Upcoming Meetings

(including non-HAGSA meetings of interest to HAGSA members)

This page was last updated on August 27, 2017

HAGSA program meetings are on the third Sunday of each month (except June, July, August and December) at 15:00 (3:00pm) at Reason Center, 1824 Tribute Road, Suite A, Sacramento 95815. Parking is free.

HAGSA may also sponsor occasional meetings at other locations. As a courtesy to AOF and other organizations (and sometimes individual people), we also provide links to non-HAGSA events (typically those being held at Reason Center).

Sunday, September 17, at 15:00 (3:00 pm)

Ranny Eckstrom
Big History

There are a couple of things you might want to know about Ranny Eckstrom, who leads Big History at the CSUS Renaissance Society and at Sun City Lincoln Hills.

First, she’s 1.7 percent Neanderthal—a proud fact she discovered through a National Geographic DNA testing program. Second, she’s absolutely passionate about Big History.

The retired engineer first heard about Big History several years ago over lunch with a friend. She immediately went home and Googled it—and it was love at first click.

“Big History puts it all together in a coherent package,” Ranny explains. The science-based history program starts 13.8 billion years ago with the Big Bang and moves forward to the formation of our solar system, the beginning of life, early humans, the agricultural and industrial revolutions on up to today and the future.

For her, it addresses the big questions. How did life begin? Why do we behave the way we do? Why do civilizations rise and fall? How did early humans evolve? What might be the future of humanity?

Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, funds a Big History curriculum subject for middle school and high school students (see more at bighistoryproject.com). But Ranny thought it also would be a perfect fit for adults who are interested in lifelong learning.

2017 Meeting Dates and Locations





Location and speaker or Hosts

September 17   Program Meeting
Big History
  Reason Center (see top of page) *
Ranny Eckstrom
October 22   Program Meeting   Reason Center (see top of page) *
November 19   Program Meeting   Reason Center (see top of page) *
December 17   HumanLight/Winter Solstice Potluck   Reason Center (see top of page) *

* Room already booked

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