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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…

Feeling like you missed something? We have you covered.

Athough we’d love to see you at each thought-provoking panel and discussion, we’re know that sometimes you can’t attend every single Vail Symposium program that you’d like to. To help alleviate your disappointment, we try to video as many of our programs that we can.  Have you checked out our videos page lately? There you’ll…

A sneak peek of next week’s programs: Two nights, four speakers, one incredible experience

It is always a moving target to understand even the most obvious geopolitical alliances and influences. But in the world of emerging China, the reemergence of Russia, the Internet-connected world and other rapidly advancing technology and with many new non-traditional leaders in the world, geopolitics is moving so fast as to create a sonic boom….

Pack Packs the House

Thank you to everyone who attended Jason Pack’s presentation “From Qadhafi to Chaos: Libya’s Centrality in Western Geostrategy and the Fight Against Jihadism” at the Grand View on Jan. 4. We had a packed house and the feedback from attendees has been stellar.  As Jason has explained, the problems in Libya are bigger than just…