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2019 Forum Calendar:
JUNE 25, 2019
“CHALLENGES FOR THE WEST: WATER AND PUBLIC LANDS”
Professor John Leshy, talked on matters of vital interest to Coloradans, especially today: “Challenges for the West: Water and Public Lands.” Leshy has written extensively in response to attacks on the constitutionality of public lands and of particular interest to the Upper Gunnison Valley community. These are subjects on which Professor Leshy is one of the country’s leading experts, having written extensively on them and having served as General Counsel to the Department of Interior in the Clinton administration. Now a professor at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, he is also the author of a book on the Mining Law of 1872.
JULY 2, 2019
“#ME TOO GOES GLOBAL & HERE'S WHY”
On July 2, Cheryl Thomas, the founding Director and CEO of Global Rights for Women, spoke on another very timely and important subject: the global impact and significance of the #MeToo movement. Ms. Thomas has spent three decades promoting women’s rights around the world and finding effective ways to combat violence against 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.
JULY 9, 2019
“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.
JULY 16, 2019
“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.
JULY 23, 2019
“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. Ambassador Ronald Neumann discussed the Trump administration’s policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
JULY 30, 2019
“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. During his tenure as US Attorney from 2010 to 2016, Mr. Walsh was also chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of US Attorneys, in which capacity he often served as spokesman for the 93 US Attorneys around the country.
AUGUST 6, 2019
“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.
AUGUST 13, 2019
“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 and discussed arguably the most important scientific development in modern times, “The Genetics Revolution” – a subject not previously covered in Forum talks. Mr. Wells now lives in Austin, Texas, where he is the founder and CEO of a consumer genomics company, an adjunct professor at the University of Texas and owner of the iconic blues club, Antone’s.
2018 Forum Calendar:
JUNE 26, 2018
ROBERT S. FORD, AMBASSADOR (RET)
“SYRIA: WINDING DOWN OR GETTING WORSE --
WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE REGION AND THE UNITED STATES”
Robert Ford is a career diplomat who served as U.S.Ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014 and to Algeria from 2006 to 2008 spoke on developments and U.S. policy in the Middle East. Click for Full Bio
JULY 3, 2018 JENNIFER KERMODE
“OUR ELUSIVE SEARCH FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING”
Jennifer Kermode, Executive Director of the Gunnison Valley Housing
Authority, discussed the need for and challenges in providing affordable housing in the Gunnison-Crested Butte community, a timely and critical issue of local importance. Click for Full Bio
JULY 10 CHARLES J. SYKES
“WHAT COMES AFTER TRUMP (ASSUMING WE ALL SURVIVE)?”
Charles Sykes, a well-known conservative writer, commentator and radio talk-show host who has lately been critical of President Trump and elements of the Republican party, talked about the state of the country and the future of the Republican party. Click for Full Bio
JULY 17 ELLEN SWEETS
“THE VOTING BOOTH: BE THERE, OR BE SQUARE”
Ellen Sweets, a journalist, formerly with the Denver Post and other newspapers, former Director of the City of St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency, author of the best-selling Stirring it Up with Molly Ivins and who has been described by one reviewer as “funny, irreverent, dedicated to social causes and a mighty fine cook,” spoke about the current threats to voting rights and their impact on minority communities. Click for Full Bio
JULY 24 BRYAN CUNNINGHAM
“HOW WORRIED SHOULD I BE? SEPARATING FACT FROM FEAR ON CYBERSECURITY”
Bryan Cunningham, a former NSA and CIA official and globally recognized expert, spoke on the threats to cybersecurity and what can be done to respond to them. Click for Full Bio
JULY 31 JON BAILEY
“FROM SHOW BOAT TO HAMILTON: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL AS SOCIAL DOCUMENT”
Jon Bailey, a well-known composer, and award-winning teacher who taught music at the Yale School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Pomona College, talked about the musical Hamilton and its impact on American culture. Click for Full Bio
AUGUST 7 DAVID HAWKINS
“WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?”
