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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…

Soon-to-be Library of Congress Chair in U.S. – China Relations enlightens packed crowd on U.S.-China competition

A large audience turned out to hear noted China expert Minxin Pei discuss U.S. – China Strategic Competition on Thursday, June 28. Pei began by discussing the initial opening of a U.S. – Chinese dialogue when Nixon and Kissinger went to China. He traced the trajectory of the relationship through the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations up to the…

Expert Panel Gives Insight on Lobbying and How the Sausage of Government Gets Made

On Wednesday, June 13, a panel comprised of career Washington lobbyists shared their insights of an often misunderstood and maligned profession. Veteran journalist Ron Elving moderated the Vail Symposium event, “An Insider’s Look at Lobbying,” held at the stunning Four Seasons Hotel in Vail. Ron kicked off the evening providing the Constitutional basis for the…

Fred Frailey informs, entertains with the impact of railroads in Colorado

A capacity crowd turned out to the Edwards Interfaith Chapel on Wednesday, June 13, to hear Fred Frailey explain the critical role the railroads played in the development of Colorado. Fred’s informative and at times humorous account included the colorful personalities that rushed to claim the fastest routes and most forgiving mountain passes. Boom and bust were constant companions and…

Vail Symposium summer season starts strong with special program in partnership with Vail Health

The Vail Symposium kicked off the 2018 summer season with a healthy dose of inspiration and advice on Sunday, June 3. Partnering with the talented team from the Shaw Cancer Center to commemorate Cancer Survivor Day, the program “Life After Cancer: How to not only Manage but Thrive” provided nearly 200 attendees with information on actionable steps to…

It’s here! The 2018 summer program brochure is now available

Have you checked your mail lately? We recently shipped our 2018 summer program brochure to our mailing list and it is beautiful (if we do say so ourselves). Featuring descriptions of our upcoming season as well as helpful information and fun stories, the Vail Symposium program brochure is a great way to get the scoop…

Notice: Mental Health = Essential Health Canceled

If you’re a subscriber to our newsletter then you already received notice that unfortunately, due to an unforeseen conflict, Patrick Kennedy will not be able to join us for our program “Mental Health = Essential Health.” He regrets not being able to fulfill his commitment to speak at the Vail Symposium on March 29, but…