2019 FORUM SPEAKERS
We are very grateful to the Center For the Arts for again providing a venue for our talks.
As in recent years, attendance at the talks are free of charge and start at 7pm. Each talk runs for approximately 45 minutes, followed by another half hour to forty five minutes of questions and answers.
The speakers who generously agreed to come and speak, without honorariums, are:
JUNE 25 JOHN LESHY
“CHALLENGES FOR THE WEST: WATER AND PUBLIC LANDS”
Professor John Leshy is the former General Counsel of the United States Department of the Interior and now teaches at UC Hastings College of the Law. Leshy has written extensively in response to attacks on the constitutionality of public lands and of particular interest to the Upper Gunnison Valley community.
JULY 2 CHERYL THOMAS
“#ME TOO GOES GLOBAL & HERE'S WHY”
JCheryl Thomas is the founding Director and CEO of Global Rights for Women.Since 1993, Ms. Thomas worked with partners around the world to promote women’s human rights and achieve effective legal reform to end violence against women. Click for Full Bio
JULY 9 JOHN NICHOLS
“TRUMP AND THE MEDIA”
John Nichols is the National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation magazine and a pioneering political blogger. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. Click for Full Bio
JULY 16 SEAN THERIAULT
“CONGRESSIONAL DYSFUNCTION AND PARTY POLARIZATION”
Professor Theriault teaches in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. His recent focus has been on congressional decision-making and dysfunction. He has published three books, The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution; Party Polarization in Congress; and The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress. Click for Full Bio
JULY 23 RONALD NEUMANN
“AFGHANISTAN AND THE MID-EAST:
WISE DIPLOMACY OR A NATIONAL SELL-OUT”
Ambassador Ronald Neumann served as US ambassador to Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, and as deputy assistant secretary of State for the Middle East. He is now president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, an NGO focused on strengthening American diplomacy. Click for Full Bio
JULY 30 JOHN WALSH
“AN INDEPENDENT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT:
WHAT IT MEANS AND HOW DO WE KEEP IT"”
John F. Walsh served as the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado from 2010 to 2016. After leaving government service Mr. Walsh has in addition to private law practice been an on-air legal commentator for CBS national news. Click for Full Bio
AUGUST 6 PATTY LIMERICK
“WHAT COLORADO HISTORY TEACHES US FOR THE FUTURE”
Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Professor Limerick was nominated by President Obama in Spring 2015 and was confirmed by the United States Senate in November 2015. Click for Full Bio
AUGUST 13 SPENCER WELLS
“THE GENETIC REVOLUTION"
Spencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist, author, and entrepreneur. For over a decade he was an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and director of the Geographic Project. He has appeared in documentary films and is the author of three books. Click for Full Bio
2005 to Present
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
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.
July 29, 2015
Mark Udall; “Global Terrorism: Insights Gained in Four Years on the Senate Intelligence Committee”
Revisit Outstanding Presentations from Past Forum Speakers