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Academic Adventures on San Francisco Bay

Program Number: 15551RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/25/2013 - 7/30/2013; 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.




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

7-25-2013

“Pharaonic Egypt.” “The Constitution Today.” “Swing/Big Band.” “Victorian-Era Art.” “San Francisco in the Movies.”
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



8-14-2014

"Middle East Crisis." "Film Noir." "American Masters: Copland, Gershwin and Bernstein." "Italian Art Tour." "World's Great Religions."
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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.
 
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: The Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront hotel is ideally located just four miles from San Francisco Airport in the contemporary neighborhood of Burlingame, CA, a short drive from downtown San Francisco. The hotel offers inspiring views overlooking San Francisco Bay and nearby there's a scenic walking path where guests can enjoy a stroll along the Bay. Burlingame’s charming downtown shopping and dining district is just minutes away and provides guests with plenty of options for exploring.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html
  Room amenities: The spacious, stylish guest rooms are decorated in all-white linen with honey sycamore wood accentsand furnished with luxurious sheets to create a refreshing, relaxing atmosphere. The bathroom features a generous counter and vanity space decorated in crisp clean accents. Each guest room contains a 42” flat screen HDTV with GuestLink™ system with complimenatry HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. Each room is equipped with a coffee maker and tea service, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, arm chair with ottoman, clock radio with MP3 connection, curved shower rod, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. Guests receive USA daily newspaper delivery Mon-Fri. Guest rooms offer an efficient work-space with an ergonomic desk chair and work desk with adjustable lamp. High-speed internet access is available at a daily rate of $9.95.
  Facility amenities: The charming Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront hotel is a 100% smoke-free hotel. It offers guests many fine amenities including the California culinary-inspired restaurant, Windows on the Bay, which provides sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Guests can also enjoy their favorite cocktail in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel's Lobby Lounge. The hotel features an indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a 24-hour business center. Guests may customize their experience with the GuestLink™ system, which allows them to plug in their iPod, camera or laptop to the in-room system. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame. Wi-Fi INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby area only. High speed Internet access in guest rooms and other areas of the hotel is available at the rate of $9.95 per day.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for current rate. Call hotel for current rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for current rate. Call hotel 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:
Complimentary
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 the highway From the north: Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd. From the south: Take Highway 101 north. Take the Peninsula Ave exit, EXIT 417B. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Turn slightly right to stay on Airport Blvd. Hilton Hotel is on the right at 600 Airport Blvd.
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, July 25)
   
 Afternoon: 3pm: Program registration; hotel registration; 4:30: Orientation
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7pm: Introductions and social time
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Friday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: San Francisco in the Movies: Enjoy The City by the Bay's unusually scenic locations in a wide variety of motion picture genres -- ranging from classic crime featuring Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry, film noir as depicted in the Edmond O'Brien classic thriller D.O.A. and fast-paced swordsmen adventure in Scaramouche, which crazily enough was shot in Golden Gate Park. You'll also see the Golden Gate Bridge in its greatest splendor in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Mel Brooks' High Anxiety. Pass beneath the San Francisco Bay Bridge in a ferryboat in a sequence from Fox's In Love and War. There's also a Dick Tracy action sequence on the Bay Bridge and a horror episode set in Fisherman's Wharf from It Came From Beneath the Sea. Candlestick Park is vividly presented in Blake Edwards' Experiment of Terror. It's so out of control you'll also see Clark Gable in San Francisco as the 1906 earthquake all but sends him into the depths of the bay.
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 12:45-5: Bus trip to San Francisco to see many of the spots highlighted in the San Francisco in the Movies class.
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: The American Constitution: Can It Meet Today's Challenges? America has evolved dramatically since the Founding Fathers drafted the U.S. Constitution. Can this sacred document survive the challenges of the changes of the 21st century and beyond? We look at the evolution of the Constitution.
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Art in the Age of Queen Victoria: The Victorian era was marked by national stability, as Britain enjoyed peace at home and a rise in its industrial output and general level of prosperity. Art prospered during this time and you’ll explore some of the key themes in Victorian art, including Landscape, Narrative, and Realism. You’ll also examine the works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of English artists who took their inspiration from medieval and early Renaissance artists, and study the Aesthetic Movement, which promoted the idea of 'art for art's sake.'
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: The American Constitution: Can It Meet Today's Challenges?
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Sunday, July 28)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Art in the Age of Queen Victoria
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 3-5: Swing/Big Band Jazz: Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Miller and Dorsey, all part of The Big Band Era (1935-1946) brought about the jitterbug craze and made swing big business. This class will compare the styles of these leaders with live and recorded music. We’ll all learn the blues, too.
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: Swing/Big Band Jazz
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Monday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 10-12: Pharaonic Egypt: The Great Dynasties Of Antiquity: Over three millennia, Egypt produced unparalleled achievements in art, architecture, literature and science. Our slide lecture will take us to Egypt's most impressive ages, from the pyramids of Giza to the warrior Pharaohs of Egypt's Middle Kingdom.
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 1:30-3:30: Pharaonic Egypt: The Great Dynasties Of Antiquity
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7:15-8: Live entertainment
   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Tuesday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: San Francisco in the Movies
 Lunch: Noon; Program is over after lunch; Hotel checkout is noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front Trail
Walk along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail adjacent to the bay and the hotel. You will see sweeping views of the South Bay, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda and the San Francisco skyline. For additional information, visit http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
  Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum explores the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society and is home to the largest collection of computing artifacts in the world. Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5; 650-810-1010; 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/
  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with interesting shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. (Courtesy of Filoli.org). Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road. For additional information, visit http://filoli.org/
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum is dedicated to the dreams of flight, looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. Open 10-5 daily; six miles south of hotel at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos; 650-654-0200; take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road. The restoration shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Museum collection includes aircraft exhibits: vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Extensive gift shop. Museum is adjacent to San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/
  NASA Ames Exploration Center
Experience NASA technology and missions first hand; open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, free admission; 650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497; Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, as you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate, The center is on the right, proceed behind the dome for parking. For additional information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html
  San Francisco
Some of the main attractions in America's favorite city include Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill and North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Building and downtown Market Street, the Asian Art Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park with the Japanese Tea Garden and deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral, the Presidio with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center with the SF Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
  Stanford University
Stanford University: Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm. Suggested sights to see: Hoover Tower, Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center and the Hanna Honeycomb House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. For additional information, visit http://www.stanford.edu/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.


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