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The Chautauqua Experience in Fall and Spring

Founded in 1874, the Chautauqua Institution is an enduring celebration of art, history and culture. Join us for an enriching adventure of classes, lectures and expert-led excursions.
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Program No. 1713RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,239
New York

The Chautauqua Experience in Fall and Spring

Founded in 1874, the Chautauqua Institution is an enduring celebration of art, history and culture. Join us for an enriching adventure of classes, lectures and expert-led excursions.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,239
Program No. 1713 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

May 15 - May 20, 2022
No transfer 1,239
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,339
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
No transfer 1,239
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,339
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
No transfer 1,239
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,339

DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

May 15 - May 20, 2022
No transfer 1,339
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,439
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
No transfer 1,339
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,439
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
No transfer 1,339
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,439

At a Glance

Since it began as an educational experiment in 1874, Chautauqua Institution has grown into a mecca for lifelong learners. Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York, the Chautauqua Institution is known for its bustling summer season. This unique Chautauqua experience takes place in “off-season” of fall and spring, and it lets you and your fellow Road Scholars get the grounds mostly to yourself. Enjoy exclusive Road Scholar courses while staying on the institution’s peaceful, scenic grounds. During your stay, explore exciting themes such as art, music, literature, science, politics, religion and more. Get ready for the educational opportunity of a lifetime!
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking through hotel and to meals. Shuttle service to classes and entertainment.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Participate in a variety of stimulating classes and lively lectures with distinguished experts.
  • In the afternoons, pick from a range of activities like nature walks, yoga or a discussion with a political analyst or scientist.
  • Relish in evening entertainment such as jazz and classical performances, improv comedy, a cappella choirs and more!

General Notes

Please check back around 3 months prior to the start of your program for a list of topics and instructors. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Airport transfer at added cost.
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Kaye Lindauer
Kaye has studied and taught psychology, literature and theology over the past 45 years. She focuses on combining these disciplines in order to bring new dimensions of understanding to the world's great stories (mythology, fairy tales, bible stories). For more than 30 years, Kaye Lindauer taught graduate and adult education courses in storytelling and literature at Syracuse University. Kaye continues to conduct weekend retreats for adults in storytelling and personal development, freelance storytelling, conference speaking and instructing for adult education programs.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Kaye has studied and taught psychology, literature and theology over the past 45 years. She focuses on combining these disciplines in order to bring new dimensions of understanding to the world's great stories (mythology, fairy tales, bible stories). For more than 30 years, Kaye Lindauer taught graduate and adult education courses in storytelling and literature at Syracuse University. Kaye continues to conduct weekend retreats for adults in storytelling and personal development, freelance storytelling, conference speaking and instructing for adult education programs.
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Carol Crolle is a retired teacher who specialized in Gifted and Talented Education. Employed by the U.S. Department of Education as a tester, Carol works during the Chautauqua summer season in the Welcome and Information Center. She has been a colorful Road Scholar Group Leader for several years.
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Suzanne Aldrich is a year-round resident of the Chautauqua area. An affable and skilled Group Leader, she is a board member of the Chautauqua Bird Tree & Garden Club. Suzanne has been an executive in the Girl Scouts organization and served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and Germany.
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Greg earned his doctorate at Pennsylvania State University. He was a nominee for best teacher in America by the Disney Corporation in 2002 and, in July 2009, he presented four lectures at Penn State on U.S. foreign policy. Greg has been interviewed numerous times on local radio and television, and authored an article published in Education Magazine. He has been teaching with Road Scholar at Chautauqua for many years, and remains one of our most popular lecturers.
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Denise Hanlon View biography
Denise Hanlon is a resident of Buffalo, where she was employed as a professor of nursing at the University of Buffalo. During free time for Road Scholars at Chautauqua, she teaches the Chinese character-and-symbol game of mahjong. She is an illuminating and affable Group Leader.
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For five generations, Sylvia Faust’s family has been escaping to the shores of Lake Chautauqua for summer vacations. Sylvia is now a permanent Chautauqua resident and has served on the Chautauqua Board of Trustees. She is a habitat worker both here and abroad and has taught as a special education teacher. Sylvia is a snowbird and spends her winters in Florida where she has worked as a tax preparer for 30 years. She is the proud mother of two children and grandmother to five grandchildren.
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David is the Minister of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown and a retired private school educator. He previously held several roles at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts. He received his degree in international affairs from Lafayette College in 1978. He began his teaching career in 1984 at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. After four years, he moved to Madrid to teach English as a second language. He returned to teach in Washington, DC before moving on to Tabor.
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Philip A. Shull retired in 2016 after 31 years with the Foreign Agricultural Service. His interest in food security and international relations was sparked as a boy living in India where he saw severe malnutrition. Mr. Shull's work maximizing exports of U.S. food and agricultural products and promoting global food security included trade negotiations, capacity building, food safety, biotechnology, marketing and promotion, scientific exchange, and economic analysis. His overseas assignments included Korea, Argentina (including Uruguay and Paraguay), Hong Kong, Philippines, and three postings to China.
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Chautauqua, NY
D
Athenaeum Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in is available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. We will gather for a welcome reception before dinner.

