July 2011

Stephen Zack, American Bar Association President: Threats to American Justice

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Thu, Jul 14 2011 - 6:00pm

Threats to American Justice

Stephen Zack, President, American Bar Association 

Geoffrey Hazard, Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law - Moderator

Lauded as one of the country’s best lawyers in 2011 and the American Bar Association’s first Hispanic president, Zack will discuss underlying threats to the American legal system such as underfunding and political indecisiveness. Read more »

Burma (Myanmar) and Laos

Kingdoms of the East
Sun, October 14, 2012 - Sat, October 27, 2012

Join study leader Dr. Donald Stadtner as we being our journey in Yangon. Visit temples, pagodas, and sacred Buddhist shrines. Admire the decaying colonial facades of the city, and enjoy a reception at the U.S. ambassador’s residence. Continue to Mandalay, the economic hub of Upper Burma and considered the center of Burmese culture. Discover the remarkable ruins Pagan, the ancient capital of the country and once a vast and populous kingdom. Fly through Bangkok to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$5,495 per person, double occupancy

Waterways of Russia: From St. Petersburg to Moscow

Aboard the Princess Victoria
Wed, September 26, 2012 - Tue, October 09, 2012

Begin in beautiful St. Petersburg with a cultural performance at the Alexandrinsky Theater and a visit to Catherine’s Palace to see the famous Amber Room. Enjoy an early entrance to the State Hermitage Museum, before our 6-night cruise on the Volga, Svir and Neva Rivers. Journey to the quaint village of Mandrogi, and Kizhi Island, where churches stand as testimony to the skills of Russian craftsmen. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

from $3,495, per person, double occupancy

Discovering China

Ancient Dynasties to Modern Superpower
Tue, September 04, 2012 - Mon, September 17, 2012

Begin in 2000-year-old Beijing, China’s modern-day capital, and discover its legendary sites: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. Learn about communal life along Beijing’s ancient alleyways or hutongs. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$4,195, including air from SFO, per person, double occupancy

The Black Sea: Crossroads of Culture from the Ancient Past to the Present

Aboard the All-Suite, 114-Guest Corinthian II
Wed, July 18, 2012 - Sat, July 28, 2012

The magnificent Black Sea region is the home of many pivotal events in world history, from the fall of Constantinople to the fall of the Soviet Union. After sailing from Athens, call in Constanta, Romania’s main port, and explore the ruins of Tomis Danubius. Discover Ukraine’s Odessa, a city rich in 19th-century architecture, including the famous Potemkin Steps, as well as Yalta and Sevastopol, crucible of the Crimean War. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

from $7,895, per person, double occupancy

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

with Shakespeare expert Dr. Philippa Kelly
Tue, June 12, 2012 - Sat, June 16, 2012

Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, OR is among the oldest and largest professional nonprofit theaters in the nation. Attend four plays and enjoy lively post-theater discussions with fellow Club members, led by our study leader, Dr. Philippa Kelly. Dr. Kelly is a Shakespeare expert, author, and the resident dramaturg for California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes).  Her most recent book, The King and I, is a very personal meditation on contemporary Australian life through the prism of King Lear. Dr. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$1,495 per person, double occupancy
$1,895 for a single room
Trip is limited to 25 participants.

Death Valley

Wildflowers, Canyons and Controversy
Mon, March 12, 2012 - Fri, March 16, 2012

Explore this magnificent land of extremes with study leader Frank Ackerman, a former Death Valley National Park Ranger. Visit Badwater Salt Falt, which at 282 feet below sea level, is the lowest place in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth lowest place on Earth. Enjoy a stunning panoramic view of all 11,049 feet of Telescope Peak. Hike through the multi-hued walls of Golden Canyon, and experience sunrise at Zabriskie Point. Learn about the dramatic geology, the remarkably hardy flora and fauna, and the controversial issues surrounding the park. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$1,995 per person, double occupancy


Moroccan Discovery

From the Imperial Cities to the Sahara
Sat, April 28, 2012 - Fri, May 11, 2012
Travel Cost: 

$5,295 per person, double occupancy, including air from SFO

Professor Frank H. Shu: Nuclear Energy After Fukushima

Tue, Sep 27 2011 - 6:00pm

Nuclear Energy After Fukushima

Frank H. Shu, University Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego

The media and public reaction to the nuclear accident at Fukushima involving light water reactors and their associated spent-fuel storage pools threaten to cripple the nuclear renaissance that is humanity’s best hope for mitigating climate disruption, Shu contends. He will review how light water reactors and the “once-through” fuel cycle came to dominate the landscape for generating nuclear power today and assess options for the future. Read more »

Dr. Alex Feng: The Tai Ji Way to Healthy Living

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Wed, Oct 12 2011 - 6:00pm

The Tai Ji Way to Healthy Living

Dr. Alex Feng, LAc, Ph.D., OMD, Founder, Zhi Dao Guan, Taoist Center

Tai Ji Quan is a Chinese internal martial art that emphasizes working with your qi, or life energy, with precise body postures and natural movements to improve physical health and increase energy. Tai Ji is so versatile that people of all ages can find it useful. Feng will give a live demonstration of the form, and audience members will be able to participate. He is a grandmaster of this traditional Chinese internal martial art form. Read more »