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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
Length
6 days
Rating (4)
Starts at
1,199
Program No. 6881RJ

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DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
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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
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749

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
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
No transfer 1,779
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,879
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
No transfer 1,779
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,879

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.
Featured Expert
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Molly Williamson
A retired Foreign Service officer who served six U.S. presidents, Molly Williamson was the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and interim ambassador to Bahrain. She was also Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce responsible for the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania and Africa, and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense responsible for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Molly is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a member of Georgetown University’s MSFS oral boards, and a board member of the American Foreign Service Association and American Academy of Diplomacy.

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

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A retired Foreign Service officer who served six U.S. presidents, Molly Williamson was the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and interim ambassador to Bahrain. She was also Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce responsible for the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania and Africa, and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense responsible for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Molly is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a member of Georgetown University’s MSFS oral boards, and a board member of the American Foreign Service Association and American Academy of Diplomacy.
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Suzanne Aldrich is a year-round resident of the Chautauqua area. An affable and skilled Group Leader, she is a board member of the Chautauqua Bird Tree & Garden Club. Suzanne has been an executive in the Girl Scouts organization and served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and Germany.
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Kay Hutton is a lifelong Chautauquan who has spent many years as an English teacher at the high school and collegiate level. She currently teaches dyslexic children in State College, Pa., where she resides with her husband. A longtime Group Leader at Chautauqua, Kay is trained in the Chinese vital-energy discipline of Qigong, as well as holistic healing.
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For five generations, Sylvia Faust’s family has been escaping to the shores of Lake Chautauqua for summer vacations. Sylvia is now a permanent Chautauqua resident and has served on the Chautauqua Board of Trustees. She is a habitat worker both here and abroad and has taught as a special education teacher. Sylvia is a snowbird and spends her winters in Florida where she has worked as a tax preparer for 30 years. She is the proud mother of two children and grandmother to five grandchildren.
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Philip A. Shull retired in 2016 after 31 years with the Foreign Agricultural Service. His interest in food security and international relations was sparked as a boy living in India where he saw severe malnutrition. Mr. Shull's work maximizing exports of U.S. food and agricultural products and promoting global food security included trade negotiations, capacity building, food safety, biotechnology, marketing and promotion, scientific exchange, and economic analysis. His overseas assignments included Korea, Argentina (including Uruguay and Paraguay), Hong Kong, Philippines, and three postings to China.
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Ambassador Richard Boucher, a diplomat turned educator, now teaches diplomacy at Brown University. Until 2013, he served as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development where he focused on large developing economies. In the U.S. Foreign Service, he reached the highest rank — Career Ambassador — serving as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia and as Spokesman for six Secretaries of State. He served and travelled repeatedly in China from the start of economic reform to the present day.
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James Bever has served for 35 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He retired with the U.S. Senior Foreign Service rank of Career Minister in mid-2017, after acting as USAID Assistant Administrator for Legislative & Public Affairs. Mr. Bever has a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of Science cCertificate in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University.
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Chautauqua, NY
D
Athenaeum Hotel

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. We will gather for a welcome reception before dinner.

Dinner: In the Athenaeum Dining Room Heirloom Restaurant.

Evening: Orientation. 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. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. 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 a.m.-12:00 Noon. 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. Periods in the 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. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/current conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off buses; riding on Chautauqua campus. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning class sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with a mid-morning break. We will have one instructor each morning on one of a variety of topics. These stimulating classes with intriguing speakers will be enlivened by post-session Q&A. Each group will rotate through all presentations during the program. 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: We will gather for another class with AFSA diplomats from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Nightly entertainment. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances 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.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off buses; riding on Chautauqua campus. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning class sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with a mid-morning break. We will have one instructor each morning on one of a variety of topics. These stimulating classes with intriguing speakers will be enlivened by post-session Q&A. Each group will rotate through all presentations during the program.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We will gather for another class with AFSA diplomats from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Nightly entertainment.

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

Activity note: Extent and duration of walking and other activities during independent exploration according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two morning classes with AFSA experts.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: There is a non-AFSA session today followed by some time to enjoy informal, independent activities from nature walks to history strolls, a scavenger hunt, walking the labyrinth, or exploring the Chautauqua Bookstore. The Group Leader will provide more detailed information at the time of the program.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Nightly entertainment.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off buses; riding on Chautauqua campus. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during independent exploration according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two morning classes with AFSA experts.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We will gather for another class with AFSA diplomats from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We'll enjoy one more performance before preparing for check-out and departure tomorrow.

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

Activity note: Hotel check-out 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Our final morning class from 8:30-10:00 a.m. will be followed by a panel wrap-up with Q&A from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The AFSA presenters will make closing comments with an opportunity for Road Scholars to ask final questions.

Lunch: Pre-ordered boxed lunches will be provided for all participants. You are welcome to have it at the hotel or take it with you. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. 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.