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:



Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is also the host of Press The Button, a weekly podcast from Ploughshares Fund dedicated to nuclear

policy and national security. He has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for over 35 years and is considered one of

the top experts in the field.

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Berit Anderson is the CEO and editor-in-chief of Scout.ai, a media company exploring the future of technology through analysis, science fiction, and scenario planning games. She is also the co-founder of Athens.ai, which works to protect democracy through research and scenario planning 

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David McCraw serves as the principal newsroom lawyer for The New York Times.  He is the author of the book “Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts” Mr. McCraw has been at The Times for 18 years and currently holds the position of Deputy General Counsel.

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Robert Hormats was the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs from September 23, 2009 to July 31, 2013.  Bob has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and served on the Board of Visitors of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, a CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  He works in many capacities in the world of public history, including for boards, museums, colleges and historical societies.  Six of his books were named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year” and seven became New York Times bestsellers.

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Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. A world-renowned geologist, historian of science and public speaker, she is a leading public intellectual on the role of science in society the reality of anthropogenic climate change,

and on anti-scientific disinformation campaigns.

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Heather Hurlburt is the director of the New Models of Policy

Change project at New America's Political Reform program. Hurlburt leads research into how policy advocacy can adapt to

be effective in our current environment of intense political polarization and guides advocates and funders seeking to

navigate politics effectively on behalf of policy solutions on

issues such as national security and climate change.

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Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007.  Karl writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, "Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight."  He has written for various publications, including The Daily Beast, Financial Times, Forbes, FoxNews.com, HumanEvents.com, Newsweek, The Times, Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.

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Roger's Kahn's Interviews:

"Outside/In" - 2008 to 2018

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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”

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