Our Society Reimagined: Exploring New Ideas

November 5, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
This four-week series is designed as a forum for community members to gain insight into specific issues facing our society today, as well as research viable solutions to these issues. 
The topics to be covered are Surveillance; Alternative College Funding; Electoral Redistricting; and Designer Babies. The pace of technological innovation presents opportunities for advancement across a broad spectrum but, at the same time, presents issues that defy ready solutions. What new ideas and innovations could steer our society in a new direction, for better or for worse?
November 5, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
This four-week series is designed as a forum for community members to gain insight into specific issues facing our society today, as well as research viable solutions to these issues. 
The topics to be covered are Surveillance; Alternative College Funding; Electoral Redistricting; and Designer Babies. The pace of technological innovation presents opportunities for advancement across a broad spectrum but, at the same time, presents issues that defy ready solutions. What new ideas and innovations could steer our society in a new direction, for better or for worse? Read More
November 12, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
This four-week series is designed as a forum for community members to gain insight into specific issues facing our society today, as well as research viable solutions to these issues. 
The topics to be covered are Surveillance; Alternative College Funding; Electoral Redistricting; and Designer Babies. The pace of technological innovation presents opportunities for advancement across a broad spectrum but, at the same time, presents issues that defy ready solutions. What new ideas and innovations could steer our society in a new direction, for better or for worse? Read More
November 15, 2014 - November 21, 2014
Aspen, CO
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? What is our role in making it happen? The settings in Aspen, Colorado, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore are ideal for rejuvenation the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally refocused. Read More
November 15, 2014 - November 21, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

For almost 60 years, this premier roundtable has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply.

November 17, 2014
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
November 19, 2014 - November 21, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Energy and Environment Program

It is beyond debate that food insecurity in the United States results in obesity and poor nutrition, contributing to increased public healthcare costs. However, the question remains of whether programs and policies to improve access to healthful food can also serve to reduce or alleviate total U.S. healthcare cost. Through the Aspen Institute Dialogue on U.S.

November 19, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

This four-week series is designed as a forum for community members to gain insight into specific issues facing our society today, as well as research viable solutions to these issues. 
The topics to be covered are Surveillance; Alternative College Funding; Electoral Redistricting; and Designer Babies. The pace of technological innovation presents opportunities for advancement across a broad spectrum but, at the same time, presents issues that defy ready solutions. What new ideas and innovations could steer our society in a new direction, for better or for worse?

Each Wednesday for four weeks, participants will gather for a robust, in-depth conversation delving into each topic. The format will include brief readings, tutorials and moderated round table discussions.

This week's topic is Electoral Redistricting.

Fee: $99, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Registration is now open.

Seed funding was used to launch the first year of this program. To make future years possible, we will be seeking sponsors for the program.

December 2, 2014
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
December 4, 2014 - December 7, 2014
Aspen, CO
The Aspen Life Reimagined Seminar offers a reflective process in a natural environment that allows you to pause and reconnect with what’s most important to you, to refocus or reimagine how you spend your time and your talents. Read More
December 7, 2014 - December 10, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Modeled after the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar which has been convening leaders from around the world for over 60 years, this four-day seminar is dedicated to enhancing critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills for middle school students living in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Institute’s proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to think about what is important to them against the backdrop of timeless human values. Participants emerge from the seminar with a new perspective as they navigate their lives as teenagers. Read More
December 15, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

Electronic healthcare records, immigration reform, data anchoring, cyber and mobile security. Can the government make it work? David Zolet, a Washington technology expert, thinks so, and has examples to prove his point. What works, he contends, is for government to move from product-based to consumption-based service models, whether to give real-time data to our troops in the field, to offer healthcare to citizens, or to optimize financial systems. Zolet, executive vice president of the government arm of next-gen IT provider, CSC, will share successes, lessons learned, three main points for making government work. After earning two Master degrees -- an MBA from the Wharton Business School and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins, Zolet began his twenty-plus year career in government services. Along the way, he worked for Northrop Grumman, IBM and now CSC, where he runs a $4.1 billion business unit supporting f ederal, state and local government agencies.

Remarks will begin at 6pm. Complimentary for Fellows and Aspen Community Friends and Subscribers. Donors may reserve tickets by emailing SOF@aspeninstitute.org. 
Fee: $15. Registration opens on November 3.

January 6, 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.

Natasha Trethewey is the author of four collections of poetry: "Domestic Work"; "Bellocq’s Ophelia"; "Native Guard"—for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, "Thrall". She has published one work of nonfiction, "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast". The US Poet Laureate from 2012-2014, Trethewey is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Emory University, she is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing. Trethewey currently serves as the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi.

"Trethewey’s writing mines the cavernous isolation, brutality, and resilience of African American history, tracing its subterranean echoes to today." — The New Yorker

“Her poems dig beneath the surface of history –personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago – to explore the human struggles that we all face.” — Librarian of Congress James Billington

More information - http://www.aspenwriters.org/winterwords/2015/home

January 12, 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
January 27, 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.

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

Registration opens November 3.

January 28, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Join us for this year’s exploration of the Great Books. Each year community members come together for 5 weeks to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This series has featured authors such as Seneca, Montaigne, Kant, Freud and others. Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series. Pete spent 15 years studying with Mortimer Adler, co-founder of the Great Books Foundation, and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Registration opens November 3

January 31, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion featuring 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.

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

Registration opens November 3.

February 4, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Join us for this year’s exploration of the Great Books. Each year community members come together for 5 weeks to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This series has featured authors such as Seneca, Montaigne, Kant, Freud and others. Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series. Pete spent 15 years studying with Mortimer Adler, co-founder of the Great Books Foundation, and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Registration opens November 3

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.

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