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Vail Symposium explores the environment

Evan Fairmont
Vail Daily community correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL, Colorado –The Vail Symposium’s summer lineup examines the environment, neuroscience and creativity, the art and culture of the Native American West, and foreign policy. Its documentary film and speaking locally programs also will continue this summer.

The environment has been a running theme with the Vail Symposium. There will be a number of events this summer focusing on the environment, with programs on Colorado’s glaciers, geology, energy resources and more.

Amory Lovins will kick off the summer with a discussion entitled, “Rethinking Fire.” Lovins is the chief scientist and chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute. He has worked with the large corporations and organizations to help reduce energy use as a top priority. “Rethinking Fire” is the institute’s latest initiative to shift away from fossil fuels towards more sustainable resources. This event will take place June 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Red Sky Ranch in Wolcott.

In an effort to reduce the symposium’s environmental footprint, the summer schedule will only be available on The seasonal brochure will not be printed or distributed.

There will be three programs on examining Innovations in neuroscience and study of our brain’s effect on mood, behavior and creativity. The headliner of the “Brain Series” will take place on July 8 with the return of concert pianist and psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan. In celebration of Robert Schumann’s bicentenary, Kogan will explore the role of music in healing and the function psychological factors have on creativity.

Continuing the theme of music and the brain will be a screening of the film, “Life.Support.Music.” The film documents a young musician and his astonishing recovery from a brain hemorrhage. The film offers a look into the struggle of a family trying to bring life back to a loved one.

In August, the Symposium will continue its look at the native American West through discussion and art. The first event will be an art tour of the Americas in Denver celebrating the Biennial of the Americas. There will be a screening of the film, “Amreeka,” which explores cultural differences and the difficulties of transitioning into a new culture.

In September, there will be a number of events on foreign policy, including “The Oath,” a controversial film about two brothers involved with Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. The film also looks at the United States’ foreign policy after 9/11.

The seasonlong “Speaking Locally” series gives locals a chance to share their skills and ideas. Speakers will touch on a variety of themes from art to environment to sport.

This June, the symposium is hosting a special screening of “Race Across the Sky,” a motivational film about the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race. The main story in the film surrounds the matchup between six-time defending champion Dave Wiens and Lance Armstrong. However, the filmmakers were able to capture many of the “regular” riders as well. The film will be shown twice, once in Vail and once in Beaver Creek.

Chris Carmichael, Lance Armstrong’s trainer, will be on hand at the Vail screening to talk about the ride and answer questions from the audience. The Beaver Creek event will include a mountain bike tour with three bicyclists from the Leadville Trail 100. The tour is open for riders of all abilities.

The schedule on the website will be updated as events are added throughout the spring and summer. Tickets to all events and related books can also be purchased online. Members the Vail Symposium receive e-mail reminders about upcoming programs, newsletters, and discounted tickets to programs. You can also join the Symposium’s group on Facebook, follow it on twitter and sign up for an e-newsletter. For more information, call 970-476-0954.

Evan Fairmont is the program coordinator at the Vail Symposium.

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