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We will be streaming tonight’s program, “Imagining Freedom: Timothy Standring Curates Norman Rockwell” on Facebook Live

UPDATE: Due to limits on public gatherings in Eagle County, we will be broadcasting tonight’s program LIVE.  Due to the copyright on some of the images Timothy Standring uses in his presentation, we will NOT post this program for viewing after the fact.  Please tune in at 6 p.m. tonight on the Vail Symposium Facebook page to view…

Update: Tomorrow’s program, “Bad Blood: Ukraine, Russia and the United States” on March 12, will occur as planned – with precautions

UPDATE: We continue to monitor the coronavirus situation very closely and are focused on how this developing situation might impact our events.   Tomorrow’s event is still moving forward as planned and we will keep you posted on future events. We will be filming all of our remaining events so if you are not comfortable attending, or…

Legislation demystified – 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The legislative process enjoys a reputation for a paint-drying level of fascination. However, Hank Gutman revealed some of the machinations and intrigue behind passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. For instance, the Budget Act and the requirements of revenue reconciliation imposed requirements with short-term work-arounds that will have long-term consequences. Many of…

Dr. Jessica Payne advocates a good night’s sleep

Dr. Jessica Payne exposed an absurd truth about American culture: Our propensity to not only devalue sleep, but to also openly brag about how little we get. Imagine if people bragged about how little they exercised? And yet, sleep is part of what she calls the health “Holy Trinity” along with a good diet and…

Stephan Schwartz discusses how human consciousness, focused awareness

Stephan Schwartz has been studying human consciousness for nearly 50 years. Much of his research has centered on the life of Edgar Cayce, a self-professed clairvoyant who answered questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation and the after-life while allegedly in a self-induced trance. Schwartz believed the trance was necessary for Cayce, an evangelical…

Vail Symposium tackles criminal justice reform in America

The beautiful Donovan Pavilion was the setting for an important–and at times alarming–discussion of criminal justice reform in America. Several of the most serious issues with the justice system resulted in a lively back and forth between our two speakers, legal scholar Clark Neily and prosecutor Ashley Morgan. The use, or misuse, of plea bargaining…

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…