Seminars at Steamboat lineup complete |

Seminars at Steamboat lineup complete

Harvard professors, news correspondent added to speaker list

Mike Lawrence

David Sanger

— The chief Washington, D.C., correspondent for The New York Times will speak in Steamboat Springs this summer, as political tensions rise amid an array of national and global issues heightened by mid-term elections in fall.

David Sanger, author of the 2009 book "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power," is one of four speakers on the lineup for the 2010 Seminars at Steamboat. The free seminars are July 8, July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 at Strings Music Pavilion.

Sanger and Harvard Uni­versity government professor Paul E. Peterson have been added to the lineup since organizers announced two speakers — Harvard international relations professor Joseph Nye and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker — in March.

"We are looking forward to a great season," seminar organizer Bob Stein said Wednesday.

Stein said one of last year's seminar speakers, The New York Times' Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak, suggested Sanger would be a good fit for the Steamboat series now entering its seventh summer. Stein said Sanger's talk likely will spin off from the theme of his book and could include a take on "the government's new approach to national security strategy."

Stein said that topic could address questions such as, "How do we deal with states such as North Korea and others at a time when the U.S. might not be the preeminent power that it once was and has to work with other countries to achieve its international policy aims?"

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Jane Stein, also a seminar organizer, said Peterson's talk will meet a long-sought desire of the seminar series to address educational issues.

She said that while Steamboat Springs and Routt County are home to high-performing schools and successful students, the future of education is a national issue of increasing debate.

"It's more than looking at it at the community level," she said. "There are many different policies that Peterson will be discussing."

Those include teacher tenure, the benefits and challenges of charter schools, voucher systems and more, she said.

Jane Stein noted that Nye, Peterson and Sanger all have written recent books on the topics they'll be discussing in Steamboat.

"The issues are all extremely current and of great importance for public policy," she said about the seminars. "I think they'll get some very good attendance this summer."

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2010 Seminars at Steamboat lineup

All seminars are free, open to the public and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion on Pine Grove Road.

■ July 8 — David Sanger, chief Washington, D.C., correspondent for The New York Times, “The World and Challenges Obama Confronts”

■ July 22 — Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve chairman, “Can We Make the Government and the Economy Work For Us?”

■ Aug. 5 — Paul E. Peterson, professor of government at Harvard University and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, “Saving the American School”

■ Aug. 12 — Joseph Nye, professor of international relations and former dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, “Smart Power: America’s Global Position”


Learn more about the 2010 Seminars at Steamboat, including how to support the free events, on the Web at