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
World War II is often called the "Last Good War" (especially by Americans), but it was the largest and most destructive military conflict in the history of mankind. This course will revisit the principal battle theaters and home-fronts of the war, highlighting key developments in each area. It will also assess the war's impact on world events during the seventy-year period since the guns fell silent in 1945.
Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Early Afternoon: World War II Seventy Years Later, Part 2
Late Afternoon: The Ballets of Stravinsky
In the early part of the 20th century, Stravinsky elevated ballet music to an unprecedented level in a manner similar to that in which Beethoven had elevated the symphony a century earlier. While Stravinsky’s ballets produced strong reactions (at times violent) among Parisian audiences at their premieres, they have grown to be regarded as masterpieces of both the ballet stage and the concert hall. Stravinsky’s contributions to the genre will be examined from his first ballet (The Firebird – 1910) to his final ballet (Agon – 1957).Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: The Ballets of Stravinsky, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Legion of Honor, San Francisco's most beautiful museum, displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building located in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco, the Legion is most noted for its breathtaking setting. Its collections include Rodin's Thinker, which sits in the museum's Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country. (Courtesy of the Legion of Honor)
Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: San Francisco History
James Dalessandro will present an illustrated slide lecture on the tumultuous history of the San Francisco Bay area.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: The Great San Francisco Earthquake
James Dalessandro, author of "1906" and 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
What are the most important archaeological sites ever discovered? Which have contributed the most to knowledge about the human voyage from deep prehistory to the recent past? In this course you take a trip around the world and through time to visit ten of the most important archaeological sites ever excavated. We go to Neolithic Turkey to climb down into the 9000 year old houses at Çatalhöyük. We dive into the Mediterranean to recover the 14th century BC merchant’s ship at Uluburun. In Mesoamerican we walk up the blood-stained steps at the Aztec’s Templo Mayor. We travel to Polynesia to uncover the mystery of Easter Island. We follow the mysterious lines at Nazca in Peru. On the coast of the Black Sea we sift through the world’s earliest golden objects at the 6000-year old Varna cemetery. We walk from the land of the dead to the land of the living in the landscape of Stonehenge. In southern Greece we trace one of the earliest examples of writing at the Mycenaean palace of Pylos. In western Europe, we struggle in the dark, tight passages of the caves at Lascaux and Chauvet. Near the Syrian border we marvel at the world’s oldest temple at Göbekli Tepe. At our final stop, we will end our trip in the emotionally powerful trenches and with the distressing artifacts of World War II concentration camps.
Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: The World’s Most Important Archaeological Sites, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Look back at the American presidents of the 20th century and their effect on history. These include Woodrow Wilson, FDR, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel with complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Time for independent exploration of the local area. Suggestions will be provided.Dinner: Enjoy a plated 3-course dinner 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