Friday Afternoon and Saturday Seminars

These seminars take place on the CSUS campus on Friday afternoons and on Saturdays. Most Friday times are from 1 to 2:45 p.m., unless otherwise noted . Most Friday seminars run for the entire semester, from Sept. 6 to Dec. 6.

HOWEVER, there are 18 Half-Semester Seminars that run for less than the full semester:

You must register for all of these semesters. You can only register for one semester-long seminar, but you can sign up for two Half-Semesters, one in the first half and one in the second half.

There are also six seminars on campus on Saturdays, five in the morning and one in the afternoon (NOTE: Spanish has been moved to Friday afternoon). They will run from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7. The morning seminars require registration; the afternoon one is a drop-in with no registration required. Jump to them.

There are no seminars on Nov. 29 and 30 due to the Thanksgiving break.

You must register for all of the Friday seminars and all the morning Saturday seminars (although one will accept drop-ins). There are three ways to register:

NOTE: Contact information for leaders is NOT included below for privacy reasons. You will be able to find emails for the leaders when you go to online registration or look in the Membership Directory or you can call the office at (916) 278-7834.

Please do not sign up for more than one full-semester Friday afternoon seminar, but you can register on wait lists for other choices. You can go back to online registration to change your seminar choice if you change your mind or get into a wait-listed class, or you can contact the leader(s).

Many of these classes encourage participation. You may be asked to make a presentation on the topic or secure an outside speaker or help in some other way. Here are some technical tips for presentations. It will be noted in the writeups below if no participation is required.

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The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment: This symbol next to a seminar description indicates that the contents will contain some aspect of the struggle for women to achieve the vote and-or the aftermath of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While the seminar might only mention a certain aspect of women's fight for equality and civil rights, there is enough information in the seminar to have this symbol placed next to it.


Each seminar has a Style immediately following its name, defined as follows:


Friday Seminars

Semester-Long Seminars

Active Retirement Investing (L)
Douglass 106
Online Registration only

Bill Bailey, Marsha Holland (contact Marsha only)

Confused between the different types of investments available today? Invest in just one stock? Or maybe a fund? Which type of fund? Index fund? Managed fund? Exchange traded fund? Exchange traded note? Maybe an Annuity or Real estate? Should you establish a brokerage account or buy directly from the fund company? Should you trust others to give you advice or go it alone? Join this seminar and find out! Instructor Hunter William (Bill) Bailey, MSFS and author, has almost 40 years as a financial advisor professional in investment services. No products or services will be sold.

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Amazing Women (P)
Eureka 101
Online Registration only

Marian Kile

In this seminar, we will share the lives of remarkable women from all aspects and eras of history, including a few in the suffrage movement. We will learn: who was the reluctant first lady who contested Darwin's theory that man was superior to women and who was the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress. Members are encouraged to research and present information about their favorite amazing woman, either on their own or with a classmate.

Birding in North America (L)
Tahoe 1003
Online Registration only

Mary Anne Kirchne, Deborah King

What is it about birds that intrigues so many people? This seminar will answer this question in a comprehensive lecture series on the birds of the continent that focuses not only on the identification of the continent's diverse bird species, but also on the best tools to use to see these birds. This course will make your backyard a much more interesting place both for you and for your birds.

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A Celebration of the Great American Songbook and Beyond! (L)
Amador 153 Note: Room change!
Online Registration only

Mike Agron

This is the third seminar in my series Celebrating Music. I began with This is Sinatra! followed by Perfect Vocal Harmony Groups. Now explore the backstories of our greatest composers from Harold Arlen, the Gershwin Brothers, Johnny Mercer to Steven Sondheim as performed by the singers of these timeless American standards. We'll listen and watch videos of legendary singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nat %#34;King" Cole, Perry Como, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, etc. We'll hear from contemporary vocalists such as Michael Buble, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr. and others who have popularized this music for Broadway, Film, Jazz and Pop.

Seminar Cancelled! China: Looking Inside (P)

Bruce Moon

What's happening in China? Social credit? Cashless economy? Ghost cities? High-speed rail, gene editing, planned megacities, urbanization, Xinjiang, moon shots. Hot topics abound. This seminar's focus is contemporary, internal, domestic China, NOT international relations/trade/military threats. The seminar's topics/presentations will be determined by participants. Podcasts and YouTube, as well as magazines, books, websites and newspapers will be the primary resources. Presentations are encouraged, but not required.

Critical Thinking (D)
Calaveras 145 Note: Room Change!
Online Registration only

Richard Kowaleski

Hone your ability to think critically about politics, consumer affairs, relationships, alternative medicine, investments and more. Spot the logical fallacies so common in emotional appeals. Richard has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and California State University, Sacramento. He shows in an entertaining manner how to think clearly and logically. Richard offers this seminar each fall and it is very popular, so register early online before the seminar is full. Don't wait until the Rendezvous! Members are encouraged to buy the text, do the weekly homework and participate in the discussions, but they do not make presentations.

Documentary Films: Outsiders, Odd Occurrences and Strange Folk (D)
Brighton 202
Online Registration only

Chip Zempel

What does it mean to be human? Meet the 'janitor-saint of outsider art,' a 9-year old Orthodox Jewish girl who breaks adult powerlifting records, and a man who realizes one morning he can't remember his name. A Texas couple so desperate to find their blonde, blue-eyed son that they believe he's now a dark-haired, brown-eyed Frenchman. A nanny who leaves behind a secret hoard of haunting photographs. Elvis' first on-screen kiss, now a nun. Triplets separated in infancy who find each other and uncover a nefarious psychological experiment. And "the angriest man in America!"

The Economist (D)
Calaveras 134 Note: Room Change!
Online Registration only

Wayne Luney

The Economist is the best and most comprehensive weekly news magazine in the English language. It was founded in England in 1843 to advocate for the repeal of the Corn Laws. Today it has global scope in its reporting and yes, it has a political orientation that becomes clear upon reading its pages. Seminar members will be expected to read the current issue (which usually reaches subscribers on Saturday), bring it to the seminar the following Friday, and be prepared to discuss some of the articles.

Fundamental Documents of American Democracy (D)
Mendocino 4003
Online Registration only

Dave Anthony, David Feldstein

This seminar will cover the fundamental documents that led to the creation of our form of government. We will read and discuss The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, parts of the Constitution and the accompanying Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and parts of de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. All of these works (with the exception of Democracy in America) are available online. All are available for purchase at Amazon and at larger bookstores. These readings should give us a greater appreciation of our democratic system, especially during an election year.

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Great American Trials (L)
Mendocino 4008
Online Registration only

Joel Primes

This semester will involve women: Their advancement in the law and the 19th Amendment. Americans love trials and we will discuss old and new cases with women and the law. One of the two mock trials will involve a trial of John Wilkes Booth for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Each session will involve a different aspects of an administrative hearing, civil or criminal trial. Fun for all.

The Historical Jesus: What Can We Know? (L)
Alpine 236 Note: Room Change!
Online Registration only

Jon Courtway

Sift through available historical evidence and discover what is known about the historical Jesus with Professor Bart Ehrman. Learn about criteria and reasoning used to test evidence. Learn how sources are written and the historical context of 1st century Palestine. Was Jesus an apocalypticist, proclaiming a coming kingdom? What is the meaning of Son of Man? Learn about Jesus' followers in light of their belief that God raised him from the dead, shifting from the religion of Jesus to the religion about Jesus. These DVD lectures do not affirm or deny any religious beliefs.

Mathematics, Philosophy and The Real World (D)
Mendocino 1028
Online Registration only

Larry Whitlock

We will watch and discuss Great Courses video lectures by Prof. Judith Grabiner of Pitzer College showing the influence of mathematical concepts and methods that have constantly helped determine the course of Western philosophical thought. Views about human nature, religion, truth, space and time and much more have been shaped by the ideas and practices of mathematics. You will not need your IBM or Apple Super computer, but only your curiosity.

Seminar Cancelled! Memories and Memoir: Writing Personal Histories (D)
Calaveras 134
Online Registration only

Kimberly Edwards

Inspired to put memories to paper for yourself, your children, or your grandchildren? Learn how to shape life experiences into stories. Each session will consist of a mini lesson plus discussion, followed by the opportunity to read aloud up to 800 words weekly (voluntary). Class climate is safe and validating. Together we explore what works in a written piece, whether as a standalone or as part of a personal history, and how to generate ideas for future stories. Both fiction and nonfiction techniques are discussed. Writers at all levels welcome. This is our fourth year and we're still having fun.

Meso-America: DNA, History, Geography and Cultures (L)
Mendocino 3011 Note: Room Change!
Online Registration only

Richard Fuller

Hola! Meso-America from Tijuana to Panama; CIVILIZATION for 8,000 years; more STONE BUILDINGS than Egypt; more CULTURES than Yoplait; more GREAT LEADERS than, well…By 1519, with three times the population of North America, Mexico had written language, calendars, astronomy, medicine, heart surgery, and gold, silver, and jade jewelry; cultures like Olmec, Toltec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Totanec, Maya and Aztec. Señor Don Ricardo toured from Tula to Tenochtitlan to Tikal four months ago. He climbed "ruinas," rode the buses, met the descendants, bought the t-shirt, but did NOT do beaches!

Music: For the Love of Classical Music (P)
Capistrano 223
Contact leader (seminar full)

Cynthia Hearden

In this seminar, we will enjoy live musical performances almost every week, with some lectures as well. We will learn about the instruments of the orchestra, as well as the beautiful human voice. We will enjoy not only classical music but also some opera and musical theater, and even a marching band. There will be many delightful surprises. A fee of $25 will be collected. With sincere regrets, please know that at this time this seminar is full and closed to any further enrollment for this semester.

One Strange Rock Science Series (P)
Mendocino 4000
Online Registration only

Stephen Oesterreicher

Netflix presents a National Geographic inspiring series with incredible photography, hosted by actor Will Smith and eight astronauts, that gives us a new origin story based upon the earth. It is called One Strange Rock. After viewing the episodes, we will discuss what it means to people in the seminar. We will view one episode per week for 10 weeks. Then for the next two weeks, we will proceed to a two-part science series, The Evolution of Us. This examines the foundational role of genetics in the course of human evolution. How can genetics impact our next stage? For the last class, we will select one episode to see and discuss.

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Paving the Way: Women’s Struggle for Political Equality In California (L)
Tahoe 1026
Online Registration only

Kathleen Beasley

We will cover the new book from the writing team of Swatt/Swatt/LaVally/Raimundo, which offers a fascinating look at state history through the lens of women's activism over the past 170 years. Join the authors and seminar leader to learn about the role of women in shaping California's political, social and environmental policies from Gold Rush times through today. Lectures will add details beyond the book and content will be highlighted by guest experts speaking each week. Reading the book is not required, but autographed editions will be available at a discount at Rendezvous and in class for those interested.

Relationships: How To Build Strong, Healthy, Loving Relationships (D)
Yosemite 117
Online Registration only

Nanci Kuzins

We invite you to come learn Compassionate Communication skills to bring joy and meaning into your relationships. We use games, role plays and exercises woven with Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg, The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer and others to learn these skills. This new language of life can reduce stress, decrease anxiety, clear up misunderstandings and heal old conflicts. Learn how to: interrupt when necessary; release resentment when you hear a NO; and let go of any shame, guilt or fear, when you need to say NO yourself.

Shakespeare Uncovered, Part I (D)
Brighton 105
Online Registration only

Gerry Camp

Shakespeare Uncovered is a BBC series of one-hour documentaries, each hosted by an actor or director, each focused on a single Shakespeare play and showing scenes from several productions. We will devote two sessions to each play. Participants will read the play so that we can begin with discussion and reading of scenes and some lecture. We will then view the documentary and, on the second day, see a stage or film production of the full play. Will begin with Morgan Freeman on The Taming of the Shrew.

Spanish Intermediate: Speaking And Reading (P)
Amador 250
Online registration only, but contact leader first

Melody Flores

This seminar provides a casual environment to support and develop existing intermediate level Spanish reading and speaking skills. This semester we are planning to begin reading Como Agua Para Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. This is a participation seminar. Limited to 12. The seminar is currently full, but a waiting list is maintained. Please contact leader, Melody Flores, before attempting to register for this class..

Top 10 U.S. Domestic Issues and Potential Solutions (I)
Alpine 204 Note: Room Change!
Online Registration only

Ken Cross

This seminar focuses on current U.S. domestic, social justice issues and potential solutions to poverty (hunger and food insecurity, homelessness, affordable housing, jobs and income inequality), diversity, equity, and mass incarceration, crime, punishment and prison reform, immigration, healthcare, education, climate change and a sustainable world, and money, dysfunctional politics and campaign finance reform (capitalism and the erosion of democracy). The series utilizes documentary film, expert speakers and discussion to define the issues and organizing action steps that we can take as citizens to promote positive change. Resources include film, books, articles and organization websites to expand personal knowledge and awareness.

Transportation and American Government (L,D)
AIRC 1007
Online Registration only

Art Bauer

From building roads and railroads to freeways and high-speed rail, transportation influenced the evolution of American government. How America organized to build its transportation system tells a story of how we learned to govern ourselves. Issues such as the states' role versus the national government, the westward expansion and slavery, private versus public investment, and urban versus rural are among the themes in our history where transportation development had an important role. This seminar will include presentations by the instructor, suggested readings and class discussion.

Triple Threat Rock (L)
Riverside 1015
Online Registration only

Bob Lang

Seminar leaders Graham Edmondson, Mike Harkins and Bob Lang are teaming up for the first time to offer a triple threat of music appreciation seminars unique to what they've each offered in the past. The three will divide the semester equally (hence triple threat!) and offer sessions on various genres of rock and pop music, including folk rock, disco, hard rock, punk, reggae, heavy metal, horn bands, southern/country rock and more. No presentations required.

Writing Personal History (D)
Mendocino 1032
Contact leader; no online registration

Patrick Crowley

This seminar provides an opportunity for members to write their own personal history, either for their own satisfaction or for their progeny and friends. Each week participants are asked to write a short personal history paper of 1,200 words, more or less, to be read out loud to other members of the seminar. No critiques are provided nor is this a writing class. It is assumed that members already have minimum writing skills when they come to the sessions. Over the years, a number of seminar members have published their writings as memoirs.


First Half Seminars

Most of these are seven sessions. You can sign up for one of these and also sign up for one of the Second Half Seminars below.

Art History: Beginning of Art to the 17th Century
ALpine 144; Sept. 6 through Oct. 18 Note: Room Change!
Online Registration only

Ivy Hendy, Diane Chase

The world's greatest artistic traditions will be illustrated and discussed using PowerPoint Presentations. Historical and cultural periods, as well as the geographical locations, will be emphasized in order to place the art works in their original settings. This broad sweep of art history will cover Stone Age cave paintings through the Renaissance and Baroque. A "big picture" overview will end every segment. Art time periods will include Prehistoric, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Minoan, Ancient Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Medieval, the Renaissance and Baroque. Each weekly seminar presentation will end with time for questions and comments.

The Elder Brain (I)
Brighton 208; Sept. 6 through Oct. 18
Online Registration only

Doris Keller, Joe Grant

human brain has abilities to perceive sensations, process information, store memories, learn, plan, analyze, meet challenges and others. As we age, we may find that our brain is taking more time to function and, for some, the time can be faster than for others. We will be hearing from Thad A. Polk, Ph.D., psychology professor at University of Michigan (by DVD) about what he found from his investigations and research. He encourages all challenges (such as puzzles) to exercise the brain, the most important organ in the body. Seminar members will discuss and prepare a journal.

