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Over the years, Seminars at Steamboat talks have focused on a wide variety of policy topics, including the economy, foreign affairs, immigration, environment, health care, drugs and sports, climate change, education, media, cyber security, the 9/11 Commission and more. Among the featured speakers have been 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 major universities and research institutions, including The Brookings Institution and The Wilson Center. Past speakers also include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, federal judges and the former commissioner of the National Football League.
“Seminars is satisfying Steamboat’s thirst for intellectual programming. The Seminars series brings the world to Steamboat and provides intellectual nourishment for a community that is most widely known for its outdoor recreation. Like our world class library and our rich arts and culture offerings … Seminars is another piece of the community quilt that makes Steamboat so special.”
– Steamboat Pilot Editorial Board
– 2018 –
Elaine Kamarck and Morris Fiorina, with Ron Elving
Future of the Democratic and Republican Parties
Kamarck is a senior fellow in the governance studies program as well as the director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. Fiorina is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Elving is senior editor and correspondent on the Washington desk for NPR News.
Puentes is president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a nonprofit think tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership.
Sanger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, national security correspondent for The New York Times and one of the newspaper’s senior writers.
Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as ambassador to Iraq.
Butler is a senior fellow in economic studies at The Brookings Institution.
– 2017 –
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Jamieson is a professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and FactCheck.org.
Alexander is a former top British Labour politician, including serving as Minister of State for Europe, Secretary of State of International Development and Shadow Foreign Secretary.
Gordon is a 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
Coyle is 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 the Constitution.
Can this Planet Be Saved? A Look at the Future of Biodiversity
Kolbert, staff writer covering climate change at The New Yorker and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.
– 2016 –
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
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.
Rojansky is director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center.
Reeves is a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution.
– 2015 –
Rosin is the author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women.
Barrett is the Director of the Charles Dyson School of Applied Management and Economics at Cornell University.
Whitlock is a Washington Post journalist covering the Pentagon and national security.
Indyk, a former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, is the Executive Vice President of The Brookings Institution.
– 2014 –
Charles Murray and Timothy Smeeding
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.
Rojansky is director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Arthur L. Caplan
Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center.
Danzig is former Secretary of the Navy and board chair of the Center for a New American Security.
– 2013 –
Klineberg is a professor of sociology at Rice University.
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
Feldstein is a former director of the Council of Economic Advisors. Gale is the chair of economic policy at The Brookings Institution.
– 2012 –
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.
– 2011 –
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.
– 2010 –
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.
– 2009 –
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.
– 2008 –
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.
– 2007 –
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
– 2006 –
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.
– 2005 –
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.
– 2004 –
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.
– 2003 –
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.