Freedom Conference 2012

SI Logo with Winter Scene


The Fourth Annual Freedom Conference

August 24-25, 2012

The Steamboat Grand

Steamboat Springs, Colorado


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Confirmed Presenters Include (Click names for speaker information):

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, August 23rd5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception at home of Steamboat Institute sponsors:  All speakers and their guests, VIP registrants and SI Board members/spouses are invited.

Friday, August 24th:

11:45 – Welcome and Intro by Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Chairman of The Steamboat Institute

12:00 – Kick-off Luncheon – Tom McDevitt, President of the Washington Times

1:15 – Ann McElhinney, producer of “FrackNation” –  (NOTE:  John Harpole, CEO of Mercator Energy, will introduce Ms. McElhinney.)

2:15 – 2:30 – Break

2:30 – Debate: “Our Economic Roadmap – Which Direction Shall We Take?”:  Dan Mitchell of Cato Institute vs. Prof. William Black (Univ. of Missouri – Kansas City) – Moderator:  Rob Douglas, Columnist for Steamboat Pilot & Today and former co-host of the Cari & Rob Show

3:30 – Mary Katharine Ham – Topic TBA

4:30 – 5:15 – “A Satirical Romp on How We Got Here and What We are Going to Do About It!” –  Kevin Jackson, Executive Director of The and author of Sexy Brilliance and Other Political Lies


6:30 p.m. – VIP Reception and Photos with Keynote Speaker, Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.     All VIP registrants, speakers and their guests board gondola for scenic ride to summit of Steamboat Ski Area.

7:00 p.m. – All other conference registrants board gondola for ride to keynote dinner on mountaintop.

***During reception and dinner, musical entertainment will be provided by the String Quartet from Steamboat Symphony Orchestra ***

7:30 p.m.– Keynote Dinner in Champagne Powder Room at summit of Steamboat Ski Area, featuring John Bolton.  Amb. Bolton’s speech will be followed by Q&A interview by Peter Brookes of Heritage Foundation.  NOTE:  Bill Hybl, President of El Pomar Foundation, will introduce Amb. Bolton.

***Preceding Dinner, we will make special presentation and announcement  regarding Tony Blankley.

This presentation will include a special video message from Newt Gingrich.



Saturday, August 25th:

7:00 a.m. – Optional Event: “Breakfast with the AG – Ensuring Election Integrity:  The Need for Voter ID”Alan Wilson, Attorney General of South Carolina

8:00 – 8:03 a.m. – Brief announcement by Crystal Bouziden, Assistant Director of Leadership Program of the Rockies, regarding 2012-13 Program and Application Process

8:00 – Breakfast at the “Kitchen Table” with Matthew Spalding (VP, American Studies, The Heritage Foundation, and author of We Still Hold These Truths) and Ernest Istook, Distinguished Fellow with the Heritage Foundation and Former Congressman from Oklahoma (author of our popular “Kitchen Table” series of articles), speaking on “How Washington Clobbers the Family Budget – whether you pay taxes or not!”

9:15 – “There Will Never be Another Mayo Clinic – The Future of Healthcare in America”:   Attorney General Alan Wilson (SC);  Hal Scherz, M.D. (Founder of Docs 4 Patient Care);  and Sally Pipes of Pacific Research Institute – Moderator:  Bob Beauprez, former Congressman and editor-in-chief of “A Line of Sight”

10:30 – “Alternatives to Government Programs” – Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman from California

11:30 – “Journalism through the Lens of Justice”:  Hannah Giles of American Phoenix Foundation

12:30 – Closing Luncheon, featuring “A Conversation with Michelle Malkin

5:00 — Coyote Gold Margarita Party! 

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