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
A richly illustrated lecture tour of French Impressionism in its artistic, social and political contexts: from Monet's and Morisot's landscapes of light and atmosphere to Renoir's sparkling scenes of modernity. French Impressionism aimed to capture the atmosphere of an instantaneous moment in time.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: FIELD TRIP
Docent-led visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. The museum illuminates Walt’s fascinating life: his tremendous successes as well as his disappointments, and his unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to advance the art of animation. Walt was a risk-taker who influenced popular culture through pioneering animated and live-action films, television programs, theme parks, and other new technologies. His story is told through innovative, interactive galleries. Visitors get to know Walt through early drawings and animation, movies, music, and listening stations featuring his own voice, among others. A 13-foot model of Disneyland as Walt originally envisioned it is a perennial favorite with museumgoers. Located in a historic brick building on the main post of San Francisco’s Presidio, the 40,000-square-foot museum melds history with state-of-the-art technology, including more than 200 video screens sprinkled throughout the galleries.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Free time to socialize with fellow participants.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In this multimedia course we will look at historic, beautiful gardens, the origins of cultivated plants, and the character and persistence of weeds. We will explore the surprising role of the garden in the development of civilization as well as in poetry and visual art, myth, and national economies. We will consider the methods and styles of great garden designers.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: The Search for Life in Space
Is there life on Mars? Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? Today, researchers are aiming for the stars. What are their chances of success, and what implications are there if we do make contact with extra-terrestrials?Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: The Search for Life in SpaceLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
What does gender have to do with what’s funny? “Take my wife. Please.” As Henny Youngman’s famous line points out, it’s a common theory of comedy (thank you, Freud) that one way we use humor is to exploit the anxiety, tension or anger we have about different things. Men making jokes about women, women making jokes about men, and both making jokes about marriage and sex, have been a staple of our comedy diet since the beginning. Take Aristophanes, please. Over 2400 years ago, his plays were filled with comedy about the genders. And those cave drawings in France? What do you think they were talking about? How he won’t take out the garbage and how she put on a couple of extra pounds. Beginning with a short history of how gender has played out in humor, we will discuss the following questions: In what ways do the genders continue to battle out their differences through humor? What is the difference between women’s humor and men’s humor? Why does comedy tend to be so dominated by men? How do things change when a male or female say the same joke? How does “gendered” comedy challenge or uphold the values of the status quo? Employing audio and video examples and lots of jokes, this workshop, promises a lively, provocative and fun discussion.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Men, Women & HumorDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Time to socialize with your fellow participants.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Beginning with "Oklahoma" in 1943, this era spans over 20 years. We will emphasize choreography and the landmark musicals such as "West Side Story," "My Fair Lady" and "Fiddler on the Roof."
Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Golden Age of MusicalsDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: LIVE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENTLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner