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Vail Symposium delivers timely Brexit discussion before UK elections

Joe Jupille and Dr. Amanda Sloat Our timing could not have been better. When we scheduled our Brexit program six months ago, we had no idea where Britain would be in the process. As it turned out, still in the scrum. Even better timing, on the day following our program, the Conservative Party was set…

Larry Diamond details the decline of democracy, both globally and in the U.S.

The trend lines are clear: Whether it is Freedom House or the Economist, democracy trackers agree that liberal democracy has been on the decline since 2006–around the world and within our own country. The disquieting information presented by Hoover senior fellow Larry Diamond included the “autocrats’ 12 step program.” These steps, which include demonizing political opposition,…

Dirty money: How corrosive currency is undermining democracy

It often comes down to money and on June 27, Svet Derderyan and Andrew Wilson sat down with the Vail Symposium to talk about dirty money – how corrosive capital is undermining democracy around the world. The end of the Cold War ushered in a brief democracy honeymoon, particularly in the former Soviet Bloc states…

Vail Symposium dives deep into “Tosca”

“Puccini’s Tosca: An Immersive Introduction” addressed opera in general, the composer Giacomo Puccini in particular, and provided insight into one of history’s most beloved Toscas: Maria Callas. This collaboration between Bravo! Vail and the Vail Symposium invited recognized opera expert Robert Marx to Vail. Addressing a near-capacity crowd, Marx peppered his rich discussion with anecdotes…

Bringing history alive for the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell expedition

Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell. Photo by Skip Mundy. History came alive at SaddleRidge in Beaver Creek on June 17. One hundred fifty years after he explored the Colorado and Green Rivers, John Wesley Powell, as interpreted by historian Clay Jenkinson, regaled a sold-out Vail Symposium audience with anecdotes of grit, close-calls, exploration and…

Vail Symposium addresses health care in the Vail Valley

What are the causes of our sky-high healthcare costs in Eagle County? Big Pharma? Avaricious insurers? Something else? Our prestigious panel comprised of lawmakers and healthcare CEOs addressed the multiple variables that drive high costs in the high country. Some of those variables are common to other states, others more pronounced in rural and mountain…

How are we creating the future?

Dan Thoma’s enthusiasm for technological advances in manufacturing and his optimism about the future were infectious during his June 10 presentation at Colorado Mountain College. Dan demonstrated how manufacturing advances have resulted in smaller, more efficient items such as pace-makers. He showed how kinetic energy can be captured by people walking and turned into usable…

Vail Symposium addresses “Dying Well and End of Life Visions” on June 6 – links to presentations included

Dr. Monica Williams wants you to have a good life, and a good death. She is on a mission to chip away at the taboo that surrounds the subject of death and dying in America. Most people will live long lives and see death coming long before it arrives, which provides everyone the opportunity to…

Special Fundraising Event: West of the Imagination: Time Travel To 1869 with Explorer John Wesley Powell

Join the Vail Symposium for a special fundraising program with Clay portraying, in character and costume, the war hero, explorer, scientist and visionary John Wesley Powell. Monday, June 17, 2019 5 p.m.: Exploration of SaddleRidge Western Art and Artifacts Collection. Beer, wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert will be provided 6 p.m. Program begins…

The 2019 Vail Symposium summer season is now on sale!

We’re pleased to announce that the 2019 Vail Symposium summer season is now on sale. Click here to purchase tickets to this season’s diverse line-up of thought-provoking and educational programming. Note: On June 17, the Vail Symposium will host a special fundraising program “West of the Imagination: Time Travel To 1869 with Explorer John Wesley…