The John C. Bogle Adirondack Roundtable Series

The John C. Bogle Adirondack Roundtable Series is an arts and humanities program modeled on Boston’s Copley Roundtable, a discussion group of civic leaders that would invite speakers to present at informal mid-week luncheons. Our Roundtables are breakfast presentations, and each summer we bring three to four world-class presenters to speak on topics of national and international importance in the fields of politics and foreign policy, economics and finance, philosophy and philanthropy, and the visual and performing arts. John C. Bogle was our Chair Emeritus of The Adirondack Roundtable.

Past Roundtable presenters include Andrew Lack (NBC News, SONY, Bloomberg News); Jack Bogle, (Founder and former President of Vanguard Funds); James Burrows (tv producer and director, Friends and Cheers ); Madeline Kunin, ( former Governor of Vermont and Ambassador to Switzerland); Gretchen Morgenson, (business writer for the New York Times); Paul Dunkell, (Chief Conductor, Westchester Symphony Orchestra); Sanford Weill, (former President, Citigroup); Chris Noth (actor); David Cuthell, (Turkish Studies professor and Director, Columbia University); and Jules B. Kroll, (world wide private investigator, detective, and security and risk evaluator)

The Roundtables are held in the Mountain View Room of the Whiteface Visitors and Conference Center on Main Street in Lake Placid. The programs begin at 8:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast; speaker presentation starts at 9, lasts from 30-40 minutes, and is followed by an often spirited Q & A. session. The program ends by 10:30, but discussions at the tables may continue at will.

Audience is limited to 100. The cost of admission is $30 per person for each Roundtable if reserved ahead of time and $35 per person for walk-ins.


Saturday, July 6: William L. Owens Former US Representative to Congress for the 21st (Formerly 23rd) District representing constitutes on issues directly impacting the North Country and matters related to healthcare, agriculture and US-Canada trade.
Saturday, July 13: Curt Stager Climate scientist, educator, author and co-host of Natural Selection on North Country Public Radio. Professor of Natural Sciences at Paul Smith’s College where he holds the Draper-Lussi Endowed Chair in Lake Ecology and Paleoecology. Author of Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes.
Roundtable Subject: Still waters: A deep dive into the story of Walden Pond
Saturday, July 20: Kathleen Colson Social Entrepreneur, Refugee Worker and Safari Guide. Founders, The BOMA Project in East Africa, an award-winning organization that has developed an innovative, agile and data-driven approach to extreme poverty in the dry lands of Africa.
Roundtable Subject: Disrupting the Status Quo of Humanitarian Aid in Africa: A blueprint for lasting change.


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For reservations or further information about the program (including any suggestions you might have for future Roundtables), please contact the Lake Placid Institute at 518-523-1312, or by regular mail at the Lake Placid Institute, P.O. Box 988, Lake Placid, NY 12946.