Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (located inside the Road Scholar 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: At 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 3-course dinner buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea; other beverages available for purchase in the hotel bar.Evening: 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
The daily breakfast buffet includes eggs, oatmeal, fruit, bread, orange juice, grapefruit juice, coffee and hot tea.Morning: Rothmann: The American Vice Presidency
The vice presidency is not a joke. It is an important position in American political life.Lunch: At the hotel
Enjoy a 3-course lunch buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.Afternoon: 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: At the hotel
Enjoy a 3-course dinner buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: American Short Story Masters: Malamud, Updike, O'Connor, and Carver
The short story form has been somewhat neglected in critical considerations of American literature in the second half of the 20th Century but now is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. These four iconic authors, each with a distinctive style and employing diverse American idioms of locale, are now receiving renewed critical acclaim for their short stories that uncover the full range of the human condition. From Malamud's Yiddish inflected New York Jews, to Updike's East Coast Wasp suburbanites, to O'Connor's gothic Southerners, to Carver's starkly drawn working class West Coast drifters, we will enjoy a great range of themes and surprising outcomes. Together, they reveal the essence of the American character and its sometimes dark moral center but they also provide moments of grace.Lodging: The Lodge at TiburonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy a 3-course lunch buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.Afternoon: Italian Art Tour
From Titian to Michelangelo, from the Renaissance to Baroque, we take a tour of the stunning art of Northern Italy. The masterpieces, monuments and churches will be placed in cultural and historical perspective.Dinner: At the hotel
Enjoy a 3-course dinner buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Time to socialize with fellow participants.Lodging: The Lodge at TiburonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Bomb’s Early Light
For most people, the Atomic Age dawned 70 years ago in 1945 when atomic weapons were first used against Japan to bring World War II to a sudden and cataclysmic end. In reality, it began years earlier in research labs in several countries where some of the world’s most brilliant scientists worked to explore the implications of recent discoveries about the nature of the atom. The remarkable story of those scientists, their exile from Nazi-occupied Europe and their contributions to the top-secret wartime Manhattan project to build the first bombs will be discussed. We will also examine the bomb’s postwar consequences for American politics and culture in the context of the emerging Cold War, the creation of the Soviet bomb, and ultimately the building and testing of the hydrogen bomb.Lunch: At the hotel
Enjoy a 3-course lunch buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.Afternoon: Time to explore the Bay Area. Many suggestions will be provided.Dinner: At the hotel
Enjoy a 3-course dinner buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: American Short Story Masters: Malamud, Updike, O'Connor, and Carver, Part 2Lodging: The Lodge at TiburonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Buck Institute is the nation’s first independent research facility focused solely on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease. The mission is to increase the healthy years of life. Scientists work in a collaborative environment to understand how normal aging contributes to the development of conditions specifically associated with getting older such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma. The interdisciplinary approach brings scientists from many fields together to develop diagnostic tests and treatments to prevent or delay these diseases. For example, scientists studying breast cancer are collaborating with researchers examining aging and nutrition while Parkinson’s disease is being studied in three different model organisms.
Because architect I.M. Pei believed in the mission of the Institute, he responded submitted a proposal to design the research facility. Pei's trademark use of varied geometric elements and floating staircases are featured throughout both the administrative and research buildings. The Institute atrium is accentuated by a 75 foot-high skylight, similar to the Louvre Museum pyramid in Paris, which Pei also designed. Floor to ceiling windows in the atria of both buildings offer beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. (Courtesy of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging)Lunch: At the hotel
Enjoy a 3-course lunch buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.Afternoon: Italian Art Tour, Part 2Dinner: At the hotel
Enjoy a 3-course dinner buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Musical Entertainment: TBALodging: The Lodge at TiburonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The 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