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: The Lodge at TiburonMeals Included: 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: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: EXCURSION: Docent-led visit of the China Cabin
The China Cabin is the Social Saloon from the S.S. China, a side-wheeled steamer built in 1866 by the William H. Webb shipyard in New York. Commissioned by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, the China carried mail and passengers from its home port of San Francisco to Asia. The elegant room was salvaged when the ship became obsolete in 1879 and was burned for scrap metal in Tiburon Cove. The Landmarks Society has restored the interior with 22k gold leaf, walnut woodwork, cut-glass floral window panes, and brass chandeliers. The China Cabin was designated a National Maritime Monument in 1978. (Courtesy of the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society)
Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Jews, Baseball & the American Experience
Over 17,000 players have appeared in Major League baseball games over the years, and of that total, 164 have been Jewish. Their impact on the game has been out of proportion to their numbers. This course will examine the contributions Jewish athletes have made to our National Pastime, from the early pioneers like Lipman Pike and Moses Solomon (the “Rabbi of Swat”) through the heroics of Hank Greenberg, Al Rosen, and Sandy Koufax to contemporary stars like Ryan Braun and Kevin Youkilis. We will demonstrate how these athletes had to struggle with appalling discrimination and harassment to overcome prejudicial ethnic stereotypes to win their right to compete. We will also explore the conundrums these players faced as they wrestled with their consciences over such issues as whether to play on Jewish holidays, “Americanize” their names to gain easier acceptance, and how to respond appropriately to fans’ obscenities and ethnic slurs. We will see that the experience of Jewish ballplayers mirrored that of most immigrants in the fight to win a fair place in American society. We will analyze the cultural environment for Jewish ballplayers in early 20th century professional baseball, which ran the gamut from reasonably open acceptance in New York City to the rabidly anti-Semitic atmosphere of Henry Ford-era Detroit. We will also provide an in-depth look at the career of Tiger slugger Hank Greenberg, “the Hebrew Hammer,” who played during the 1930s as Hitler was establishing power in Germany, and who regarded every homer he hit as a personal repudiation of Nazi racial theory. Students will see rare filmed interviews with Greenberg, who became one of the first players in Major League Baseball to volunteer for military service during World War II. We will delve into the careers of Al Rosen, Dodger Superstar Sandy Koufax, and current Jewish players such as Ryan Braun, Most Valuable Player in the National League in 2011.Lodging: The Lodge at TiburonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The story is full of intrigue and mystery, genius and deception, beauty and despair. The drama beings in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, visits Los Angeles and our Supreme Court before ending in New York City: Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer – he, the notorious artist with more women than you can count and she, the beautiful, seductive Jewish Viennese salon hostess. The painting became an emblematic portrait of its time. We will unravel the culture, hypocrisy and anti-Semitism of Vienna,
all the while appreciating the art of Gustav Klimt and the problems of Austrian/Nazi post World War II restitution. In preparation, Dr. Bisno suggests you read Anne-Marie O’Connor’s book, The Lady in Gold.
Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: The Jewish Contribution to the American Musical
The musical is America's voice to the world and most of the individuals who contributed to its formation and growth are Jewish. We trace musical theater from the Yiddish Theater through Webber and Fields and up to the present day.
Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: The Jewish Contribution to the American MusicalLodging: The Lodge at TiburonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History
This exhibition explores and celebrates the kibbutz as it starts its second century, focusing on the growth and development of these unique communities which helped create the infrastructure and culture of the State of Israel, and which are now transforming themselves as Israel becomes increasingly urban and capitalistic. The influence of the kibbutz on national and Bay Area culture—including many summer camps, youth movements, and “intentional communities”—is also addressed.
Jason Lazarus: Live Archive
Rising star and Jewish artist, Jason Lazarus has his first West Coast museum exhibition. Live Archive explores collective public archives, personal memory, and the role of photography and collecting in contemporary art and identity. Chicago-based Lazarus is known for using both traditionally developed photography and found and solicited images and texts in collaborative installations and innovative crowd-sourced, online community projects. Lazarus’ work simultaneously directs attention inward toward the personal and outward toward the historical. The three main aspects of the exhibition map onto three key elements of the Jewish experience: memory, prophecy, and learning.
Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel
This exhibition celebrates the art of Arnold Lobel (1933–1987), author and illustrator of some of the most beloved children’s books produced since the late 1960s. Included among these are his Frog and Toad series, Mouse Soup, and Fables, which was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal.. Creating a magical world animated by a talking frog, a toad, an owl, mice, kangaroos, and other colorful creatures, Lobel subtly reflects upon human foibles in his charmingly rendered stories and illustrations.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Live Musical EntertainmentLodging: The Lodge at TiburonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program is concluded after lunch; hotel checkout is by noon.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch