20979
North Carolina

Ever-Changing America: Politics, Foreign Policy & Music

From the history of American Broadway shows to modern U.S. foreign policy—learn about many facets of the American life with the beautiful Graybeard Mountains as your backdrop.
Rating (5)
Program No. 20979RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
699

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 evaluating whether America is a superpower in decline, exploring the various challenges to U.S. foreign policy and reviewing a history of America through the songs and shows of Broadway.
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.
Small Group
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 ...

  • Review various surveys to evaluate whether America is still a superpower.
  • 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 your favorite Broadway shows as we explore American history through Broadway musicals.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). 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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David Bates
David Bates is a composer and playwright whose musical biography, “Scott and Zelda,” was produced in New York City at Wings Theatre. He has been musical director and/or pianist for numerous theatre productions, including shows such as “Oklahoma,” “Cabaret” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” For the past 20 years, David has hosted a twice-monthly sing-along. Several of his songs have been published, and he has done many choral arrangements for his church choir.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tracy Bailey
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