20979
Montreat
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
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15 meals
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DAY
1
Orientation
Montreat, NC
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Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 3 - 5:30 p.m. Registration for our program will be in the lower lobby from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Pull up to the Assembly Inn porch to unload, then park your vehicle in any designated spot close to the Inn or by the Lake.

Dinner: Join us for a scrumptious dinner in the Galax Dining Room, located on the first floor of the Assembly Inn. All meals are served buffet style! A full salad bar, choice of two different entrées, vegetables, rolls/bread, fruit and dessert will tempt your taste buds and your appetite. Sweet/unsweetened tea, milk, coffee, water (cold or hot)

Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall (also in the Assembly Inn). We'll spend some time reviewing the schedule for the week, and you'll have an opportunity to meet and hear from your instructors. Our evening will close with some "get to know you" activities and fellowship/games/puzzles in the lobby.

DAY
2
Two classes on America's Foreign Policy Class, and the Power of Music Class
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? Then you're in for a treat! Breakfast options change each day, but will incorporate lots of your favorites. Biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, hash browns, oatmeal (not the packaged kind either), and lots of others. Standard offerings include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pastries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!

Morning: Our early morning course, with George Yates, begins our discussion on America's Foreign Policy. Given the chaotic demands of a rapidly changing world, only some of the pressures that shape a nation’s foreign policy can be proactively controlled. What are those? What cannot be controlled? We'll have a mid-morning break and then come back to class to continue discussing America's Foreign Policy. The ‘golden age’ of American foreign policy was between 1941 and 2000, when America was the world’s predominant leader and the success of its multilateral foreign policy was demonstrated by the failed challenge of the Soviet Union.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Typically, Monday is "soup and sandwich day." Make your own sandwich with a variety of bread and deli meat options. Enjoy a full salad bar and don't forget a light dessert!

Afternoon: Our afternoon course, This Land is Your Land, introduces the "power of music," with the Populist Movement of 1890 - 1896, Sharecroppers and Tenant Farmers, and the Miners (1849 - 1931). 3:30 Walk Around Montreat (guided tour of grounds) or free time

Dinner: Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Another two entrées to choose from, and lots more good veggies!

Evening: Evening program, from 7:00 to 8:00 games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship. Perhaps a movie on a big screen, if the group is interested

DAY
3
Two classes on America's Foreign Policy, the Power of Music Class... Textile Workers, Hobos and Migrant workers, as well as Music since the Industrial Revolution..., and Optional Hike
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: Another yummy breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Morning: Discussion of America's Foreign Policy continues with the period between 2001 and 2008, when a unilateral approach to America’s foreign policy was employed. The characteristics and results of these new policies will be described. We'll have a mid morning refreshment break and return to class to continue our discussions on America's Foreign Policy. During this class period, we will discuss the current foreign policy strategies America is using to address the daunting demands of an interconnected world.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Today is "Taco Tuesday" at the Inn. Build your own taco, taco salad, or whatever creative combination of Mexican fare you choose. Chips, melted cheese, and salsa (along with jalapeños if you so desire) top it all off. A complete salad bar is available as well. And don't forget to save room for some cobbler and ice cream.

Afternoon: Our afternoon course, This Land is Your Land... focuses on the music of Textile Workers, Wobblies (industrial workers of the world), Hobos and Migrant Workers, and Folk Music since the Industrial Revolution and the early collectors. 3:30 Optional hike in the mountains Free Time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: Evening programs are typically a fun event -- a dance, a concert, or a storyteller games/cards/tv available in lobby for fellowship and optional movie on big screen.

DAY
4
America's Foreign Policy Class, Polarization of America Class, Afternoon Free Time, and the Power of Music Class... Woody Guthrie!
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Have you tried Ronnie's biscuits and gravy yet? If not, you don't know what you're missing!

Morning: Our early morning course focuses on America's Foreign Policy. The most difficult aspect of American foreign policy, anticipating the future problems resulting from the chaotic combination of human behavior and physical realities, will be predicted. We'll have a refreshment break mid morning, then return to our classroom for our beginning discussions of the American Economy, also with George Yates. We’ll begin with an overview of how three major economic factors have restrained America’s recovery from the 2008 Great Recession, and thereby imposed substantial financial burdens on the American people. George will describe several causations of the recession itself, and then we’ll discuss in some detail the first factor – the liquidity trap. It has reduced the effectiveness of the Federal Reserve’s efforts to use quantitative easing of the monetary system to quickly and fully restore the economy.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area! We'll provide a listing of area attractions and directions for explorations on your own!

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Our evening course, This Land is Your Land, focuses on the music of Woody Guthrie (the early years) and New York through World War II.

DAY
5
Two classes on the American Economy and one on the Power of Music Class... the New Generation
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Do you like sausage links or sausage patties the best?

Morning: George will start us with a description of several unintended negative consequences that resulted from the Federal Reserve’s efforts to restore the economy. Then we’ll consider the effects of the second economic restraint factor, the wealth gap. It describes the fact that the richest1% of Americans owns more of our nation’s wealth than the less-wealthy 90% of Americans do in total. We’ll discuss how this disparity is the result of several strong forces that have redirected America’s cash flow over the last 35 years. The 1973 movie ‘The Sting’ will serve as a model for describing the process used by one of the most important of those forces. After a mid-morning break for refreshments and fellowship, we'll return to our classroom for our second session with George Yates where we’ll continue our discussion of the wealth gap by evaluating income tax rates and loopholes available to the very rich, and the primary justifications for keeping then low. Then we’ll review how the wealth gap has been facilitated by the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision called ‘Citizens United’, which allowed unlimited political contributions. Next, another cause of the wealth gap, ‘rent seeking’, that has enabled many businesses to obtain profits on their routine sales will be discussed. We’ll then consider an unfortunate result of the wealth gap, the distinct separation of Americans into three different groupings which has caused a pronounced ‘us versus them’ attitude in our society.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Our afternoon course, This Land is Your Land, looks at the music during the "Folk Revival," after World War II. We'll then take a listen to the New Generation, "Woody's Children." 3:30 - 5:30 free time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).

DAY
6
Two classes on America's Economy, Lunch and Departures
Montreat, NC
B,L

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. If you've resisted Ronnie's biscuits and gravy all week... this is your last chance. Try some grits too!

Morning: Both of our classes this morning focus on America's Economy with George Yates. First, we’ll continue our discussion of how many Americans have become quite polarized as a result of three groupings within our nation’s society. Then we’ll spend the rest of this class on the third economic restraint, austerity budgeting, which has been used in variable amounts at the federal level since 1980. We’ll evaluate several beneficial reasons supporters claim are the direct result of using it. This discussion will consider the nature of their impact on the economy, and especially on less-affluent Americans, to determine whether the support of austerity budgeting is justified. We will have a refreshment break mid-morning (you may use some of your break time to check out of your room -- checkout is required by 11 a.m.) Returning to the classroom, we’ll begin with a review of how America’s economic recovery from the 2008 Great Recession has been restrained, and magnitude of the financial burdens it has placed on the poorer 90% of Americans. Then I’ll use the rest of our time to predict and discuss some major political and societal events that should exert substantial influence on determining the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. This election will be a primary factor in determining how quickly the U.S. economy finally regains its normal robustness. 12:15 - 12:30 closing program and saying good-byes.

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch in the Assembly Inn Dining Room (those who cannot stay for lunch may request a box lunch to take with them)






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