Vail Symposium announces summer schedule of community programs |

Vail Symposium announces summer schedule of community programs

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The Vail Symposium tackles issues nationally, regionally and locally — including a program focused on the Eagle Mine cleanup on Aug. 1. The event includes a tour of the Eagle Mine.
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Tickets are on sale now for Vail Symposium programs. For more information about any Vail Symposium event, visit

The Vail Symposium website has a clock constantly counting down to its next event bringing the community together for thought-provoking, diverse discussions.

And after weeks, the clock is finally nearing 0 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes and 0 seconds.

From June to October, the Vail Symposium is bringing together experts in their fields to discuss everything from space exploration to preventing common cancers to the history of the Eagle Mine.

The nonprofit organization was conceived in 1971 as a “think tank” by then Vail Town Manager Terry Minger. Today, the Vail Symposium provides educational programs thanks almost entirely to donors.

Tickets are on sale now for Vail Symposium events. Visit for more information.

Integrative Approaches to Patient Care

June 8, Four Seasons Resort Vail

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Donese Worden will talk about how integrative approach empowers her patients to make significant contributions to their own healing.

Worden is an expert diagnostician, global health educator and a leader in bioenergetic medicine.

Worden will also be hosting a workshop.

Forecast For the Future: Using Demographic Data to plan for Eagle County

June 14, Colorado Mountain College, Edwards

State Demographer Elizabeth Garner will review trends in Colorado and Eagle County today and in the future. Garner will explain forecasted population change and aging along with labor forces and jobs.

Garner leads the State Demography Office, which produces population and economic estimates for use by state agencies and local governments.

The Reunited States of America: Turning Political Differences into Opportunities

June 28, Antlers at Vail

Mark Gerzon is a professional mediator and author who has facilitated bipartisan retreats for the U.S. House of Representatives. He will join the Vail Symposium this summer for an interactive program that will challenge participants to stop living in the “divided states” and become active citizens of the “Reunited States of America.”

Tackling Depression and Mental Illness in Colorado

July 19, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon

Did you know more than 1 million Coloradans and one in five people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness? Only about 60 percent of adults with a mental illness report not receiving treatment.

The Vail Symposium brings together three experts who are working on the front lines of mental illness in Colorado. They will discuss strengths and weakness of the current mental health care system, trends in treatment and the roles of medical providers.

Searching for the Dead Sea Scrolls

July 24, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been called the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century. First discovered in the 1940s in Jerusalem, the ancient collection of texts includes the oldest known biblical manuscripts, dating back some 2,000 years.

The scrolls were originally discovered in 11 caves along the Dead Sea, but earlier this year, Dr. Randall Price and a team found the 12th cave.

Price joins the Vail Symposium to talk about the exciting discovery and to share his stories.

The History and Future of the Eagle Mine

Aug. 1, Edwards Interfaith Chapel

A panel of experts will explore the history of the Eagle Mine and the collaborative cleanup efforts of the past two decades. The discussion highlights business, operational and regulatory perspectives, as well as those of our local community.

This program is presented in partnership with Eagle River Watershed Council, which will host two tours of the Eagle Mine. Visit for more details.

Nimby Jamboree: Creating a Healthy Community through Workforce Housing

Aug. 2-3, Antlers at Vail

This three-session discussion will addresses workforce housing and will feature a panel discussion in session 1, a visit to Miller Ranch in Edwards in session 2 and a town hall-style discussion for session 3.

Exploring Afro-Cuban Jazz

Aug. 9, Ludwig’s Terrace at the Sonnenalp, Vail

Dr. Michael Davison is a legendary performer, respected professor, published composer and ethnomusicologist. Davison will contextualize the musical tradition of jazz through an era-by-ear analysis, dating back to the 1700s.

Davison will be joined by internationally acclaimed Cuban ensemble Cubanismo.

Banksy and Beyond: Exploring Street Art

Aug. 14, The Grand View, Lionshead Village

In this fireside chat, local art gallery owner Bill Rey will lead a discussion between Michael and RJ Rushmore, a father and son who are well-versed in the street and contemporary art.

Summer Film Series

Wednesdays, Aug. 16-30, Little Beach Park, Minturn

This free three-week film series will start Aug. 16 with “Valley Uprising,” the story of Yosemite’s history.

On Aug. 23, an evening of shorts will feature “Melting Away,” “The Time Travelers” and “Martin’s Boat.”

On Aug. 30, “Third Eye Spies” will details the CIA’s use of psychic abilities for more than 20 years.

In true Vail Symposium style, producers, actors, directors and other special guests will accompany the screenings.

Cells to Society: Uncommon Insights to Understanding, Treating and Preventing Common Cancers

Aug. 19, Edwards Interfaith Chapel

Hosting five specialists from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Vail Symposium will present a two-part panel program where everyone — medical doctors, patients and those simply interested — can learn about exciting new breakthroughs in cancer research.

Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World

Sept. 6, Four Seasons Vail

Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of global organization Vital Voices, has worked with women leaders to develop training program and international forums in more than 140 countries and has interviewed more than 200 international leaders.

Nelson will talk more about Vital Voices, which calls for and makes possible transformation leadership across the world.

The Final Frontier: The Present and Future of Space Exploration

Sept. 14, The Grand View, Lionshead Village

This program brings together experts from across the space industry to share fascinating plans for the future of space exploration, mind-blowing breakthroughs in space technology and the relationship between private business and NASA.

The Mystery of the Crop Circles

Sept. 21, venue TBA

Barbara Lamb will present her large collection of slides featuring the intriguing phenomenon of crop circles. Lamb is recognized as one of the leading crop circle researchers and educators in the U.S. and England.

Lamb is also hosting a workshop on Sept. 22.

‘EdVonaVail:’ Regional Cooperation and Consolidation

Oct. 19, Antlers at Vail

From affordable housing to resort marketing, this Vail Symposium program will explore opportunities and what pitfalls arise when working together across town borders.

This event will take on the feel and format of an informal town meeting.

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