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Vail Symposium event talks ‘The Reunited States of America’ on June 29

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Author Mark Gerzon will lead an interactive seminar that will challenge participants to stop living in "divided states" and become active citizens of the "Reunited States of America." The Vail Symposium Hot Topic series event is June 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 online or $35 at the door ($10 for students and teachers). For more information, visit www.VailSymposium.org or call 970-476-0954.
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If you go …

What: The Reunited States of America: Turning Political Differences into Opportunities.

Who: Mark Gerzon, professional mediator and author.

Where: Antlers at Vail, Lionshead Village.

When: Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. presentation.

Cost: $25 online before 2 p.m. on the day of the event, $35 at the door, $10 students and teachers.

More information: Visit www.VailSymposium.org or call 970-476-0954 to register. Attendees should utilize public parking structures. Summer parking is free in the Vail and Lionshead parking structures.

VAIL — It’s tough to talk about politics.

In an environment that’s defined by widespread polarization and animosity between parties, it can be difficult to discuss differences; and social media isn’t assisting with the conversation. Communication is necessary for a cohesive community but it’s not always easy to start that dialogue.

On Thursday, the Vail Symposium presents speaker Mark Gerzon, who will lead an interactive seminar that will challenge participants to stop living in “divided states” and become active citizens of the “Reunited States of America.”

A professional mediator and author of the book “The Reunited States of America: How we can Bridge the Partisan Divide,” Gerzon will begin the evening with a short presentation about his work to reunite America by bringing people together from across the aisle.

Interactive Session

The second half of the evening is an interactive session, tackling two frequently divisive issues in our region: environment and immigration. Through real-time, anonymous feedback delivered via the Vail Symposium’s electronic polling system, Gerzon will show us that there is value to be gained in truly listening to what the other side says about an issue and in trying to communicate in order to find a solution.

Gerzon is a pioneer on the frontier between the political left and right. Ever since he designed and facilitated the Bipartisan Retreats for the United States House of Representatives, he has worked to foster common ground problem-solving and a “New Patriotism” based on inclusion, respect and diversity. Whether working with public entities including the United Nations, corporations or nonprofits, he helps leaders bridge the great divides of our time.

This program is part of the Vail Symposium’s Hot Topic series. Upcoming Hot Topic events include Searching for the Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. Randall Price on July 24 and Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World with Alyse Nelson on Sept. 6.