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Biggest crowd of winter season (so far) braves the elements for program on Iran

Dr. Abbas Milani and moderator Greg Dobbs The Vail Symposium promises to take audiences beyond the soundbites to really explore subjects in depth and on Monday, Jan. 13, we did just that. The topic of Iran is charged due, in large part, to many Americans’ memories of the long hostage drama in 1979-81. Professor Abbas…

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…

Author Eric Lichtblau addresses capacity crowd with story of Freddy Mayer

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Eric Lichtblau addressed a capacity crowd at The Sebastian Vail on Sunday, Dec. 29. Many stories of heroism from WWII have been lost to history–Lichtblau was able to bring to life the heroic story of Freddy Mayer. Mayer was a holocaust refugee who became an undercover OSS agent behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied…

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┬áIn 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…

The Unexpected Gifts from Near-Death Experiences

In a beautiful and moving program, two friends bound together by a tragic but profound experience shared what they have learned about life, the divine and the power of love. In a back-and-forth dialogue, Jeff Olson’s and Dr. Jeffrey O’Driscoll’s stories intertwined and diverged. However, their views on why we are here were complementary. According…

Ranching in Eagle County – a visual and aural history

The history of Eagle County stretches far before 1962, that famous year when the Vail ski area got its start. Virtually simultaneously, mining and ranching brought settlers to Colorado in the mid to late 19th century–spurred on by the arrival of the railroads. Ranching in Colorado was not without tragedy and hardship. In order to make ranching…