David Hawkins, Director of the Climate Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, talked about climate change and the political challenges of addressing it. Click for Full Bio
AUGUST 14 JEREMI SURI
“WHY THE HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENCY MATTERS FOR THE PAST AND FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY”
Jeremy Suri, a distinguished professor at the University of Texas and author of nine books on contemporary politics and foreign policy, most recently The Impossible Presidency, discussed the challenges of the presidency in modern America. Click for Full Bio
2017 Forum Calendar:
JUNE 28, 2017 GAIL SCHWARTZ
"ARE THE MAROON BELLS FOR SALE?: THREAT TO PUBLIC LANDS"
Senator Schwartz built a distinguished legislative record in education, water, natural resources, and energy. While Colorado State Senate Majority Whip, she was appointed chair of six major Senate committees. As a resident of Crested Butte and 2016 candidate for Congress, she defines the true cost of losing the legacy of our public lands in the West.
JULY 5, 2017 SARAH BRITO
"FOOD TRANSPARENCY IN THE AGE OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS AND FAKE NEWS"
Sara Brito is a 20 year food, advertising/digital media, and Fortune 100 Industry veteran. Sara's work has been featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. In 2015 she was invited by the U.S. Department of State and the James Beard Foundation to Speak at the American Chef Rally in Milan, Italy and in 2007 she participated in the inaugural "Why Food Matters" program at the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder.
JULY 12, 2017 NAN ARON
"THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY"
Nan Aron is nationally recognized for her vast expertise in public interest law, the federal judiciary, and citizen participation in public policy. Nan is the Founder and President of Alliance for Justice, a leading voice on matters related to the federal judiciary.
JULY 19, 2017 MARK FALLON
"COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM"
Mark Fallon is the author of Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture. He has been involved in some of the most significant terrorism investigations and operations in recent history, including the prosecution of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (known at "the Blind Sheik") and the attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67).
JULY 26, 2017 JOHN BELLINGER
"TRUMP'S NATIONAL SECURITY AGENDA: AN EARLY ASSESSMENT"
John Bellinger III served as The Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He served as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Advisor to the National Security Council.
AUGUST 2, 2017 GEORGE FRAMPTON
"CLIMATE CHANGE: PROSPECTS FOR CARBON PRICING"
George Frampton graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School. He is a former prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He was chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and President of The Wilderness Society.
AUGUST 9, 2017 ILYSE HOGUE
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE
Ilyse Hogue is an expert in organizing and mobilizing grassroots support for media reform and human rights. She is president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. She was a member of the Platform Committee at the most recent Democratic National Convention as well as a featured speaker.
AUGUST 16, 2017 TIM WIRTH
CLIMATE IS ENERGY: ENERGY IS CLIMATE
Tim Wirth served as a Colorado U.S. Senator from 1987 - 1993. Wirth was national co-chair of the Clinton-Gore campaign and served in the U.S. Department of State as the first undersecretary for global affairs. He resigned from the administration to accept Ted Turner's invitation to be president of the newly created United Nations Foundation,
a position he held from 1998 to 2013.
Tim Wirth will be holding a panel discussion with John Harte.
John Hate is one of the most distinguished and senior of all environmental scientists in the country. Some of his most significant work has flowed from research done in Gunnison County. Over the last 20 years, John's novel and important global warming research, conducted at RMBL, has resulted in more PhD theses, and more research papers on climate than almost any other foundational study.
2015 Forum Calendar:
JULY 1, 2015 MYLES RADEMAN
“CRESTED BUTTE VA. THE REAL WORLD: RESORTS TOWNS' CHALLENGING THE FUTURE."
Former Crested Butte Town Planner Myles Rademan discusses the dilemmas that Crested Butte and other resort towns face as they grow and change over time.
JULY 8, 2015 TREVOR POTTER, JD
“THE MONEY IN POLITICS DISASTER: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE”
Trevor Potter is a the former chairman of the US Federal Election Commission. You may recognize him as a regular guest on "The Colbert Report."
JULY 15, 2015 RICHARD ALLEN, JD
“THE SUPREME CORT: THE MOST DANGEROUS BRANCH ”
Richard Allen is the former counsel in the Office of the US Solicitor General; Senior Counsel to the Washington D.C. law firm Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, LLP. He joins us today to discuss issues with the powers of the Supreme Court.
