order.
Robert Benedetti: The Sacramento San Joaquin Delta. The history and culture of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta, exploring the changing "sense of place" from the Native American habitation to the current focus on water and habitat, a period of over 10,000 years of human presence in the region.
July 28:
Gail Reed: Meditation. Meditation with or without the mysticism
Gerry Camp: Shakespeare and History.