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CMC, The Keystone Center starting Current Affairs series

BRECKENRIDGE – Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and The Keystone Center are pleased to announce the 2002-03 Current Affairs Forum series will kick off Sept. 17 with “Corporate Crisis of Confidence: A Few Rogue Executives or a Deeper Systemic Problem?”

This free, public event will run from 7-9 p.m. at the CMC Theatre, 103 S. Harris St., Breckenridge.

“Corporate Crisis of Confidence” features a panel discussion on the recent scandals involving corporate profit reporting, accounting irregularities, the bankruptcies of several large companies and the impact on the stock market. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of experts and specialists in the field of business and business ethics.



CMC and The Keystone Center recently joined forces to co-sponsor the Current Affairs Forum, now in its third year. Thomas P. Grumbly, president of The Keystone Center, said working together “enables us to leverage the resources of two respected Colorado institutions in order to present high quality public affairs events to the citizens of Summit County.”

CMC Summit Campus Dean Tim Hoopingarner agreed, saying the collaboration is “a natural match.” The joint effort, he said, will “provide access to speakers with national and international recognition.”



The Current Affairs Forum is an extension of the missions of the two organizations to educate and foster dialogue. Grumbly sees the series as a way to “inform and educate people on issues that will affect their lives in the 21st century.”

Noting that Summit is among the top 20 best-educated counties in the country, Hoopingarner said he hopes the forums will offer an opportunity for intellectual stimulation to members of the area who ordinarily might not come into contact with the local community college. He also sees the events as a way to strengthen ties between CMC, The Keystone Center and the community at large.

Grumbly said he believes open community discussion of current issues helps “people see themselves as citizens and not just observers of the public and private processes that are swirling about them.”

Hoopingarner added that “the issues we are presenting are vital to our community.”

The Current Affairs Forum, he said, “is an important step in nurturing dialogue about these topics.”

CMC has sponsored forums on diversity and current affairs for several years. Hoopingarner said he found the attendance at last year’s Current Affairs Forum events particularly gratifying.

“This year, we have a broader array of topics, and nationally known speakers, and we should enjoy an even more vibrant series,” he said.

Future subjects will include national security and civil liberties, U.S. policy toward Iraq, health care in America, energy policy and the environment and forestry management.

For more information, contact Shawn Woodford at (970) 468-5989 or Rachel Pokrandt at (970) 453-6757, ext. 2614.


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