JULY 22, 2015 WILLIAM LANOUETTE, PhD
"Why We Dropped the Bomb and Who May be Next”
JULY 29, 2015 MARK UDALL
"GLOBAL TERRORISM: INSIGHTS GAINED IN FOUR YEARS ON THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE”
Mark Udall discusses global terrorism and his experiences as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
AUGUST 5, 2015 MARK McKINNON
“IS AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY WORKING?”
Mr. McKinnon was the media advisor to Republican presidential campaigns and for former Texas governor Ann Richards campaign as well as a columnist for the Daily Beast and the co-founder of the No Labels Foundation. His talk is titled "Is America’s Democracy Working?"
AUGUST 12, 2015 JOEL GALLANT, MD, M.P.H.
“EPIDEMICS AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES: WILL THE MICROBES WIN IN THE END??"
Joel Gallant discusses epidemics such as HIV.
AUGUST 19, 2015 JIM HAVEY for STEPHEN GRACE
“THE GREAT DEVIDE: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF COLORADO WATER" A FILM.
2014 Forum Calendar:
JULY 9, 2014 VALERIE PLAME, MS
“THE NSA REVELATION: IT'S NOT ABOUT SNOWDEN"
Roger Kahn speaks with former CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson and Joe Wilson, a former ambassador, in our first edition of Outside/In for 2014.
JULY 16, 2014 MICHAEL BRUNE
“ONE-WAY TICKET: 100% CLEAN ENERGY”
Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, who has grown the organization to over 2,000,000 members. Mr. Brune and host Roger Kahn discuss environmental topics including clean energy and job creation.
JULY 23, 2014 SUSAN N. HERMAN, JD
“IS THE PATRIOT ACT PATRIOTIC?”
Susan Herman, director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
JULY 30, 2014 STEVE SCHMIDT
“THE PARTY OF LINCOLN, IKE AND REGAN IN THE AGE OF DEMINT, CRUZ AND THE RADIO RIGHT”
AUGUST 6, 2014 WES JACKSON, PH.D
“THE UPCOMING AGRICULTURE REVOLUTION”
Wes Jackson, Ph.D. talks about the upcoming agriculture revolution. Dr. Jackson is the founder of the Land Institute and a former MacArthur fellow based in Kansas.
AUGUST 13, 2014 CAROLINE ISAACS
“CRIME PAYS: FOR PROFIT INCARCERATION”
Caroline Isaacs, Program Director for the Tuscon Office of the American Friends Service Committee.
AUGUST 20, 2014 ELIZABETH COLTON, PH.D.
"BEYOND THE HEADLINES: DECIPHERING THE NEWS OF GLOBAL POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY"
Elizabeth Colton discusses the media, what makes 'the cut' in the news, and how the news is often shaped.
AUGUST 27, 2014 KAI BIRD, MS
“SPIES, LIES& MIDEAST MUDDLE”
The final Public Policy Forum event for 2014 features Kai Bird, speaking about conflicts in Israel and the Gaza Strip.
2013 Forum Calendar:
JULY 10, 2013 JACK COCHRAN, MD, FACS, MD, FACS
“HEALTH CARE REFORM”
JULY 17, 2013 PHILLIP WALKER, JD
“AFGHANISTAN: THE NEXT TEN YEARS”
JULY 24, 2013 THOMAS B GOLD, PhD
“THE U.S. AND CHINE: THE NEXT TEN YEARS"
Dr. Tom Gold, professor of sociology at Cal Berkley, talks about China: The Next 10 Years.
JULY 3, 2013 JOESEPH CIRINCIONE, MS
AUGUST 7, 2013 MARK KEIGHTLEY, PhD
“TAXING AMEERICAN CORPORATIONS IN AN INCREASINGLY GLOBAL ECONOMY”
AUGUST 14, 2013 ANDREW STAHL, BS
“THE REAL THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL FORESTS: DEFICITS AND DEVOLUTION”
AUGUST 21, 2013 HEATHER HURBURT, MA
“DRONES: THE FUTURE OF WAR?”
AUGUST 28, 2013 GERALD NELSON, PhD
“GLOBAL WARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION"
2012 Forum Calendar:
JULY 11, 2012 LOREN STEFFY
“AMERICA'S ENERGY QUANDRY"
Loren Steffe's talk about America's Energy Quandry. Recorded at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts Wednesday the 11th of July, 2012 as part of the Public Policy Forum series.
JULY 18, 2012 SPEAKER CHANGE: DR. WILLIAM NIEMI
“WASHINGTON'S GRIDLOCK: IS OUR CONSTITUTION THE PROBLEM?"
JULY 25, 2012 DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
“REAL TAX REFORM"
AUGUST 1, 2012 JANINE BENYUS
“BIOMIMICRY: HOW IT CAN HELP SUSTAIN US"
AUGUST 8M 2012 DR. WILLIAM H. BRANDS
“THE DOLLAR'S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE"
AUGUST 15, 2012 DAVID BENDER
“OUR NATION'S POLITICAL PARALYSIS"
AUGUST 22, 2012 DR. JEREMY A. LAZARUS
“THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: WHAT NOW
2011 Forum Calendar:
JULY 6, 2011 PROFESSOR JOHN HARTE
"CAN WE PREVENT GLOBAL CLIMATE DISRUPTION?"
The first in a series of eight forums recorded on July 6, 2011 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted Professor John Harte, from the University of California Berkley speaking on his findings derived from global warming experiments conducted at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, CO. Dr Harte discusses the implications of global warming and what is to be do about it. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Harte answering questions from the audience.
JULY 13, 2011 ED ZWICK
"POLITICS IN FILM: FILM IN POLITICS"
The second in a series of eight forums recorded on July 13, 2011 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted producer Edward Zwick speaking on the role that film plays in bringing awareness to social issues. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Zwick answering questions from the audience.
JULY 20, 2011 DANIEL WORDWORTH *Due to technical difficulties these podcasts are not available*
"HAITI: WHAT'S NEXT?"
JULY 27, 2011 PHILIP C. WILCOX, JR.
"THE MIDDLE EAST: TURMOIL, CHANG, AND THE DEEPENING ISRAELI-PALEXTIAN CONFLICT"
The fourth in a series of eight forums recorded on July 27, 2011 at the Union Congregational Church in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. on the complex issues on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Wilcox answering questions from the audience.
AUGUST 3, 2011 PROFESSOR DAVID M. KENNEDY
"THE RISE OF U.S. POVERTY OR AMERICA'S SECOND GILDED AGE"
The fifth in a series of eight forums recorded on August 3, 2011 at the Union Congregational Church in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted Professor David M. Kennedy speaking on patterns in history and exploring the possibility of the U.S. entering into a second Gilded Age. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Kennedy answering questions from the audience.
AUGUST 10, 2011 PROFESSOR ANDY SILVERMAN
THE U.S. - MEXICAN BORDER: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW"
The sixth in a series of eight forums recorded on August 10, 2011 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted Professor Andy Silverman discussing the ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬complex issue of immigration between the United States and Mexico. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Silverman answering questions from the audience.
AUGUST 17, 2011 ANDRES ROMANOFF
"HOW MONEY CORRUPTS ELECTIONS"
The seventh in a series of eight forums recorded on August 17, 2011 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted former State speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff discussing the implications of corrupt elections in a democratic society. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Romanoff answering questions from the audience.
AUGUST 24, 2011 DR. NED CALONGE *Due to technical difficulties these podcasts are not available*
"FEDERAL HEALTH CARE REFORM EXPLAINED"
2010 Forum Calendar:
JULY 7, 2010 WILLIAM H. LUERS
"A NEW WAY TO DEAL WITH IRAN"
The first in a series of seven forums recorded on July 7, 2010 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted diplomat William H. Luers speaking on the current state of relations between the United States and Iran. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Luers answering questions from the audience.
JULY 14, 2010 ELLEN WEISS
"THE REVOLUTION IN JOURNALISM"
The second in a series of seven forums, recorded on July 14, 2010 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted NPR’s Senior Vice President, Ellen Weiss, speaking on how her organization is utilizing the web to bring the news to a broader array of listeners. Part 1 is her speech to the forum and part 2 is Weiss answering questions from the audience.
JULY 21, 2010 JEREMY BEN-AMI
“NOW OR NEVER: MOMENT OF TRUTH TO END THE ISRAEL - PALESTINE IMPASSE”
The third in a series of seven forums recorded on July 21, 2010 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted Jeremy Ben-Ami, President of the advocacy group J Street, speaking on the possibility of peace between Israel and Palestine through a two state solution. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Ben-Ami answering questions from the audience.
