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Renaissance Society Seminars
The fabulous new Spring Catalog!
You can read the flipbook version of the Catalog online. Or you can view the PDF version, which you can download to your computer and print out pages you want. There is also a Schedule-At-a Glance PDF to help with your scheduling.
Meet some of the Spring leaders and hear about what they're offering, on the Renaissance Café YouTube channel.
Online registration for all the programs is now open..
This is the second semester that Renaissance will be providing its programs online. You will find these programs in the Spring edition of the new Catalog. They take place not just on Fridays, but on almost every day of the week. Look through it and decide which programs you want to sign up for.
The new programs, all online, are in two main groups.
- 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 at the same time and day, but can sign up for as many as you want at different days and times.
- Programs on Various Days, Times, and Dates. These are mostly one-time presentations. You may enroll in as many programs (Seminars, Presentations, and Shared Interest Groups) in this group, as you wish.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How To Enroll in Programs
Our online registration system has been updated to make it easier to find and sign up for classes. It also now makes it much easier for you to know and keep track of the Zoom links for all the classes for which you sign up. HINT: Create a place on your computer, such as a special folder, to keep the email that will be sent to you listing all your classes and their Zoom links.
What about the Fall 2021 semester?
No one knows what the world will be like by then, but we will be planning for options. We don’t know whether it will be safe to return to the Sac State campus next fall. Therefore, we are actively pursuing a dual-track approach, which could 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.
Spring 2021 Update
Since Sac State is continuing to do almost all its spring classes online, so are we. COVID-19 has changed the world, but we are continuting to prevail! We are lucky to be in a technology-strong era and we are using that technology to deliver our seminars, Forums and other programs to our members in the safety and comfort of their homes.
We are using Zoom, a platform that became extremely popular since last spring. Everyone from businesses to family to schools to programs like ours has been 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. You can download the Zoom appplication for free onto your computer, tablet or smartphone and practice yourself. Note: You do need to have a decent wi-fi connection.
Spring 2021 Orientation & Rendezvous
The Spring 2021 Virtual Orientation and Rendezvous was held online on Friday, Jan. 15. Missed all or part of it? Want to see it again? The links below will take you to the Recording and the Slide Show.
Curious about seminars offered in previous years?
These are lists of seminars 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.
Contact: 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.