Seminars at Steamboat announces 2015 lineup |

Seminars at Steamboat announces 2015 lineup

— Food security, international relations, the shifting dynamics of men and women and the future of drones will all be topics of discussion this summer at Seminars at Steamboat.

The organization announced last week that four speakers will visit Steamboat this July and August to give topical, relevant presentations to the community.

Seminars at Steamboat Chair Robert Stein said the presenters were selected after board members, committee members and others gathered after last year’s program to discuss topics they were interested in hearing more about in 2015.

“We have a brainstorming session at the end of each summer,” Stein said. “We start with topics and then move to people who can talk about these topics.”

Stein said the four speakers scheduled to visit the Strings Pavilion for programs are knowledgeable, interesting and well spoken.

The summer programs kick off July 20 with Hanna Rosin, a senior editor at Atlantic magazine and author of “The End of Men and the Rise of Women.”

Rosin’s talk, “The Shifting Dynamics between Men and Women: Implications for Marriage, Work and More,” will relate to a wide audience, Stein said.

“It’s a subject which I think will cut across all age groups within the community,” Stein said.

Food security and how it affects people nationally and internationally will be the focus on Chris Barrett’s talk July 30, titled “Food or Consequences? Global Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability.”

Barrett is the director of the Charles Dyson School of Applied Management and Economics at Cornell University and the editor of the 2013 volume of “Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability.”

In his third visit to Seminars at Steamboat, Strobe Talbott will speak on “The Future of America in a Changing World” on Aug. 10.

Talbott, president of The Brookings Institution and a former deputy secretary of state, will discuss the United State’s role in international affairs.

“He’s extraordinarily knowledgeable about what’s going on internationally and where the U.S. fits into that,” Stein said.

The last speaker of the summer is Craig Whitlock, a Washington Post journalist who covers the Pentagon and national security, who will talk about the future of drones.

Stein said that while Whitlock is knowledgeable about drones from a national security perspective, the speaker thought that privacy and regulatory concerns domestically involving drones might be a more interesting discussion.

Whitlock’s talk, “Drones: Can they Revolutionize Aviation without Endangering Safety and Privacy?” will explore the domestic uses for drones and the potential risks or concerns of those uses.

“I think it’s extremely topical,” Stein said.

Founded in 2003, Seminars at Steamboat brings four or five experts to discuss topics of public policy to Steamboat Springs each summer. The program is funded through donations and a grant from the city of Steamboat Springs.

The programs are all free and open to the public and take place at 5 p.m. weekdays at the Strings Pavilion.

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