AUGUST 4, 2010 LEONARD S. RUBENSTEIN
"TORTURE BY THE U.S.: ORIGINS, CONSEQUENCES AND LEGACY"
The fourth in a series of seven forums recorded on August 4, 2010 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted Dr Leonard S. Rubenstein, Visiting Scholar at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School for Human Rights and Public Health and former head of Physicians for Human Rights, speaking on the ethics of torture and its effect on individuals. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Rubenstein answering questions from the audience.
AUGUST 11, 2010 MICHAEL HURLEY
"THE TERRORIST THREAT: AT HOME AND ABROAD"
The fifth in a series of seven forums recorded on August 11, 2010 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted Michael Hurley, Senior Council on the 9/11 Commission and a co-author of the Commission’s Final Report, speaking on the intricacies and challenges of the war on terror both at home, in the United States, and abroad. Part 1 is his speech to the forum and part 2 is Hurley answering questions from the audience.
AUGUST 18, 2010 GEORGE WEIBLEN, BRIAN VECENTE & SUSAN PARKER (Audio unavailable due to technical difficulties)
"THE CANNABIS CONUNDRUM: THE SCIENCE AND POLITICS OF AMERICA'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL PLANT"
AUGUST 25, 2010 SISTER HELEN PREJEAN
"DEAD MAN WALKING: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES"
The seventh in a series of seven forums recorded on August 25, 2010 at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, CO. This event hosted Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, speaking on the ethics of the U.S. death penalty. Part 1 is her speech to the forum and part 2 is Sister Prejean answering questions from the audience.
2009 Forum Calendar:
JULY 8, 2009 JULIA BOLZ
“JOURNEY WITH AN AFGHAN SCHOOL"
JULY 15, 2009 PAUL R. EHRLICH
"THE DOMINANT ANIMAL: HUMAN EVOLUTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT"
July 22, 2009 JUSTICE GREG HOBBA
"WATER IN THE 21ST CENTURY: WHAT WE'VE GOT AND WHERE DO WE GO?"
July 29, 2009 HEDRICK SMITH
"POLLUTED WATERS: A NATIONAL PROBLEM"
AUGUST 5, 2009 PROFESSOR CAROLINE BRETTELL
“IMMIGRATION REFORM: NATIONAL POLICY AND LOCAL IMPACTS"
AUGUST 12, 2009 GENERAL JOSEPH RALSTON (RET.)
“THE U.S.'s EVOLVING ROLL IN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY"
AUGUST 19, 2009 PROFESSOR H. WILLIAM BRANDS
“WHAT FDR WOULD TELL BARACK OBAMA"
AUGUST 26, 2009 ROBERT D. BRICKMAN
“HEALTHCARE IN THE GUNNISON VALLEY: FUTURE IMPLICATIONS"
2008 Forum Calendar:
JULY 3, 2008 KARIN P. SHELDON
THE FIGHT TO SAVE RED LADY: CHAPTER TWO"
Karin P. Sheldon IS THE Executive director of Western Resource Advocates, a conservation law and policy non-profit in Boulder, Colorado.
JULY 9, 2008 JUDITH KIPPER
"THE MIDDLE EAST: CAN THE NEXT PRESIDENT FIX IT?
Judith Kipper is an Internationally recognized Middle East specialist and member of the board and director, Middle East Programs, Institute of World Affairs.
JULY 12, 2008 SENATOR KENNETH SALAZAR
Elected to the U. S. Senate from Colorado in 2004, he serves on the Senate Finance, Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources, Ethics, and Aging committees.
JULY 16, 2008 JON M. KINGSDALE
Jon M. Kingsdale is Executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, an independent authority established in 2006 under Massachusetts’ landmark health reform legislation.
JULY 23, 2008 ROBERT DUNBAR
"CLIMATE CHANGE: FACT AND FICTION"
Professor Robert Dunbar is a Stanford University professor in its Department of Environmental Earth System Science and director of its Earth Systems Program.
JULY 30, 2008 MIKE ABRAMOWITZ
"THE BUSH LEGACY: A VIEW FROM THE PRESS ROOM"
Mike Abramowitz is a reporter and editor at the Washington Post since 1985.
