Retreat News

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sunnylands to Close for Presidential Summit

January 13, 2016--The White House has announced that President Obama will host a summit with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at Sunnylands in February.As set forth in i...

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Geoffrey Cowan, president, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

President Geoffrey Cowan to Step Down in June 2016

During his six-year tenure, the Annenberg estate became known as the ‘Camp David of the West’Wednesday, December 16, 2015 -- Geoffrey Cowan, the president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunn...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunnylands in the Media 8/25/15

In this edition, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography gets a $5 million gift for a center on climate change after a meeting convened at Sunnylands with Scripps and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Fo...

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Sunnylands in the Media 6/26/15

In this issue, the influential journal Science published a major article by participants at a Sunnylands retreat on protecting the integrity of science. Coverage of U.S.-China relations recalled the h...

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Ken Chavez, Deputy Director of Communications & Public Affairs


Friday, November 14, 2014

Ken Chavez Named Deputy
Director of Communications

November 7--President Geoffrey Cowan announced today the appointment of Kenneth Chavez as Sunnylands deputy director for communications and public affairs. In the position, Chavez will be the primary ...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

#EdTechConnect Webcast

The 2014 Educational Technology Summit: Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era will be webcast from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Co-convened in Washington, D.C...

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Shirtsleeves Summit Viewed One Year Later

The shirtsleeves summit held at Sunnylands in June 2013 between President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping continues to be viewed globally as a critical step in the relationship between the Un...

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Geoffrey Cowan speaks on the power of informal diplomacy at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Photo credit CEU/Daniel Vegel

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sunnylands president highlights need for informal diplomacy

Addressing students, faculty and the public at Central European University in Budapest, Sunnylands president Geoffrey Cowan spoke about the legacy of informal diplomacy in the U.S.— a tradition Sunn...

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 4/25/14

A pair of famous hummingbirds, Sunnylands Gardens as an escape from Coachella, bugs, birds and blooms in the Gardens, documents released by the Clinton Library, and the Obama administration's pivot to...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 3/28/14

The efforts between the U.S. and China to lower HFC emissions, renovations inspired by Sunnylands, a new cookbook, and the ongoing soft power legacy of the 'shirtsleeves summit.'The White House Briefi...

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 3/17/14

Sunnylands as "Camp David of the West," fashion designers take inspiration from Sunnylands, student data privacy, and internet governance in this edition of Sunnylands in the Media.The Washington Post...

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Participants in the Summit on Private-Public Partnerships for Research toward a Cure for HIV

Saturday, March 8, 2014

HIV Cure Working Group Meets in Boston

The Annenberg Working Group Toward HIV Cure, formed at the conclusion of the successful Summit on Private-Public Partnerships for Research Toward a Cure for HIV held November 6-8, 2013 at Sunnylands, ...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 3/3/14

Sunnylands's Modernist heritage, retreats on Homeland Security oversight, education technology, and President Obama's meetings with President Xi of China and King Abdullah II of Jordan are all in the ...

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President Obama meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan at Sunnylands on February 14.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Annenbergs, Sunnylands Honored

Sunnylands' leadership and service to the community was recognized at the annual Rammy Awards & Distinguished Citizens Dinner presented by the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce. More than 200 governme...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 2/10/2014

The upcoming meeting between President Obama and King Abdullah II, California's worsening drought, a new US ambassador to China, Palm Springs Modernism Week, and Sunnylands as an inspiration for coutu...

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Statement on California Water Emergency

Statement on California Water Emergency by Geoffrey Cowan, president, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands February 1, 2014 The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands has taken significant measures t...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media January 17, 2014

The U.S.-China relationship, the growing Chinese film industry, internet piracy, and the artistic inspiration behind Sunnylands' arid landscape gardens can all be found in this edition of Sunnylands i...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media January 6, 2014

Sunnylands as a think-tank for directors, a look at the history of gracious entertaining at the estate, and the continuing impact of the 'Sunnylands summit' on U.S.-China relations. Variety Palm Sprin...

