Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (located either right outside of the Road Scholar meeting room or right inside) 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 the hotel
Menus are arranged in advance for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers the following choices for meals: standard, gluten-free, low fat, low salt and vegetarian. We are happy to accommodate the varying dietary needs of our group. These special meal requests should be written on your Participant Information Form and must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the start date of your program.
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
The War in Vietnam was the last war that the U.S. fought to contain the spread of communism. Despite an overwhelming superiority in weapons and equipment, the U.S. became bogged down in a deadly stalemate with its communist enemy in both North Vietnam and the countryside in South Vietnam. After eight years of mounting losses on the battlefield and growing anti-war opposition back in the U.S., the American government decided to withdraw its forces from South Vietnam without a victory. Within 18 months of the 1973 ceasefire, communist North Vietnam and its Viet Cong allies in the south overthrew the anti-communist government in South Vietnam and unified the country under a Communist government. What led to this surprising U.S. defeat? Why did the U.S. government intervene in Vietnam in the first place back in 1954? And why did the U.S. dramatically escalate its intervention between 1964 and 1968? What was the U.S. strategy for fighting the war and why didn't this strategy work? What was the psychological and military legacy of the U.S. defeat in Vietnam? To what extent did the U.S. learn from its mistakes in Vietnam?Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Early Afternoon: The Vietnam War and Its Legacy, Part 2
Late Afternoon: The Golden, Roaring Twenties of Berlin and Chicago
Through the drama and songs of Weill/Brecht and Kander and Ebb, The Weimar Republic and Prohibition America come alive, as we listen, watch and analyze the musicals, The Threepenney Opera, Cabaret and Chicago, which give the rise of Hitler and FDR a musical soundtrack.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: The Golden, Roaring Twenties of Berlin and Chicago, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Legion of Honor displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art. Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco. Its collections include Rodin's Thinker, European decorative arts and paintings, and ancient art.Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Life Was Not Just a Cabaret: Revisiting Weimar Germany
Weimar Germany has long held our fascination as a laboratory of cultural innovation: its music, literature, films, graphic arts and architecture continue to resonate even today. Yet the brief “Weimar Republic” (1918-1933) was also a time of economic chaos, social suffering, and chronic political instability marked above all by the rise and ultimate triumph of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi movement. This course offers a comprehensive re-examination of a moment critical not only for the history of Germany, but for the modern world.
Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Life Was Not Just a Cabaret: Revisiting Weimar Germany, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Supreme Court is not just nine justices in a lofty tower making monumental decisions. Examine the role of the high court in our political process, discuss the power of the court and how it goes about making its key decisions.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: The Supreme Court, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Great moments in history are often marked by the crystallization of words, evocatively enunciated. In those great speeches you’ll find that powerful combination of content, tone and emotion but, most importantly, you’ll hear the speaker’s sincere belief in the value of what she/he is saying. This course will explore the history of one hundred years that changed the world like none before them — illustrated by the great speeches of those notable times.Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel with complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Time for independent exploration of the local area. Many suggestions will be provided.Dinner: Enjoy a plated 3-course dinner in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Live Entertainment TBALodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Program concludes after class. 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