Heterodox Economics (Modern Money Theory) (L)
Mendocino 4007; 3 dates: Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20
Online Registration only

Mark Dempsey

Modern Money Theory (MMT) predicted the Great Recession while orthodox economists from right (Mankiw) to left (Krugman) did not. MMT also offers some surprising remedies to current social problems and seldom-heard solutions for National Debt. So, it's not about business as usual, and the seminar takes only three sessions. Participants get around 60 pages of material (maximum 20 pages of reading per session, usually much less), for class discussion background. People who have taken the seminar and/or read the material have said "I'll never look at the economy the same way again."

The Judean World Of Jesus (D)
Amador 260; Sept. 6 through October 18
Online Registration only

David McGuire, Jonathan Brosin

Jesus is viewed as the source of Christianity. But he was born a Galilean Jew, and lived when the world around him was in constant turmoil. The Romans were just the latest of Judean conquerors, and resistance and rebellion persisted. What does the historical evidence show us about the times before and after he lived on earth? What factors may have influenced the message he preached, and his followers carried to distant points? How much Judaic belief and tradition did it contain and for how long? We'll look at various sources to try and get a clearer picture.

Lake Tahoe, History (L)
Mendocino 4004; Sept. 6 through October 18 Note: Room Change!
Online Registration only

Beth Mann

This seminar will delve into the stories, many legendary, of the colorful people who passed through or settled in the Tahoe Basin: the Washoe, trappers, gold and silver seekers, fancy dudes and their belles, people seeking a quieter way of life and those with their get-rich schemes just looking for suckers. Class discussion and story-telling encouraged!

Optimal Hearing, Wellness and Balance (D) 12:30 - 2:00
Folsom 2201; Four meetings: Sept. 20 and 27, Oct. 4 and 11
No online registration; contact Hearing Center

Laura Gaeta, PhD, Julia Ahlquist Tanner, AuD

Are you interested in learning more about optimal hearing and living? This seminar of four sessions will provide the information and tools to improve the quality of your health, hearing, and communication. Each session will include communication strategies, lip-reading, and resources for optimal hearing and health. CSUS faculty will provide guest lectures on various topics. The Renaissance parking permit is required to park at Folsom Hall. Call the Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Clinic at 916-278-6601 to register.

Sketching People and Animals (A/S)
Douglass 213; Sept. 6 through Oct. 18
Contact leader, no online registration

Alice Stamm

Sketching with soft pencils, we will learn to draw animals of choice and then people. Wishes by participants also welcomed and no experience necessary. Come with No. 8 or No. 9 graphite-black pencils and sketch pad of choice. And courage!

Storytelling, The Art (D)
Mendocino 4005; Sept. 6 through Oct. 18
Online Registration only

Mary McGrath, Joyce Ormond

Do you listen to This American Life, The Moth, Story Corps? Storytellers are filling the airwaves. In this seminar we will go paper-free, finding your tellable tales, trusting your voice, your memory, and exploring the freedom to improvise for your listeners. Storytellers will be supported in class with time for writing, organizing, performance games, partner tellings, and affirmations. Telling folktales and original work will be encouraged, and the goal is telling from memory. Let us show you how that is different from memorizing a script or reading aloud. Those who wish a public venue are welcome at a monthly performance evening at the Avid Reader on Broadway, or the Sacramento Storytellers Guild.

Vincent Van Gogh, Gustave Eiffel and Claude Debussy (D)
Amador 314; Sept. 6 through Oct. 18
Online Registration only

Theo Goodwin

In 1890 why did Paris: 1) give birth to Gustave Eiffel's Tower, the tallest structure in the world, 2) encourage the rise of the unique composer Claude Debussy, a painter in sound, and 3) witness the demise of the short career of Vincent Van Gogh, whose paintings helped shape modern art? Learn what was unique about each creative genius. How did the fine arts foster creativity? How did France and the western world react? We will explore these topics with lectures, photographs and music. We will share our ideas with discussions.


