Vail Symposium’s summer season underway |

Vail Symposium’s summer season underway

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

The Vail Symposium continues its 40th anniversary celebration with several exciting programs for its summer 2011 season. “After a phenomenal winter season, in which we saw a 48 percent growth in program attendance, we have secured a summer lineup to surpass winter,” said Executive Director Liana Moore. “Highlights will include the internationally celebrated artist Christo, the return of ‘Race Across the Sky’ with winners of this legendary bike race, a debate on the legalization of marijuana, four former governors of Colorado and a health and wellness series bringing the community cutting edge information on sports medicine, youth sports injuries, longevity and more.” Created in 1971, the Vail Symposium was conceived by community leaders to be a forum for discussions to help create a vision for the community. Throughout the years the Symposium has diversified and expanded its scope with a dedication to timely, thought-provoking programs that have relevance to the community and world; this season’s lineup reflects that mission.Hot TopicsThe Symposium’s most recognizable series, Hot Topics, features experts who speak about issues relevant to our community and the world. On Aug. 17 the first of these programs for the summer will ask weighty questions such as, can we win the war on drugs? And is it a war worth fighting? Should marijuana be decriminalized or legalized? In “Marijuana: Legal or Not? A Discussion and Debate on the Legalization of Marijuana and the War on Drugs” Congressman Jared Polis, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance Ethan Nadelmann, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and former DEA agent Anthony Coulson will weigh in on a topic that has been hotly debated, especially in Colorado. Vail attorney Rohn Robbins will moderate.On Aug. 23 former Colorado Governors Dick Lamm, Roy Romer, Bill Owens and Bill Ritter will discuss the hot topics the Vail community cares about the most. In the weeks leading up to the program, the Symposium will invite locals to submit questions for the former governors on their website. Vail Mayor Dick Cleveland will moderate and present a selection of the questions to the panelists. “We’re privileged to have the four most recent former governors of Colorado together on one panel, for the first time ever, to talk about the important issues facing our state,” said Vail Symposium President and CEO Alby Segall. Art & CultureIn the arts and culture category this summer, attendees will be able to explore the history and spirit of the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale (July 26) and go Over The River with internationally celebrated artist Christo (July 19). “Christo’s visit to the Vail Valley could not be more timely in light of the progress on the artists’ current work in progress, Over The River, their second major work to take place in Colorado,” said Vail Symposium Board member Jan Biegler. “We look forward to an informative and thought-provoking evening with Christo as he shares his artistic vision.”Film SeriesThe Vail Symposium’s films focus on current issues and introduce audiences to other cultures and experiences. This season’s series begins with “Race Across the Sky 2010,” the follow-up to the 2009 film about the legendary Leadville Trail 100 bike race. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the CEO of Life Time Fitness Bahram Akradi, the LT100 2010 winner in the women’s category Rebecca Rusch, Lance Armstrong’s trainer Chris Carmichael and seven-time LT100 winner Dave Wiens (Aug. 10).Also this season, acclaimed filmmaker Robert Compton will present condensed versions of two of his documentaries, “Two Million Minutes – A Global Examination” and “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System.” He will speak to lessons learned, followed by Q & A (Aug. 24). Health and Wellness SeriesThis three-part series takes a look at current trends in sports medicine and injuries, and a look at why some people stay well throughout their lifetime and others fall ill before their time.In the first of these programs, “Keeping the Body Healthy for Life,” Coen Wijdicks, director of biomechanics at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute; Dr. David Karli, Spine, Rehabilitation and PRP Therapy Specialist at the Steadman Clinic; and Dr. Rick Cunningham, Knee and Shoulder Injury and Knee Replacement Specialist at Vail Summit Orthopedics will speak on cutting-edge breakthroughs in sports medicine and how we can help keep bodies of all ages healthy for life (Sept. 8).On Sept. 13 Dr. Peter Millett, director of shoulder surgery and shoulder, knee and sports medicine specialist at The Steadman Clinic, will speak on how sports injuries among young athletes have become an epidemic.The series concludes with Dr. Howard Friedman presenting “The Longevity Project,” (Sept. 22) a remarkable study that began in 1921 (and continues today), tracking the lives of 1,500 Americans from childhood to death.Visit for a complete list of events and event dates, times and locations. Tickets to all events can also be purchased online. Become a member of the Vail Symposium and you can receive email reminders about upcoming programs, newsletters and discounted tickets to programs. To stay up to date on all Vail Symposium programs join their Facebook group, follow them on Twitter or sign up for their newsletter. Call 970-476-0954 for more information.

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