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US Foreign Policy for the 21st Century

Program Number: 6881RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Chautauqua, New York
Price starting at: $975.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Political Science; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

In case studies and expert-led discussions, examine the challenges facing U.S. diplomacy and the functions of embassies and consulates, and spend the week with ambassadors and foreign service officers and their spouses in a wonderfully informal and friendly, yet very educational atmosphere. The Chautauqua Institution offers this program with the American Foreign Service Association.




Highlights

• Foreign Service experts share insights on key issues including peace in the Middle East and security in Europe.
• Examine global-stability obstacles posed by developing nations' population growth, poverty and nuclear proliferation.
• Ambassadors and veteran Foreign Service officers discuss America’s professional diplomats, how they assist U.S. citizens and protect U.S. interests in the world.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking through hotel and to meals. Handicap accessible shuttles to classes and entertainment.



Coordinated by the Chautauqua Institution.




Chautauqua

Founded in 1874, the internationally acclaimed Chautauqua Institution offers interactive education in the fine and performing arts, religion, the humanities, and recreation to more than 100,000 annual visitors.



Accommodations
Historic Victorian hotel overlooking scenic lake, swimming pool, fitness center, tennis, golf on property.

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

A retired Foreign Service officer who served six U.S. presidents, Molly Williamson was the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and interim ambassador to Bahrain. She was also Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce responsible for the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania and Africa, and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense responsible for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Molly is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a member of Georgetown University’s MSFS oral boards, and a board member of the American Foreign Service Association and American Academy of Diplomacy.
 
Alphonse La Porta

Ambassador Alphonse La Porta is a managing partner of Trans Pacific Partners, LLC (TPP), a consultancy specializing in business and educational development in Southeast Asia. On behalf of TPP, he provides professional support for military exercises in the Pacific, Europe and Latin America regions and serves as a consultant on civil preparedness and disaster management. He also serves part-time as a shift director for the watch office of the Bureau of Political Military Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. Alphonse has also been the co-chair of the Southeast Asia area studies course at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State and a consultant on Asian affairs. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2003 after 38 years of service in the Department of State. During his time in the Foreign Service, he served as Ambassador to Mongolia and Political Advisor to the Commander of NATO Forces in Southern Europe, Naples, Italy.
 
Richard McKee

Richard McKee has held many roles in the Foreign Service, most recently as executive director of the DACOR Bacon House Foundation in Washington, D.C. He served as a terrorism analyst for the Department of State, a political counselor in Turkey, and director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs. Richard was the U.S. Consul General in Pakistan during the Gulf War, as well as the political counselor in Geneva and Saudi Arabia. He has held numerous foreign service postings in Bolivia, Colombia, India and Pakistan, and has degrees from Cornell University and the University of Illinois. Richard is fluent in several languages, including Arabic, French, Spanish and Turkish.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Athenaeum Hotel
  Chautauqua, NY 5 nights
 Athenaeum Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Historic Victorian hotel circa 1881, overlooking scenic Chautauqua Lake. 156 guest rooms, gourmet buffets for all meals.
  Contact info: 4 South Lake Drive
PO Box 33
Chautauqua, NY 14722 USA
phone: 716-357-4444
web: ciweb.org
  Room amenities: All rooms have heat/AC, TVs, irons/boards, hair dryers, and clock radios.
  Facility amenities: Both main building and annex of hotel have elevators. Computer hook-up and wireless available. Swimming pool, tennis, golf, fitness center all available on property, however, a short distance from hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please call hotel. Based upon availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call hotel. Based upon availability.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Chautauqua Institution - begins with registration from 3-5 PM in Hotel Lobby. You will be staying at Athenaeum Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 1:30 pm after lunch in the Hotel Dining Room. You will be staying at Athenaeum Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chautauqua, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Jamestown, NY
  Nearest highway: I-86 and I-90
  Nearest airport:  Jamestown, NY; Buffalo, NY; Erie, PA
  From End of Program
  Location: Chautauqua, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Buffalo with Road Scholar Transfer included

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
private charter- please book with RS
phone: 877-426-8056
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included in Accommodation Option #1
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

One time pick up at Buffalo Airport at 3:00 on Sunday. Shuttle departs Chautauqua Inst at 12:30 on Friday arriving at the Buffalo airport at approx 2:00 pm Arrange flights accordingly.

 

Buffalo/Erie/Jamestown

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Buffalo Airport Shuttle
phone: 716-685-2550
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$148.00 Buffalo/ 141.90 from Erie/ $50.00 from Jamestown
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours / 45 min/ 20 min 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles/40 miles/15 miles

   

please check with limo company for details

 

Cleveland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Buffalo Aiport Shuttle- call for rttes and reservations
phone: 716-685-2550
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

independent service
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

call for rates.

