Over the years, seminar topics have included the economy, foreign affairs, immigration reform, health care, drugs and sports, climate change, education, the 9-11 Commission and more. Among the featured speakers were former U.S. ambassadors and high-level officials in the Department of State, Department of Treasury, Federal Reserve Board, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Congressional Budget Office, and political scientists from Harvard University, the University of Houston and The Brookings Institution. The list also includes journalists, federal judges and the former commissioner of the National Football League.
We cultivate the mind and spirit… When national thought leaders… came to Steamboat Springs… for the Seminars at Steamboat, KUNC broadcast their lectures on kunc.org.” -KUNC, community radio for Northern Colorado annual report
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Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Fact Checking:Fake News and the
Roles of the Press
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor and director of the Annenberg Public
Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and FactCheck.org
Brexit: What Lies Ahead for Britain and Europe?
Douglas Alexander, former top British
Labour politician,including as Minister of
State for Europe, Secretary of State of
International Development and Shadow Foreign Secretary
Growth and Economy:Where is it Headed?
Robert Gordon distinguished professor of
economics and social science at
Northwestern University and author of
The Rise and Fall of American Growth:
the U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War
The Nations Highest Court:On The
Cusp of Change
Marcia Coyle, Chief Washington
correspondent for the National Law Journal,
U.S. Supreme Court correspondent for
PBS News Hour and author of
The Roberts Court: The Struggle for
Can this Planet Be Saved? A Look at the
Future of Biodiversity
Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer covering
climate change at The New Yorker and
winner of the Pulitzer Prize for
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
It’s Even Worse Than It Was: Examining Our Political Mess On The Eve Of The Conventions.
Ornstein is co-director of The American Enterprise Institute-Brookings Election Reform Project.
Author of the New York bestselling book, “It’s Even Worse The It Looks.”
William McCants and Philipe LeCorre
Radical Islam and Terrorism: Views From The U.S. and Europe.
McCants is a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center of Middle East Policy and
LeCorre is a visiting fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Center on the U.S. and Europe.
Russia-U.S. Conflict: The New Normal?
Rojansky is director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center.
Inequality and The American Dream.
Reeves is a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution.
The Shifting Dynamics Between Men and Women: Implications for Marriage, Work and More.
Rosin is the author of “The End of Men and the Rise of Women.”
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.
Drones: Can They Revolutionize Aviation Without Endangering Safety and Privacy?
Whitlock is a Washington Post journalist covering the Pentagon and national security.
The New Middle East Disorder.
Indyk, a former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, is the Executive Vice President of The Brookings Institution.
Charles Murray and Timothy Smeeding
Income Inequality and Social Mobility
Murray is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Smeeding is the
director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin.
Troubled Waters: U.S. Relations with Russia, Ukraine and the Former Soviet Region
Rojansky is director of the Kennan Institute
at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Arthur L. Caplan
Rationing Health Care: Ethical Challenges, Ethical Answers
Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University
Langone Medical Center.
Cyber Insecurity: What It Means for National Security and What We Can Do About It
Danzig is former Secretary of the Navy
and board chair of the Center for a New American Security.
The Changing Face of America
Klineberg is a professor of sociology at Rice University.
Zero Day: The Threat in Cyberspace
O’Harrow reports on cybersecurity for the investigative unit of the Washington Post.
Pakistan and Its Difficult Neighbors
Raphel is U.S. Coordinator for Non-Military Assistance to Pakistan with the rank of ambassador.
Martin Feldstein and William Gale
Reforming Our Broken Tax System
Feldstein is a former director of the Council of Economic Advisors. Gale is the chair of economic policy at The Brookings Institution.
Foreign Policy after the Election: Challenges and Opportunities
Hill, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, the Republic of Korea, Macedonia and Poland, is Dean of the School of International studies at the University of Denver.
Everything You Wanted to Know about China in 90 Minutes
Pomfret, former Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post, is the editor of the Post’s weekly commentary section.
