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Institute for Public Policy Studies


Archived Events

Fall 2014 - Hydraulic Fracturing

Moderated by Honorable Richard D. Lamm


    • Sam Schabacker - Western Regional Director, Food and Water Watch
    • Phillip Doe - Environmental Director, Be the Change
    • Simon Lomax - Western Director, Energy in Depth
    • Josh Penry - Senior Vice President, EIS Solutions
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Spring 2014 - Physician Aid in Dying

Moderated by Honorable Richard D. Lamm


  • Bob Enyart - Board Member, Colorado Right to Life
  • Ian Farrell - Assistant Professor, Sturm College of Law
  • Charles Hamlin - Board Member, Compassion & Choices; retired surgeon
  • Julie Reiskin - Executive Director, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
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Spring 2013 - Gun Control: Balancing Responsible Policy and the Right to Bear Arms

Moderated by Honorable Richard D. Lamm

Panelists Include:

  • Dudley Brown - Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners
  • Randy Baumgardner - Colorado State Senator, District 8
  • Arnie Grossman - Political consultant, author, Co-Founder SAFE Colorado
  • John Head - Lawyer, community activist
Fall 2012 - Colorado's Influence on the National Conversation

As a swing state, Colorado's voters played a major role in electing the next President. In this CounterPoints debate we explore several important national issues, from the perspective of the two state party chairmen.

Three-term Colorado Governor Richard Lamm moderated a debate between Ryan Call, Chairman of the Colorado Republic Party and Rick Palacio, Chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party.

Spring 2012 - The New Energy Economy

On April 26th, the Institute for Public Policy Studies hosted several experts to discuss the connection between renewable and traditional energy sources and their impact on the economy.

Moderated by: Honorable Richard D. Lamm, three term Governor of Colorado


  • Lee Boughey - Co-Chair of the Colorado Energy Coalition, and Senior Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Tri-State Generation and Transmission
  • K.K. DuVivier - Professor of Law, DU Sturm College of Law, and author of "The Renewable Energy Reader"
  • Alice Madden - Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development, CU Denver
  • Christopher Votoupal - Deputy Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc.

Click here for the event program and speaker bios

Fall 2011 - School Reform

Local leaders in education joined with community members on October 26th to discuss the key challenges facing K-12 education in Colorado.


  • Beverly Ingle - President, Colorado Education Association
  • Senator Mike Johnston - State Senator, policy advisor to New Leaders for New Schools
  • Tony Lewis - Executive Director, Donnell Kay Foundation
  • Jane Urschel - Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Association of Schools Boards

To read more about the event or the panelists, click here.

Spring 2011 - Immigration

Honorable Richard Lamm, three-term Governor of Colorado, moderated the May 20th panel on Immigration. Panelists invited community members to explore the many points of view surrounding the immigration debate in Colorado.


  • Jeff Josephs, Esq. - Former Chair of the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Professor Philip Cafaro - The Center for Immigration Studies
  • Polly Baca - Former Colorado State Senator, former CEO of Latin American Research and Service Agency

To read more about the event or the panelists, click here.


Counterpoints was started in the Spring of 2011 as a means of bringing together top experts in specific policy areas with Denver's community and University of Denver students and alumni. The events are held twice a year - in the spring and fall - and topics range from school reform to immigration and more. Honorable Richard Lamm, three-term Governor of Colorado, moderates a panel of experts with varying viewpoints on the topic.

Counterpoints events are an hour and a half panel discussion that includes questions from the audience. A reception follows most events allowing for audience members to meet the panelists and continue with the discussion in a more informal setting.

To continue the conversation - join us on Twitter using the hashtag #CounterPoints or on Facebook.