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Sunnylands in the Media December 20, 2013

Sacred Hopi and Apache artifacts, a rehash of the 'Sunnylands summit' by scholars and journalists, the future of internet governance, and the 'Best of the Valley' are all featured in this week's round...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Retreat Leads to Increased Funding for HIV Cure

At a White House event to mark the 25th annual World AIDS Day, President Obama announced that the National Institutes of Health plans to redirect $100 million in AIDS research funds to expand support ...

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Sunnylands in the Media December 6, 2013

Vice President Biden's trip to China, sustainability through diversity in the Sunnylands Gardens, Chairman Dreier honored in Mexico City, and remembrances of Leonore Annenberg from Prince Charles.Pasa...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Sunnylands in the Media November 8, 2013

On going relations between the U.S. and China, democracy in Bali, polar bears, and climate change are all topics of this In the Media digest. Xinhua U.S.-China relationship at crucial moment: Albrig...

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Chairman David Dreier with the United States delegation at the Bali Democracy Forum VI in Bali, Indonesia.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dreier to Represent United States at
Bali Democracy Forum Nov. 7-8

David Dreier, chairman of The Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands, will represent Secretary of State John Kerry at the Bali Democracy Forum in Indonesia, November 7-8, 2013. In this capacity, Ch...

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Presidents Obama and Xi at Sunnylands. (Photo Credit: The White House)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

U.S.-China Conversation on Climate Change Moves Forward

The summit between President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China that took place at Sunnylands in June was a way for the two countries to redefine their often con...

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Art & Social Change

"This past May, a group of artists and arts advocates convened at Sunnylands to discuss art and change in today’s world. We talked about our hopes that more people might begin to see artists and the...

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Chairman David Dreier receives the grade of Knight Commander, San Marino

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Knighthood Conferred on Dreier

On June 27, in a televised ceremony in Palazzo Begni in the Republic of San Marino, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Pasquale Valentini conferred on David Dreier the Order of Saint Agatha, in th...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

WSJ Live Interviews David Dreier

In an interview with WSJ's Jerry Seib, former Republican Congressman David Dreier, now the Chairman of the Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands, explains why the U.S. must expand its free trade a...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Air Force One Lands at Palm Springs Airport

President Obama flew into Palm Springs Airport on June 7, 2013 for a two-day bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China. The two presidents will meet at Sunnylands w...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

C-Span Focuses on Palm Springs

After spending a week in greater Palm Springs, C-SPAN, the public affairs network, produced several segments that feature the city’s history and literary life. The Palm Springs segments were launche...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Latin America Goes Global

The Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas presented a special symposium to celebrate the publication of the Spring 2013 issue of Americas Quarterly...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Homeland Security is Retreat Topic

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands with the Aspen Institute Program on Justice and Society gathered thirteen members of an Aspen-Annenberg task force on congressional oversight of the U.S. Department...

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Denis Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher, Lee Annenberg and Walter Annenberg at Sunnylands, Feb. 1996

Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher, frequent Sunnylands guest, dies at 87

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA, April 8, 2013 -- The Trustees, President, and staff of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands extend their sincere condolences to the family of Prime Minister Margaret...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LEAD Commission Meeting Washington D.C.

Building upon a commitment to technology and education, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands sponsored a meeting of the LEAD (Leading Education by Advancing Digital) Commission on February 7 to 8, 2013...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Annenberg-Dreier Commission Announced

The Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands Announcement from Annenberg Retreat @ Sunnylands on Vimeo. RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA, Wednesday, February 20, 2013—David Dreier, the longtime chairman ...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunnylands Lecture Series

In 2013, Sunnylands is presenting a number of lectures on various topics that mesh with the organization's mission and programs. These free events, which require no reservation, take place at the City...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Report release to be webcast

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will issue A Stronger Future: Policy Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations, a report that resulted fro...

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sunnylands Opens March 1, 2012

Public tours of the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens and the Sunnylands historic estate and residence will begin on March 1, 2012. The public opening follows a private dedication on February 12 and a p...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands to Open

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, which incorporates the historic Annenberg estate and the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens, will open to the public in conjunction with Palm Springs Modernism Week, ...

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