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
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 hotel
Afternoon: CLASS: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Liberty
This course will examine the enigmatic character of our third president and the role he played in the early years of the Republic. We will first provide the background for Jefferson’s long public career by mapping the key intellectual and political contours of his era, and then explore five major themes that run through his life: his radical revolutionary ideology, his friendships with fellow Founders John Adams and James Madison, his lengthy feud with Alexander Hamilton, his often-contradictory stance on slavery, and finally his equally puzzling and ever-shifting theories on the proper republican approach to the administration of political power. We hope thereby to explicate the endlessly fascinating mind set of an energetic, creative, yet deeply flawed American genius. The course will rest largely on the work of five respected contemporary American scholars of the Revolutionary/Federalist Era: Gordon S. Wood, Joseph P. Ellis, Nancy Isenberg, Andrew Burstein, and Annette Gordon-Reed. But we will also take a retrospective look at an earlier generation of Jefferson admirers: biographers such as Merrill Peterson and Dumas Malone.Dinner: Dinner in hotel
Evening: CLASS: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of LibertyLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Designed between 1915 to 1917 and set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern Santa Cruz mountains, Filoli is an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture. Opened to the public in 1976 as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli features a 36,000-sqare-foot home and a 16-acre English Renaissance Garden. Filoli is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century.
Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: Time to explore downtown Burlingame. Take the complimentary shuttle to
downtown Burlingame to peruse the interesting shops, restaurants, historic train depot and library. Shuttle schedule available at lobby desk. Explore the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia/Classic Toy Museum/Banned Toy Museum—214 California Drive; 650-347-2301; guided visits daily take 45 minutes. Open until 6pm.
Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Time to socialize with your fellow participants.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From talk shows to reality shows, educational to MTV, sitcoms to soap operas, the box has engaged, enraged, enlightened, and delighted us for 60-plus years. We'll see and discuss clips from shows over the decades that have entertained us and influenced our societal values as well.Lunch: In the hotel.Afternoon: CLASS: Music of the Fabulous Fifties
From zoot suits and saddle shoes to sock hops, malt shops and big tail fins we discover how the swing era climaxed, kept swinging and with the help of television became a multi-layered pop culture with the Hit Parade, country music, rhythm and blues, and cool jazz. Enjoy the journey with songs such as I’m Beginning to See the Light, String of Pearls, Harbor Lights, The Tennesee Waltz, All Shook Up, Blueberry Hill, Take Five, Only You and Rock Around the Clock. Includes live and recorded music and video.Dinner: In the hotel.Evening: CLASS: Music of the Fabulous FiftiesLodging: 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. Using actual sound recordings of the 20th century, 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: In the hotel.Afternoon: CLASS: TV or Not TV: The Tube and Popular CultureDinner: In the hotel.Evening: Musical entertainment: Mark Levy
Mark has been performing and singing since birth, according to his mother, a singer of show tunes and opera herself. He sings songs from all over the world, from the American songbook, folk music of many traditions, and accompanies himself on guitar. His travel schedule includes coast to coast tours, Europe and Road Scholar programs in many locations for the past 20 years.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program concludes after lunch. Hotel checkout is by noon.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch