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Our Free Summer Program

Learn. Connect. Explore! That’s the theme for our exciting 2022 Summer Program, which will be held on the beautiful Sac State campus this year with exciting speakers, relaxed opportunities to socialize over lunch, and optional afternoon tours to hidden and not-so-hidden gems on the beautiful campus.

DATES: Fridays, June 3 through July 29 (except July 1)

TIMES: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and social or educational event

LOCATION: Del Norte Hall, Room 1004

COST: Free and Open to the Public. Small Campus Parking Fees may apply. Use the Eventbrite links for each talk and some events to register.


June 3: Current Challenges to Voting Rights and the Role of the League of Women Voters, Trisha Uhrhammer and Carol Moon Goldberg, League of Women Voters. They will address the role of the LWV encouraging an active and informed citizenry, and will specifically discuss the current challenges to voting rights across the United States. California enjoys some of the most comprehensive voter rights laws in the country, but many states are limiting citizens’ access and ability to vote, affecting tens of thousands of voters. Trisha Uhrhammer has served LWV Sacramento as President and in various leadership roles for over 35 years. An educator, she taught History, Government and Economics for over 25 years and still offers occasional lectures in Renaissance Society classes. Carol Moon Goldberg is a president of the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) and its. related Education Fund. A 25-year League member, she is from Sacramento. She has served on the Board of Directors for the last eight years, working on voter service projects for four of those. She was an analyst of reproductive rights legislation prior to that. Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

June 10: Writing Memoirs, Caregiving, Kate Washington, Sacramento author. Join us for a conversation with Sacramento author Kate Washington about her memoir Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America, which Publisher’s Weekly called a “wrenching debut.” In it, Washington writes candidly of her struggle to care for her seriously ill husband, a former Sacramento State professor, and offers a revealing look at the role unpaid family caregivers play in a society that fails to provide them with structural support. Washington will discuss both her memoir and her writing career, which has included time at Sunset magazine and as the former restaurant critic for The Sacramento Bee and will share how personal writing can help caregivers and others cope with challenging times. Kate Washington is a speaker on the systemic challenges facing family caregivers. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Eater, Catapult, and many other publications. She holds a Ph.D. in Victorian literature from Stanford University and lives in Sacramento with her husband and two daughters. Here is the link to the Zoom recording. Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

June 17: Understanding Race, Immigration and Borders in the United States: A Historical and Intersectional Analysis, Dr. Manuel Barajas, Center for Race, Immigration and Social Justice (CRISJ). Dr. Barajas will explain migration theories and the historical relationships between the sending and receiving countries. He will compare immigration from Europe to that of Latin America in the mid-19th through the 20th century. He will look at deportation trends based on nationality, race, class and gender biases. How do those attributes affect the ability of some immigrants to freely incorporate into US society, while others face barriers? He will explain “intersectional” social justice and how Sac State aims to advance equity and fairness to ensure all immigrants are welcome regardless of their nationality, race, class, gender, or sexuality. A timely topic today, as ever! Dr. Barajas was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and raised in Stockton fom the age of four. He was a third-generation farm worker and worked with his family in the San Joaquin Valley fields from a very young age until he went to college. He is the co-founder and Interim Director for the Center on Race, Immigration, and Social Justice. The Center works to advance the representation, equity, and dignity of historically underrepresented communities in academic affairs in the university. Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

June 24: Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's, Alexandra Castillo-Weisgerber, Director, Care and Support, Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that are not normal aging and interfere with daily living. Join us to learn about the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s. What are the common warning signs? What symptoms to look for in yourself and others? Learn tips to approach someone who is experiencing changes in their memory and the benefit of early detection. We will also discuss next steps, expectations for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned a Master of Social Work from Sacramento State University and, upon completion of her degree, was recognized with honors through the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work. Alexandra has over 20 years of experience working with vulnerable populations. Here is the link to the Zoom recording. Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

July 1: No class.

July 8: Cleopatra, David Lewis. Join David Lewis, seminar leader of the Big History Class and Ancient Egypt, for a presentation on Cleopatra. She has been the subject of numerous movies. Who can forget Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra and Richard Burton as Caesar? But were those Cleopatras anywhere near the real Cleopatra? In some ways yes, but in many ways no. For example, she was only one of seven Cleopatras. In this session, we will start with the tumultuous world of her birth and end with a death unlike that depicted in the movies. David Lewis is one of the many non-historian Renaissance Society seminar leaders. Until the spring of 2021, he had concentrated on his Big History presentations on Mesopotamia. He has led a seminar on Ancient Egypt for Renaissance for the past two semesters. Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

