Steamboat briefs: Seminars at Steamboat talk to focus on Russian relations |

Steamboat briefs: Seminars at Steamboat talk to focus on Russian relations

— Seminars at Steamboat welcomes the return of Matthew Rojansky, an expert on American relations with states of the former Soviet Union, and particularly, Russia, for a free talk at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28 in the Strings Music Pavilion. Free tickets are distributed at 4:45 p.m., and doors open at the same time.

Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, will talk about conflict between the U.S. and Russia, and why this might be “the new normal.” He asserts that “with new military deployments on both sides, cyber attacks and nuclear saber rattling, Russia and the West have not been so close to direct conflict since deep in the dark days of the Cold War.”

From 2010 to 2013, Rojansky was deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 2007 to 2010, Rojansky served as executive director of the Partnership for a Secure America, where he orchestrated high-level bipartisan initiatives aimed at repairing the U.S.-Russian relationship, strengthened the U.S. commitment to nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, and leveraged global science engagement for diplomacy.

Throughout his career, Rojansky has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations and private individuals on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region. His writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post and Foreign Policy.

KUNC public radio will air a one-hour edited version of Rojansky’s Seminars talk at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 at 88.5 FM. For more information about Seminars at Steamboat, visit

United Way slated to collect back-to-school supplies

Routt County United Way is partnering with Integrated Community to seek donations of school supplies for the coming school year. Children who have not been to preschool will complete a two-week program to prepare them for being in the classroom setting. United Way will be supplying each graduate with a new backpack full of all the supplies needed to have a successful first year at school. To donate, visit Call Lauren Jenkins at 970-879-5605 for more information.

Yoga and Classical Music scheduled for 10 a.m. July 27

Yoga and Classical Music will be offered at 10 a.m. July 27 in the Strings Music Festival Park. Rehearsals from inside the Strings Music Pavilion will be broadcast outside by speakers, and people can enjoy a yoga class. The program is free but a $10 donation is suggested.

July’s foreign film series to feature South Korean thriller

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s free foreign film series continues at 7 p.m. July 27 at the Chief Theater with “Sea Fog,” an international film festival award-winner from South Korea, directed by Sung-Bo Shim.

Kang, a long-time captain of the Junjin, is disheartened to learn that his ship has been sold by its owner, leaving Kang’s entire crew in danger of losing their livelihood. Swallowing his pride, Kang pays a visit to Yeo, a human trafficking broker, and decides to take on the dangerous job of smuggling illegal migrants into South Korea. When the Junjin arrives at the pickup point, a violent storm forces the boat to stall in the open waters, inevitably pitting Kang’s crew against the migrants. As tension and unrest spread throughout the Junjin, a dense sea fog envelops the boat, and tragedy unfolds in the mysterious depths of the fog.

The film screens in Korean with English subtitles. Visit for more information.

Poverty awareness campaign ends with car giveaway

Routt County United Way will celebrate the end of its 31 Days of Poverty awareness campaign with a free car giveaway. Doc’s Auto is donating a car to one deserving family, and the winner will be announced during a free cookout from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at Doc’s Auto Clinic, 2565 Copper Ridge Drive in Steamboat Springs. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served.  Call Lauren Jenkins at 970-879-5605 for more information.

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