Second Half Seminars

Most of these are six sessions. You can sign up for one of these and also sign up for one of the First Half Seminars above.

Babylonia, Seminal Foundation of the Near East (L/D)
Mariposa 1002; Oct. 25 through Dec. 6
Online Registration only

Henry Chambers, PhD

Babylonia was the foundation of the Near East. The seminar will be a combination of lecture and discussion of history and literary texts representative of this often overlooked civilization. It will start with Sumer through Akkad, Old Babylonian, Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian history. We will also consider more briefly Egyptian, Biblical and Hellenic traditions. The instructor will provide historical and literary texts for class discussions. We shall also offer a brief introduction to Cuneiform and its two principal languages, Sumerian and Babylonian.

Enlightened Aging (L/D)
Alpine 144; Oct. 25 through Dec. 6
Online Registration only

Rebecca Graulich, Renee Balcom

This seminar explores the tough, and often sensitive, realities of aging: navigating the healthcare system, elder abuse, dementia vs. normal aging, preparing for death, ensuring desires are posthumously implemented and living life to the fullest. Panel discussions, written reference materials, lectures, videos and class participation will facilitate candid discussions and individual introspection regarding age-related decisions. Instructors: Renee Balcom has spent over a decade serving the senior community through health advocacy, home care and mental health services. Rebecca Graulich, the immediate past chair of the Sacramento Adult and Aging Commission, has spent several years working with people with dementia and family caregivers.

Ethics for This New Millenium (D)
Amador 314; Oct. 25 through Dec. 6
Online Registration only

Sandi Dolbee

From gene splicing to artificial intelligence, the technology breakthroughs already dotting this 21st century are nothing less than breathtaking. But are they the right things to do? Where are the ethical lines, and how are we going to draw them? In this seminar, we are going to explore the ethical challenges and perhaps, just perhaps, we will develop some answers. New codes of ethics for this new millennium.

From the Invention of Writing to the Smartphone (L)
Douglass 213; Oct. 25 through Dec. 6
Online Registration only

Phil Lane

How communication media make changes to our lives, our culture and society. With the invention of writing, before the common era, to the digital age we now inhabit, each new form of communication medium has changed our lives, our relations with one another, and our culture in ways, some of which, we could not imagine. In this half-semester seminar we will examine some of the history of these changes and how they led us to the digital world of the 21st century. This is a lecture course, which will be supplemented by audiovisual material, but discussion is very much encouraged.

Irish Literature: Fiction, Drama and Poetry (L)
Amador 260; Oct. 25 through Dec. 6
Online Registration only

Mike Storey

The seminar will read and discuss a selection of Irish fiction, drama and poetry by such writers as Joyce, Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, Frank O'Connor, Seamus Heaney, Colm Toibin and others. Themes to be discussed include Irish myth, the land, religion, emigration and exile, English colonization and the "Troubles," among others.

Meeting Each Other Through Sharing Life Stories (A/S)
Mendocino 4005; Nov. 1 through Dec. 6
Online Registration only

Karen Gierlach

Everyone has a life story and every life is meaningful, full of revelations. Come and look back over your own and listen with an open heart and mind to the stories of others. No special skills needed; just bring a notebook and pen, your memories, and come prepared to listen deeply. You need share only what you are comfortable sharing and agree to keep confidential what you hear. We will use guided exercises in small groups to explore different phases of our lives, using journaling, drawing, poetry, postcards and of course storytelling.

Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory (P)
Brighton 208; Oct. 25 through Dec. 6
Online Registration only

Joe Grant, Doris Keller

Using Dr. Peter Vishton's Great Courses series and a book by Harry Lorayne (and others) we will take an intense six-week journey into our memory banks to find out what works and what doesn't for YOU. Lost your keys lately? Your car and your keys? Forgot a name? As Dean Martin used to say to open his TV show: "Why are all you people in my room?" Seriously, we and our loved ones all have memory lapses sometimes, but the brain can be trained to improve. Find out how much better you can be in only six weeks!

