Taking on the great divide | VailDaily.com

Taking on the great divide

Don Rogers

The Vail Valley Institute has a hot topic for its annual seminar June 23-26. “America Divided: Are the culture wars for real?” The institute, through presentations and Socratic give-and-take among participants, will take up the great red state-blue state debate that’s defined national politics lately.Eagle County has a foot in each state of mind, if you will, between how the downvalley and upvalley voted last November. The western side of the county went pretty much all Republican, and east of Wolcott voted straight-up Democrat. To help explore the many questions raised primarily in the past two presidential elections, the institute has invited these speakers:– David Brooks, the conservative voice in The New York Times op-ed section.– Thomas Frank, liberal commentator and author of “What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.”– Arianna Huffington, commentator and author of “Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America.– Morris Fiorina, Stanford professor, Hoover Institution fellow and co-author of “Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America.”The cost is a bit rich at $1,750 for full participant, but so is the experience. Each year, a couple of high school students also attend on scholarship. Check out http://www.vailvalleyinstitute.org for more information. Vail, Colorado

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