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Program #21427RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
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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.
The shore of sparkling Lake Geneva is the perfect setting for a learning adventure with gifted instructors who are passionate communicators in a fascinating array of topics. Experience programs that are intellectually stimulating but easy on the body and joints. Relax on covered decks with fresh breezes or try out the lakeside walking path.


• 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.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

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

Date Notes
HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE: For better or worse, the Hollywood studio system created some of the best loved films of all time. Study the Big Five studios: MGM, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and RKO, along with the Little Three: Universal, Columbia and United Artists. Learn more about the Hays Production Code, the star system, and antitrust legislation that ushered in the end of vertical integration at the studios and the end of the golden age. Attend a performance of the musical “The Wizard of Oz” at The Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson.5/24/2015
2000 YEARS OF WESTERN CULTURE: Join popular professor Greg Athnos to examine the finest art, music and architecture beginning with the Renaissance and continuing into the 20th century. From the misfit Leonardo da Vinci through the irresistibly modern Baroque painter Rembrandt, the Russian and Norwegian Nationalists, and into the turbulent 20th century with its evolutions and innovations, a passionate and outstanding instructor -- referred to by his students as "the Beethoven of lecturers" leads you on a whirlwind discovery of some of Western culture’s greatest achievements. Attend a performance of the musical “All Shook Up” at The Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson.6/14/2015
EXPLORING CLIMATE CHANGE: GLACIERS, GREENHOUSE GASES AND EXTREME WEATHER: Whether or not you believe in global warming the Earth’s climate is changing, all the time. Wind, ocean currents and solar radiation distribute energy around the globe in a natural process. Discover how this process can be affected by solar flares, continental drift, volcanic eruptions, and human activities. Discuss the Little Ice Age, holes in the Ozone and the loss of glacial ice. How will this affect our climate in the future? Attend a performance of the musical “Guys on Ice” at The Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson.8/9/2015
AMERICANA: Take a nostalgic journey and rediscover the places, faces and music of America. After World War II, the car culture and greater leisure time made it possible for people to travel further and see more places. Explore Route 66, the National Parks and drive in theaters. Talk about the writers who were able to capture the spirit of America from sea to shining sea. Listen to folk, jazz and bluegrass. Share your own thoughts on Americana; is it baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet? Attend a performance of the musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes” at The Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson.9/13/2015
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; discuss the successes and challenges. Learn more about the Red Scare and Sen. Joe McCarthy. It was the golden age of television and the beginning of rock-n-roll. Attend a performance of “October Sky” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Illinois.9/27/2015
DUOS: COMEDY TEAMS, POLITICAL COUPLES AND MUSICAL PARTNERS: Join us for a week devoted to twosomes. Learn more about comedy teams like Burns and Allen and discuss who was the better “straight man” and “comedian.” Watch some classic routines. Delve into the public and personal lives of famous couples who occupied the White House. John and Abigail Adams’ lives were quite different from those of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Explore Broadway composing teams like Rodgers and Hart. These sometime volatile partnerships produced some of the best loved musicals of all time. Attend a performance of “West Side Story” at The Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson.10/25/2015
GREAT MOMENTS IN WESTERN ART AND MUSIC: Esteemed professor Greg Athnos joins us a second time this year to lead a week-long program of some of his favorite lectures from the last 39 years teaching for Road Scholar. Beginning with the tomb paintings in the Catacombs of Rome and continuing through the Cathedrals of France, the Genius of the Renaissance, the rise of modern music in the Baroque, the classical genius Mozart, Beethoven’s ‘picture of the French Revolution’, the Romantics Schubert and Chopin, with the week concluding with the Impressionists Monet and Debussy. Attend a performance of the musical “A Wonderful Life” at The Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson.

Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.

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


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