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Online Seminars

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It's here! The dazzling, new and exciting fall.catalog.2020. You can see and get it two ways: a link to the Flipbook, which you can peruse online; or a link to a PDF version, which you can download to your computer and print out as desired.

This link takes you to the flipbook.

This link takes you to the

When you've made your decisions, go to the online registration site.

Check out a few hints below to help you navigate some changes in the registration site as well as the many program choices in the Catalog.

Online Seminars

The fascinating, informative, funny, entertaining programs that have always been the heart and soul of Renaissance are back for the Fall Semester—just differently. Look through the new Catalog and determine which programs you want to sign up for.

Here is the link for online program registration.

Here are explanations of the signup process, which has changed somewhat this semester.

Can't recall your membership number? Here's how to find it in the registration system.

Leaders and Tech Hosts: Here is a guide to managing your programs within the online registration system.

The new programs, all online, are in two main groups.

*Programs on Various Days, Times, and Dates. You may enroll in as many programs (Seminars, Presentations, and Shared Interest Groups) in this group, as you wish. Most of these are one-time presentations.

*Programs that last all of part of the semester. These are much like the traditional seminars, but are scheduled on all weekdays at differing times. You may enroll in only one of the programs (Seminar, Presentation, or Shared Interest Group) listed under each of these groups; Monday AM Programs, Monday PM Programs, Tuesday AM Programs, Tuesday Noon Programs, Wednesday AM Programs, Wednesday Noon Programs, Thursday AM Programs, Thursday Noon Programs, Thursday PM Programs, Friday AM Programs, Friday Noon Programs. There is also a miscellaneous grouping called just Seminars.

Here is the link for online program registration.

Since Sac State is doing almost all its fall classes online, so will we. COVID-19 has changed the world but we are prevailing. We are lucky to be in a technology-strong era and we will be using that technology to deliver our seminars to our members in the safety and comfort of their homes. The Forum is also back with riveting speakers such as regional and scientific leaders, also online.

We are using Zoom, a platform that has become extremely popular in the era of stay-at-home. Everyone from businesses to family to schools to programs like ours is using it to connect with each other. Some of you are probably already utilizing it to socialize with friends and family.

It is not difficult to use as a participant. You will get directions and instructions from your seminar leaders. There is training information on this website. We will be offering training opportunities over the summer. You can download the program now for free onto your computer, tablet or smartphone and practice yourself. Note: You do need to have a decent wifi connection.

Seminar leaders have been training over the summer so they can present their seminars online as smoothly as possible.

What about the spring semester? No one knows what the world will be like by then, but we are planning for options. We don’t know whether it will be safe to return to the Sac State campus next spring. Therefore, we are actively pursuing a dual-track approach, which will provide members with the option to attend classes either on-campus, online, or both.

Track one assumes that our great live programs can resume at the university and other public venues as well (libraries, community centers, etc.). Track two is identifying teachers and subjects that lend themselves particularly well to online learning. In the best of all worlds, we will be able to offer our programs both live and online, giving members the ability to pick and choose the format that best suits their needs.

Virtual Orientation and Rendezvous

Missed the Virtual Orientation and Rendezvous or would like to see it again? You can get all the slides as a PDF and also view the recording of the Zoom event.

Here is a link to the Orientation slides

Here is a link to the Rendezvous slides

Here is a link to the Zoom recording.

The fall Virtual Orientation and Rendezvous was held on Zoom on Friday, Aug. 14.

This was the program agenda:

  • Orientation – Learn how the virtual classrooms will operate and how you can participate.
  • Rendezvous moderated panel – Receive an overview of the numerous changes and transformations of our Renaissance Society programs and services for the Fall 2002 semester.
  • Question and answer session – Ask questions of the panel to clarify what to expect this Fall.
  • Volunteer opportunities – Hear from Sac State organizations seeking volunteers to support the students and campus: The Sac State Gerontology and Physical Therapy Departments and the UC Davis Department of Precision Medicine.
  • Fall 2020 “Flipbook” Catalog - Check out the new and improved Fall 2020 “Flipbook” catalog (Above)
  • Questions: Please contact Evie Boggs at or call 916-955-1593 or Ken Cross or call (916) 995-8288.

Previous Seminars

Curious about seminars offered in previous years? This is a list of those that were offered by the Renaissance Society on campus on Fridays and Saturdays beginning in 2010, and for off-campus beginning for the Spring semester of 2015.

Also, beginning in the Fall semester of 2015, seminars that were drop-in were added in addition to those that required a member to register. In the Fall semester of 2018, Short Seminars were added (seminars lasting less than the full semester).

This is informational for anyone interested in leading or co-leading a seminar. A brief description of each seminar is in the activity catalog for that semester; those past catalogs are available at the Renaissance office.

If you have questions about any seminar, you can contact the listed leader(s) or the Seminar Committee. Contact information is available through the Renaissance Office (916) 758-5133.

You can find the previous seminars here.