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Vail Symposium Summer 2019 Season Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to share our upcoming summer programming schedule – we wanted you to be the first to know so that you can mark your calendars! Tickets are not currently available for these programs, but we will let you know when they go live. We are still finalizing several more exciting programs to be added to…

Stay Younger, Longer…

The Vail Symposium seeks to provide our community with educated perspectives from recognized experts. In so doing, we hope to inform and spark conversations. This past winter season, some of our programs also provided information with the potential to enhance lives. In March, Professor David Creswell of Carnegie Mellon University provided compelling research showing the…

Vail Symposium celebrates 15 years of the Vail Veterans Program

Honoring the Best Among Us What you see first are the old injuries—missing limbs and angry scars. What you hear when they start to speak are details of a journey no one should have to make—a journey to combat and home again, physically altered. What you remember long after they stop speaking is the tremendous…

Vail Symposium explores the benefits of mindfulness meditation

Dr. J. David Creswell News reports extolling the benefits of mindfulness meditation are cropping up with increasing regularity. Is there truth beyond the hype? On Thursday, Feb. 22 at Vail Interfaith Chapel, Dr. J. David Creswell examined the research his lab at Carnegie Mellon University has conducted on the effects of mindfulness meditation with careful…

Can you tell truth from fiction?

A sold-out crowd gathered to hear moderator Greg Dobbs question Snopes.com founder David Mikkelson and Sam Gill of the Knight Foundation about the rise of fake news and what can be done about it. Certainly vigilance is the first step, which also means awareness of our own confirmation bias. That is an intractable problem. Sam…

Governor Hickenlooper joins Vail Symposium for special fundraising event

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, the Vail Symposium hosted a very special fundraiser with Governor John Hickenlooper as guest of honor and speaker. Guests arrived at the stunning Beaver Creek home of Pam and Richard Bard where they were treated to the elegant sounds of Tony Gulizia on piano and Bob Rebholz on sax. The duo…

Jon Waterman shares a life of adventure

Living a life of adventure is a common childhood dream. Our adventure series speaker Jon Waterman made a life out of it. He began climbing as a teen and made his first trip to Denali at 19. After several seasons as a National Park Service Ranger and Guide at Denali, Jon turned to writing. He…

Expert panel speaks on palliative care and medical aid in dying

On Thursday, Dec. 6 at Edwards Interfaith Chapel, the Vail Symposium kicked off the winter season with a panel of experts who gathered at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel on a snowy night to address two difficult, but important, topics: palliative care and medical aid-in-dying (MAID). Regina Fink, the co-director of the Master of Science in Palliative…

Vail Symposium announces 2018-19 Winter Season

The Vail Symposium’s 2018-19 Winter Season kicks off this week on Thursday, Dec. 6 with a special panel program on palliative care and medical aid in dying. The season is chock-full of diverse, educational and entertaining programming. Check out the season at a glance below, then visit our Events page to learn more. We look forward…