Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (located either in the hallway in front of the Road Scholar meeting room or just inside the meeting room) and pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
During free time, the Group Leader will be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: Dinner in hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. 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.
This evening, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee and hot tea; other beverages available for purchase in the hotel bar.Evening: Take the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
Paris was the cultural capital of the world in the 19th century and proved an irresistible magnet for Americans who flocked to the City of Light. In the decades preceding and following the Civil War, hundreds of Americans joined the throngs headed to Paris. This course examines the history of Paris and its lure for expatriates who thrived in the stimulating environment Paris offered and whose experience in Paris transformed the world of art.
Artists discussed in class:
Samuel F. B. Morse
Elizabeth Jane Gardner
William Morris Hunt
David Jefferson Chalfant
Theodore Earl Butler
Frederick William MacMonnies
Mary Fairchild MacMonnie Low
Lilla Cabot Perry
Frederic Porter Vinton
John Singer Sargent
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Anna Elizabeth Klumpke
Henry Ossawa Turner
Nelson Norris Bickford
Charles Courtney Curran
Frederick Childe HassamLunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Narrated field trip to highlights of San Francisco, everyone's second hometown.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Time to socialize with fellow participants.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
People do not usually think of Mark Twain as a California author, but the fact is that his formative years were spent in the San Francisco area. In this talk, you will learn about five influences on his writing, five characteristics of his style, and his use of materials from his early life in his works. The talk will focus on his book, "Roughing It."
Bret Harte moved to the Bay area as a teen and held a variety of jobs before becoming a famous writer. You will learn some characteristics of his fiction, hear an excerpt from his hilarious parody of James Fenimore Cooper, and learn about his two most famous short stories, "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" and "The Luck of Roaring Camp."Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Jazz & the Pop Song
Follow the rise of the pop solo singer from Al Jolson, and Bessie Smith to Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland as the styles and the rise and fall in popularity of each artist are explored.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Jazz & the Pop Song, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Hyannis Port Clan has provided Americans with high drama, tawdry entertainment, lofty idealism, shocking cynicism, tragedy, and farce for over eighty years. In this course we will examine some of the key themes of the Kennedy worldview: fierce ambition, a peculiarly Outsider/Machismo complex, dedication to public service, risk-taking behavior (the Kennedy Curse), altruistic empathy, and a strangely amoral pragmatism oddly linked with inspiring idealism. We will delve into the overwhelming, suffocating influence of father Joseph--The Ambassador--as even his children called him. We will attempt to locate the source of the image of the Long-Suffering Mother and the connection of this image with the often callous treatment of women within the Kennedy Weltanschauung. But above these shadows the admirable Kennedy capacity for intellectual flexibility, growth, and development will shine brightly. In the first portion of the class we will focus on Jack’s transition from adolescent playboy to mature statesman. We will describe how the young, not seriously committed freshman congressman from the 11th congressional district of Massachusetts gradually morphed into a thoughtful, cautious legislator striving to carve out a political path independent of his domineering father. We will trace Jack’s path to the White House, and demonstrate how like Lincoln during his first two years, he struggled to master the complexities of high office. Our central thesis will be that JFK was initially overwhelmed by the presidency, but with the help of his ever loyal brother and Attorney General Robert managed to cultivate the leadership skills needed to navigate the treacherous waters of both international and domestic crises. We will see that 1963 marked a turning point in his career, and that by June we can detect the early signs of his potential greatness. Sadly, we must also discuss the horrible events of Friday, November 22, "The Day the Music Died."
Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: The Art of Being Kennedy
Part Two of the class will be devoted to Robert’s parallel development from an inexperienced, hot-headed political brawler into a deeply caring, thoroughly committed political reformer. We will see how the young cold warrior/communist-hunting aide to Senator Joseph McCarthy eventually evolved into one of the country’s foremost critics of the Vietnam War, and led a crusade to recover his brother’s visionary legacy. In the process he attempted to redefine and revivify the spirit of the Democratic Party, which had grown old and stale under Lyndon Johnson and the aging “New Frontiersmen.” We will take a particularly close look at Robert’s extremely significant role in resolving the Cuban Missile Crisis, and analyze that frightening event’s role in his philosophical transformation. Finally, we will look briefly at Edward Kennedy’s career, and see how the youngest brother rebounded from tragedy and disgrace to become one of America’s most influential senators during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Our time together will give us an opportunity to revisit the always fascinating, often glorious and sometimes shockingly disappointing journey of American politics from the 1940s to 2009—The Age of the Kennedys.
Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
No other instrument better exemplifies the Romantic era in music than the piano. More than a century after the fact, the music composed for the piano throughout the 19th century remains the staple for performers and audience members alike. No other classical music is more dearly loved. Piano masterpieces by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Debussy, and others will engage, enrich and entertain participants.Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel with complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Piano Music of the Romantic Era, Part 2Dinner: Enjoy a plated 3-course dinner in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Live Musical Entertainment
NOAM EISEN was born and raised in Toronto Canada where he studied classical music at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and jazz improvisation with private teachers. He began performing at an early age, starting with concerts for family and friends, and then professionally at weddings, corporate events, and house parties. Noam moved permanently to the Bay Area in 2001 after earning a masters degree from Stanford University and following his three years of living a cultural dream in Paris. Currently based in the San Francisco, Noam regularly performs and delights audiences at concerts, house parties, wedding celebrations, birthdays, and corporate events. With his rich musical styling and interpretations, and hundreds of songs at his fingertips, Noam chooses and performs his music spontaneously according to the spirit of the moment and the musical tastes of his listeners. Above all, Noam enjoys creating a highly interactive experience by leading audiences in enthusiastic sing-along to jazz standards, rock classics, show tunes, and international (French, Brazilian, Italian, and Israeli) music. More information available at www.noameisenmusic.comLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Jack London's illegitimate birth in 1876 in San Francisco prefigures his concern with identity in his works. This talk will reveal his two favorite themes, contradictory though they are. It will also deal with his strengths and weaknesses as a writer and will focus on three works, "The People of the Abyss," "The Call of the Wild," and "White Fang."
John Steinbeck, who lived as a young man in San Francisco, produced twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels. This talk will focus on his first success, "Tortilla Flat," his tear-jerker "Of Mice and Men," and five characteristics of his writing. It will also deal with his favorite themes and the aspects of his writing for which he is most often criticized.Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea. The program concludes with lunch.
We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch