Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the East House Lobby. Check-in and register with the Road Scholar program staff to receive your room assignment and informational packet with your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information that we will review during orientation. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk of the East House Lobby.
Dinner: Dinner is in the East House Dining Hall. Enjoy a bountiful buffet with entrées varying from turkey, pork, chicken, beef, and fish. Dinner will include a fresh salad bar, vegetables, potatoes, rolls, and dessert. All meals at The Warwick Conference Center include a vegetarian option.
Evening: (All itinerary details subject to change.) ORIENTATION: The on-site Road Scholar coordinator will greet you, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have, and provide an introduction to The Warwick Conference Center. The evening will conclude with light refreshments. Please be aware that program activities and schedule times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.
Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet in the East House Dining Room. Daily entrées will rotate, but you can look forward to a variety of breakfast foods including scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, ham, bacon, oatmeal, toast, muffins, yogurt, cold cereal, and hot coffee, tea, and orange juice.
Morning: Our first lecture for this Road Scholar week is on the topic: "Oedipus: The Kind and the Complex". Sophocles' 2500 year old play is generally viewed as one of the greatest dramas ever written, matched perhaps only by Shakespeare's Hamlet. Dr. Sigmund Freud's Oedipal Theory is a linchpin of Freudian psychoanalytic thought and a lightening rod for both its devotees and detractors. This first session will deal with an analysis of Sophocles' drama, as well as Seneca's variation of it. Enjoy a brief coffee/tea break and return to the classroom to discuss the topic: "Swinging on a Star: The Great Songs Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen for Crosby, Sinatra et al. Edward Chester Babcock of Syracuse, New York changed his name around 1928 and, as James Van Heusen, began a career covering six decades in which he eared four Oscars. Session One will cover the early years in Syracuse and Van Heusen's first major collaboration with lyricist Johnny Burke, leading to the Crosby/Hope "Road" movies and the Oscar-winner song "Swinging on a Star," from the film Going My Way, 1944.
Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch in the East House Dining Room with entrées including a variety of the following: soup, sandwiches, paninis, pasta, salad bar, and a dessert.
Afternoon: After a delicious lunch we will return to the classroom for our second lecture on the topic: "Swinging on a Star: The Great Songs Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen for Crosby, Sinatra et al". This session will examine the Sinatra years, part 1, and Van Heusen's collaboration with Sammy Cahn, writing songs for Sinatra albums and films: from the title song of 1955's film "The Tender Trap," and the same year's "Love and Marriage" for a TV version of Our town, to "All the Way" from the film The Joker is Wild, 1957, which won Cahn and Van Heusen their first Oscar together. Later in the afternoon, you may want to visit a local winery for wine tasting. The Winery is located just outside the Village of Warwick and about three miles from the Conference Center. Or you may want to drive into the beautiful and historic Village of Warwick to explore and shop. If you desire a quieter afternoon, you may decide to take a hike on one of the Warwick Conference Center trails or walk the beautiful grounds of the Conference Center. Another option will be to view a film selected by our Instructor lecturing on "Swinging on a Star".
Dinner: A plentiful buffet dinner will be served in the East House Dining Room.
Evening: After dinner we will return to the classroom for the second lecture on the topic: "Oedipus: The King and the Complex". This session will deal with the Freudian theory of the Oedipal Complex, as well as its influence on the modern production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra". At the conclusion of the lecture you are invited to enjoy an evening snack in the dining room and visit with fellow Road Scholars.
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: After a hearty breakfast, we return to the classroom for an informative lecture on the topic: "The Genetic Revolution". In the more than 100 years since Gregor Mendel experiments with his pea plants and founded modern genetics, the science has produced a true revolution. We can understand the genetic component of many diseases, including many cancers and other life-threatening illnesses, and even develop cures for some. The future holds great promise for even greater advances in disease prevention and cures. Along with these advances, however, have come serious and important ethical questions. This first session will deal with the history of genetics, including Gregor Mendel's work with peas; rediscovery of this work; the Watson and Crick discovery of the structure of DNA. Darwinism, Evolution and Social Darwinism will be discussed as well as Eugenics. After a coffee/tea break we will return to the classroom to explore the topic: "Oedipus: The King and the Complex". This final lecture will include a discussion of the Sophoclean King and the Freudian Complex will focus on how accurate the relationship of the two really may be.
