Seminars at Steamboat series rounds out lineup

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— The Seminars at Steamboat summertime lecture series has firmed up the speaker lineup for its 10th anniversary season.

This year’s series kicks off July 12 with Christopher Hill, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Korea and Macedonia. He currently is the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Hill will talk about “Foreign Policy After the Election: Challenges and Opportunities.”

On July 19, John Pomfret, the former Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post and current editor of the Post’s weekly commentary section, will give a presentation titled “Insights from a China Watcher.”

A week later, on July 26, Dr. Robert Reischauer will talk about “Adjusting to America’s New Fiscal Reality: Why This Time it Really is Different.” Reischauer was the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 1989 to 1995 and also served as president of the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

The fourth and final regular installment of the 2012 Seminars at Steamboat is an Aug. 13 appearance by Richard Murray, professor of political science and director of survey research at the University of Houston. Murray will discuss “The Presidential Race: Polls, Swing States and More.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Leonhardt, of The New York Times, initially was announced as a Seminars at Steamboat guest speaker for this summer but had to cancel his appearance.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Seminars at Steamboat, a special Aug. 20 anniversary dinner will be held at Sheraton Steamboat Resort. David Wessel, chief economic correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, will be the guest speaker. Unlike other Seminars at Steamboat events, the Aug. 20 anniversary dinner will be a paid event. The time and cost of the dinner haven’t been released, but Seminars co-founder Jane Stein said the event will not serve as a fundraiser, and any fees associated with the dinner will go only to cover the cost of the Aug. 20 celebration.

The regular Seminars at Steamboat lectures will remain free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.seminarsatsteamboat.com or email kate_hawk@hotmail.com.

To reach Brent Boyer, call 970-871-4221 or email bboyer@SteamboatToday.com

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