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Road Scholar

Adventures in Lifelong Learning


Road Scholar at San Pedro Center
Are you 55 or over and interested in a unique learning experience at an extremely affordable price? San Pedro Center in conjunction with Road Scholar, offers just such an opportunity.

Our all-inclusive programs offer five nights and six days of wonderful meals, comfortable rooms, entertaining and knowledgeable instructors, field trips to the surrounding area, and a staff eager and willing to make your week memorable.

Below, please take a look at the programs we are offering for the 2018 winter/spring season!

To Register:

Online at www.roadscholar.org, or by calling 877-426-8056 (Mon. – Fri. 9:00am-6:00pm Eastern Time)

JANUARY 14-19, 2018 #22243 $699 dbl.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN Explore this gifted duo whose timeless classics continue to delight. Enjoy a selection of the entire canon including such favorites as HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado

“LIVING” DEAD SEA SCROLLS Travel to that fateful day when an Arab lad stumbled upon the most important archaeological find of the 20th Century, and to discoveries made recently. What mysteries lie within the Scrolls; what wisdom do they hold for us today?

SUCCESSFUL “MISFITS” What do Beatrix Potter, Milton Hershey, George Washington Carver and Robert Ripley all have in common? Each transcended a lonely childhood as “oddballs” attaining personal self-fulfillment— and contributing a lasting legacy to the world.

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JANUARY 21-26, 2018 #23019 $699 dbl.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: MASTER OF SUSPENSE In a career that spanned five decades, film director Alfred Hitchcock thrilled audiences with his delightful mix of macabre humor and spine-tingling suspense. In this presentation, students will explore how Hitchcock’s childhood and strict upbringing in England influenced his unique and influential style. Scenes from such classic movies as The 39 Steps, Notorious, Rear Window, Psycho, and The Birds will be viewed as we examine the trademark techniques and motifs that would later become known as “Hitchcockian”.

RUSSIA: THE LAST TSAR AND HIS WORLD The assassination of Tsar Nicholas II in 1918 was a brief political act that ended an era. But the road that led to it was long and fascinating. In this course, we will look closely at the tsar and his ancestors, his devoted and widely hated wife, his son’s hemophilia, the “mad monk” Rasputin and his own assassin, Felix Youssoupov, and the dictator who supplanted him, Vladimir Lenin.

FAMOUS AND FABULOUS Did you know that Washington Crossing the Delaware, the famous painting in every student’s history book, was painted by a German and is full of historical errors? Or that Whistler painted his mother when a model unexpectedly didn’t show up? Learn the stories behind some of America’s most famous artworks, including: Snap the Whip (Winslow Homer), Migrant Mother (Dorothea Lange), Christina’s World (Andrew Wyeth), and more.

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FEBRUARY 4-9, 2018 #23021 $749 dbl.

AMERICA’S REACH FOR THE STARS – Americans have always enjoyed stories presented in song. While playing original recordings of over 100 folk hits through the ages, we’ll discuss the performers and their political agendas, survey the sources of folk songs, and consider the effect of different eras on the folk music of our country.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: MASTER OF SUSPENSE In a career that spanned five decades, film director Alfred Hitchcock thrilled audiences with his delightful mix of macabre humor and spine-tingling suspense. In this presentation, students will explore how Hitchcock’s childhood and strict upbringing in England influenced his unique and influential style. Scenes from such classic movies as The 39 Steps, Notorious, Rear Window, Psycho, and The Birds will be viewed as we examine the trademark techniques and motifs that would later become known as “Hitchcockian”.

THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF THOMAS MERTON Thomas Merton is one of the most famous Christian writers of all time. Yet, many people do not understand the depth and breadth of his human journey. This class will inquire into his childhood, teenage years, college studies, and his time as a Trappist monk and ultimately what transformative experiences led him to become a pioneer in Christian/Zen/Buddhist dialog. We will read short selections from several of his books including The Seven Story Mountain, Zen and the Birds of Appetite and Preview of The Asian Journal.

