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Forum, Summer and Other Recordings

Want to watch a program you missed? Recordings from a variety of Renaissance programs are available here.

Did you miss one of the Spring 2024, Fall 2023, Spring 2023, Fall 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2021 or Fall 2020 Forums or want to see it again? Recording links are available below. You can also view them directly at the Renaissance Forum YouTube Channel.

The Zoom Recordings from our 2023 Summer Program, Celebrating Diversity: Telling Stories That Haven't Been Told, are below. Also below are six recordings from our 2022 Summer Program. Note: Not all the presenatations were recorded.

Other recordings of interesting recent classes and Community Presentations can be found on the Renaissance Café YouTube Channel. Check them out!

Also, recordings from the Friday and the Monday Speakers Series from Summer 2020 are available for those who missed the events or wish to watch them again. The Friday Summer Speakers Series ran June 5 through July 31 and the Monday Summer Speakers Series was from July 6 through August 10, both in 2020.

Weekly Forums

You can access recordings of the Spring 2024, Fall 2023 Forums and also the Spring 2023, the Fall 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2021 and Fall 2020 Forums. The new Forums will be added each week. You can find individual Forums on the list below. Or you can go to the Renaissance Forum YouTube Channel to view them all. You can subscribe to the channel and it will show up in your Subscriptions listing if you regularly watch YouTube and other channels.

Individual Spring 2024 Recordings

Individual Fall 2023 Recordings

Individual Spring 2023 Recordings

Individual Fall 2022 Recordings

Individual Spring 2022 Recordings

Individual Fall 2021 Recordings

Individual Spring 2021 Recordings

Individual Fall 2020 Recordings

Summer Program Recordings

Summer Program 2023: Celebrating Diversity: Telling Stories That Haven’t Been Told

June 9: The Native American Experience. A conversation with Al Striplen. He describes himself: ”I am of Amah Mutsun Ohlone (California Native) and Aztec heritage. As a university counselor and Native Studies professor, I advocate for diverse communities and Native American families. I am also an artist, musician, author and illustrator.” Here's the Recording Link.

June 16: Juneteenth: A History and Celebration: Come celebrate with us as Sac State professor and Renaissance member Darryl Freeman introduces us to Juneteenth. It is the oldest commemoration of the ending of enslavement in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance has spread across the United States and beyond. Here's the Recording Link.

June 23: Veteran’s Panel: WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan: Moderated by retired Air Force Lt. Col. KC 135 pilot and Renaissance member Frank Martinez. Descendants of the WWI “Harlem Hell Fighters” and the WWII Japanese American 442 Army unit and recent veterans will share their stories and personal journeys as people of color in the military. Here's the Recording Link.

July 7: Meet the Students: A Diverse Panel of Sac State Students. A dynamic panel of current Sac State Students will share their personal journey to university and college life; moderated by Cathy Mayorga, Coordinator, Multi-Cultural Center at Sac State. Here's the Recording Link. Please note: There was a sound problem at the beginning and the recording starts with the students introducing themselves.

July 14: Multicultural Business and Community Outreach Panel--Challenges/Successes. Lawrence “Larry” C. Lee, CEO and Publisher of Sacramento Observer; Cathy Rodriguez Aguirre, CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Jose Bodipa-Memba, Chief Diversity Officer, SMUD. Moderated by Renaissance President, Deborah Seiler. Here's the Recording Link.

July 21: Sacramento's Chinatown and Japantown. Sacramento had a thriving Chinatown and Japantown during different periods of the city’s history. Where were they located? When did they thrive? What are their legacies? What prompted the rise, flourishing and demise of these ethnic communities? The discussion will be led by Alfred Yee, alumnus and former faculty of CSU Sacramento and a native of Sacramento. Here's the Recording Link.

July 28: Multi-Cultural Celebration: Musical/Performances. Gospel Choir Musical performance at St. Andrews AME Church: 2131 8th St. End your summer with a joyous concert, featuring a Gospel choir, opera singer Marlynn Smith and other artists at St. Andrews AME Church. Participants are responsible for street parking near the church. Streaming live on the church's YouTube Channel and Facebook by church personnel.

Here are the links to the Recordings from the 2022 Summer Program presentations:

Note: Not all the presentations were recorded; it was an experimental program!

June 10: Writing Memoirs, Caregiving, Kate Washington, Sacramento author. Here is the Zoom Recording link.

June 24: Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's, Alexandra Castillo-Weisgerber, Director, Care and Support, Alzheimer’s Association. Here is the Zoom Recording link.

July 8: Cleopatra, David Lewis, seminar leader of the Big History Class and Ancient Egypt. Here is the Zoom Recording link.

July 15: WWI and the Sacramento Valley, Special Collections of the Sacramento Public Library, James Christian Scott, Reference Librarian and Archivist at the Sacramento Public Library. Here is the Zoom Recording link.

July 22: Great Depression and Hoovervilles in Sacramento, James Christian Scott. Here is the Zoom Recording link.

July 29: Conductors and Conducting, Dr. Leo Eylar, Retired Professor of Music. Here is the Zoom Recording link. Please note: A bit of patience is needed to watch this video; it has some problems that are part of the learning curve for doing presentations both in-person and on Zoom. Despite the technical glitches, Leo can be clearly heard and his talk is fascinating. There were some problems at the beginning (especially the first six minutes of this video), but those got fixed with some Sac State tech heip. Unfortunately, the camera did not capture Leo (it was not aimed correctly plus he moves around a lot). The masked person you see is his technical assistant, who did a great job loading the many fascinating videos he used. Please be aware that this is one of our experimental hyflex presentations, with a nearly full campus classroom plus more than 40 at home on Zoom.

Summer 2020 Friday Speakers Series

Missed one of our Summer Series talks, or would like to see it again? Nine exciting diverse speakers and topics were featured.

Individual Recordings

  • June 5: Celebrating the Great American Songs That Intersect Entertainment, Politics and Patriotism, Mike Agron
  • June 12: COVID-19 and Climate Change Versus the Economy, Dr. Tom Suchanek
  • June 19: Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Superstar, Sasha Abramsky
  • June 26: Civil War Women of the North and South, Doug Bonetti
  • July 3: The Georgetown 272, Anne Rewell
  • July 10: The Politics of Food and Drink, Steve and Susie Swatt
  • July 17: Wrongful Convictions: Protesting Too Much, Ron Tochterman
  • July 24: The Long Struggle for Women's Suffrage, Catherine Minicucci
  • July 31: The Political Landscape Heading Into November, Barbara O'Connor

You don't have to be a Renaissance member to watch these videos.

Summer 2020 Monday Speakers Series Recordings

There were six presentations in July and August, but only four are here. If you missed them or want to see them again, the recording is linked from each title.

Individual Recording