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Dr. Kate Newburgh tackles the causes of burnout

Dr. Kate Newburgh began her program citing empirical evidence for the prevalence of burnout and the toll it takes on individuals and organizations. Rather than providing palliative tips and tricks for combating burnout, Newburgh then took the audience on a journey through history and social science to make the case that nothing short of reinventing…

What do the best ultra athletes have in common?

Courtney Dauwaulter and Josiah Middaugh dished to Vail Symposium On a planet with more than 7.5 billion people, it is incredible to be in the presence of two of the best in the world. Courtney Dauwalter and Josiah Middaugh are two of the best at what they do: ultrarunning and off-road triathlons, respectively.  Throughout the evening…

Dr. Jonathan Metzl addresses how race impacts public health

With data that was empirical as well as observational, Dr. Jonathan Metzl laid out the case that efforts to block Medicaid expansion or cut education spending, driven by deep-seated racial bias, ended up hurting whites and minorities alike. In a side-by-side comparison between two demographically-similar states, Kentucky and Tennessee, Medicaid expansion in the former led…

Vail Symposium season spices up with spirited impeachment program

Contentious would be putting it mildly. The Vail Symposium took on the topic of impeachment and it was a lively and, at times, feisty conversation. Local attorney Rohn Robbins opened the program providing background information about impeachment and the concerns of lawmakers at the time of the drafting of the Constitution. Of paramount importance to…

More than directions – Maps as history

Whether it is old-fashioned Rand-McNally maps or GPS on our car’s dashboard, most of us use maps to get from point A to point B as efficiently as possible. DU history professor Susan Schulten shared with the Vail Symposium audience some of the many other ways maps have been used in American history: French maps…

Vail Symposium Winter 2020 seasons is on sale!

Thursday, December 12: Charting Destiny: The Power of Maps to Influence Historical Change in America In a time when heading west was journeying into the unknown, cartography was akin to memoir. In this program, Susan Schulten demonstrates why maps are uniquely qualified to capture what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for,…

Vail Symposium goes off-planet with former astronauts

Monday night’s Vail Symposium audience that gathered at The Sebastian Vail to listen to career NASA engineer Frank Buzzard and Astronauts Helms and Bridges was the most diverse audience of the summer season. Students, teachers, members of the Basalt High School aerospace club and other members of the community gathered to learn about the post-Apollo…

A discussion on CO Prop CC

Reeves Brown of Building a Better Colorado squeezed a semester’s worth of information about Gallagher and Tabor into a brisk 25-minute, condensed version of how these laws came into being and how they impact state revenues and spending. While Mill Levies brought some relief to school districts and municipalities, the drastic declines in state contributions…