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FEBRUARY 18-23, 2018 #22691 $699 dbl

THE GILDED AGE The Gilded Age was a term first coined by Mark Twain in his book “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today,” satirizing an era of serious social problems masked by a thin gold gilding. An era of rapid economic growth and industrial wealth, the late 1800s also saw two major nationwide depressions and an influx of millions of immigrants. Come revisit this period at the peaceful San Pedro Conference center and delve into the politics, people, scandals and entertainment that became synonymous with the time.

Highlights:

  • Explore a variety of popular music from the late 1800s from parlor songs like “A Bicycle Built for Two” to the patriotic, “America the Beautiful,” learning the stories behind them and even taking the opportunity to do some singing.
  • In 1876 the presidency was won because of a ballot controversy and two presidents were shot and killed shortly after they were inaugurated. Congress was known for being inefficient, its halls filled with tobacco smoke and spittoons.
  • Vaudeville was the most popular form of mass entertainment and at home everyone was reading books by Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Booth Tarkington Baseball’s first pro team was established in 1869 and was becoming the “National Pastime,” while basketball was invented in 1891.

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FEBRUARY 18-23, 2018 #23022 $699 dbl

LEARNING TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE WITH WELLNESS AND WALKING “It is solved by walking” attributed to St. Augustine from ancient philosophers and medieval pilgrims to Romantic poets, the movement of walking has inspired thought, spiritual reflection, and creative endeavors. Join this stroll through history and across disciplines, from Aristotle to Wordsworth, pausing to experience and contemplate the power and beauty of the labyrinth, as well as enjoy the words and artistic visions of the world’s famous peripatetics. Discover various ways to practice mindful walking. We will practice indoors, outdoors in nature, and with a labyrinth, an ancient meditation tool that has been rediscovered by the modern world. During our retreat time, you are invited to experience the mindfulness, insight, and peace that come from meditative walking practices. At San Pedro Center, we are fortunate to have an 11-Circuit, Chartres-style labyrinth to walk. Found in almost every spiritual tradition, the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey of life and spirit.”

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FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 2, 2018 #23023 $699 dbl

THE INTERSECTION OF MYTHOLOGY, HISTORY, AND ARCHAEOLOGY IN ANCIENT GREECE Revisit some of the well-known and oft-told tales of gods, goddesses, and heroes, viewing them through the lens of historical and archaeological findings. From the Minotaur in the depths of the labyrinth to the sculpted friezes of the Parthenon, how are the myths illuminated by both traditional and recent scholarship?

AN EARLY HISTORY OF FLORIDA Beginning with the end of the First Spanish Period leading to the cession of Florida from Spain to Great Britain in 1763, we’ll march toward statehood in 1845 while encountering unsettled settlers, Florida’s first land rush, and an Indian war.

FAMOUS AND FABULOUS Did you know that Washington Crossing the Delaware, the famous painting in every student’s history book, was painted by a German and is full of historical errors? Or that Whistler painted his mother when a model unexpectedly didn’t show up? Learn the stories behind some of America’s most famous artworks, including: Snap the Whip (Winslow Homer), Migrant Mother (Dorothea Lange), Christina’s World (Andrew Wyeth), and more.

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MARCH 4-9, 2018 #23024 $699 dbl

MEMORABLE MUSIC FROM HOLLYWOOD The advent of sound movies in 1927 began an era in which many songs emerged from Hollywood. Through the Depression, WWII, and the “Golden Era” of musical films during the 50’s and 60’s, hit songs from both musical and dramatic films were frequent. View actual fi lm clips, discuss the composers and lyricists and key events affecting movie production.

TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY Journey across America with Nobel-Prize winning author John Steinbeck and his French poodle, Charley. Look deeply into concepts of community, regionalism, nostalgia, home and place in 1960 compared with 21stC American landscape and mindset.

THE TWO EMILYS Victorian England severely limited Emily Bronte’s self-expression, and Puritan America did the same to Emily Dickinson. But that did not keep them from writing masterpieces of great originality and beauty. This course will focus on the love of nature and deep understanding of the human heart in their poetry and in Wuthering Heights.

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