About Us

Seminars at Steamboat was founded in 2003 to bring experts on a wide range of public policy topics to the Steamboat community. The seminars are non-partisan and free to the public.

Each summer, four or five seminars take place in the Strings Music Pavilion, usually attracting an audience of more than 500. Free tickets are distributed and doors open at 4:15 p.m.

Our events take place from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

The typical format is a 45-to-50-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. Each seminar is followed by a Dutch-treat dinner with the speaker so that Friends of the Seminars can continue the conversation.

Seminars is supported primarily by individual contributions from our audience plus a grant from the City of Steamboat Springs. Those who contribute $100 or more each year are considered “Friends of the Seminars.” They are eligible to reserve advance tickets for seminars and to attend the Dutch-treat dinners.

Seminar topics have included the economy, foreign affairs, national security, immigration reform, health care, the media, drugs and sports, the environment, climate change, education, the 9-11 Commission and more.

Featured speakers have included:

  • Former U.S. ambassadors and high-level officials from the State Department, Treasury, Federal Reserve Board, Central Intelligence Agency and Congressional Budget Office
  • Political scientists and economists from The Brookings Institution and major universities and research centers
  • Journalists and columnists from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other media
  • Medical experts
  • Judges
  • Prominent authors
  • A former commissioner of the National Football League

Please visit our Complete List of Past Speakers.