The fifth Aspen Environment Forum (June 22-25), in partnership with National Geographic, will explore the theme of Living in the New Normal. Speakers including Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes; CERES President Mindy Lubber; and Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist E.O. Wilson will discuss how the planet and its people must adapt to shifting environmental conditions and paradigms. Read David Owen's article in the May 14 issue of the New Yorker on Daniel Nocera's talk at last year's Environment Forum, and visit the Forum's website to view the program and to register.
The Aspen Ideas Festival (June 27-July 3) will feature Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak; Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels; Special Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen; designer Tory Burch; ESPN President John Skipper; and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, among many other speakers. Individual event tickets go on sale to the public June 20 via Aspen Show Tickets. For those unable to make it to Aspen, the Aspen Ideas Festival Video Pass offers live viewing access via FORA.tv to the Festival's most popular sessions, as well as on-demand viewing for 30-days after the event. Before June 26, the Video Pass is available for a discounted rate of $99. Be sure to 'Like' the Ideas Festival on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for festival updates.
The Aspen Security Forum (July 25-28), in partnership with The New York Times and CNN, will feature Commander of US Special Operations Command William McRaven; NSA Director Keith Alexander; NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of US European Command, Admiral James Stavridis; TSA Administrator John Pistole; NCTC Director Matthew Olsen; former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff; and former CIA Director Michael Hayden. This year's forum will also feature a screening of the hit Showtime series Homeland and discussion with the show's producers. Click here to register.
The Justice and Society Program will bring US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to Aspen to discuss the Constitution and the Courts on July 11. The event is open to the public and tickets will be available for purchase on June 22.
- The 2012 Socrates Summer Seminars will convene July 5-8 to discuss Social Enterprise and Impact Investing; Leading in the 21st Century; The Employment Debate; China and Technology; and The New Middle East Order. For more information, please contact Azalea Millan.
- This year's Socrates Program Dinner will take place July 7 and feature a discussion on The Digital Future with Google's Marissa Mayer and Blue State Digital's Thomas Gensemer, moderated by Walter Isaacson. Dinner chairs are Tarek and Shiva Farouki and David and Lisa Hernand. The 2012 Socrates Honorees are Gary and Laura Lauder. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Becky Ward.
The 19th Annual Summer Celebration Dinner will be held on August 4. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will be honored with the Aspen Institute Corporate Leadership Award, and Cisco Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior will receive the Aspen Institute Award for Leadership in Science and Technology. Conversations with the honorees will take place prior to the reception and dinner. Dinner chairs are Jerry and Gina Murdock. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Becky Ward.
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2012 Aspen Seminars: Register now for one of our classic seminar offerings. For more information, please contact Charlene Costello.
May 19 - 25 (Aspen, CO)
June 16 - 22 (Wye River, MD)
June 23 - 29 (Wye River, MD)
July 28 - August 3 (Wye River, MD)
August 11 - 17 (Aspen, CO)
August 18 - 24 (Aspen, CO)
September 15 - 21 (Aspen, CO)
October 6 - 12 (Wye River, MD)
@ Aspen, CO:
McCloskey Speaker Series: This longstanding summer series is held July through mid-August and is open to the public. The 2012 series will feature Newsweek/Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown (July 20); Commander of US Special Operations Command William McRaven (July 25); Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy and former State Department Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter (August 7); and Walter Isaacson, discussing the Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs (July 10). For more information, please contact Beth Slater.
Hurst Lecture Series: This summer's new lecture series will feature oncologist and best-selling author David Agus and former Republican Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman, as well as the inaugural Hurst Student Seminar: Middle School Great Ideas for rising 8th grade students in the Roaring Fork Valley. For more information, please contact Beth Slater.
NEW VIEWS Documentaries & Dialogue:
Co-presented with Aspen Film, the NEW VIEWS Documentaries & Dialogue series will kick off at the Aspen Ideas Festival and continue through August 13. The lineup will be announced in June, and feature critically-acclaimed documentaries and conversations with related special guests. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Aspen Writers' Foundation presents the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival, Solazú: Celebrating the Stories of Latin America and the Caribbean, June 17-22. For more information, please contact Natalie Lacy.
Society of Fellows Summer Events:
- June 22 - SOF Opening Reception: The Artist as Leader in Society, featuring Walter Isaacson in conversation with Aspen Writers' Foundation Summer Words authors.
- July 18-21 - SOF Symposia: What Does it Mean to Be American? The Roots of the Immigration Debate
- August 5-8 - SOF Symposia: From Protest to Productivity: Who Will Employ the Youth of the Arab Spring?
- August 15-16 - SOF Symposia, in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival and School: The Great Gatsby
The Justice and Society Seminar will be held in two sessions: July 7-13 and July 13-19. For more information, please contact Michael Green.
For information about the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Environment Forum, Aspen Security Forum, Justice & Society Program's conversation with Justice Kennedy, Socrates Seminars and Dinner, and the 19th Annual Summer Celebration Dinner, please visit the 'Highlights' section at the top of the newsletter.
@ Washington, DC
The Sports & Society Program will host Title IX and Beyond: How To Get the Rest of Our Girls in the Game? on May 31, featuring WNBA basketball star Maya Moore in conversation with youth sports activists and experts, who will discuss strategies to lift activity rates among low-income girls. For more information, please contact Garrett Barr.
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series: To learn more about our DC-based book talk luncheons, contact Devon Rodonets. By invitation only.
- June 8: Exit Interview by former ABC News President David Westin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Washington Ideas Roundtable Series: This DC-based roundtable series focuses on world affairs and arts and culture. For more information, please contact Jeff Harris.
- June 6: Turnaround Arts: Creating Success in Schools, featuring DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Rachel Goslins. By invitation only.
@ New York, NY:
June 6: The Aspen Leadership Series will host a conversation on "Why Design Matters" with architect David Rockwell and New Yorker architectural critic Paul Goldberger.
@ Wye River:
June 15: Political prognosticator Stuart Rothenberg will give his assessment of The Outlook and Cross Currents facing America with the 2012 Presidential, Congressional and State Elections. For more information, please contact Bonnie Messix.