Program Registration: 3:00-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table located either in the lobby just outside of the 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 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
Modernist visions such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian home, California experiments in space and materials by Joseph Eichler, and the no-place “international” style led by Mies van der Rohe and the Bauhaus school, all characterized the U.S. housing boom of the 1950s and 1960s. Mid-century planned communities like Levittown (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) were seen as post-war Utopias, but according to some urban planners, led to sprawl, pollution, and the "decline of the American Dream." What hath the baby boom wrought?Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Early afternoon: Life in the 'Burbs, Part 2
Late afternoon: Music of Mozart
Since he first charmed audiences at the age of six with performances in his home town of Salzburg, Mozart has captured the minds and hearts of generations of concertgoers. Known early on as one of the greatest child prodigies the world has ever experienced, he matured into the finest pianist of his day and a master composer in every genre of music. By uncovering the truth behind the mysteries and complications that surround his life (and death), Mozart and his music will bring greater joy than ever.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Music of Mozart, 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: Inside the Supreme Court
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: Inside the Supreme Court, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
When did our human ancestors first make art, and what did that art look like? What is the earliest record for human constructions of homes and places of ritual and ceremony? This course traces two of humankind’s great journeys: of human artistic practice and of our first constructions of buildings. Taking an archaeological perspective we will explore the first representational and abstract artefacts dating to 100,000 years ago, and question their interpretation as art. Next we will explore Palaeolithic cave painting as seen at Chauvet, Lascaux and Altamira, and ask if this is evidence for shamanism, ritual cults, or psychedelic hallucinations? We will examine Palaeolithic Venuses and Neolithic figurines, and query links with Gaia and Mother-Goddessism. We will investigate the world’s earliest built structures from hunter-gatherer pit-huts in Japan to British megaliths such as Stonehenge to the earliest houses and villages of Eurasia, and try to understand why people settled own and constructed their own built environments as places for living and dead. Throughout the course, we will place the critical developments of art and of architecture into their social, cognitive, and archaeological contexts as we work to understand our own relationships with the worlds of symbolism, representation, and the built environment.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: History of Art and Architecture, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Israel, the Palestinians and the U.S. are the key players in the Middle East peace process. This course looks at the changing relations between the three parties, and how it all fits in with the rising call for democracy in the Arab world.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 Musical EntertainmentLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The class will end at noon. Please note that hotel check-out is 12:00.
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