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Academic Adventures on San Francisco Bay

Program Number: 15551RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/24/2013 - 1/29/2013; 10/16/2014 - 10/21/2014; 10/23/2014 - 10/28/2014; 3/12/2015 - 3/17/2015; 4/23/2015 - 4/28/2015; 5/7/2015 - 5/12/2015; 8/13/2015 - 8/18/2015; 8/20/2015 - 8/25/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Spend five days immersed in five courses covering a broad range of topics. From the serious to the sublime, you will leave this program enlightened and enriched. See date-specific notes for course topics.




Highlights

• Join acclaimed Road Scholar instructors for five days of captivating lectures and presentations.
• Take an excursion by bus to learn about notable landmarks and locations around the Bay Area.
• Enjoy live entertainment on the closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal standing and walking.




Date Specific Information

1-24-2013

Courses are The Life & Times of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Religious Traditions of the West, Classical Music from 1900 to 1945, Art of Eternal Rome and Healthy Aging.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



10-16-2014

"20th Century Presidents." "Music of Mozart." "U.S. Constitution." "As American as Baseball." "Nature and Us." Two field trips: docent-led visit of Filoli, a century old country estate featuring a 16 acre English Renaissance Garden; narrated bus trip to highlights of San Francisco.



10-23-2014

"Presidential Inaugural Addresses." "Music of Beethoven and Bach." "French Impressionism." "Intriguing Politics of the Supreme Court." Two field trips: docent-led visit of the Legion of Honor art museum in San Francisco; narrated bus trip to highlights of San Francisco.



3-12-2015

"Rothmann: Great Speeches of the 20th Century." "The Supreme Court." "Life Was Not Just a Cabaret: Revisiting Weimar Germany." "The Golden Roaring Twenties of Berlin and Chicago." "The Vietnam War and Its Legacy."



4-23-2015

"Rothmann: Middle East Conflict." "Music of Beethoven and Bach." "U.S. Constitution." "Famous Photographers." "The Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.



5-7-2015

"Rothmann: 20th Century Presidents." "The World’s Most Important Archaeological Sites." "Ballets of Stravinsky." "San Francisco History." "World War Two: 70 Years Later."



8-13-2015

"Rothmann: The President and Foreign Policy." "Piano Music of the Romantic Era." "Great American Free Speech Cases." "Great Moments in Photojournalism." "The Cold War: 1946-1989."



8-20-2015

"Middle East Conflict." "Music of Mozart." "Inside the Supreme Court." "History of Art & Architecture." "Protest Movements of the 60s."



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle and City of Burlingame shuttle to charming downtown Burlingame.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Joe Corso

Joe Corso has been sharing his love for Shakespeare and musical theater on Road Scholar programs since 1998. Joined by his wife Barbara for these courses in New York and California, they share their insights into opera and Hollywood operetta, Verdi and Shakespeare, Broadway, the Gershwins and more. Joe wrote librettos for “A shadow of Her Own and Washington: A Man and His Country,” musical plays produced by the New Hyde Park Players in June 1982 and June, 1976, respectively. He was also a member of the “Writing for the Musical Theater" class and workshops for New School for Social Research in New York City from 1976 to 1981.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Marie McNaughton

Marie McNaughton is an independent, interdisciplinary scholar whose devotion to art, architecture, history, literature and music was fired by childhood visits to the museums, public spaces, and culture of San Francisco. She has been a professional writer, editor, photographer, and all-around critic of society and culture since the 1980s. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Humanities from San Francisco State University, where she regularly lectures on cultural production as a means of understanding the human condition. Practiced in exhibit development, interpretation and curation, she has worked with such diverse institutions as the San Francisco Zoological Society, Sonoma County Environmental Discovery Center, San Francisco Police Department, California Homicide Inspectors Association, and the Cotati Historical Society & Museum, of which she is currently president.
 
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.
 
David Large

Having earned his Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley in 1974, David Clay Large has taught at Berkeley, Smith College, Montana State University, and Yale University, where he was also college dean. Presently he is a visiting scholar at the Institute of European Studies at Berkeley. A specialist in the history of modern Germany, he is the author of a dozen books, including "Where Ghosts Walked: Munich’s Road to the Third Reich," "Berlin," "Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936," and "Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games." His current project is a narrative history of the great spa-towns of Central Europe.
 
Larry Prud'homme

Larry Prud’homme was born in Berkeley and raised in the east bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science at U.C. Berkeley and his M.A.and Ph.D. in European history at U.C. Davis. For most of his career, Larry taught history and political science at the college level. Since retiring from full-time teaching at Mendocino College, he continues to teach history part-time to older adults Santa Rosa Junior College and CSU East Bay in Concord. Larry enjoys traveling with his wife, hiking in the Sierra Nevada, running, and foreign films. He is the president of the Rossmoor Trails Club, a hiking club in Walnut Creek.
 
Brian Taylor

A professor of photography at California State University in San Jose, Brian Taylor is known for his innovative explorations of alternative photographic processes including historic 19th Century printing techniques, mixed media, and hand made books. His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad in numerous solo and group shows and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and several others. His photographs have been published in many magazines inlucding American Photographer and Photo Asia, and he has taught photography workshops for over 20 years at institutions including Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon. He received his B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. from Stanford University, and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico.
 
