The Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte is a Colorado non-profit organization

which brings to the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte/Gunnison community each year

a series of speakers presenting and discussing significant contemporary issues.

Dear Friends of the Crested Butte Public Policy Forum:


Thank you again for your interest in the Crested Butte Public Policy Forum.   As we had previously written, we had been looking forward to our 2020 summer speaker program, for which we lined up a stellar group of speakers.


Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel that program due to the pandemic and all the uncertainties surrounding it. 


We hope to convince many of the speakers who agreed to come this summer to speak at our 2021 program.  In any event, we will continue to work hard this Fall and into next year to put together a great program for 2021, and we would welcome any suggestions for speakers and/or topics you may have.  (If you are recommending any speakers please also indicate whether you have any contacts that might be helpful in recruitment.)  And while there is no certainty about what the situation will be next summer we are also considering the possibility of live stream options for speaker presentations.  


Please also note that the Forum is pleased to be co-sponsoring with the Center for the Arts the 2020 Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates on live-stream at the new Center.   For additional details please check the Center’s website. 

If you would like to listen to some of the talks you may have missed last year or previous years, they are listed and available for listening  on our website


We hope you will continue to support the Forum's mission to bring high quality speakers to discuss issues of social, political and cultural importance.  We believe that our programs have contributed greatly to the educational and cultural experience of our Gunnison Valley community.  As you know, the pandemic has caused great hardships, financial and otherwise, to people, businesses and non-profit organizations like us throughout the county and the country.   While we were forced to cancel our program this past summer, the Forum continues to incur ongoing administrative and operating costs.  Any support you can provide during this difficult period will be greatly appreciated. 


Though we are very sorry we have to cancel our program this past summer,  we thank you again for your continuing support of the Forum and hope to see you in Crested Butte next summer if not before.  We hope you are and remain well, as we are.


Steven Polan, President

Dick Allen, Vice President

Chuck McGuiness, Treasurer

Cathy Benson,  Secretary


Speakers Forums

2005 to Present


Click Here

to experience a Speakers Keynote Address in an audio format that also showcases the evenings 

questions and answers. 

Roger's Kahn's Interviews:

"Outside/In" - 2008 to 2018

Click Here

Outside/In is a half-hour interview and conversation with one of the many interesting people visiting the Gunnison Valley each summer, in association with The Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte.

Forum Flashback

July 29, 2015

Mark Udall; “Global Terrorism: Insights Gained in Four Years on the Senate Intelligence Committee”

Mark Udall 2015 - Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte
00:00 / 00:00

Revisit Outstanding Presentations from Past Forum Speakers