July 15: WWI and the Sacramento Valley, Special Collections of the Sacramento Public Library, James Christian Scott. When the First World War thrust the United States into total war, the Sacramento Valley was quick to mobilize. Many of America's first military air units were trained at Mather Field, while local farms filled massive food supply orders for the Allies. Many women eschewed tradition and joined the industrial workforce at Liberty Iron Works, Southern Pacific Railroad and more. Though many banded together, the region's home front was not without tension. Gripped by xenophobia, groups like the Liberty League formed local chapters to hunt spies, and local police forced displays of patriotism from suspected German sympathizers. With exclusive content from the Sacramento Public Library's Special Collections, Scott reveals the struggles and triumphs of the Sacramento region during the First World War. He is the Reference Librarian and Archivist at the Sacramento Public Library--and the Manager of the Special Collections of the Sacramento Public Library. He is the creator of the Valley to Vietnam documentary series WWI Revisited Sacramento Room Digital. He is the Co-author of World War II and the Sacramento Valley (History Press, 2018), World War I and the Sacramento Valley: Great War in the Great Valley (History Press, 2016), author of Sacramento's Gold Rush Saloons (History Press, 2014), Co-Author of Sacramento's Alkali Flat (Arcadia, 2009) and Mather Field (Arcadia, 2011). He served as an American Library Association consulting librarian for Ken Burns' Vietnam War. Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

July 22: Great Depression and Hoovervilles in Sacramento, James Christian Scott. Join historian and Sacramento Public Library archivist James Scott for a deep dive into the Capital City's Depression-era Hoovervilles. From Gardenland to Rotten Egg, we'll explore the makeshift existence of the hundreds of souls who, escaping the throes of the Great Depression or the scourge of the Dust Bowl, decided to make a stand in Sacramento. Rare photographs, archival content, and handouts will accent this presentation. See his bio under July 15 above. Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

July 29: Conductors and Conducting, Dr. Leo Eylar, Retired Professor of Music. Have you ever wondered what orchestral conductors really do? What does it take to become a successful conductor? Why is this particular field of music filled with charlatans? What creates the tension between orchestral musicians and the figure up on the podium? What are some of the signals that conductors use (much like baseball coaches on the field) to communicate with the orchestra while performing? How did the history of conducting evolve, and why are conductors (typically) surrounded by an aura of invincibility? Why are there so few female conductors? Join Maestro Leo Eylar, Professor Emeritus at Sacramento State, as he explores these questions and others, with superb video footage and music, including rare footage of early 20th century conductors such as Richard Strauss, Arthur Nikisch and others. Get ready for a fast-paced, informative, and highly entertaining presentation! Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

Here is a link to a campus map.


Food is a great connector! Every week except June 24 and July 29, connect with prospective, new, and returning members over brown bag lunches (bring your own) in the seating area near Del Norte Hall or in the beautiful Library Quad. Meet about 11:30 a.m.

June 24: Enjoy a group lunch at Engrained Restaurant in the University Union; meet at the north entrance to the University Union. Limit 50. Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

July 29: Group lunch at Round Table Pizza in the University Union. No registration required.


The Explore! part of our program includes, among other special treats, tours of Hidden Gems on campus. Did you know the campus was the site of a Pony Express stop? Or that a Native American tribal chief planted a Peace Tree similar to the one various tribes planted to commemorate peaceful relations? Here is a link to a map of the Hidden Gems.

June 3:

9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Introduction to Qi Gong, Diana Loo. Meet outside Del Norte Hall with comfortable clothes, shoes and water.

12:30 to 2 p.m., Age-Friendly Talk, Debra Morrow of Sacramento County Child, Family and Adult Services wants to know how the cunty can become more livable or age friendly. Del Norte Hall. Here is the Eventbrite registration link.

12:30 p.m., Self-guided Campus Audio Tour. Meet in front of Del Norte Hall alone or in small groups. Here's the link to download the tour to your phone.

2 p.m. ASI Food Pantry Tour, meet at the north entrance of the University Union. Limit 20. Here's the Eventbrite registration link.

June 10:

12:30 p.m. Planetarium Tour, limit 30 (45-60 minutes). Here's the Eventbrite registration link.]

June 17:

12:30 p.m. Planetarium Tour, limit 30 (45-60 minutes). Here's the Eventbrite registration link.

June 24:

1:15 p.m. Hidden Gems: Peace Tree and Rose Garden. No registration required.

July 8:

12:30 p.m. Hidden Gems: Pony Express; Guy West Bridge; Sac Mural. No registration required.

July 15:

12:30 p.m. Hidden Gems: Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden, (meet outside the University Library). Maria Ramirez. No registration required.
12:30 p.m. Library Book Bin with Sally Hitchcock. No registration required.