Doug Bailey

Doug Bailey earned his Ph.D. in archaeology from Cambridge University, following a degree in classical archaeology at Dartmouth College. Doug has taught in the UK and the U.S., including a decade at Cardiff University in Wales where he held a personal chair in European prehistory. His primary fieldwork includes excavations of 8000-year old villages of Neolithic Romania, for which the Romanian Ministry of Culture awarded their 2002 Adrian Radulescu Prize for outstanding contribution to Romanian archaeology. Doug has written key works on prehistoric archaeology including “Prehistoric Figurines: Representation and Corporeality,” “Balkan Prehistory,” and “Living Well Together: Sedentism and Mobility.” Doug is a professor of anthropology at San Francisco State University and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Doug has lectured in Europe, America and Asia on topics ranging from his fieldwork to the origins of art and representation.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hotel is located only two miles from San Francisco International Airport. Situated just five minutes from downtown Burlingame, the hotel is near shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Downtown San Francisco is just 30 minutes away.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-garden-inn-san-francisco-airport-burlingame-SFOABGI/index.html
  Room amenities: Spacious room with two double beds, windows that open, flat screen 42-inch HDTV monitor with premium channels, high-speed internet access ($9.95/day), laptop safe, coffee maker with complimentary regular and decaffeinated coffee and tea.
  Facility amenities: Wired or Wifi Internet access, 24-hour business center, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, hotel bar and restaurant included on the premises.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call 650-557-9000. Call Road Scholar at 650-557-9000 for current rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call 650-557-9000. Call Road Scholar at 650-557-9000 for current rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3pm for hotel check-in and program registration. You will be staying at Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
1pm after lunch on closing day. You will be staying at Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
$6 per day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
 
Driving Directions
  From highway. From the San Francisco Airport and from the North: Take Hwy. 101 South, exit on Broadway/Burlingame. Take the second exit as you come off the freeway -- Airport Boulevard/Old Bayshore Highway. Turn right and go east over the Rollins Road overpass (driving over the freeway). Turn right on Old Bayshore Highway. Turn left onto Airport Blvd., then left onto Anza. From the South: Take Hwy. 101 north, exit at Anza Blvd., go straight two blocks to the Embassy Suites. From the East: Take 580 west to 238 to 880 south. Take Hwy. 92 west, and cross the San Mateo Toll Bridge. Take Hwy. 101 north, exit at Anza Blvd., go straight two blocks to the Embassy Suites. By train: Amtrak: 800-872-7245; By bus: Greyhound: 800-231-2222
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Thursday, January 24)
   
 Afternoon: 3pm: Program registration; hotel registration
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7pm: Introductions, social time
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Friday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Art of the Eternal City -- Rome: Some of the world's greatest art resides in Rome, from the time of the Caesars to the Renaissance. We look at the paintings -- Roman wall paintings, the catacombs, Rafael and Michelangelo in the Vatican -- and sculpture and architecture.
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 12:45-5: Bus trip to Bay Area points of interest TBA
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: The Religious Traditions of the West: The worldview of western religious thought will be explored in the religious communities of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While not suggesting any sort of homogenization, these are enormously diverse traditions, each carry common threads of belief and practice. We will attempt to provide a rough and ready morphology for these western religious traditions.
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Saturday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Healthy Aging
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: Religious Traditions of the West
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Sunday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Classical Music from 1900 to 1945: The early 20th century was a time of great social, political, and artistic change. While Europe set the tone early in the century for rebellion against time honored traditions, artists in the United States soon took a leading role in a global artistic evolution. Discussions will focus on developments in classical music in world capitals that include Paris, Vienna, New York, Moscow and Mexico City.
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 1:30-3:30: Classical Music from 1900 to 1945
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Monday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: THE LIFE & TIMES OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT Franklin D. Roosevelt was one of our nation’s greatest presidents. He was the only president elected four times. He served during two epochs in American history, the Depression and World War II and his New Deal changed the face of America. Join us for a compelling examination of the life and times of 32nd President of the United States (1933–1945).
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 1:30-3:30: Art of Eternal Rome
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7:15-8: Live entertainment
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Tuesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Life and Times of FDR
 Lunch: Noon; Program is over after lunch; Hotel checkout is noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front trail
There is the Bay Front trail, excellent for walking or jogging, along San Francisco Bay right in front of the hotel, with fabulous views of the Bay and four-acre park and lagoon. Trail features a small fishing pier at the far end of the hotel's parking lot, for scenic views or angling. Many bird-watching opportunities!
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Six miles from hotel. The museum’s 53,000 sq. ft. complex consists of a main exhibit hall, an entrance atrium, 35-seat theater, 50-seat conference center, and gift shop. The Restoration Shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Collection includes 50 aircraft exhibits: Vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Call for more info, and driving directions, at 650-654-0200, or visit their website. Open 7 days a week. $6 for seniors 65+, $9 for adults under 65. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/
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