Dinner: In the Athenaeum Dining Room, our buffet offers choices such as beef, poultry, a fish selection, a variety of vegetables and salads, as well as breads and desserts. Beverage choices include milk, coffee, iced tea and lemonade; beer and wine available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. We will then divide into smaller groups for introductions and more detailed information about the program and our group schedules. Morning class sessions are from 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:30-12:00 p.m. Afternoon sessions are 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. (No afternoon sessions on Wednesday and Friday.) Each group will rotate through all the scheduled presentations. Shuttles are available to and from classes. Time has been reserved in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. Please note that indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Two Morning Classes, One Afternoon Class
Chautauqua, NY
B,L,D
Athenaeum Hotel

Activity note: This is a representative schedule. Each group will rotate through all the scheduled presentations.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the extensive buffet breakfast includes hot and cold cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, egg dishes, pancakes or French toast, breakfast potatoes, a choice of meats, and an assortment of breads and pastries.

Morning: Two Morning Classes: 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:30-12:00 p.m. Chautauqua has had a collaborative educational relationship with the American Foreign Service Association for many years. Each AFSA program for Chautauqua features retired diplomats who address subjects of contemporary significance. Lectures are always followed by Q & A. These speakers “cover the world” in terms of their expertise and experience.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet with selections such as daily soup specials and as a variety of salads, sandwiches, and desserts.

Afternoon: Afternoon Class: 2:00-3:30 p.m. We resume with the AFSA diplomats.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Entertainment provided.

DAY
3
Two Morning Classes, One Afternoon Class
Chautauqua, NY
B,L,D
Athenaeum Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two Morning Classes.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Afternoon Class.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Entertainment provided.

DAY
4
Two Morning Classes, Free Afternoon
Chautauqua, NY
B,L,D
Athenaeum Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two Morning Classes.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: There is a non AFSA afternoon program today followed by free time to enjoy a variety of informal, independent activities, from nature walks to history strolls, scavenger hunt, walk the labyrinth, or simply explore the Chautauqua Bookstore.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Entertainment provided.

DAY
5
Two Morning Classes, One Afternoon Class
Chautauqua, NY
B,L,D
Athenaeum Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two Morning Classes. Established in 1924, AFSA is the professional association and labor union of the United States Foreign Service with more than 16,000 dues-paying members and 31,000 active and retired Foreign Service employees of the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Afternoon Class.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner.

Evening: Entertainment. this evenings entertainment is still TBD

DAY
6
Final Morning Class, Wrap-up Panel, Program Concludes
Chautauqua, NY
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 10:00 a.m. Please see “Travel Details” for information about transfers.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Final Morning Class: 8:30-10:00 a.m. followed by a final panel wrap-up with Q & A from 10:30-11:30 a.m., The AFSA presenters make closing comments, and give the participants the opportunity to ask final questions.

Lunch: Pre-ordered boxed lunches will be provided for all participants. You are welcome to have it at hotel or take it with you. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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