Social Responsibility: The Role of the Storyteller in Today's Society

January 31, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion featuring acclaimed Tony-nominated actress Kathleen Chalfant ("Wit," "Angels in America"); Andrew Leynse, artistic director of the off-Broadway theater company Primary Stages Theater in NYC; Theater Masters Artistic Director Julia Hansen, and the emerging voices of the American theater of tomorrow: playwrights from the top MFA programs in the country.

Free and Open to Everyone.

January 31, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion featuring acclaimed Tony-nominated actress Kathleen Chalfant ("Wit," "Angels in America"); Andrew Leynse, artistic director of the off-Broadway theater company Primary Stages Theater in NYC; Theater Masters Artistic Director Julia Hansen, and the emerging voices of the American theater of tomorrow: playwrights from the top MFA programs in the country.

Free and Open to Everyone.

February 3, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Privacy in the Digital Age. 

The idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age, as has the idea of privacy “harm.” Fearful of British spying, influence and intervention, the founding fathers granted citizens significant protections in the Constitution. Now, the tables have turned: Concerns about what some see as a U.S. “dragnet” and unwarranted privacy intrusions have compelled other countries to revamp their own privacy protections. Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Registration is now open.

February 4, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Great Books is currently full. If you're interested in joining the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.

February 6, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States
This event will feature Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and three-term New York City mayor, in conversation with Jennifer Bradley, founding director of the new Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation. Read More
February 7, 2015 - February 13, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

For almost 60 years, this premier roundtable has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply. The seminar is a unique opportunity to step away from the demands of the present and reflect with other leaders in moderated, text-based Socratic dialogue on the concept of a good and just society: What is it? How does it become a reality?

February 9, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States
Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this seminar series will use the Bard as a lens through which to frame the Enlightenment ideas and ideals that shape the American Democratic Experiment. Following the structure of “Athens to Aspen”, the curriculum will comprise three, three-month thematic modules, each drawing upon: texts from the European Enlightenment, a Shakespeare play, and text about American politics and culture. Read More
February 10, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States
Literary fiction, investigative journalism, cultural reflection, poetry … Winter Words 2015 has it all. This year’s series features some of the most heralded and innovative writers of our time. Please join us at Paepcke auditorium for five evenings of readings, musings, and conversations designed to challenge, surprise and delight. Read More
February 10, 2015
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Sectarianism in the Middle East. 

Many of the current conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi‘i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region and shows no signs of abating. But for all the religious discourse permeating the conflict, much of its roots are political, not religious. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How have governments manipulated sectarian differences? And finally, what is the U.S. doing about it?

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Registration is now open.

February 11, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Great Books is currently full. If you're interested in joining the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.

February 12, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us for a Society of Fellows Vanguard Chapter Discussion Reception featuring Eric Liu, the newly appointed director of the Institute’s new American Citizenship and Identity policy program.

February 13, 2015 - February 16, 2015
Aspen, CO
Weekend long seminars include roundtable discussion and outdoor activities. Read More
February 14, 2015 - February 16, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States
Your Privacy - Your Rights? 

In our digital world, the tension between our privacy and our rights is a matter that may be beyond our control. Should this change the way we live in the digital world? What are the ramifications? What are our rights? Constitutional expert Jeffrey Rosen will engage students in these questions, and an exploration of the changing landscape unfolding before us. How does the First Amendment Right to Free Speech relate to our digital lives? Should we all have the "Right to be Forgotten" on the Internet? This seminar will be a fascinating look at something students deal with every day. 

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February 16, 2015 - February 19, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

*This event is by invitation only. This event is open to Society of Fellows members only.

Moderated by Monica Lozano, chair, Aspen Institute Latinos and Society policy program, and Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum.

This timely symposium will delve deeply into the trends, policy, and implications of charting America of the future. Over the course of three charged mornings, participants will explore the history, trends, and policies of U.S. immigration; the tension of state and federal actions; current and projected U.S. demographics, including the implications of globalization and integration; and citizenship and American identity. What are the implications for US competitiveness? How will the new demographics affect the political process? From language and assimilation to national identity, participants and moderators will explore the complexities and nuances of this timely issue. The roundtable format will feature readings, lecture, Q&A, and moderated discussion.

Please find the symposium agenda here

Opening reception followed by three half-day sessions.
Fee: $495 partipant; $250 auditor.

February 17, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is India Changes Course.

Fed up with corruption, dynastic policies and ineffective public services, Indian voters catapulted Narenda Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the country's 2014 elections. For voters, Modi embodied real change and an India that wasn't stumbling, but running, to greatness. But for the U.S., change in India brings its own set of unknowns, heralding an age ruled by a prime minister new to national office and other policymakers who have been out of the public eye for a decade. Now, the U.S. has to determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Registration is now open.

February 18, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Registration is now open.

February 23, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States
Featuring Deb Palmieri, a specialist on Russian/Soviet business, economic and foreign policy affairs for more than 25 years and Honorary Consul General of Russia in Colorado, who will discuss key issues pertaining to the Ukrainian crisis, including two distinct narratives on the origins, cause and responsibility for why it happened. Why do the U.S. and Russia have differing interpretations? What sparked civil war in Ukraine? How to assess and interpret the Ukraine crisis, and what are the implications for U.S.-Russian relations in the future? Has Obama's policy towards Russia succeeded? She will also include discussion of the dynamics in Russia today, including economic and political assessments and Putin's future. What lies ahead for Russia and for U.S.-Russian relations? Read More
February 24, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is U.S. Policy Toward Africa.

Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s become a draw for foreign investors from across the globe. After the “Obamamania” of 2008 died down, though, the realization that Obama wasn’t going to overturn, or even prioritize, U.S. Africa policy kicked in. Still, the U.S. has promised to promote “strong institutions, not strong men,” and to favor good governance and healthy economies over profit. How can U.S. policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in the region?

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Registration is now open.

February 25, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Registration is now open.

February 28, 2015 - March 6, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

For almost 60 years, this premier roundtable has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply. The seminar is a unique opportunity to step away from the demands of the present and reflect with other leaders in moderated, text-based Socratic dialogue on the concept of a good and just society: What is it? How does it become a reality?

March 3, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Syria's Refugee Crisis. 

Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains. Ultimately, though, the safety of displaced Syrians rests with the whole international community.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Registration is now open.

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