February 8 , 2008

Spring forums host variety of notable speakers

Sacramento State’s Renaissance Society—the campus learning organization for senior citizens—has announced a spring schedule of forums, free and open to the public. Forums cover a wide range of topics and a variety of speakers. Question and answer sessions are held following each seminar. All forums are held from 3-4 p.m., Fridays, at various campus locations.

Dan Walters, the long-time Sacramento Bee columnist, kicks off the forum series with analysis of the Feb. 5 primary election and what it means to the successful and unsuccessful candidates and propositions. His discussion, titled, “Primary Colors,” will be held Feb. 15 in the Hinde Auditorium in the University Union.

“All about Iran,” featuring Bahman Fozouni, coordinator of the International Affairs Graduate Program at Sacramento State, will be held Feb. 22 in Mendocino 1003. Fozouni teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international politics, the Middle East and nationalism.

Arthur Scotland, presiding justice of the state Court of Appeals in Sacramento, will present a discussion titled, “The Rule of Law,” on Feb. 29 in Mendocino 1003. Scotland will speak on the judge’s role in the courtroom.

On March 7, Shawn Harrison, executive director of the non-profit organization Soil Born Farms, will speak in Mendocino Hall 1003 about agricultural issues. Soil Born Farms is the current lease holder on a 40-acre farm at American River Parkway, South (formerly Goethe Park). The organization’s vision is to have an organic farm which shares produce with low income folks, sells at farmers markets, and teaches organic farming practices and environmental education.

On March 28, Assemblyman Dave Jones, who represents the 9th District in the California State Assembly, will speak in the Hinde Auditorium. Jones chairs the Assembly Judiciary Committee and serves on the following committees of the Assembly: Budget, Health, Agriculture and Utilities and Commerce. He also serves on the Select Committee on Youth Violence Prevention.

On April 11, Tom Philp, executive strategist of the Metropolitan Water District, will present a discussion titled, “Delta Water Challenges, Unplugged,” in the Hinde Auditorium. Philp is also the former associate editor of the Sacramento Bee’s opinion page.

Assemblyman Roger Niello, representing California’s 5th Assembly District, will speak in the Hinde Auditorium on April 18. Niello serves on the Budget, Elections and Redistricting Committees of the Assembly.

For more information, contact the Renaissance Society at (916) 278-7834 or visit www.csus.edu/org/rensoc/interior/about.htm. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.