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Experts discuss Russian attacks on democracy in the U.S. and what’s next  

 “Bigger, better, faster” was the consensus on future Russian efforts to influence American politics and society. Both David Salvo and Rand Waltzman agreed that Russia will not ease up on their efforts to sow discord and further divide Americans with the ultimate goal of weakening our country. Thus far doing so has been relatively inexpensive, reaped huge benefits to Russia, and incurred…

Vail Symposium discussed all things cyber with James Lewis on Sept. 6

Lion Square Lodge was the venue for a high-level discussion on the primary categories of cybersecurity: cyberwarfare, cyberespionage and cybercrime. James Andrew Lewis, an internationally recognized expert in this field, kept the conversation accessible with generous doses of humor sprinkled throughout his fascinating and at times alarming presentation. Lewis made it clear that the threat…

The 2018 Vail Symposium Raffle is Over!

We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets to support the Vail Symposium this summer. We reached our goal and are proud to continue bringing quality, thought-provoking programs to the Vail Valley community.  The winner has been randomly drawn and has been notified. As soon as we hear back…

Connecting the worlds of art and neuroscience

The Vail Symposium connected the worlds of art and neuroscience at their Art, A Matter of Mind event on August 15 at Colorado Mountain College. This program was a collaboration that brought together a collector, JoAnn Gonzales Hickey; a curator, Mardee Goff; and a neuroscience researcher from CU Boulder, Flux.  The Vail Symposium program launched…

The Vail Symposium Raffle is LIVE!

Photo courtesy of VLMD and Jack Affleck For the third summer, the Vail Symposium is holding its annual raffle fundraiser. If you love Vail and want the chance to win a truly spectacular vacation to Vail while supporting a community-based non-profit, then here’s your chance! The Vail Symposium “Vacation in Vail” raffle is now live. Until the drawing on Sept. 9,…

Vail Symposium presents a multi-sensory journey to Africa

The Hotel Talisa set the stage for a memorable evening about Africa in their modern alpine facilities. Audience members were transported on a taste adventure to Africa prior to the program thanks to the culinary skills of executive chef Jay Spickelmier. Ogbono Nigerian soup, toasted pepitas, nontraditional fufu, and chermoula-marinated redfish fortified the Vail Symposium…

Mark Anthony discusses eternal life and the afterlife

The psychic lawyer, Mark Anthony, spent two nights in Vail sharing his talents with the Vail community. In his first event, Mark presented an expansive defense of the concept of reincarnation. In a presentation that drew upon religious texts, the historical record and quantum physics, Mark laid out his case for eternal life. The following…

Ambassador Dennis Ross addresses capacity crowd on the mess in the Middle East

Ambassador Dennis Ross, along with veteran foreign correspondent Greg Dobbs, addressed a sold-out crowd at The Sebastian-Vail on Thursday, July 30. With assistance and the occasional joke from Dobbs, Ambassador Ross discussed a wide range of intertwined issues that form the complex web of challenges that beset the Middle East. Fielding questions from both Dobbs and…

Listening is more than mannerly: It can change the world

Did you know that most people only listen to 25 percent of what others are saying? For Eric Maddox, listening more led to one of the biggest moments in his career as an Army interrogator.  Army interrogator Eric Maddox regaled the audience at Wednesday’s Vail Symposium event with the inside story of how U.S. forces…

Discussing the Health of America

It was a night of healthcare policy all-stars as faculty from the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan provided insight into various aspects of U.S. healthcare policy. The first half of the program broadly addressed healthcare policy. Dr. Ayanian outlined the necessity and impact of Medicaid expansion in Michigan. Christopher Friese, Ph.D., provided an…