ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: Dinner in hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
Global art treasures have been taken from their original settings for centuries. This course focuses on noted stolen cultural artifacts such as the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, the Mona Lisa, and examines in detail the systemic looting of European cultural artifacts during World War II and the efforts to return recovered items to their rightful owners.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon:
Independent afternoon to explore charming downtown Burlingame. Free shuttle leaves hotel regularly. Check schedule in lobby.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Great American Free Speech Cases
Speech is the realm of human activity between thought and physical acts, distinct from yet overlapping with both. It is also one of the most highly protected of American constitutional liberties. In this course, we shall examine about two dozen of the Supreme Court’s greatest, most interesting free speech cases. Following an overview of the history of free speech law, stretching to antiquity, we consider leading U.S. cases that have developed major doctrines setting the limits of speech protection under the First Amendment. Beginning with incitement to imminent lawlessness (and its early articulation as the clear and present danger rule), we go on to consider landmark cases on offensive speech, defamation, commercial speech, obscenity, the public forum, and time/place/manner restrictions. Those who take this course will gain a respectable command of the complex, fascinating landscape of the American law of free speech.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At the turn of the 19th century, Ludwig van Beethoven established the symphony as the leading genre of orchestral music. Composers since that time have made their boldest, most innovative musical ideas in the symphony genre. A symphonic journey will be undertaken from Beethoven’s masterpieces to present day symphonies, with stops along the way including Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Shostakovich among others.
Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: The Symphony from Beethoven to the PresentDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Great American Free Speech CasesLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
James Dalessandro, best selling author of "1906" and award winning documentary film maker of "The Damndest Finest Ruins" brings to life America's worst natural disaster. Through his film, photos and exhaustive research, he talks about the politics, the lies, the coverup and a subject rarely included in the conversation - the aftermath of trying to rebuild America's wildest and wickedest city.
Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Musical theater fans always have adored the great Broadway divas. We look at some of these leading ladies such as Ethel Merman, Mary Martin and Bernadette Peters to see what special magic launched them into super stardom.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: Narrated bus trip to highlights of San FranciscoDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: LIVE ENTERTAINMENTLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program is concluded after lunch. Hotel checkout is by noon.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch