We are excited to announce the launch of our new multimedia webpage, now accessible from the Institute’s homepage. The 'Live @ the Institute' section of this newsletter gives you a mere taste of just how valuable a resource the multimedia page has become, as more and more of our programming is available in video format. You’ll find listed below a number of excellent events to which you might like to attend. Thanks very much for your interest and participation. We hope that you continue to stay involved.
VP/Communications and Public Affairs
Coming this Summer | @ Aspen, CO | @ DC | @ Wye River | Around the World
Coming This Summer @ Aspen:
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, former LA Police Chief William Bratton, Pakistani Amb. Husain Haqqani, and several other prominent national security experts will be featured. Registration still available! For more info, visit our webpage or call 202-736-2904. June 28-30.
Now in its sixth year, the Ideas Festival will look at topics such as world affairs and the global economy, green technology, education, Race in America, global health, Latin America, women and girls, and arts and culture, among other issues. Throughout, the focus wherever possible will be on “Ideas That Work” — proven, innovative solutions to today’s most difficult challenges. Sign up to receive updates about the Festival. For more info, visit our webpage or call 970-544-7960. July 5-11.
Join the Aspen Institute and National Geographic at the third annual Aspen Environment Forum. The 2010 Forum is themed Bridges to Sustainability: People, Planet, Possibility. For more info and to register, visit our webpage or call 970-544-7960. July 25-28.
13th Annual Winter Words Series, presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, wraps up in March with appearances by Anita Shreve on March 8 at the Wheeler Opera House, and Tobias Wolff on March 11 at the Given Institute. Events begin at 5:30 pm. For more info visit our website.
Society of Fellows Symposia are two- or three-day courses moderated by leading scholars and based on readings and discussion. Symposia are open to SOF donors only. For more info, please visit our website or contact Patrick Kelly.
- March 12-14: Medical Ethics: The Roots of the Health Care Debate. Moderated by Ezekiel Emanuel, White House special advisor for health policy. This symposium will delve deeply into the confluence of society, ethics, and personal health.
Après Ski Fireside Chat is a series of discussions taking place in the Aspen Meadows Restaurant. Fee: $10 per person. Please register in advance w/ Beth Slater at 970-544-7914.
- March 9 (5-6 pm): Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner, director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, and professor of Neurology at the University of California-San Francisco.
- March 15 (5:30-6:30 pm): Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson, co-founders of FEED Projects, a social business whose goal to reach hungry children through the sales of their FEED bags.
Aspen Institute Lunch Series featuring Clark Ervin, director of the Institute’s homeland security program. His talk will be titled "Nine Years After 9/11, Are We Really More Safe?" Visit our webpage for more info. March 23; 12-2 pm.
Socrates Society Summer Seminar and Teen Socrates: A diverse group of emerging leaders gather in expert-moderated seminars on contemporary issues. Our 2010 summer seminars will feature, among others, Niall Ferguson and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. For more info, visit our webpage or contact Melissa Ingber or Azalea Millan. July 2-5.
Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat: The Aspen Writers' Foundation is now accepting applications to the 34th annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat. Visit our webpage for more info. June 20-25.
Socrates Society Benefit Dinner will feature David Gergen, Institute trustee and professor of public service at Harvard University, discussing some of the most pressing leadership issues of the day. For ticket info, visit our webpage or call 970-544-7925. Aspen, CO; July 3.
17th Annual Summer Celebration will feature public service awardees Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner" and Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of "PBS NewsHour." Co-chairs of this year's summer benefit are Soledad and Bob Hurst. For ticket info, visit our website or call 970-544-7925. Aspen, CO; August 7.
@ Washington, DC:
Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series: Join us this Spring for the Institute's DC-based lunchtime book talks. To RSVP, contact Rachel Sommers.
- March 9: Stephen Goldsmith, the Daniel Paul professor of government and innovation at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Sonal Shah, White House director of social innovation, to discuss Goldsmith's new book, The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good (Jossey-Bass). (co-presented with the Case Foundtation)
- April 28: Columbia University Prof. James Shapiro to discuss his new book, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (Simon & Schuster).
- May 19: Sebastian Junger, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, to discuss his new book, WAR (Twelve).
- June 9: Newsweek's Jonathan Alter to discuss his new book, Promise: President Obama, Year One (Simon & Schuster).
Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL): On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the CWWL, within the framework of the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health, will host a policy dialogue: Women and Health: Today's Evidence, Tomorrow's Agenda. Washington, DC; March 8; 12-1:30 pm.
Washington Ideas Roundtable Series: These monthly DC-based lunchtime discussions alternate in focus between world affairs and arts and culture. The Series is made possible with the generous support of Michelle Smith and the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation. By invitation only. Contact Jeffrey Harris.
- March 12: Jim Leach, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, will be featured in a discussion on Making Culture and the Humanities Important in America.
- May 18: Kay Ryan, 16th poet laureate of the United States.
Socrates Society Salon: Health Care Reform. By invitation only. For more info, visit our webpage or contact Melissa Ingber or Azalea Millan. May 7-8.
@ Wye River:
Aspen Wye Fellows: Launched in 2006, the Fellows are Chesapeake Bay-area residents who share the Institute's interest in global dialogue. For more info, contact Bonnie Messix at 410-820-5424.
- March 26 (5 pm @ River House): Journalist Sheilah Kast and former US Amb. to Romania Jim Rosapepe discuss their book, Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended It, and Emerged since 1989 as the New Italy.
- April 18 (3 pm @ Wye Woods): Spring Piano Concert featuring musicians from The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
- April 23 (5 pm @ Houghton House): Julia Chang Bloch, president of the US-China Education Trust, discussing US-China Relations: The Importance of Education and Exchange.
- May 6 (5 pm @ River House): Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security Secretary, discussing Keeping America Safe in a Post 9/11 World.
Around the World:
- March 23-26 (Granada, Nicaragua): ANDE is proud to announce the first Latin America regional convening. For more info and to register, visit our webpage or contact Joanna Herrmann.
- April 13 (London, England): ANDE will celebrate one year of formal operations at this London Gathering and highlight the 2009 ANDE Impact Report. For info, please contact Jenny Everett.
In the aftermath of the tragic earthquake in Haiti, Fellows from AGLN sprung into action on numerous projects. Learn what Fellows are doing and what you can do to help.
Wildlife Conservation & Human Well-Being in Africa: In 2008, the Institute and the African Wildlife Foundation presented a seminar about wildlife and wildlands conservation in the context of African politics and equitable development. We are currently taking reservations for the 2011 seminar. Contact Donna Horney at 202-736-5835.
For a current listing of Institute programs and events please visit our global calendar.