Lunch: A hearty and satisfying buffet lunch will be served in the East House Dining Room.
Afternoon: After lunch enjoy some free time. Free time options include visiting a local winery for a wine tasting if you were unable to go on Day 2; go into the quaint and historic Village of Warwick, filled with unique shops; or take a short hike on one of the Warwick Conference Center's marked trails. Return to the classroom for an "Afternoon at the Movies". Our Instructor will select a movie in relationship to the topic "Oedipus: The King and the Complex".
Dinner: Enjoy a bountiful buffet dinner in the East House Dining Room.
Evening: After dinner we will return to the classroom for another stimulating lecture on the topic: "The Genetic Revolution". The lecture will discuss recent events in the genetic revolution, the Human Genome Project, genetic illnesses, genomic medicine, genetics and race, and forensic DNA. There will be ample time for questions after the lecture. With a snack in hand, join fellow Road scholars in the Main Lounge for conversation, table games, or the news of the day.
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: After breakfast we will reconvene in the classroom for another thought provoking lecture and discussion on the topic: "Swinging on a Star: The Great Songs Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen for Crosby, Sinatra et al". This session will cover the Sinatra years, part 2, and the song "High Hope's," from the film A Hole in the Head, 1959, followed by Call Me Irresponsible from Papa's Delicate Condition, 1963 (both Oscar winners), through their score for the film Robin and the Seven Hoods, with the Oscar-nominated song "My Kind of Town", 1964. Again, we will have an opportunity to ask our final questions before we break for an early lunch. The Instructor will also lay the foundation for the Broadway performance that we will enjoy later this afternoon.
Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch in the East House Dining Room.
Afternoon: After lunch, we will board the coach bus for our trip into New York City. We will enjoy a Broadway performance to be announced later. After the performance, we will board the charter coach bus for Warwick. Enjoy a light snack on the way home. Upon our arrival at the Warwick Conference Center we will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in the East House Dining Room.
Dinner: Enjoy a leisurely buffet dinner in the East House Dining Room.
Evening: After a leisurely dinner the Instructor will conduct a discussion and recap of the Broadway play that we viewed this afternoon. End the day with fellow Road Scholars and good conversation.
Breakfast: A hearty country breakfast will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: Following a delicious breakfast we will return to the classroom for two stimulating lectures. The first lecture will be on the topic: "The Genetic Revolution". This session will deal with the ethical dimensions of genetic information and the medical and social implications of this science. The second lecture will be on the topic: "Dialogue as a Constructive Response to Conflict". Distinct from how the word is used by the general public, dialogue has a specific meaning and has become a sub field in business, communication, sociology, and international studies. Dialogue practitioners specialize in a distinctive conflict resolution process that is used world-wide. In this first session the Instructor will define dialogue as it is being applied in a wide variety of contexts. This session will focus on refining our ideas about dialogue theoretically and how it is applied in practice.
Lunch: Enjoy a leisurely buffet lunch in the East House Dining Room.
Afternoon: After lunch we will return to the classroom for another thought provoking lecture on the topic: "Dialogue as a Constructive Response to Conflict". This session will deal with stereotypical thinking. This is the way negative views of others become entrenched and reinforced over time, even centuries. Conclude the afternoon with some free time to compare notes with other Road Scholar participants or just enjoy each others company.
Dinner: Enjoy a relaxing dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Evening: Following dinner we will enjoy an evening of entertainment. Following the performance we will return to the Conference Center for an ice cream social with fellow participants.
Breakfast: A hearty breakfast will be served in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: After breakfast we will return to the classroom for our final lecture of this Road Scholar week entitled: "Dialogue as a Constructive Response to Conflict". This session will include examples of dialogues in practice. Case studies will be reviewed taken from international examples in Northern Ireland and the Balkans, and locally within the United States, and a land dispute in New Mexico. There will be time for questions and discussions before we break for an early lunch.
Lunch: Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. in the East House Dining Room. Departure and farewells immediately after lunch.