Over the past 13 weeks I have been going to classes on Friday at Sacramento State under the auspices of the Sacramento renaissance society.
My first morning class was Medical Rights and Wrongs and was structured around the progress of medical ethics since 1967. Howard Slyter was the lead and is a retired neurosurgeon along with Kathy Glasmire, his Co-Leader. The Class was fantastic. Howard would start each class with a short presentation and then usually present an ethical dilemma for the class to discuss. We started with the trolley dilemma and ended with the medical dilemmas faced by doctors, hospitals, and court systems when dealing with the very premature babies and brain dead people (both situations happen to be in the news in Sacramento at the time). I don’t think there was one class where there wasn’t very diverse opinions and emotional discussions.
My second class on Fridays was a romantic comedies class led by Chip Zempei. Chip had collected 13 romantic comedies(?) that were often on the very edge of the romantic comedy formula of: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, comedy ensues, boy gets girl back. That class was very fun. We started with Strictly Ballroom (1992) and ended with some shorts that included “Dr. Horrible’s sing along blog,” Valse, Paperman, Head Over Heels, Lava, and Josephine and the Roach. My favorites were “the lunch box” (2013) and the original Japanese version of “shall we dance” (1996). I’m pretty sure I will take any class that Chip offers as he is very passionate about film arts.
I also took a digital photography class on Tuesdays Tuesdays led by Jeff Hendy and Mary J. Henwood where we had lecture/videos/discussion one week and then a field trip to take photographs that we would share. In both cases we would end up having lunch somewhere together. Had lots of fun, learned a little about digital photography, and met quite a few very nice people.
I do plan to continue taking these classes next year as they were fun and I met lots of interesting people.