Seminars at Steamboat releases summer 2019 speaker lineup |

Seminars at Steamboat releases summer 2019 speaker lineup

People line up outside Strings Music Pavillon ahead of a Seminars at Steamboat talk in 2017.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Seminars at Steamboat has announced its summer roster of five free policy talks scheduled for Monday evenings in July and August at the Strings Music Pavilion.

The 17th annual seminar series features experts from a wide range of fields, each of whom will give a nonpartisan presentation on some of the world’s most pressing issues, ranging from climate change to the 2020 election.

The 2019 series includes:

Edward Alden
Edward Alden

Monday, July 8: “Trade Wars and the Global Trading Order: Reform or Collapse?” with Edward Alden, the Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness, trade and immigration policy, and author of “Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy.”

Dr. John Holdren
John Holdren hi res

Monday, July 15: “Meeting the Climate-Change Challenge: What We Know. What We Expect. What We Should Do.” with Dr. John Holdren, former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner and current Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Robert Daly
Robert Daly_HR

Monday, July 29: “U.S.-China Relations: Can We Step Back from the Brink?” with Robert Daly, current director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, a former U.S. diplomat in Beijing and producer of Chinese-language versions of “Sesame Street.” Daly is recognized East and West as a leading authority on Sino-U.S. relations.

Richard Norton Smith

Monday, Aug. 5: “How Do You Get to Mt. Rushmore: Can Presidential Character be Set in Stone?” The nationally revered author and presidential historian Richard Norton Smith shares his insight gleaned during research for his award-winning biographies and his experiences as director of the libraries for Presidents Hoover, Eisenhower, Reagan, Ford and Lincoln. 

Amy Walter

Monday, Aug. 12: “State of Play: The 2020 Election” with award-winning political journalist and national editor of the Cook Political Report Amy Walter, who has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers.

Joella West, board chair of the nonprofit Seminars at Steamboat, said this nonpartisan series is particularly valuable during such politically polarizing times.

“We have so many arguments in this country that are just arguments,” she said. “We have a way that is very important to avoid that.”

West’s goal is for people with diverse viewpoints to attend the seminars for education, rather than take a particular side of an issue.

If you go

What: Nonpartisan talks on some of the world’s most pressing issues
: 5:30 p.m. Monday evenings from July 8 to Aug. 12
Where: Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road
Cost: Free tickets will be distributed before each seminar starting at 4:45 p.m.

Each talk lasts about 50 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.

For the first time this year, KUNC public radio, 88.5 FM, will produce a Seminars at Steamboat podcast rather than airing the shows over the radio. The podcast will include the full length of each talk, as well as the Q&A sessions afterward.

People can subscribe to the show wherever they get their podcasts.

Visit for more details about the 2019 speakers.

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