Retreat News

Shirtsleeves Summit Viewed One Year Later

Friday, June 6, 2014

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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Sunnylands president highlights need for informal diplomacy

Friday, May 23, 2014

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

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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Sunnylands in the Media 4/25/14

Friday, April 25, 2014

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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Sunnylands in the Media 3/28/14

Friday, March 28, 2014

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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Sunnylands in the Media 3/17/14

Monday, March 17, 2014

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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HIV Cure Working Group Meets in Boston

Saturday, March 8, 2014

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

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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Sunnylands in the Media 3/3/14

Friday, February 28, 2014

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 of Jordan at Sunnylands

Friday, February 14, 2014

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Annenbergs, Sunnylands Honored

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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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Sunnylands in the Media 2/10/2014

Monday, February 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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Statement on California Water Emergency

Friday, February 7, 2014

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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Sunnylands in the Media January 17, 2014

Friday, 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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Sunnylands in the Media January 6, 2014

Monday, 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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Sunnylands in the Media December 20, 2013

Friday, 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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Retreat Leads to Increased Funding for HIV Cure

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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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Sunnylands in the Media December 6, 2013

Friday, 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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Sunnylands in the Media November 8, 2013

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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

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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Art & Social Change

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"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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Knighthood Conferred on Dreier

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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

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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WSJ Live Interviews David Dreier

Monday, June 24, 2013

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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Air Force One Lands at Palm Springs Airport

Friday, June 7, 2013

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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C-Span Focuses on Palm Springs

Monday, June 3, 2013

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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Latin America Goes Global

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Editor-in-Chief of Americas Quarterly Christopher Sabatini, Chairman David Dreier and Sunnylands President Geoffrey Cowan at the symposium.
Trustee Wallis Annenberg with symposium panelists
His Excellency Alejandro Toledo, the former president of Peru, addresses the gathering.

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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Homeland Security is Retreat Topic

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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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Margaret Thatcher, frequent Sunnylands guest, dies at 87

Monday, April 8, 2013

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

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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LEAD Commission Meeting Washington D.C.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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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The Annenberg-Dreier Commission Announced

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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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Sunnylands Lecture Series

Monday, December 17, 2012

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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DNC Panel on U.S. - Mexico Relationship Moves Agenda Forward

Thursday, September 6, 2012

President Geoffrey Cowan greets Mayor Villaraigosa, chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention
President Cowan with Mayor Villaraigosa and Eric Olson of the Wilson Center
Ambassador Sarukhan, Bill Richardson, and Mayor Villaraigosa
Geoffrey Cowan, president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan of Mexico

Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa believes that the U.S.-Mexico relationship must embrace new areas of shared focus, including cultural exchanges, university exchanges, and foreign direct inve...

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Panel at RNC Maps a Strategy for U.S. - Mexico Relations

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sunnylands and the Wilson Center sponsored a panel at the RNC to discuss U.S. - Mexico relations.
President Geoffrey Cowan welcoming guests at the Republican National Convention in Tampa
Former Senator Mel Martinez and Cong. David Dreier were cohosts of the panel.
The Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan was one panelist.
Former Senator Mel Martinez, a cohost of the panel discussion on U. S. - Mexico relations
Barry Jackson of Speaker Boehner's office was a panelist and attended the Sunnylands retreat in March 2011.

Arturo Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, stated the relationship between the United States and Mexico must include a more “holistic and strategic agenda” encompassing trade, ene...

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Report release to be webcast

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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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Sunnylands Opens March 1, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 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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The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands to Open

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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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