Adjusting to America’s New Fiscal Reality
Reischauer is formerly the Director of the Congressional Budget Office and President of the Urban Institute.
Change and Continuity: The 2012 Presidential Race
Murray is a professor of political science and Director of Survey Research at the University of Houston.
Rock the Casbah
Wright is a journalist and senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Are Obama’s Foreign Policies Working?
Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter.
Still a Nation of Immigrants?
Jacoby is president of ImmigrationWorks USA.
Afghanistan and Iraq: An Insider’s View
Khalilzad is a former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations.
Restoring Fiscal Sanity
Walker is a former U.S. Comptroller General.
The World and Challenges Obama Confronts
Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times.
Can We Make the Government and the Economy Work for Us?
Volcker is the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Saving the American School
Peterson is a professor of government at Harvard University and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Smart Power: America’s Global Position
Nye is a professor and former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The Roberts Supreme Court in the Obama Era
Liptak is the Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times.
Energy and Climate Policy: The Heat Is Rising in Washington about What to Do
Sharp, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, is the President of Resources for the Future.
Drugs and Sports: The Evolving Playbook
Tagliabue is the former Commissioner of the National Football League.
The Future of Capitalism
Rivlin, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, was Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board.
The Next Influenza Pandemic: A Harbinger of Things to Come?
Osterholm is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at University of Minnesota.
Why Foreign Policy Issues in the 2008 U.S. Election Matter So Much to the World
Talbott, President of The Brookings Institution, is a former Deputy Secretary of State.
Women Waging Peace: Lessons from the BosnianWar
Hunt is Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Israel, Palestine and the Chances for Peace
Golan, a founder of Peace Now, was professor of Soviet and East European studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
David Cole and Stuart Taylor
A Dialogue on National Security and Civil Liberties: Detention Interrogation and More
Cole is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and author of books on civil liberties. Taylor is a National Journal columnist and senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.
The United States and the Middle East after Iraq: Taking Stock of Iran and the Shia Revival
Nasr is a professor of Middle East and South Asia politics at the Naval Postgraduate School.
The Deceptive Nature of Intelligence Reform
Hitz is a former Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Critical Issues Facing U.S. Health Care: Access, Availability and Cost
Schroeder is the former President of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Facing Facts About Immigration Policy
Chavez, a syndicated columnist, is the Chairman of The Center of Equal Opportunity.
The Media and Politics
Bell is a professor of telecommunications at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
Protecting the Environment: What We Can Do Nationally and Locally
McCormick is the President of the Nature Conservancy.
What’s Going On in Iraq
Scales, a retired Army Major General, is a commentator on National Public Radio and Fox News.
Barbeque Grills and the Future of America: How Our Stratifying as a Society is Affecting Lifestyles and Politics
David Brooks is a New York Times columnist, PBS commentator, and author.
Modern Environment Concerns and Sustainable Development
MacNeill was the Secretary General of the World Commission on Environment and Development.
The War on Drugs and Its Effects on the Criminal Justice System
Kane is a Senior Judge in the U.S. District Court in Denver and member of various commissions on drug laws.
U.S. Policy in Iraq
Garner, a retired Army Lieutenant General, was the first Director of the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq in 2003.
Terrorism and the Courts Since 9/11: A View From The Federal Bench
Davis is a Judge in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
Foreign Policy in an Election Year
Talbott is President of The Brookings Institution and a former Deputy Secretary of State.
Why The American Electorate Is So Polarized
Dionne, a syndicated columnist, is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.
The Report of 9/11 Commission, What It Found and How It Got There
Marcus, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., is General Counsel of the 9/11 Commission.
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
The Paradox of American Power: Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone
Nye, Dean of the School of Government at Harvard University, is the former Undersecretary of State.
Sue Birch, Irwin Garfinkle, Sara McLanahan and Belle Sawhill
Changes in the American Family, a panel discussion
Birch is Executive Director of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Garfinkle is Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems at Columbia University. McLanahan is Director of the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University. Belle Sawhill is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.