Lifelong Learning at the Vail Symposium

The Vail Symposium is dedicated to education and cultural programs that provide lifelong learning opportunities

Since 1971, the Vail Symposium has been part of the life and history of Vail. The 2014-2015 season has offered programs that cover everything from fracking to stem-cell treatment and research, and financial and economic trends to mind-body-spirit wellness. Upcoming events include:

March 12

Nonviolent Conflict Resolution with Erica Chenoweth
This University of Denver professor and co-author of the book “Why Civil Disobedience Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict” will look at recent events in the United States and abroad and discuss her research on civil resistance.

March 16

Map of Heaven with Dr. Eben Alexander      
Dr. Alexander is a New York Times best-selling author who will talk about his research and exploration of near-death experiences; he will examine how science, religion and ordinary people are proving the afterlife.

March 23

Does Consciousness Survive Death? Evidence from the Laboratory
Although mediums are often stereotyped as charlatans, modern mediumship research includes studies of the accuracy of mediums’ statements under controlled conditions. Dr. Julie Beischel will discuss her work with a team of 18 laboratory tested mediums.

March 30

Choosing Joy After Tragic Loss with Jeff Olsen
In 1997, Jeff Olsen experienced a horrific automobile accident that left him severely injured and killed his wife and youngest son, and had a near-death experience in which he met his wife on the other side. Olsen will share what he learned from leaving his body at the time of the accident, and from continued dreams and communications with angels and deceased loved ones.

April 2

Speaking Financially Part 2 with Richard Wobbekind
Mr. Wobbekind is an annual participant in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Regional Economic Roundtable and will offer insights on the economic impacts of United States manufacturing, relations with Russia, China and Japan, oil production, and interest rates.

April 9

Speaking Financially Part 3 with Esther George
Esther George is the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. George will discuss the role of the Federal Reserve and the state of the U.S. economy, as well as her experience with overseeing the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Presentations take place at venues in the Vail Valley, with ticket prices ranging from $5-$35. For more information, visit or call 970-476-0954

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