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6881
New York

Foreign Policy in Chautauqua With the American Foreign Service

Alongside ambassadors and foreign service officers, explore the complex issues of U.S. diplomacy, enjoying lectures and gaining insider knowledge.
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Program No. 6881RJ
Length
6 days
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1,199
New York

Foreign Policy in Chautauqua With the American Foreign Service

Alongside ambassadors and foreign service officers, explore the complex issues of U.S. diplomacy, enjoying lectures and gaining insider knowledge.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,199
Program No. 6881 RJ

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DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
No transfer 1,199
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,299
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
No transfer 1,199
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,299

DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
No transfer 1,299
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,399
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
No transfer 1,299
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,399

At a Glance

Examine the challenges facing U.S. diplomacy and the functions of embassies and consulates during this fascinating program designed in collaboration with the American Foreign Service Association. Investigate case studies and take part in expert-led discussions with retired diplomats. Spend the week with ambassadors and foreign service officers and their spouses in a wonderfully informal and friendly, yet very educational atmosphere. And take part in fascinating lectures, followed by Q & A sessions, as speakers share their wealth of expertise and experience on the world of foreign policy.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking through hotel and to meals. Handicap accessible shuttles to classes and entertainment.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Gain insight from Foreign Service experts on key issues, including peace in the Middle East and security in Europe.
  • Examine global-stability obstacles posed by developing nations' population growth, poverty and nuclear proliferation.
  • Ambassadors and veteran Foreign Service officers discuss America’s professional diplomats and how they assist U.S. citizens and protect U.S. interests in the world.

General Notes

Please check back around 3 months prior to the start of your program for a list of topics and instructors. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Airport transfer available at added cost.
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Chautauqua, NY
D
Athenaeum Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in is available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. We will gather for a welcome reception before dinner.

Dinner: In the Athenaeum Dining Room, our buffet offers choices such as beef, poultry, a fish selection, a variety of vegetables and salads, as well as breads and desserts. Beverage choices include milk, coffee, iced tea and lemonade; beer and wine available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. We will then divide into smaller groups for introductions and more detailed information about the program and our group schedules. Morning class sessions are from 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:30-12:00 p.m. Afternoon sessions are 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. (No afternoon sessions on Wednesday and Friday.) Each group will rotate through all the scheduled presentations. Shuttles are available to and from classes. Time has been reserved in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. Please note that indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Two Morning Classes, One Afternoon Class
Chautauqua, NY
B,L,D
Athenaeum Hotel

Activity note: This is a representative schedule. Each group will rotate through all the scheduled presentations.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the extensive buffet breakfast includes hot and cold cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, egg dishes, pancakes or French toast, breakfast potatoes, a choice of meats, and an assortment of breads and pastries.

Morning: Two Morning Classes: 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:30-12:00 p.m. Chautauqua has had a collaborative educational relationship with the American Foreign Service Association for many years. Each AFSA program for Chautauqua features retired diplomats who address subjects of contemporary significance. Lectures are always followed by Q & A. These speakers “cover the world” in terms of their expertise and experience.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet with selections such as daily soup specials and as a variety of salads, sandwiches, and desserts.

Afternoon: Afternoon Class: 2:00-3:30 p.m. We resume with the AFSA diplomats.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Entertainment provided.

DAY
3
Two Morning Classes, One Afternoon Class
Chautauqua, NY
B,L,D
Athenaeum Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two Morning Classes.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Afternoon Class.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Entertainment provided.

DAY
4
Two Morning Classes, Free Afternoon
Chautauqua, NY
B,L,D
Athenaeum Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two Morning Classes.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: There is a non AFSA afternoon program today followed by free time to enjoy a variety of informal, independent activities, from nature walks to history strolls, scavenger hunt, walk the labyrinth, or simply explore the Chautauqua Bookstore.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Entertainment provided.

DAY
5
Two Morning Classes, One Afternoon Class
Chautauqua, NY
B,L,D
Athenaeum Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two Morning Classes. Established in 1924, AFSA is the professional association and labor union of the United States Foreign Service with more than 16,000 dues-paying members and 31,000 active and retired Foreign Service employees of the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Afternoon Class.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner.

Evening: Entertainment. this evenings entertainment is still TBD

DAY
6
Final Morning Class, Wrap-up Panel, Program Concludes
Chautauqua, NY
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 10:00 a.m. Please see “Travel Details” for information about transfers.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Final Morning Class: 8:30-10:00 a.m. followed by a final panel wrap-up with Q & A from 10:30-11:30 a.m., The AFSA presenters make closing comments, and give the participants the opportunity to ask final questions.

Lunch: Pre-ordered boxed lunches will be provided for all participants. You are welcome to have it at hotel or take it with you. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.