In Partnership with the Public Policy Forum 

Mix and mingle with a brilliant Western history scholar, Dr. Patty Limerick of the Center for the American West, with Colorado-inspired hors d’oeuvres, boutique wines and crafted cocktails. 

Learn more about the Crested Butte Public Policy Forum by clicking here!

Chef: Dana Zobs, Crested Butte’s Personal Chefs (Crested Butte, CO) 

Guest: Dr. Patty Limerick, Professor of History, Faculty Director & Chair of the Board of the  

Center of the American West (University of Colorado, Boulder)  

Winemaker: Joe Buckel, Buckel Family Wines (Crested Butte, CO) 

Host: Center for the Arts 

Location: Crested Butte 


Date: Tuesday, August 6 

Time: 5:30 p.m.   

Cost: $125 


Chef Dana Zobs: Crested Butte’s Personal Chefs 

Dana Zobs of Crested Butte's Personal Chefs has gained a premier reputation and obsessive following because of her focus on seasonal, local and organic ingredients and her talent for constructing these quality components into simple, honest and delicious dishes. She excels at hand-crafted artisan foods such as homemade cheeses, bread and pastries, yogurt and salt-cured meat and fish. Dana's 24-plus years in the food industry include an Associate’s Degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, managing Lil's for seven years, serving as chef for Whole Foods and developing and tasting recipes for Williams-Sonoma. 


Winemaker Joe Buckel: Buckel Family Wines 

Joe Buckel, Co-Founder and Winemaker for Buckel Family Wines, has a talent for creating reputable wines that have garnered 90+ point ratings from Wine Enthusiast. Passionate about each step in the process of winemaking – from walking the vineyards, harvesting grapes and fermenting wine to barreling, racking and bottling – Joe’s wines have a complex, Old World style to them. With a palate schooled from an early age in his father’s cellar, replete with legendary wines from Europe and California, Joe has worked as enologist at Flowers Vineyard and Winery and BR Cohn Winery, as well as Winemaker at Sutcliffe Vineyards.  


Dr. Patty Limerick: Center for the American West 

Dr. Patty Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. She is armed with a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University, was an Assistant Professor of History at Harvard and is now Professor of History at the University of Colorado. Dr. Limerick has also served as Colorado State Historian, President of the Organization of American Historians, American Studies Association, Society of American Historians and on the National Council on the Humanities. She authored Desert PassagesThe Legacy of Conquest, and A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water and is an essayist and columnist with articles in both the New York Times and The Denver Post. Dr. Limerick has been honored with a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Hazel Barnes Prize, the University of Colorado’s highest award for teaching and research. She has done two tours as a Pulitzer Nonfiction jurist, as well as chairing the Pulitzer jury in History. Through her position as Co-Founder of the Center of the American West she has published numerous books on mining, energy and conservation. Under her leadership, the Center of the American West serves as a forum committed to the civil, respectful, problem-solving exploration of important, often contentious, public issues. In an era of political polarization and contention, the Center strives to bring out “the better angels of our nature” by appealing to our common loyalties and hopes as Westerners. 


Willie Baronet: “We Are Homeless” 

Be the first to experience artist and Southern Methodist University (SMU) professor Willie Baronet’s “We Are All Homeless” exhibition. Willie uses signs collected from those experiencing homelessness around the world to create this art installation, providing an experience for people to explore the humanity of the signs, and questions regarding the nature of home, compassion and what it truly means to see each other. His art has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including “Art as a Medium for Action” at Hoxton Arches in London and Pembroke College in Cambridge; and “Truth to Power” in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention (which also featured Banksy, Ron English and Shepard Fairey among others). His design and advertising work has been showcased in such places as Communication Arts, Graphis, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and New York Art Directors. He also received the highest honor of AIGA Fellow, presented at TEDxSMU, and judged the prestigious creative competition Communication Arts Annual. The documentary film of his work, Signs of Humanity, has been accepted into seven film festivals, including a premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival and spotlighted in such outlets as NPR’s All Things ConsideredHuffington Post and Upworthy


The Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte 

Each summer, the Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte presents a series of speakers who discuss significant public policy issues. Their mission is to bring speakers with a broad range of perspectives on a wide variety of subjects. The 2019 talks are held at the Center for the Arts every Tuesday from June 25 - August 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. This year’s speakers include Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan; John Walsh, former United States Attorney for Colorado; John Leshy, former General Counsel of the United States Department of the Interior; Cheryl Thomas, CEO of Global Rights for Women; journalist John Nichols; CU Boulder historian Patty Limerick; and UT Austin political scientist Sean Theriault. 


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