22536
England

The State of the World: Contemporary Issues & Past Lessons

With experts from the BBC, Al Jazeera and the University of Oxford, delve into the pressing topics of modern politics during a special conference at Oxford University.
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Program No. 22536RJ
Length
10 days
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3,549
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10 days
9 nights
21 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Oxford, Orientation, Welcome Reception
Oxford
D
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Check-in from 3:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may leave bags at the desk.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. The college is within walking distance of central Oxford and Summertown, North Oxford, with its cafés, restaurants, and pubs.

Afternoon: After getting your room assignment and key at the Porter's Lodge of St. Hugh’s College, register at the Road Scholar desk in the foyer of the Maplethorpe Building. The Group Leader will show you to your room and give you a brief orientation to the area. Then take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader, Dr. Phillip Cunliffe, Senior Lecturer in International Conflict at the University of Kent, who will lecture and supervise educational content, conduct field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. Due to the high profile nature of many of our speakers there may be changes due to reasons beyond our control. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Following the Orientation session we will have a Welcome Reception with wine for our Road Scholar group.

Dinner: In the college's beautiful dining room, we will have a 3-course plated and served meal with wine, coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Lecture Series Begins
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Ramps and elevator at St. Hugh's College.

Breakfast: In the College dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a range of hot and cold items plus milk, fruit juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will begin our “State of the World” program with Dr. Philip Cunliffe, Senior Lecturer in International Conflict at the University of Kent. After a short break for coffee and fresh air, we will have our first special guest lecture. Our program was planned far in advance when details of speakers and lecture topics were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

Lunch: In the college's dining room we'll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: We will reconvene for our next lecture. The remainder of the afternoon is free time. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions for Oxford explorations.

Dinner: In the college's dining room we'll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: Dr. Cunliffe will lead an informal discussion.

DAY
4
Lectures Continue
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Ramps and elevator at St. Hugh's College.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: We'll gather for our morning lecture. We will then break for refreshments and free time at St Hugh's before lunch.

Lunch: Dining room plated meal.

Afternoon: We will attend the next lecture in the series. The remainder of the afternoon is free time.

Dinner: Dining room plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Lectures Continue
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Ramps and elevator at St. Hugh's College.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: We'll convene for two morning lectures, with a break for refreshments.

Lunch: Dining room plated meal.

Afternoon: We will attend the next lecture in the series. Following the lecture and discussion, the remainder of the afternoon is free time.

Dinner: Dining room plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Field Trip, Lectures Continue
Oxford
B,L
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Ramps and elevator at St. Hugh's College.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: We'll venture outside the grounds of St Hugh’s College for a field trip to a location of relevance to our conference. We'll return to St Hugh's for lunch.

Lunch: Dining room plated meal.

Afternoon: We will attend the next lecture in the series, followed by free time.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Lectures Continue, Free Time
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Ramps and elevator at St. Hugh's College.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: We'll attend two morning lectures, with a break for refreshments.

Lunch: Dining room plated meal.

Afternoon: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Dining room plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Lectures Continue, Walking Exploration of Oxford
Oxford
B,D
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Ramps and elevator at St. Hugh's College. Walking in Oxford up to 2 miles; city sidewalks, flat terrain.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: We'll continue our conference with two morning lectures, with a break for refreshments.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: We’ll regroup and set out on a walking exploration of Oxford.

Dinner: Dining room plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Lecture, Wrapping Up Our Discussions, Free Time
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Ramps and elevator at St. Hugh's College.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet.

Morning: We'll gather for a lecture. After we break for refreshments, Philip Cunliffe will round up our discussions.

Lunch: Dining room plated meal.

Afternoon: We'll begin the afternoon with free time to see and do what interests us most. We will gather before dinner for a farewell reception.

Dinner: In the dining room, we’ll enjoy a gala dinner with wine.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
Oxford
B

Activity note: Check-out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Dining room buffet. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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