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On 2009’s cultural horizon in the Vail Valley

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Anne Doubilet
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” For the Vail Symposium, a nonprofit that plans cultural events in the valley, finding topics that resonate with local audiences has been easy this year. Not only is the economy a big talking point, the historic election has nearly everyone buzzing about the challenges facing Barack Obama.

“Our audience is even more informed than usual this year, so it makes it an especially dynamic year for Hot Topics,” said Fraidy Aber, the Vail Symposium’s former executive director (Colorado native Carrie Marsh assumed the post this week).

From forums on green building to U.S.-Russia relations, the Vail Symposium’s winter line-up touches on the hot issues facing our nation. Among the highlights will be the Unlimited Adventure series, which has a decidedly environmental theme this year. For instance, Anne Doubilet will talk about snapping pictures of poisonous catfish in reefs off Papua New Guinea, and melting icebergs in the Arctic.



“I see my role now almost as a conservation photographer,” said Doubilet, a New York city based photographer.

Speaking of conservation, the dollars in your wallet won’t become endangered from attending Vail Symposium discussions. More than half of the events are free this year. So go ahead ” immerse yourself in culture.



Jan. 13: Satellite broadcast from New York’s 92nd Street Y: Economist Paul Krugman converses with journalist Bill Moyers, 6 p.m., Vail Interfaith Chapel, free or $10 suggested donation

Jan. 14: Denver artist Lawrence Argent speaks on public art, 5:30 p.m., Sonnenalp of Vail, $15 or $10 for Vail Symposium donors

Jan. 18: Satellite broadcast from New York’s 92nd Street Y: Irshad Manji, author of “The Trouble with Islam Today,” speaks with novelist Salman Rushdie, 5:30 p.m., Vail Interfaith Chapel, free or $10 suggested donation



Jan. 21: Active minds: Ukraine at a Tipping Point, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Singletree Community Center in Edwards, free

Jan. 24: Bronze bowls art workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Donovan Pavilion in Vail, $25 for adults or $10 for kids

Jan. 29: Explorer Jon Bowermaster talks about sea kayaking around the world, 6 p.m., Donovan Pavilion in Vail, free

Jan. 30: Buddhist monk the Ven. Tenzin Priyadarshi talks ethics, religion and society, 5:30 to 7:15, Chaparral at Cordillera Valley Club in Edwards, $25 or $20 for Vail Symposium donors

Feb. 5: Runner Kimi Puntillo on completing marathons around the world, 6 p.m., Donovan Pavilion in Vail, free

Feb. 11: Tour of local couple Kent and Vicki Logan’s art collection, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Logan residence in Vail, $50 or $45 for Vail Symposium donors, includes lunch

Feb. 12: Underwater explorer Anne Doubilet on photography from Papua New Guinea to the Arctic, 6 p.m., Donovan Pavilion in Vail, free

Feb. 16: A talk on Russia with U.S.-Russia relations expert Rose Gottemoeller, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., Chaparral at Cordillera Valley Club in Edwards, $25 or $20 for Vail Symposium donors

Feb. 18: Active minds: The Financial Meltown, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Golden Eagle Community Center, free

Feb. 19: Christopher Swain on his ToxTour, a series of long-distance swims to promote clean water, 6 p.m., Donovan Pavilion, free

Feb. 26: Cinematographer Cameron Glendenning on filming the TV series ‘Deadliest Catch,’ 6 p.m., Donovan Pavilion, free

March 5: Professional skier and journalist William Kerig on ‘The Soul of Big Mountain Skiing,’ 6 p.m., Donovan Pavilion in Vail, free

March 9: A discussion on green building with Auden Schendler, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., Vail Christian High School in Edwards, $25 or $20 for Vail Symposium donors

March 18: Active minds: Afghanistan, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Singletree Community Center, free

April 1: Documentary film ‘Up the Yangtze,’ 7 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, $11 or $30 a series of three documentary films

April 7: Satellite broadcast from New York’s 92nd Street Y: Comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Carol Leifer, 6 p.m., Vail Interfaith Chapel, free or $10 suggested donation

April 8: Documentary film ‘Young at Heart,’ 7 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, $11

April 13: Active minds: OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and the Oil Economy, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Golden Eagle Community Center, free

April 15: Documentary film ‘Man on Wire,’ 7 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, $11

May 15: Buddhism scholar B. Alan Wallace discusses Buddhism and mind science, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, $25 or $20 for Vail Symposium donors

May 20: Active minds: ‘Columbia: A Powder Keg?’ 5:30 to 7 p.m., Singletree Community Center, free

June 3: Satellite broadcast from New York’s 92nd Street Y: Forum on sustainable enterprise with Al Gore, Stuart Hart, H. Fisk Johnson and Ratan Tata, 6 p.m., Vail Interfaith Chapel, free or $10 suggested donation

More information: Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org or call 970-476-0954

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