22442
Virginia
Shenandoah Colloquium: Study with Scholars in Virginia
Take part in thought-provoking classes in the spirit of the Chautauqua movement. Top instructors cover topics from history to culture, folkways, the sciences, music and more.
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Program No. 22442RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
829

At a Glance

Come join us in Staunton, Virginia to recapture the spirit of the tent-show Chautauqua programs of a century ago. Top instructors present ten tantalizing and thought-provoking classes that change from program to program on topics ranging from history to culture, folkways, the sciences, music, Shakespeare and more.
Activity Level
Easy Going
With the exception of the field trip on Day 3 which involves up to a mile of walking over varied terrain over the course of the day, this is a predominantly classroom-based program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy an evening of superb musical performance featuring American folk and popular standards on traditional instruments, with a few sing-alongs included too.
  • Discover the walkable small city of Staunton and its five historic districts, interesting shops and curious museums.
  • Take in a performance at the acclaimed Blackfriars Playhouse, a 21st century recreation of William Shakespeare’s enclosed theater of the late 16th century, where the American Shakespeare Center offers plays by the Bard, his contemporaries and other classic playwrights.

General Notes

The August Colloquium will feature 10 talks on a variety of topics, including Jim Wootton on “1619, Virginia's ‘Red Letter Year’;” ; Nancy Sorrells, “Whiskey in the Valley: a spirited discussion”; John Quarstein, “The Oyster Wars”; and Jeffrey Ruggles, “How European Refugees Raised American Popular Art.” The Field trip will go to Lexington for the George C. Marshall Museum and the Lee Chapel, and to Natural Bridge State Park. There will be traditional American music by the McKenzies, and a performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse of the American Shakespeare Center.
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Bruce Bytnar
Bruce Bytnar is a retired National Park Ranger. His last post was at the Blue Ridge Parkway, the southern continuation of Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, and also the most heavily visited National Park Service site in the United States. Bruce is the author of "A Park Ranger's Life: Thirty-Two Years Protecting Our National Parks," his first-person account of tales of encountering bears, lost hikers, criminals and forest fires.

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

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Bruce Bytnar
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James E. Wootton
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Nancy Sorrells
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Sarah Enloe
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John Quarstein
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Keith Gibson
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Woody McKenzie
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Jeffrey F Ruggles
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