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Humanism: An Ethical World View

Program Number: 17895RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/20/2013 - 10/25/2013; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Dover, Vermont
Price starting at: $685.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Philosophy & Religion
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Many people know humanism only for what it rejects — religious dogma and the supernatural. But what is this world view with roots reaching back to Ancient Greece really all about? Discuss issues and ideas both historic and modern as you examine the great questions of life and the answers humanism provides. Find out what humanism has to say when it comes to civil liberties, religious freedom, feminism, racism and more.




Highlights

• How do humans develop morals? Logic? Creativity? Address these big questions and more in expert lectures and lively discussions.
• Explore the ideas of modern-day humanists like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet and Sam Harris.
• Enjoy optional expert-led nature walks near the base of Mount Snow.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program. Optional, slow-paced nature walks.




West Dover

One of the state’s most historic and scenic areas, the village of West Dover attracts visitors wishing to explore its well-preserved early 19th-century buildings, as well as to savor the stunning vistas of Mount Snow and the verdant Green Mountains.



Accommodations
Family-owned inn with outdoor hot tub and heated swimming pool.

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

Fred Edwords is recognized as an outstanding leader in the community of reason. He began his humanist activism in 1977 as vice president of the Humanist Association of San Diego, eventually serving as president. He then served for 15 years as the executive director of the American Humanist Association, and for 12 years as editor of the Humanist magazine. Fred was the first president of Camp Quest, a summer camp for freethinking children. He has also served on the boards of the International Humanist and Ethical Union and the National Center for Science Education, and is a member of the Broader Social Impacts Committee for the Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Fred continues as an advisor to the Secular Student Alliance, as a humanist celebrant in the Humanist Society, and as national director of the International Darwin Day Foundation.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Gray Ghost Inn
  West Dover 5 nights
 The Gray Ghost Inn
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: The Gray Ghost Inn is a country inn owner operated with a focus on individual service and personal attention.
  Contact info: 290 Route 100
West Dover, VT 05356 USA
phone: 800-745-3615 xor8024642474
web: www.grayghostinn.com
  Room amenities: All rooms have private bath and moderate furnishings.
  Facility amenities: Several decks an porches for participants to enjoy as well as an outdoor hot tub and swimming pool. The Inn also features a large game room with a pool table and ping pong along with other entertainment. There is free Wi-Fi through out the Inn.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $69 single $98 double Rate includes full breakfast cooked to order served with a smile.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $69 single $98 double Rate includes full breakfast cooked to order served with a smile.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:00 pm You will be staying at The Gray Ghost Inn that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 am You will be staying at The Gray Ghost Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Yes, and Included.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Dover
  Nearest city or town:  Wilmington
  Nearest highway: Interstate 91
  Nearest airport:  Hartford, CT
  From End of Program
  Location: West Dover
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hartford CT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Valley Cab
phone: 802-348-7827

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$160
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 40minutes 

 

Distance:

 

98.5

 

Boston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Valley Cab
phone: 802-348-7827
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$280
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours To the Gray Ghost Inn 

   

Price is for the drive and not per person

 

Albany, NY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Valley Cab
phone: 802-348-7827
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$160
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

I hour 40 minutes 

   

price is for the drive and not per person

 

Brattleboro, VT

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Valley Cab
phone: 802-348-7827
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

27 miles

 
Driving Directions
  Boston Interstate 90 to I-91 north upon entering Vermont take Exit 2 to 9 west to the town of Wilmington. In Wilmington turn left on Route 100 North 7.5miles To the Gray Ghost Inn
  Montreal, Quebec Take I-89 South to White River Junction, VT. Merge onto I-91 South at White River Junction and continue toward Brattleboro. At Brattleboro, take Exit 2 to Route 9 West/Western Avenue. Turn right onto Route 9 West and follow to Wilmington. Turn right onto Route 100 in Wilmington. The Gray Ghost Inn is located 8 miles north on the right hand side. You will see our sign and the parking lot.
  New York City Interstate 87 to Albany/Troy take 787 to Route 7 East turns to 9 east in VT. Take 9 east to Wilmington VT turn right on Route 100 north 7.5miles to the Gray Ghost Inn.
Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes for the pleasure walks.
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: Welcome To The Program
(Sunday, October 20)
   
 Arrive To: First floor reception area
 Dinner: Plated dinner in main dining room. Meet your fellow attendees.
 Evening: Orientation will take place in main dining room.
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction To Humanism
(Monday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is cooked to order for that personal touch, served in the main dining room.
 Morning: The History of Humanism (2 hrs) Classical Greece, the Renaissance, Enlightenment, to modern day.
 Lunch: A light plated lunch will be provided in the restaurant dining room.
 Afternoon: Humanist Philosophy and the Spectrum of Humanist Thought (2 hrs) Definitions of humanism and the perspective of various humanist groups
 Dinner: Dinner is served in the main dining room of the the Inn. This will be a plated dinner with selections made from the first night.
 Evening: This evening will be filled with discussion of today's topics and introduction to further readings and discussion of material available.
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Four Horsemen, Modern Freethinkers
(Tuesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is cooked to order for that personal touch, served in the main dining room.
 Morning: The Four Horseman – Dawkins, Dennet, Harris, Hitchens. The new spokespersons for secularism. Brief coffee break during this presentation.
 Lunch: Served in restaurant dining room on same floor
 Afternoon: Ethics and Moral Development (2hrs) Being human and understanding how we develop morals and values as well as evaluating ethical theories and looking at the roots of religion in human behavior.
 Dinner: Served in main dining room
 Evening: After dinner a recap of the days exciting material. Inn-house entertainment provided by Jay McMahon, Magical Entertainment soliciting viewers participation.
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Critical Thinking And Science of Humanism.
(Wednesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is cooked to order for that personal touch, served in the main dining room.
 Morning: Humanist Tools and Methods - Critical Thinking (2hrs) How do you know you know? Reason, logic, truth, facts, reality, and their use and abuse.
 Lunch: Served in the restaurant on the same level
 Lunch: Humanist Tools and Methods - Science (2hrs) Historical and conceptual interrelations of science, religion and humanism, scientific methods, science and technology of the inanimate and living worlds, and understanding observation, description, classification and explanation
 Dinner: Previously made dinner choices served.
 Evening: Recapping the experiences of the day and looking at how your environment is affected. Guided evening stroll to the base of Mount Snow with emphasis on nature scenery.
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Humanist Tools And Their Application to Contemporary Issues
(Thursday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is cooked to order for that personal touch, served in the main dining room.
 Morning: Humanist Tools and Methods Aesthetics (2hrs) Creativity and being human, acknowledging our emotional lives, aesthetic experience as a major vehicle for enhancing life, and the arts as protest, transformation and transcendence.
 Lunch: Served in the main dining room.
 Afternoon: Applying Humanism to Contemporary Issues (2hrs) Social, economic and political issues seen through a humanist lens. Examining threats to our civil liberties and religious freedom, looking at feminism, racism, postmodernism and ethnic bias, searching for ways to have just economic and effective politics, and working on how to solve environmental and global issues.
 Dinner: Served in main dining room
 Evening: Further reading discussed and introduction to other authors, as well as a fresh air walk for those who that desire.
   
Accommodations: The Gray Ghost Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Reason And Accountability, The Way To Live.
(Friday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Served in main dining room
 Morning: Thank you and farewell. "Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



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