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Turning Points in American History (P)
Mendocino 4004; Oct. 25 through Dec. 6
Online Registration only

Catherine Minicucci

This seminar will consider major turning points in our history and the leaders who affected them. Topics include a summary of the American Revolution and the development of the Constitution. Key milestones in our evolving democracy will be discussed: Emancipation, the fight for Women's Suffrage, Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act of 1964. We will discuss the role of important American figures who helped to change our history at key points. Gregory Downs, professor of history at UC Davis and expert on Reconstruction, will speak to the class. Discussion and presentations by seminar participants will be encouraged.

Writers Workshop in Fiction (D)
Mendocino 4007; Oct. 25 through Dec. 6
Online Registration only

Mark Heckey

Using the Great Courses video lecture series, I will be a facilitator for fiction writers. We will have a 30-minute lecture, discuss writing topics and share our work for around 30 minutes. It will be in the Mini-Seminar format, running six weeks. We will work on short stories and writing prompts of 350-500 words. The seminar will be structured for beginning writers but emerging writers could also benefit. Topics will include: story arc and plot, character development, dialogue, beginnings, description, satisfying endings and formatting work for submission.


Saturday Seminars

You must register online for the morning seminars. The afternoon class is a Drop-in Class (no registration required).

The Celtic World Plus (P)
10 to 11:50 a.m., Mendocino 3013
Online Registration only

Richard Conrad, Joe Grant

The Celtic World Plus seminar will be based on The Celtic World, from The Great Courses catalog. We will also look at other peoples and cultures during the same time period to see the differences and similarities to the Celts, and how the Celts may have impacted and influenced others, and how they were influenced themselves.

Man's Greatest Engineering Achievements (L)
9 to 11 a.m., Kadema 145 Note: Room Change!
Online Registration; please register so that the leader can contact you with the room location, but drop-ins are welcome.

Richard Dabrowiak

From building colossal pyramids in ancient Egypt to erecting modern skyscrapers, mankind's greatest engineering marvels are documented through the ages. This video-based seminar will clarify how and why these incredible megastructures were built. Class discussions and supplemental information will reveal basic engineering principles used in the design and construction process, enabling seminar participants to better appreciate the challenges involved. Participation in discussions is encouraged. Get the schedule here.

Meditation Practice (L)
9 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 1015 Note: Room change!
Online registration only

Gail Reed

This seminar will explore the benefits, blocks, and various ways to meditate. A variety of Eastern and Western traditions and practices will be examined. We will focus on awakening personal awareness beyond the mind by using a variety of insights and meditations. Open class discussion, participation and presentations on this exciting spiritual journey are encouraged and welcome. At least 25 diagrams and handouts are used per semester which enhances thought and discussion. There is a printing charge of $5 per semester for these handouts. Registration is required. Limited by classroom size to 50.

NOTE: Spanish Intermediate has been moved to Friday afternoon! Jump to it.

Class Cancelled! Song Writing for Fun (D)
10:30 to 11:50 a.m., Mendocino 2009
Online registration only

Al Zagofsky

Got a song in your heart? Then let's turn it into a song that you can share. At the seminar we will be covering the history of songwriting, watch songwriting videos from popular song writers; and experiment with lyrics, harmonies and melodies. The seminar will incorporate videos, discussions, exercises and performances. Participants will be writing songs and presenting them. A knowledge of an instrument is helpful but not required. It is not necessary to read music; in fact, most pop composers can't read music.

Singers and Swingers (L)
12 noon to 3 p.m., Mariposa 1000
Drop-in, no registration required

Mike Harkins

During last semester's Mystery Tour I discovered the joy of unbridled freedom of choice as well as the degree to which my loyal audience trusts my taste in music. And so I have decided to compile a program of my all-time favorite artists who qualify as some of the most influential artists prior to 1950. We will hear the best-selling recordings of Louis Armstrong, The Boswell Sisters, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan and The Mills Brothers with additional plays from Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller and Billy Murray, plus a few more.