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Academic Adventures on San Francisco Bay

Program Number: 15551RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/28/2013 - 3/5/2013; 8/14/2014 - 8/19/2014; 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.


• 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


Courses are The Making of the President:1948 Election, Intriguing Politics of the Supreme Court, Golden Age of Opera, Americans Abroad: The Lure of Paris 1830-1900 and Healthy Aging.
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"Middle East Crisis." "Film Noir." "American Masters: Copland, Gershwin and Bernstein." "Italian Art Tour." "World's Great Religions."
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"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.


"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.


"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."


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


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


"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."


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

Coordinated by Road Scholar.


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.

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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
  Room amenities: Spacious room with 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 hotel for best rates. Call hotel at 650-340-8500 for best available rate at time of program.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for best rates. Call hotel at 650-340-8500 for best available rate at time of program.
  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:
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, February 28)
 Afternoon: 3pm: Program registration; hotel registration; 4:30: Orientation
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7pm: Introductions, social time
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Friday, March 1)
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Healthy Aging
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 12:45-5 Bus trip to Bay Area points of interest TBA
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: The Intriguing Politics Of The Supreme Court: The U.S. Supreme Court is not just nine justices in a lofty tower making monumental decisions. We look at the role of the high court in our political process, discuss the power of the court and how it goes about making its key decisions.
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Saturday, March 2)
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Americans Abroad: The Lure of Paris 1830-1900 Paris was the cultural capital of the world in the 19th century and proved an irresistible magnet for Americans who flocked to the City of Light. In the decades preceding and following the Civil War, hundreds of Americans joined the throngs headed to Paris. This course examines the history of Paris and its lure for expatriates who thrived in the stimulating environment Paris offered and whose experience in Paris transformed the world of art.
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: Intriguing Politics of the Supreme Court
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Sunday, March 3)
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Americans Abroad: The Lure of Paris 1830-1900
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 3-5: Golden Age of Opera; Come listen to the greatest operatic voices from the dawn of recorded sound to the present. From Caruso to Ponselle, Sills and Pavarotti, hear what made these voices so sublime. Plus, you’ll hear fun and dramatic anecdotes about the world of opera!
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: Free Time
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Monday, March 4)
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9-12: Making of the President: 1948 Election
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 3-5: Golden Age of Opera
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7:15-8: Live entertainment
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Tuesday, March 5)
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9-12: Making of the President: 1948 Election
 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
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