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Chautauqua in Fall & Spring: An Exclusive Road Scholar Experience

Program No. 1713RJ
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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DATES & PRICES

No shuttleRoundtrip airport transfer
Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
May 19 - May 24, 2024
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749
Itinerary Note

Topics/Lecturers Dr. Greg Ferro - Everything you wanted to know about presidential elections but were too afraid to ask. Dr. Baher Ghosheh - Speaking on the Israel - Palestine Conflict Kaye Lindauer - Ralph Waldo Emerson: His influence then and now Molly Williamson - Energy - Environment: Beyond COP28

Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2024
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749
Itinerary Note

Topics/Lecturers Dr. Greg Ferro - The Six Most Interesting Presidents of the Twentieth Century 1901 - 1974 Kaye Lindauer - Topic coming soon Molly Williamson - Israel - Hamas and Beyond Phil Shull - Give us 9 Billion our Daily Bread: How Agricultural Advances Since Prehistoric Times Have Postponed the Malthusian Nightmare

Oct 13 - Oct 18, 2024
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749
Itinerary Note

Topics/Lecturers Dr. Greg Ferro - How a U.S. Senator and a General Equaled Presidential Greatness 1945 - 1961 Dr. Andy Roth - Topic coming soon Kaye Lindauer - Topic coming soon. Phil Shull - "Give us 9 Billion our Daily Bread: How Agricultural Advances Since Prehistoric Times Have Postponed the Malthusian Nightmare"

May 18 - May 23, 2025
No transfer 1,699
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,849
Itinerary Note

Instructors and specific Topics for this date will not be available until December of 2024.

Sep 7 - Sep 12, 2025
No transfer 1,699
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,849
Itinerary Note

Instructors and specific Topics for this date will not be available until February of 2025.

Oct 12 - Oct 17, 2025
No transfer 1,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,949
Itinerary Note

Instructors and specific Topics for this date will not be available until February of 2025.

DATES & PRICES

No shuttleRoundtrip airport transfer
Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
May 19 - May 24, 2024
No transfer 1,779
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,879
Itinerary Note

Topics/Lecturers Dr. Greg Ferro - Everything you wanted to know about presidential elections but were too afraid to ask. Dr. Baher Ghosheh - Speaking on the Israel - Palestine Conflict Kaye Lindauer - Ralph Waldo Emerson: His influence then and now Molly Williamson - Energy - Environment: Beyond COP28

Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2024
No transfer 1,779
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,879
Itinerary Note

Topics/Lecturers Dr. Greg Ferro - The Six Most Interesting Presidents of the Twentieth Century 1901 - 1974 Kaye Lindauer - Topic coming soon Molly Williamson - Israel - Hamas and Beyond Phil Shull - Give us 9 Billion our Daily Bread: How Agricultural Advances Since Prehistoric Times Have Postponed the Malthusian Nightmare

Oct 13 - Oct 18, 2024
No transfer 1,779
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,879
Itinerary Note

Topics/Lecturers Dr. Greg Ferro - How a U.S. Senator and a General Equaled Presidential Greatness 1945 - 1961 Dr. Andy Roth - Topic coming soon Kaye Lindauer - Topic coming soon. Phil Shull - "Give us 9 Billion our Daily Bread: How Agricultural Advances Since Prehistoric Times Have Postponed the Malthusian Nightmare"

May 18 - May 23, 2025
No transfer 1,829
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,979
Itinerary Note

Instructors and specific Topics for this date will not be available until December of 2024.

Sep 7 - Sep 12, 2025
No transfer 1,829
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,979
Itinerary Note

Instructors and specific Topics for this date will not be available until February of 2025.

Oct 12 - Oct 17, 2025
No transfer 1,929
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,079
Itinerary Note

Instructors and specific Topics for this date will not be available until February of 2025.

At a Glance

Since it began as an educational experiment in 1874, Chautauqua Institution has grown into a center 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.

What You'll Learn

  • 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

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Airport transfer at added cost.
Featured Expert
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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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Molly Williamson, a retired Foreign Service officer who served six U.S. presidents, 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 board member of the American Foreign Service Association and American Academy of Diplomacy.
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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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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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Tom DeAngelo View biography
Tom DeAngelo saw an intriguing road sign on Route I-86 while traveling from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to the mid-Hudson Valley of New York. His curiosity on that February day led to a multi-year relationship with Chautauqua Institution. He served in a variety of roles during his many years working in the Marlboro Central School District, including as an elementary principal. Tom enjoys southwestern Louisiana music, particularly while sipping a cocktail. Ask him about his personal connection with Greenhook Ginsmiths, a Brooklyn distillery.
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As a scholar-in-residence at the Jefferson Educational Society (JES), Andrew Roth works with his colleagues to enhance the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy by including an academically oriented research component to the program. He also works with independent colleges on strategic visioning, strategic planning and enrollment management. Previously he served as president of Notre Dame College, from 2003 until his retirement in June 2014, upon which he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his leadership and was named President-Emeritus.
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Phil 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. Philip worked towards maximizing exports of U.S. food and agricultural products and promoting global food security through 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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Baher Ghosheh is a scholar-in-residence at the Jefferson Educational Society in Erie, Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in economic development from SUNY-Buffalo and was a professor of Middle Eastern studies, and cultural and economic geography at Edinboro University until retiring in 2022. He has graduate degrees in international relations/Middle Eastern studies, international trade, and comparative economic development. A native of Jerusalem, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research in Malaysia and Singapore, and was selected as the Pennsylvania Geographer of the Year.





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