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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.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.88)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,649

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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 21 - May 26, 2023
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749
Itinerary Note

Topics for this date include: Dr. Greg Ferro on American History, Dr. James Armstead on World Military History including Ukraine, Kay Lindauer on Literature, Molly Williamson on Geopolitics and Climate Change, Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Archivist, Kristan McMahon on Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, Jack Voelker on Monarch Butterflies, and Authur Pearson on Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2023
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749
Itinerary Note

Please check back for speakers and topics March 2023

Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749
Itinerary Note

Please check back for speakers and topics March 2023

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 21 - May 26, 2023
No transfer 1,749
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,849
Itinerary Note

Topics for this date include: Dr. Greg Ferro on American History, Dr. James Armstead on World Military History including Ukraine, Kay Lindauer on Literature, Molly Williamson on Geopolitics and Climate Change, Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Archivist, Kristan McMahon on Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, Jack Voelker on Monarch Butterflies, and Authur Pearson on Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2023
No transfer 1,749
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,849
Itinerary Note

Please check back for speakers and topics March 2023

Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
No transfer 1,749
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,849
Itinerary Note

Please check back for speakers and topics March 2023

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 in March 2023 for a list of topics and instructors. 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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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.
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Greg Ferro View biography
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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Arthur Pearson View biography
Arthur Pearson is the CEO of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI). A Chicago native, he has a richly varied background in the arts, conservation, museum collections, and philanthropy. Under this leadership, RTPI has evolved to become the “living embodiment of the famed Peterson field guide.” Through world-class exhibitions and programs, RTPI uses art as the lens with which to illuminate the beauty of nature, inform about the challenges facing nature, and inspire all to better protect the natural world we love.
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Kristan McMahon View biography
Kristan McMahon has served as President of the Robert H. Jackson Center since April 2019. Previously, McMahon was corporate counsel for Verizon in Arlington, VA where she advised all business entities on a variety of antitrust issues, including deal analysis and compliance with antitrust/competition laws. McMahon received a B.A. in journalism/mass communication and political science at Saint Bonaventure University, a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
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4.88 Average
(5) Review left 10/20/2022

The combination of the arts (nature and museums) in both the lectures and in the excursions was an effective way to organize this Rhode Scholar program.

This reviewer did not give a star rating. Review left 10/17/2022

For a beautiful place to be where you can stay in one place and yet have the chance to be as active or relaxed as you want to be, this is a great opportunity.

(5) Review left 10/16/2022

I just completed the Fall 2022 Chautauqua Experience - and what a fantastic experience it was! The instructors were outstanding - simply superb! The food was fabulous, the people so warm and friendly, and the 'autumn in new york' setting was spectacular. It was a wonderful week all around - I would recommend it highly - loved every minute!

(5) Review left 10/15/2022

I had a marvelous experience with this program. The location was the star of the show and the programs or lectures were icing on the cake. The most pleasurable, enriching vacation I have ever taken

(5) Review left 9/19/2022

Easy to use.

(5) Review left 9/19/2022

If you want to expand your mind there is no better venue than a trip with Road Scholar to Chautauqua Institute.

(5) Review left 9/17/2022

I recommend this Chautauqua Roads Scholar for all who are curious and want to be mentally stimulated. The venue is great and all facets of Roads program were outstanding.

(5) Review left 9/17/2022

The Chautauqua Road Scholar program is especially suited for persons interested in life-long learning on a variety of topics.

(5) Review left 5/31/2022

The Road Scholar Chautauqua programs are an excellent way to experience Chautauqua with accommodations and meals provided and without the crowds that characterize the regular summer schedule.

(5) Review left 5/25/2022

This was an outstanding experience!!

(5) Review left 5/21/2022

My first Road Scholar. From lectures to accommodations to camaraderie—worth every dollar. I will be returning.

(5) Review left 5/21/2022

We would recommend the program at Chautauqua for the interesting speakers and the first-class accommodations at the Athenaeum Hote.

(5) Review left 5/20/2022

Nothing like a a substance-filled week in this Utopia of the Humanities with a bevy of smart and curious lifetime learners!

(5) Review left 12/09/2021

A week of great lectures and field trips, evening entertainment, staying in a Victorian hotel, good food and nice people. What more could you want?

(4) Review left 10/18/2021

If you have a desire to continue learning Road Scholar is a good place. Some of the presenters are out standing and know their subject well.

(5) Review left 10/17/2021

Fabulous experience at Chautauqua. The lecture, activities, surroundings and lodging were all superb.

(5) Review left 9/20/2021

It was wonderful to have a safe menu to get back out into the world again!

(5) Review left 9/20/2021

A very enlightening program in a very enchanting venue conducted by some very talented people.

(5) Review left 9/19/2021

The staff bends over backwards to accommodate participants of all physical abilities. This program provides a wonderful learning adventure for all life long learners.

(4) Review left 10/24/2019

If you love Nature and would like to stay in a lovely historic hotel with delicious food, go to Chautauqua.

(5) Review left 6/12/2019

I have always wanted to visit Chautauqua, and this program made it possible and affordable. Thank you so much!

(5) Review left 6/02/2019

The Spring Chautauqua was an excellent program to share with people who have similar interests and a commitment to lifelong learning. The Chautauqua hotel, instruction, entertainment, restaurant, personnel, and tours were excellent. Road Scholar did not disappoint me and I look forward to the next three trips that I have planned with RS.

(4) Review left 6/02/2019

An amazing program. I highly recommend it to all participants who want to continue to expand their horizon amongst those with similar desires.

(5) Review left 5/21/2019

The Chautauqua experience was well organized and very educational. The people were all welcoming.

(5) Review left 5/20/2019

The people and the place combined were enchanting -- I felt a sense of deep and vibrant energy that I carried with me as I left the grounds.






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If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.