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Vail Symposium aims for rethinking

Edward Stonerestoner@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyIn an Aug. 20 Vail Symposium event, Dr. Temple Grandin will explain how autism allows her to communicate in a way unique only to those living with autism.

VAIL, Colorado Times of uncertainty in the world and in Vail, Colorado are making people rethink the way they live their lives.So rethink seemed to be a timely theme for this summers Vail Symposium summer schedule, said Executive Director Carrie Marsh.The symposium is bringing plenty of provocative lecturers, movies and field trips to Vail to help people rethink the way they see the world.For instance, the schedule includes Rethinking Humanity: A Conversation with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi and Father Thomas Keating, set for June 30.Priyadarshi, director of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a frequent visitor to the Vail Valley. Keating is a Trappist monk who lives at St. Benedicts Monastery in Snowmass.The men will be talking about what it means to be alive during this era, Marsh said.I bet money that my grandkids are going to say, What was it like to be around in 2009? Marsh said. That is kind of their take on what it means to be living during this time.Another highlight of the schedule is set for July 23, when attorney Scott Barker will host a talk called Individual Rights in the Age of Terrorism.Barker, of Denver, is defending several detainees at Guanatanamo Bay.As laws have changed and continue to change, what does that mean to individual rights in our world? Marsh said, adding that President Obamas recent decision to close Guantanamo changes the picture even more.On Aug. 20, Dr. Temple Grandin, who lives with autism, will be hosting a panel discussion on the disorder.Marsh noted that other mental illnesses such as depression are starting to get more attention and funds for treatment and research, but autism lags behind.Autism is still not getting as much recognition as it could be, Marsh said.The summer season kicks off June 3 with a television forum on sustainability featuring Al Gore.June 3, 6 p.m.Forum on Sustainable Enterprise, Free ($10 suggested donation)Live broadcast, in partnership with BNai Vail Congregation, of a conversation from the Cornell Global Forum on Sustainable Enterprise with panelists Al Gore, et. Al. Vail Interfaith ChapelJune 10, 5:30 p.m.U.S. Energy Policy, FreeThe Active Minds course will look at the science and politics of energy policies in the United States. Location TBAJune 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Healthy Home Fair & Tour, FreePresented by the Vail Symposium and Eagle Valley Alliance, the fair features green vendors, demonstrations, music, food, family activities, birdhouse auction and tours of green buildings and homes . Nottingham Park, AvonJune 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Aspen Valley Art Tour, $125 or $100 VS donors; includes lunchExplore the Aspen Valley through its art. Custom tours of the Carbondale Clay Center, Anderson Ranch, landscape of the Aspen Institute, art galleries, and an artists studio. Aspen ValleyJune 30, 5:30 p.m.Rethinking Humanity: A Conversation with Ven. Tenzin Priyadarshi and Father Thomas Keating, $25 or $20 VS DonorsExplore what it means to be human in a time of uncertainty from the perspective of a Buddhist and Trappist monk.Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, VailJuly 15, 5:30 p.m.Duality of India, FreeThe stakes are high as India seeks to continue its rapid economic growth while meeting ongoing the challenges in the region. An Active Minds course.Location TBAJuly 23, 5:30 p.m.Individual Rights in the Age of Terrorism, $25 or $20 VS DonorsCan we be safe and yet remain true to our long standing and firm commitment to individual liberty? Partner at Holland & Hart Scott Barker investigates.Location TBAJuly 26, 3 p.m.Bronze Bell Workshop, $30 per bellImprint designs onto bell-shaped molds which will be cast in a public bronze pouring demonstration.Ford Park Picnic Pavilion, VailJuly 27, 5:30 p.m.Music and the Mind: An evening with Dr. Richard Kogan, $25 or $20 VS DonorsConcert pianist and psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan speaks about the brains profound influence on creativity. Dr. Kogan will demonstrate through performance and discussion the legendary composer Beethoven.Vail Interfaith Chapel, VailAug. 10, 5:30 p.m.History of Colorado, FreeThe Active Minds course will examine the 15 year struggle to become the 38th state and the role of mining and oil during its evolution. Location TBAAug. 18, 5:30 p.m.Rethinking the Native American West, $25 or $20 VS DonorsDiscussion on the Western Expansion with John Haworth, Director, George Gustav Heye Center, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and photographer Drex BrooksSonnenalp Resort of VailAug. 20, 5:30 p.m.A Voice of Autism: A conversation with Dr. Temple Grandin, $25 or $20 VS DonorsLiving with autism, Dr. Temple Grandin will explain how her condition allows her to communicate in a way unique only to those living with autism. Location TBAAug. 26, 7 p.m.La Belle et la Bte, $11 or $30 for series of three filmsVail Symposiums Beaver Creek Film Series presents a classic French film from 1946 – the original story of Beauty and the Beast. Vilar Performing Arts CenterSept. 2, 7 p.m.Pather Panchali, $11 or $30 for series of threeVail Symposiums Beaver Creek Film Series presents an Indian film from 1955. If you liked Slumdog Millionaire, this lesser known classic movie is a must.Vilar Performing Arts CenterSept. 9, 7 p.m.Waltz with Bashir, $11 or $30 for series of threeVail Symposiums Beaver Creek Film Series presents an animated depiction of war through the eyes of a soldier. Nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary in 2009.Vilar Performing Arts CenterSept. 14New Role for Natural Resources: A Tour of Leadville, cost TBAColorado State Geologist Dr. Vince Matthews and Bob Raynolds of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will explore Colorados role in the state of the environment through a tour of natural resources in Leadville.LeadvilleSept. 16, 7 p.m.The Edge of Never, cost TBAVail Symposiums Beaver Creek Film Series presents the World Premiere. A documentary that follows a young man to the mountain that took his legendary fathers life. Vilar Performing Arts CenterSept. 23, 5:30 p.m.Bio-Engineered Food, freeThe Active Minds course will explore scientific advancements of how we alter the food we grow and the potential undesirable consequences for health and the environment.Location TBA

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