AUGUST 6, 2008 KA HSAW WA & KATHERINE REDFORD
"U.S. CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY ABROAD: UNOCO IN BURMA"
Ka Hsaw Wa is the Co-founder and executive director of Earth Rights International and a member of the Karen ethnic nationality of Burma.
Katharine Redford is the Co-founder and U.S. office director and a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.
AUGUST 13, 2008 ALAN HEGBURG
"HOW THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY MARKETS ARE CHANGING"
Alan Hegburg is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Energy Policy in Washington, D.C.
AUGUST 20, 2008 JAY W. HELMAN
"21ST CENTURY EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGES"
Jay W. Helman is the13th president of Western State College, Gunnison, CO.
AUGUST 29, 2008 TED TURNER
'TRYING TO BE SMART"
Ted Turner is the Chairman of Turner Enterprises, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
2007 Forum Calendar:
SCOTT & LISA BATES
'NATIONAL SECURITY: WHAT OUR SUCCESS IN THE BALKANS SAYS ABOUT IRAQ"
Scott Bates is a Lecturer at Indiana University and Lisa Bates.
SENATOR TIMOTHY WIRTH
"WHY THE UNITED NATIONS IS OUR INDISPENSABLE PARTNER
Senator Timothy Wirth: U.S. Senator, CO (ret.); President, United Nations Foundation:
AMBASSADOR PHILIP C. WILCOX, JR.
"THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE URGENT NEED FOR NEW U.S. LEADERSHIP"
Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. (ret): President, Foundation for Middle East Peace:
AMBASSADOR ED PECK (RET.)
"THE MIDDLE EAST YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW: HOW GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY AND RELIGION HAVE SHAPED A VITAL REGION"Ambassador
"DOMINOS AGAINL WHY THE U.S. MUST RETURN TO SOUTHEAST ASIA AS THE FIRST STEP IN RECOVERING FROM THE IRAQ DEBACLE"
Lewis Simons is a Pulitzer Prize winning author.
"IMMIGRATION AND THE HUMAN FACE OF GLOBAL ECONOMICS"
Delle McCormick is the Executive Director of BorderLinks.
SENATOR GARY HART
"SHIFTING THE PARADIGM: HOW DO WE REALLY ACHEIVE PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY?"
Senator Gary Hart: U.S. Senator, CO (ret) is the Wirth Chair Scholar, University of Colorado Denver Graduate School of Public Affairs
AMBASSADOR JOESPH WILSON (RET.)
"TRUTH IN GOVERNANCE: HOW THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION MISLED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INTO WAR."
DR. AHMAD GHOREISHI
"THE U.S. - IRAN CONFLICT: IS WAR INEVITABLE?"
Dr. Ahmad Ghoreishi is a Lecturer with theU.S. Naval Post-Graduate School
2006 Forum Calendar:
SENIOR OFFICER TERRY JEGGLE
"THE NATURE OF HAZARDS AND DISASTER RISKS FACING MODERN SOCIETIES"
Senior Officer Terry Jeggle: United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN T. SULLIVAN
"INTEGRITY IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS."
Assistant Attorney General for Northern New York State John T. Sullivan, Jr. is a Professor of Political Science, SUNY Oswego,
and a former member of the Electoral College.
AMBASSADOR ED PECK
"IRAG REDUX: WHITHER THE MIDDLE EAST?"
Ambassador Ed Peck is the former Chief of Mission in Baghdad (ret).
UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR (RET.)
"THE ROLE OF THE COURTS, INCLUDING THE SUPREME COURT OF THE U.S., IN AMERICA'S FUTURE."
David Hawkins is the Head of the Global Warming Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
ATTORNEY LUKE DANIELSON
"RED LADY (MT. EMMONS) IN A GLOBAL CONTEST: MANAGING THE IMPACTS OF MINING INVESTMENT AT HOME AND ABROAD.
DR. AHMED GHOREISHI
"DANGERS TO THE U.S. INTERESTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: REAL AND IMAGINARY"
Dr. Ahmed Ghoreishi is the Former Delegate to the U.N. from Iran, is the current Professor at the Naval Post-Graduate School and advisor to the Foreign Minister.
DR. WILLIAM MARTIN
"WITH GOD ON THEIR SIDE?: REFLECTIONS ON THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IN AMERICA."
