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Understanding the African Diaspora in India
“Study Africa in India?” you might ask. Yes.
Few people know about the global African Diaspora, the spreading out of people and culture of African origin beginning with the first human migrations. I have published books and articles and made documentary films about various aspects of the Diaspora. I participated in a conference in Goa, India on “The African Presence in Asia” where I met members of Afro-Indian, or Siddi, communities.
As part of my research I had been to wonderful Siddi architectural sites, but it was thanks to Road Scholar that I visited the extraordinary Mughal architectural wonders such as the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Amber Fort and Jama Masjid.
As a cultural anthropologist and usually solo research traveler, I had never experienced group travel before. On my Road Scholar program, I was thrilled not to have to do all the research and make all the decisions and logistic arrangements for myself. To be responsible only for placing my bag outside my hotel room to be picked up and then settling in to learn and experience this amazing country was ideal. The variety of historical sites and contemporary phenomena to which we were treated, with in-depth explanations by our instructors, was astounding. Dinners with families from regular to royals and varied accommodations, including an Ayurvedic resort and a phenomenal houseboat in the Kerala backwaters with fantastic meals, were unbeatable experiences.
A confirmed travel junkie, I was extremely impressed by the level of thought and organization that went into making the experience so rewarding for so many different people of different backgrounds and interests. My big problem now is whether to choose my next Road Scholar program in India again or another destination that promises to be as exciting as that exuberantly colorful, spicy country.
— Dr. Sheila S. Walker, winner of the 2010 Asa Grant Hilliard III Road Scholar Award for Lifelong Learning.
Now Online: The Social Media Dashboard
We love the large number of videos, Facebook posts, blogs and photos that we receive from our participants. Keep them coming! We’ve made it easy to browse all of this great content on our new social media dashboard.
Win a Road Scholar Learning Adventure in "The Marigold Ideas for Good" Contest
Opening in select U.S. cities on May 4th is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — the funny and touching story of a group of British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India, only to discover upon their arrival that buying sight-unseen has its drawbacks. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, these adventurous retirees are forever transformed by their shared experiences.
To take the idea of transformation from the screen to real life, Road Scholar is thrilled to collaborate with Participant Media and Encore.Org on the social action campaign for the film to create “The Marigold Ideas for Good” contest. We encourage Road Scholar’s service-minded participants to pursue their passion for global improvement and enter the contest, which includes a $5,000 grant plus the opportunity for Grand Prize winners to receive a $5,000 Road Scholar learning adventure.
Road Scholar in Collaboration With Active Adult Residential Leader
Road Scholar and Del Webb, the nation’s first and largest builder of active-adult communities, have joined forces to provide learning and travel experiences exclusively for Del Webb residents. This collaboration will add a new facet to the active and enriching lifestyle that Del Webb communities are famous for. To help spread the word, Road Scholar will be hosting informational sessions in Del Webb communities throughout the United States.
Road Scholar Has Awarded More Than $7 Million in Scholarships
At Road Scholar, we believe that lifelong learning should be accessible to all older adults — no matter one’s economic status. That’s why, since 1982, we have awarded more than $7 million in scholarships to thousands of participants who have the desire to learn, but not the means to take part in our enriching educational programs. These scholarship recipients were able to fulfill lifelong dreams, while at the same time enriching the Road Scholar experience for all participants. To learn how you can donate to our scholarship fund, visit www.roadscholar.org/donate
or call toll free at (877) 426-8056.
Morehouse College Goes to Cuba With Road Scholar
Each year, one of the country’s renowned black colleges — Morehouse College — hosts an on-site conference focusing on Caribbean literary traditions. In 2011, participants had the unprecedented opportunity to attend the conference as part of a Road Scholar learning adventure to Cuba.
Conference attendees interacted intimately with some of Cuba’s foremost authors and cultural artists on a literary expedition into the heart of the Caribbean. There were meaningful opportunities to meet Cuban people and explore important historical and cultural sites in Havana, where lectures, discussions, readings and performances by prominent Cuban writers, artists and intellectuals were held.
“For this very special program to Cuba, we were privileged to partner with Road Scholar and Casa de las Américas. The International Conference on Caribbean Literature (ICCL) and Road Scholar arranged an exciting and stimulating program for the education and enjoyment of the conference attendees,” said Dr. Melvin B. Rahming, co-founder and co-director of the ICCL at Morehouse College.
Join Road Scholar's Second Generation Club
If your parents, grandparents or even aunts or uncles took Elderhostel programs (or still take Road Scholar programs now!) and you have gone on at least one Road Scholar program, then we would love to hear from you. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and give us your name and your parents’ names, and we might tell your story in a Road Scholar publication. Curious to see some second-generation Road Scholar participants? Just visit www.roadscholar.org/secondgeneration
Featured Instructor Lynn Ruth Miller, Author and Humorist
"I’m so old my Social Security number is six.” That’s just one of the gems from standup comedian and author Lynn Ruth Miller. Lynn Ruth began her standup comedy career at 70 and has been featured in venues throughout the San Francisco area.
Now, at 77, her writing has been published in more than 100 outlets nationwide, and she has read passages from her books all over the U.S. and abroad. Sprinkling humor with a dash of nostalgia, her works focus on topics that touch us all: the changing role of women, all-too-common eating disorders, growing old and the general idiosyncrasies of today’s society.