North Carolina
America’s Economic Restraints, Foreign Policy and Folk Music
From the history of American folk music to modern U.S. foreign policy—learn about many facets of the American life with the beautiful Graybeard Mountains as your backdrop.
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Program No. 20979RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Beneath Graybeard Mountain in western North Carolina, surrounded by 4,000 acres of hardwood and laurel forests, Montreat Conference Center is a mountain retreat in a tranquil setting ideal for pursuing matters of the mind. Make your way to this peaceful hideaway and lodge at its recently renovated, stone-built Assembly Inn as you delve into the true state of the American economy, the various challenges to U.S. foreign policy and leadership and the social impact of the folk music revival.
Activity Level
Easy Going
All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Analyze the economic restraints facing America even after the official end of the Great Recession and discover ways they can be mitigated.
  • Evaluate U.S. foreign policy and leadership in the face of global terrorism, economic instability, Chinese ambitions and Middle East political turmoil.
  • Sing along with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and others as you look at how they spoke through music during times of poverty, social unrest, unionization and the civil rights movement.

General Notes

Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Anne Lough
Anne Lough is a nationally known traditional musician who performs and teaches at schools, workshops and festivals throughout the East and Midwest. She holds a bachelor’s of music education from Murray State University in Kentucky and a master’s from Western Carolina University. Anne is particularly respected for her artistic, sensitive style of playing of the Appalachian dulcimer, a unique string instrument. Her music has been featured on a PBS Christmas special and in educational videos.
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