July 22:

12:30 p.m. Arboretum Tour with Mike Baad and Donna Eash. No registration required.

Parking Information

Our Summer 2022 Program is free and open to the public, but there may be minor parking fees for some. Here’s the arrangement:

Renaissance members who had a parking pass for the Spring semester

You’re in luck. Your virtual parking pass is valid until June 30, 2022. After you renew your membership, beginning June 1, you will be able to purchase a new $40 virtual parking pass beginning on July 1 using the information here. This parking permit is valid until June 30, 2023. You’re covered!

All Others

You will need to pay either $4 for two hours or $7 for the day during the Fridays in June.

After you join or renew when membership on June 1, you will be able to separately purchase a new $40 virtual parking pass that takes effect on July 1. You can no longer get a parking pass as part of the registration system. This parking permit is valid until June 30, 2023. Sac State is using a new virtual parking pass. You can learn all about it here.

If you do not purchase a parking pass, you will need to pay the $4 or $7 fee.

Closest Parking Structures to Del Norte Hall

Parking Structure 2 has a permit machine that accepts $1 or $5 bills or Visa or MasterCard credit cards. It is on Level 3 near the elevator closest to Subway.

Parking Structure 5 has permit machines that also accept cash or credit cards. The machines are on Levels 3 and 4 next to the elevator

Easy Options

  1. Go to the UTAPS office next door to the Welcome Center just off State University Drive. The Welcome Center is well marked and there is free 30-minute parking while you pick up a parking permit using cash, check or credit card. This allows you to park in ANY lot or structure on campus. And, if you have a handicap permit, the parking permit plus your handicapped placard allows you to park in all the designated spaces. If you use this option, you can park in Parking LOT 2 which is right next to Del Norte Hall.
  1. You can also pay by phone Sign up for a PayByPhone account and download the app. When you arrive on campus, enter location number "5115" into the app to pay your parking fee.

Please view the campus map for directions. A printable campus map is also available. View the Visitor Information page for more parking information.

Sac State and Renaissance COVID Protocols

These are requirements to participate in Renaissance programs on the Sac State campus this summer. These could be changed, so check back here before going to campus.

1.Be fully vaccinated – RS members are required to be fully vaccinated to participate in RS indoor programs on the Sac State campus. On Dec. 22, 2021, the CSU Chancellor’s office announced that it requires faculty, staff, and students to receive booster shots to be fully immunized against COVID-19 and comply with the CSU Vaccination Policy. As a third-party event, RS program participation accepts no medical or religious exemptions. Virtual participation is still an option for distance learning.

2. Vaccination self-attestation - Members will read, complete, and sign a vaccination self-attestation sheet when entering classrooms for each session. Attestation will include showing your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

3. Face masks – The wearing of face masks is optional when attending programs indoors on the Sac State campus. Members are expected to bring their own face masks. Everyone should feel free to wear face coverings, and no one should be shamed for wearing them.

4. Social distance - Everyone is encouraged to social distance to whatever extent possible within the classrooms. This is not required by the current university policies but is desired to honor RS members’ safety wishes expressed in RS surveying. A minimum distance of three feet and a preferred distance of six feet is the RS social distancing standard.

5. Program leader duties – RS program leaders are responsible for compliance with Sac State and RS COVID Safety Plan requirements in their classrooms. These compliance checks include monitoring the completion of the weekly Vaccination Self-Attestation Sheet, checking COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards, and encouraging participants to social distance in classrooms. Program leaders will ensure a back-up supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) face masks and hand sanitizer are available at the entrance to their classrooms.

Questions? If at any point you have questions and need clarification, please feel free to contact our office at 916-758-5133 or

The 2022 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 briefer Schedule-At-a Glance to help with your planning.

catalog cover

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't recall your membership number?

How to find your membership number in the registration system.

How Do I 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.

How to Enroll in Classes and Get Your Zoom Links

How Do I Manage My Program Data?

How to Manage Program Data

How Do I Get a Parking Permit for On-Campus Classes?

There is a new system for parking permits, a virtual one using your car license number. Go here to find out the details.

You can find a full explanation here.

Spring 2022 Update

Since Sac State is continuing to do some of its spring classes online, so are we. But we will be offering some Friday classes on campus; some of those will be in-person only, while others will have both the in-person and Zoom options. 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.

For the online classes 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 2022 Orientation & Rendezvous

The Spring 2022 Virtual Orientation and Rendezvous was held online on Friday, Jan. 21. Missed it? Want to see it again? The recording and the slide show are available below.


Please contact Evie Boggs at or (916) 955-1593 or Ken Cross or (916) 995-8288.

Previous Seminars

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.