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Attending an exclusive presentation at the National Constitution Center
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Touring the Eastern State Penitentiary (on your own terms)
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Seeing original documents of freedom
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A private discussion with a local constitutional scholar
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Dining where the Fourth of July was first celebrated

Philadephia: Conflict and Compromise

Readings: A selection of the nation’s foundational documents, along with works by voices often not heard in the process of creating the republic; these may include essays, private letters, diaries, news articles, etc.

We. It’s a bold one-word assertion that gave legal birth to a nation. “We the People of the United States.” How did we get to this “we”? Tensions based on region, race and religion threatened hopes for “a more perfect union.” The delegates of the Constitutional Convention themselves were far from agreeing on the purpose and form of government. “We” excluded many voices: women, enslaved and free African-Americans, native peoples and religious minorities. Yet somehow, con icts were (mostly) resolved, compromises reached and 13 independent states united into a single nation. That “somehow,” the process of hammering out a republic, will be the focus of our time in history-rich Philadelphia.

Guided visits to Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center will bring the summer of 1787 to life. We’ll stand in the room where delegates, sweltering behind doors and windows closed for secrecy, argued, debated, passed motions, found points of agreement and ultimately signed the Constitution. A walking tour will take us through the bustling Georgian streets
of the colonial city where Benjamin Franklin had his printing press and Betsy Ross her upholstery shop. There will also be informal opportunities to soak in the atmosphere, such as during lunch at the reconstructed City Tavern, the o cial “local” of the delegates. We’ll close our trip with visits to two famous Philadelphia landmarks. The imposing Eastern State Penitentiary, conceived by Franklin, was an early enforcer of solitary con nement—a treatment thought to encourage rehabilitation. The expansive grounds of Bartram’s Garden, the oldest botanical garden in North America, o er a much pleasanter sort of solitude. We’ll learn about the garden’s history and enjoy the brilliant colours of sugar maples, black gums and viburnums.

Our home will be the lovely Morris House Hotel, built in 1787 and full of period details. Here we’ll gather in the sunlit library for discussions and presentations. On some occasions we’ll
be joined by a constitutional scholar from the University of Pennsylvania who will share his own understanding of the accomplishments and failures of the 1770s and 1780s and the importance of the post-convention debates where so much was at stake: “large- vs. small-scale politics, complexity vs. simplicity, heterogeneity vs. homogeneity, novelty vs. tradition, individual vs. collective liberty, and whether government power and personal liberty are in zero-sum relationship to each other.”
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

USA | 5 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Oct 18-22, 2018
Cost:
US$1595 - US$1825 (based on room category)
Group Size:
Limited to 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Gary Schoepfel. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$125. 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Walking tour of Independence Hall / Welcome cocktails
Day 2: Dining at City Tavern restaurant / Presentation at the National Constitution Center
Day 3: Exploring Reading Terminal Market / Meeting with a constitutional scholar
Day 4: Private tour of Eastern State Penitentiary
Day 5: Final discussion/depart
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Your Tour Leader

Gary has led and taught folks for the last 25 years how to lead book discussion groups. He has worked in the theatre for 10+ years as an actor, director, acting coach, and producer. A founding member of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival he received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for performance.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

USA | 5 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Oct 18-22, 2018
Cost:
US$1595 - US$1825 (based on room category)
Group Size:
Limited to 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Gary Schoepfel. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$125. 

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