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Seminars at Steamboat releases summer speaker lineup

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Seminars at Steamboat has announced five free nonpartisan policy talks scheduled for Monday evenings in July and August.

"Our 16th year will be sweet, indeed," said Seminars Chairman Bob Stein. "The talks are timely and forward-thinking, including a bipartisan roadmap for health care, U.S. options in dealing with North Korea, a look at cyber warfare, autonomous vehicles and ending with perspectives on the future of the Democratic and Republican parties."

The summer 2018 series includes:

From left: Stuart Butler, Christopher Hill, David Sanger 

• Monday, July 9: "A Bipartisan Roadmap for the American Healthcare System" with Stuart Butler, formerly of The Heritage Foundation and currently a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and health adviser for the Congressional Budget Office.

• Monday, July 16: “Diplomacy and Action: U.S. Options for North Korea” with Christopher Hill, former ambassador to Iraq and Korea, among other posts, and head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks from 2005-2009 on the North Korean nuclear issue.

• Monday, July 23: “The Perfect Weapon: How Cyber Conflict is Changing How Nations Compete and Conflict” with New York Times national security correspondent and bestselling author David Sanger.

From left: Robert Puentes, Elaine Kamarck and  Morris Fiorina

• Monday, July 30: “The Road Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles” with Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a nonprofit think tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership.

• Monday, Aug. 13: “The Future of the Democratic and Republican Parties,” a policy debate between Elaine Kamarck of The Brookings Institution and Morris Fiorina of The Hoover Institution, moderated by NPR Washington correspondent Ron Elving.

Founded in 2003 as a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring experts on a wide range of public policy topics to the Steamboat community, Seminars at Steamboat presents nonpartisan policy talks for free to the community. Run by an all-volunteer board, the speaker series is supported by individual contributions.

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"We continue our tradition of keeping seminars free, thanks to contributions from our over 200 friends. We are delighted with the reception that Seminars receives in our community," Stein said.

Once again, KUNC public radio, 88.5 FM, will be broadcasting a one-hour edit of each seminar at 8 p.m. on five consecutive Sundays starting July 22.

Free tickets will be distributed at each seminar starting at 4:45 p.m. Doors open at the same time, and talks start at 5:30 p.m.

Each talk lasts about 50 minutes, followed by a Q & A session. Visit seminarsatsteamboat.org for more details about Seminars at Steamboat and the 2018 speakers.