Dr. William Martin IS THE Chavanne Professor of Sociology, Senior Fellow for Religion and Public Policy, James A. Baker lll Institute for Public Policy, Rice University.
DR. DARIN PORTNOY
"AID CHALLENGES AND TRIUMPHS"
Doctors Without Borders USA President Dr. Darin Portnoy, with an introduction by R.N. Jan Carroll, recently returned from serving 6 months in Sudan with DWB, after hearing his talk in 2005.
2005 Forum Calendar:
AMBASSADOR ED PECK, (RET.)
"A RATIONAL LOOK AT IRAQ TODAY - AND TOMORROW."
Ambassador Ed Peck is the former Chief of Mission in Baghdad (ret) and Deputy Director, Reagen Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism.
AMBASSADOR STEPHEN LOW (RET.)
"ILLUSION AND REALITY IN THE U.S.FOREIGN POLICY"
Ambassador Stephen Low (ret) is the Director of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center, Italy; former President, Foreign Service Institute; former President, Association for Diplomatic Studies.
DR. RONALD L. STEVENS
"A DIALOGUE ON GLOBALIZATION"
Dr. Donald L. Stevens is the Managing Director, Institute for International Business, and Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado at Denver.
DR. MAZIN QUMSIYEH
"THE CONFLICT IN ISREAL/PALESTINE: PART 1: SOLUTIONS & ROADBLOCKS"
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Yale Professor.
"40 YEARS INTO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT: WHERE DO WE STAND?"
Bruce Driver is an Environmental Attorney and Crested Butte resident.
DR. JEFF HALPER
"THE CONFLICT IN ISREAL/PALESTINE: PART 2: AN AMERICAN OCCUPATION: THE IMPLICATIONS FOR AMERICANS IF THE OCCUPATION DOES NOT END."
Dr. Jeff Halper: is the Founder of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions
"THE CONFLICT IN ISREAL/PALISTINE: PART 3: IS HOPE POSSIBLE?"
Alison Weir, Journalist and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Executive Director, Interfaith Interventions.
2016 Forum Calendar:
JUNE 22, 2016 KEN SALAZAR, JD
“AMERICA: THE QUEST FOR INCLUSIVE POLITICS”
Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar speaks about 'AMERICA: THE QUEST FOR INCLUSIVE POLITICS' and answers question from the audience on June 22, 2016.
JUNE 29, 2016 JARED BERNSTEIN, PhD:
“REDUCING INCOME INEQUALITY THROUGH INCLUSIVE GROWTH”
Jared Bernstein, a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, talks about economic theory, trade, and politics. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden in the Obama Administration.
JULY 6, 2016 RICHARD SCHMALENSEE, PhD:
“WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE HARDEST POLICY PROBLEM”
Richard Schmalensee, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Management and Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, talks about the unique public policy hurdles in addressing climate change.
JULY 13, 2016 T. R. REID:
“HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYBODY: AROUND THE WORLD AND RIGHT HERE AT HOME”
Reporter, documentary filmmaker, and author T.R. Reid talks about the health care crisis in America and a proposed legislative solution offering coverage to all Coloradans.
July 20, 2016
TIMOTHY QUILL, MD & LOIS COURT, MPA: “PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DEATH: PROGRESS OR PERIL?”
JULY 27, 2016
BRIAN MCPEEK, MS: "TRANSLATING CONSERVATION SCIENCE INTO PUBLIC POLICY"
*CO-PRESENTED WITH: THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY*
Nature Conservancy Chief Conservation Officer Brian McPeek discusses the Conservancy's work, and individual impacts of and solutions to climate change.
AUGUST 3, 2016
DEVON CONE: “THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS: HOW DO WE RESPOND?”
August 10, 2016
ERNEST HOUSE, JR.: “THE UTES: COLORADO'S FORGOTTEN PEOPLE”
Ernest House, Jr., Executive Secretary for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA), about the past, present, and future of Native American issues in Colorado. Mr. House is an enrolled member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and has sat on various local, state, and federal boards and committees regarding Native American issues. He holds a rich tradition in his position as son of the late Ernest House, Sr., a long time tribal leader for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and great-grandson of Chief Jack House, the last hereditary chief of the Ute Mountain Ute TrIbe