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Program #21427RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Nestled on the shore of a sparkling lake you’ll find the perfect setting for learning with gifted instructors who are passionate communicators, comfortable accommodations for reflecting on new ideas and satisfying meals shared with new friends. These programs are intellectually stimulating but easy on the body and joints. Enjoy covered decks with fresh breezes or get out on the lakeside walking path for even more activity. As a special highlight, attend a cultural event. See our date-specific details for specific course descriptions to find the learning adventure that's right for you!


• Enjoy courses in history, music, politics, literature and biographies of people who have changed our world.
• Absorb stimulating information, rethink old ideas and gain new perspectives.
• As a special highlight, attend a cultural event.

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Minimal walking required; participants are welcome to explore nature paths or lakefront.

Date Notes
EXPLORING AMERICA DURING THE 1950s: In the early 1950s the United States was riding a wave of post-war prosperity, a Baby Boom had taken hold and the crooners ruled the radio; but change was in the air. By decade’s end the U.S. would be entrenched in the Cold War and Space Race. Compare the presidencies of Truman and Eisenhower. Learn more about the Marshall Plan, the Iron Curtain, atomic bomb testing and McCarthyism. Rock-n-Roll appeared in the mid-'50s with stars like Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. Wrap up with a look at the golden age of television. Attend a performance of “Smokey Joe’s Café” at The Fireside Theater.8/24/2014
EXPLORING AMERICA DURING THE 1940s: Survey this remarkable decade from distinct perspectives. Consider the presidencies and policies of Roosevelt and Truman, through the end of the Great Depression, into the war years and by decade’s end a new era of prosperity. Discuss the food and fashion of the age, when sauerkraut became Liberty Cabbage and Hollywood stars sold war bonds at the Stage Door Canteen. Explore the musicals of composer Leonard Bernstein such as “West Side Story” and “On The Town.” Delve into the era of the big band, from Duke Ellington to Glenn Miller. Attend a performance of “On The Town” at The Marriott Lincolnshire Theater.9/22/2014
TURNING POINTS: THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: Like revolutions in the past, the Industrial Revolution was one of great upheaval and change. Supporters praised the modern factories and new wealth that was created. Critics pointed to the thousands that became destitute after moving to the cities. Explore this time period by looking at the historical record and learn about the factors that gave rise to technological advances. Discuss writers like Mark Twain who gave voice to those seeking social justice. Look at musicals that used this time period for dramatic inspiration. Attend a performance of “Les Miserables” at The Fireside Theatre.10/12/2014
PARIS: HERITAGE AND HISTORY IN THE CITY OF LIGHT: Explore Paris during the time of Victor Hugo. Take a closer look at urban planning and the work done by Haussmann to level entire blocks of narrow medieval streets in order to create wide avenues and new buildings. It was beautiful, yes, but harder for revolutionaries to build barricades and easier for the military to move troops and canon. Delve into economics and the thousands of workers who migrated from the countryside to the city to work in the factories. Some were able to support themselves and their families, but many faced starvation, poverty and violence. Discuss Hugo’s novel and its themes of revolution, justice and redemption. Attend a performance of “Les Miserables” at The Fireside Theatre.3/23/2015
INSIDE THE OFFICE OF THE U.S. PRESIDENT: Often called the most powerful person in the world, the U.S. President’s role has evolved significantly from the one stated in Article II of the Constitution. Explore the President’s role as Commander-in-Chief with noteworthy events related to declaring war and making peace. Discuss foreign policy success and challenges. Learn more about the Electoral College and interesting election results among other topics. Attend a world premiere performance of the new play “Five Presidents” at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in Milwaukee.5/3/2015
PIRATES, PRIVATEERS AND BUCCANEERS: Why do we romanticize and idolize pirates? They aren’t very nice people. Then why do we dress as pirates and watch pirate movies? Explore the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean, along the lines of Jack Sparrow. Learn more about famous female pirates like Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Study the pirate genre in film with swashbucklers Errol Flynn and Maureen O’Hara and in music with works by Berlioz and Bellini. Attend a performance of the play “Peter and the Star Catcher” at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in Milwaukee.

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4 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Performances


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