We bring public policy experts to the Steamboat community.

All seminars are nonpartisan and free to the public.

4:45 pm: Doors Open & Ticket Distribution

5:30 pm: Seminar

Strings Pavilion, 900 Strings Rd., Steamboat Springs, Colorado

2020 Seminars

Admiral Jim Stavridis

Monday, June 15, 2020


21st Century Security: Risks and Opportunities

A Florida native, Jim Stavridis attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, earned a PhD from The Fletcher School at Tufts, and spent 37 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans and counter-piracy off the coast of Africa.

John Freemuth

Monday, July 6, 2020


Our Public Lands: Enduring or in Crisis?

John Freemuth is Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Cecil Andrus Endowed Chair of Environment and Public Lands at Boise State University. His primary interest is with the public lands of the United States, and he has written a number of books and articles and given over 100 presentations on our public lands. He chaired the Science Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management, after being appointed by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

Amna Nawaz

Monday, July 20, 2020


A Nation of Immigrants: How to Fix America’s Immigration System

Amna Nawaz joined PBS NewsHour in April 2018 and serves as senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor. Prior to joining NewsHour, Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, anchoring breaking news coverage and leading the network’s digital coverage of the 2016 presidential election.

Sandra Postel

Monday, August 3, 2020


Our Freshwater Future: Building Water Security in A Changing World

Sandra Postel is founding director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity.  From 2009-2015, she served as lead water expert and Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society.  She is co-creator of Change the Course, the water stewardship initiative awarded the 2017 U.S. Water Prize for restoration of depleted rivers and wetlands.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Monday, August 10, 2020


Cyber: Protecting Against Foreign Interference in Our Elections and Infrastructure

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.

hero photo courtesy of Jim Steinberg