Conferences

Vail Global Energy Forum

Carl served as Executive Director of the 2012 inaugural Vail Global Energy Forum on "The Future of Energy in a Global Economy" which was dedicated to the search for sustainable solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our era. A Presentation of the Vail Valley Foundation in conjunction with the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. It featured former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, leading research scientists, journalists, energy industry executives, investors and entrepreneurs. The 2012 VGEF was staged at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors

Carl organized an exhibition and a symposium for Meridian on Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors. These events celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1958 jazz tours of the Soviet Union, Poland, Africa, India, Pakistan, Egypt and other nations by jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Thelonius Monk, Quincy Jones and others. The event also featured an appearance by jazz legend Dave Brubeck.

Venice: La Serenissima & Behind the Mask

Carl organized two conferences on the apex and glorious decline of the Venetian Empire and the lessons which the U.S. and modern nation-states can learn from its successful 1,000 year reign. Organized with the Government of Italy and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Spirit Into Shape

Carl organized Spirit Into Shape for Meridian, an exhibit of contemporary Italian sculpture and symposium on the Figurative Tradition in Italian Art with the Embassy of Italy, with Bruce Cole, Chairman of The National Endowment for the Humanities, and Manfredi Piccolomini, former Cultural Director, Foundation for Italian Art and Culture.

Le Marquis de Lafayette and the Spirit of Revolution

Carl organized a symposium for Meridian on Le Marquis de Lafayette and the Spirit of Revolution with the Embassy of France. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Lafayette’s birth, the symposium examined the exceptional relationship of France and America. Panelists included Stacy Schiff, James Billington, Jim Hoagland and Amory Houghton. Sponsors included AREVA, Sodexho, American Airlines, and H.E. Lenfest.

Shigeru Ban: Paper Houses and the Architecture of Disaster Relief

Carl organized an exhibition and symposium for Meridian on Shigeru Ban: Paper Houses and the Architecture of Disaster Relief in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan and National Building Museum. This exhibition and symposium celebrated Shigeru Ban, one of the world’s most innovative architects, and highlighted the usage of zero-waste materials in constructing temporary shelters for victims of natural disasters worldwide.

The Need To Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century

Carl designed and created a public affairs series, The Need To Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century, for the Meridian International Center. Featured speakers include: John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director of the CIA; Robert Grenier, former Director of the CIA Counter Terrorism Center; Tim Roemer, former Congressman and a member of 9/11 Commission; Walter Pincus, National Security Journalist; and David Ignatius, Op/Ed Columnist of the Washington Post; and Edward Luttwak, Author and Journalist, among many others.

Les Seminars: Revolutionary Ideas

Carl organized a series of lectures featuring prominent speakers comparing the challenges of the era of the American Revolution with the challenges of today in education, medicine and the health sciences. This series was sponsored by the American Revolution Center and the College of Physicians in Philadelphia.

Master Filmmakers Series

While attending Georgetown University, Carl was President of the University Film Society where he hosted tributes to Milos Forman, Larry McMurtry, Liv Ullman and Billy Friedkin under the banner of the Master Filmmakers Series. Describe more about what the conference, how it was successful and maybe a bit more about the Master Filmmakers Series.