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Program #15551RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Michael Graham

A professor of political science at San Francisco State University, Dr. Michael Graham has taught at numerous educational institutions including Oklahoma State University, U.C. Santa Barbara, Northwestern University and Loyola University of Chicago. His major research and teaching interests are in the fields of public law and American political institutions. Dr. Graham holds a Ph.D. in political science from U.S. Santa Barbara.

Richard Aldag

Richard Aldag is an active composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by numerous symphonies, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. He served as executive director of the Napa Valley Symphony from 2006-2012, and prior to this, served as executive director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, Richard has served on the faculties of several schools, including Fordham University and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. She has taught art history courses at Sonoma State University, Dominican University and the College of Marin. Currently, she guest lectures at Dominican University and the College of Marin.

Mark Levy

Mark Levy has performed and taught around the country for 30 years at synagogues, Jewish community centers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad as a singer and lecturer who specializes in traditional Judaic folk music, Jewish humor, and Klezmer history and theory. “Nu, You Think That's Funny?” was developed in a Catskill hotel one summer and includes jokes, film and audio clips that chronicle 100 years of Jewish jokesters.

Michael Graham

A professor of political science at San Francisco State University, Dr. Michael Graham has taught at numerous educational institutions including Oklahoma State University, U.C. Santa Barbara, Northwestern University and Loyola University of Chicago. His major research and teaching interests are in the fields of public law and American political institutions. Dr. Graham holds a Ph.D. in political science from U.S. Santa Barbara.

Richard Aldag

Richard Aldag is an active composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by numerous symphonies, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. He served as executive director of the Napa Valley Symphony from 2006-2012, and prior to this, served as executive director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, Richard has served on the faculties of several schools, including Fordham University and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Bonnie Weiss

Bonnie Weiss has served as writer, producer and director for ten Bay Area cabaret shows, including producing the work of Stephen Sondheim. She holds a bachelor’s in theater education and is founder and president of Musical Theater Lovers United, a club for Broadway and Hollywood music buffs. She currently teaches musical theater history and appreciation at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and writes for Stage Directions, a magazine for theater educators, and for The Sondheim Review.

Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. She has taught art history courses at Sonoma State University, Dominican University and the College of Marin. Currently, she guest lectures at Dominican University and the College of Marin.

John Rothmann

Regarded as a scholar or modern Republicanism, John Rothmann is a political and foreign policy consultant who specializes in issues of the U.S., Middle East and former Soviet Union. Among his many roles, he has served as director of the Nixon Collection at Whittier College, as chief of staff to Senator Milton Marks and as field representative to Senator Quentin Kopp. John has spoken at numerous campuses in the U.S., Canada and Israel, and taught at the University of San Francisco. He is the co-author of the books “Harold E. Stassen: The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican” and “Icon Of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam.”

Dr. Seth Shostak

Seth Shostak is the senior astronomer at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestial Intelligence) Institute. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and currently hosts the SETI Institute’s science radio show, “Big Picture Science.” He is the author of “Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.” Seth holds a degree in physics from Princeton and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.

Jerry Frohmader

Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator, whose compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. As assistant dean in the School of Music at the California Institute of Arts, Jerry composed a musical score for the opera "Victory Over the Sun" by Malevich. As a musician, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and has been featured on the ABC News, CNN Travel and the PBS program SPARK.

Sue Lombardi

Susanna Lombardi is an art historian and educator whose career in college teaching spanned over 25 years. In addition to her role as a faculty member at Dominican College, she served as the associate director of the graduate humanities program. She completed her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of the book, "Behold!"

James Dalessandro

James Dalessandro has written more than 20 feature film and television scripts, including the movie adaptation of his best selling novel, “1906,” for Warner Brothers, and the Hallmark movie, “Citizen Jane,” based on his true crime book. He is the writer and director of the award- winning documentary film, “The Damnedest Finest Ruins,” and the writer and executive producer of, “Petrosino,” an upcoming 10-hour mini series based on his Playboy article and upcoming book. He is the principal Road Scholar lecturer in his adopted home of San Francisco where he screens, “The Damnedest Finest Ruins,” and lectures on subjects ranging from the founding of San Francisco the Transcontinental Railroad, Old Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge to the history of its artists: Mark Twain, Jack London, Isadora Duncan and the Beat Generation.

William Turner

William Bennett Turner is a lawyer who specialized in unusual litigation, including constitutional law. He argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court (including two First Amendment cases), handled dozens of appeals, and served as counsel in many notable state and federal trials. For the past 24 years, he has taught courses on the First Amendment and the press at UC Berkeley, first in the Graduate School of Journalism and then in the undergraduate Media Studies major. He graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1963 and, after a Fulbright fellowship in comparative law, practiced law in New York, did civil rights cases in the South, returned to Harvard to teach in 1977, founded his own firm in 1978, and practiced in San Francisco through 2008. He served for several years as Legal Affairs Correspondent for KQED television, including on the PBS “We the People” series on the bicentennial of the Constitution.

Bruce Bramlett

Rev. Bruce Bramlett is an ordained Episcopal priest, Christian scholar and activist on several social issues. He received his theological education at Union Theological Seminary in New York and his Masters of Divinity degree at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. Rev. Bramlett has also pursued advanced studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Holocaust Studies, Jewish-Christian history and Post-Holocaust Christian theology. Rev. Bramlett has been a frequent lecturer in synagogues and churches on issues of Jewish history, Christian theology, Holocaust studies, Jewish and Christian history, antisemitism and Israeli and Palestinian relations. He was the Program Coordinator for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Critical Thinking for the Silicon Valley FACES in San Jose, and is now the Associate Director for the Helen and Joe Farkas Holocaust Studies Center at Mercy High School in San Francisco.

Leslie Friedman

A scholar of history and the arts, Dr. Leslie Friedman is as well known for her academic achievements as she is for being an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer. After receiving her Ph.D. in history from Stanford and her A.B. from Vassar, she was named a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of London. Dr. Friedman has taught history at schools including Stanford and Vassar, and her writing has been published world wide. Dr. Friedman also received the first Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for International Dance Scholarship, and was a Fellow at The Alden Dow Creativity Center. She was selected by The State Department as the first American to perform with joint U.S./host country sponsorship in many nations, including the USSR and China. She is artistic director of San Francisco’s The Lively Foundation, and co-editor of The Hedgehog, the international arts review.

Marty Carcieri

Marty Carcieri is a tenured associate professor of political science, specializing in constitutional law and political theory. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Cal State Los Angeles, a J.D. from UC Hastings, and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara. He taught previously at the University of North Florida and the University of Tennessee. Marty teaches undergraduate courses in American political theory, legal issues, constitutional law, and jurisprudence, as well as graduate seminars on the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the judicial process, the U.S. drug war, and John Rawls. His work has been cited in four state appellate court decisions and in amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in four landmark cases.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Performances

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