The Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte
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Bringing Speakers to the Gunnison Valley Since 2003

Our Mission

The Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte is a Colorado non-profit organization which brings to
the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte/Gunnison community each year a series of speakers
presenting and discussing significant contemporary issues.

 ~ Greetings from Public Policy's President ~

May, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am one of those persons who gets sucked in by the news. If something significant is happening, I have the TV on behind me, and the Internet on my screen in front of me. I can't let it go for days, sometimes weeks. I would say that in this last half year there have been plenty of things of significance going on.

Our line up this summer addresses many of the topics that have been swirling around all the networks and blog sites.


We start out with a topic near and dear to us both literally and figuratively, the threat of selling off our public lands, our heritage to the future. Former Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz will add her great insight on this subject.

Then we go to Rosa Brooks talking about our military. I recently caught her on The Bill Maher program, very interesting perspectives. I hope we haven't gone to war with Korea or anyone else in the meantime.


Nan Aron will address the Federal Judiciary, a very timely topic. Is there really separation of the branches of government?

The next two speakers will address extremism, national security, the CIA, the Pentagon, the FBI, and all those things that keep us awake at night.


We will get a look at climate change from a different perspective from George Frampton.


Ilyse Hogue’s topic, “The Future is Female” absolutely grabbed my attention and her presentation will grab yours.

We finish up with something a bit different. Pomona College Professor Jon Bailey will talk about how the musical “Hamilton” has changed the views of the country even if we haven't had the pleasure of attending in person.


The Forum continues to be a bare bones operation not paying any honorariums. However, the costs of travel and housing for our speakers continue to grow. I sincerely thank the generosity of all our sponsors and donors and urge you to make a donation as well.    

We have hired a part-time executive assistant this year, Lee Eakin, who has made my job so much easier. She has done outstanding work and I hope you all get to meet her at the Forums.

Donations can be sent to The Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte, PO Box 2256 Crested Butte, CO 81224. You can also make a donation using a credit card or via Pay Pal by going to our website [] and clicking on the link to Donate to the Forum.

Thanks again for your support,

Jim Schmidt
The Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte

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