Seminars at Steamboat updates summer schedule


— A talk about income inequality and the continued dialogue about health care will highlight the Seminars at Steamboat series this summer.

Two dates in the normal four-part series recently were announced.


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Timothy Smeeding


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Charles Murray


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Belle Sawhill


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Arthur Caplan

The first set for July 10 will feature Timothy Smeeding and Charles Murray presenting a dialogue about “Income Inequality and Social Mobility.”

Smeeding is a professor of public affairs and economics at the University of Wisconsin, and Murray currently is part of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, and co-author of “The Bell Curve.”

Belle Sawhill will moderate the discussion.

Then on Aug. 7, Arthur Caplan, who is the director of medical ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, will lead his discussion, “Rationing Health Care Ethical Questions, Ethical Answers.”

“I think these topics need to be in the national conversation right now,” said Kate Hawk, chairwoman for Seminars at Steamboat. “They need to be of differing opinion that need to be discussed. We want to bring a new perspective to our audience in Steamboat that creates follow-up discussions, as well.”

The events begin at 5 p.m. at the Strings Music Pavilion, and all Seminars at Steamboat events are free.

Hawk said they have been able to keep the program free thanks to donors and the draw of Steamboat.

“Steamboat is always a very appealing destination,” she said. “It’s a nice little vacation for these guys.”

Hawk said that at the end of each summer, the board meets to discuss potential topics for the next summer’s slate of speakers.

Each board member gets four votes, and the topics with the most votes are pursued.

“I think everyone perceived them as topics that will have a major effect on where this county goes the next years or even decades,” Hawk said.

The lineup still will be finalized later with two to three more speakers. For more information about the series, click here.

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