 

Buffalo/Erie/Jamestown

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Fancee Limo
phone: 800-947-1537
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

140-150. per car can have multiple ppl
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours / 45 min/ 20 min 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles/40 miles/15 miles

   

please check with limo company for details

 
Driving Directions
  Albany and North Take I 90 west toward Erie and exit 60 at Westfield NY. Turn left onto Rte 394 and proceed 11 miles to Chautauqua Institution Main Gate entrance. Follow directional signs to the Athenaeum Hotel.
  Buffalo and East Take I 90 west to exit 60-Westfield, NY. Turn left onto Rte 394 and proceed 11 miles to Cahutauqua Institution Main Gate Entrance. Follow directional signs to Athenaeum Hotel.
  Cleveland, Erie and West Take I 90 east toward Buffalo to exit I 86- exit 37. Proceed 20 miles on I 86 to exit 7 - Rte 33. Exit and turn left heading East-proceed 4 miles to Rte 394. Turn right onto 394 and proceed 1/4 mile to Chautauqua Institution Main Gate Entrance. Follow directional signs to Athenaeum Hotel.
  Pittsburgh and South Take I 79 North to I 90 East through Erie. Follow I 90 to Route I 86 -exit 37. Take I 86 to exit 7- 20 miles. Turn left onto Route 33 off of exit and proceed east to Rte 394. Turn right onto Rte 394 and go 1/4 mile to Chautauqua Institution Main Gate Entrance. Follow directional signs to Athenaeum Hotel.
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: Check-in, Registration, Welcomes and Introductions
(Sunday, October 5)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in and program registration is from 3-5 p.m. followed by a welcome reception, dinner and brief orientation. Groups break out for introductions and detailed information on program and week.
 Dinner: Dinner begins at 6 p.m.
 Evening: Orientation and individual group breakouts begin at 7 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Athenaeum Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Two morning class sessions and one afternoon session. Confirmed instructors for the week are as follows: Amb. Charles A. Ray, Amb. Vicki Huddleston, Amb. Laura Kennedy, Molly Williamson, Amb Richard McKee, & Amb Alphonse LaPorta.
(Monday, October 6)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room from 7-8:15 a.m.
 Morning: Morning class sessions 8:30-10 a.m. and 10:30-12:00 and afternoon session 2-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. No afternoon session on Wednesday and Friday. Each group will rotate through all presentations during the week. Shuttles to and from classes available.
 Lunch: Buffet in the hotel dining room from noon-1:30 p.m.
 Afternoon: Afternoon classes 2-3:30 p.m. Presenters teach both morning and afternoon classes.
 Dinner: Buffet in the hotel dining room from 5:30-7 p.m.
 Evening: Entertainment at 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
   
Accommodations: Athenaeum Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Two morning class sessions and one afternoon session.
(Tuesday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room 7-8:15 a.m.
 Morning: Class sessions run from 8:30-10 and 10:30-12:00.
 Lunch: Buffet in the hotel dining room 12-1:30 p.m.
 Afternoon: Afternoon classes from 2-3:30 p.m.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room from 5:30-7:00 pm
 Evening: Evening entertainment begins at 7:30 pm.
   
Accommodations: Athenaeum Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Two morning sessions
(Wednesday, October 8)

Note: Afternoon: Enjoy free time to for a variety of excursions. Nature walks, history strolls, participate in a scavenger hunt, walk the labyrinth, or just shop a little in the wonderful Chautauqua Bookstore.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room 7-8:15 a.m.
 Morning: Morning classes 8:30-10 a.m. and 10:30-noon.
 Lunch: Buffet in the hotel dining room 12-1:30 p.m.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Buffet in the hotel dining room 5:30-7 p.m.
 Evening: Evening entertainment begins at 7:30 pm.
   
Accommodations: Athenaeum Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Two morning class sessions and one afternoon session
(Thursday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room 7-8:30 a.m.
 Morning: Morning classes from 8:30-10 a.m. and 10:30-noon.
 Lunch: Buffet in the hotel dining room 12-1:30 p.m.
 Afternoon: Afternoon classes 2-3:30 p.m.
 Dinner: Buffet in hotel dining room from 5:30-7 p.m.
 Evening: Evening entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Athenaeum Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: One morning class session with wrap-up panel / Q & A 11:30-12:00.
(Friday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in hotel dining room 7-8:15 a.m.
 Morning: Morning class sessions 8:30-10 a.m. and final panel wrap-up ending at 12 noon.
 Lunch: Buffet in the hotel dining room at noon (or box lunches available if you needed to depart early).
 Afternoon: Departure from Athenaeum Hotel following lunch. Program ends at 1:30 p.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Chautauqua, NY Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau
Phone: 800-242-4569 Golf, tennis, nature walks, swimming, shopping all available. For additional information, visit www.tourchautauqua.com
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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