Great Decisions Series 2016

February 9, 2016
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is Migration. As a record number of migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea to find refuge in Europe, the continent is struggling to come up with an adequate response. Although Europe’s refugees are largely fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa, their struggle is hardly unique. Today, with the number of displaced people is at an all-time high, a number of world powers find themselves facing a difficult question: How can they balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolve these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is Migration. As a record number of migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea to find refuge in Europe, the continent is struggling to come up with an adequate response. Although Europe’s refugees are largely fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa, their struggle is hardly unique. Today, with the number of displaced people is at an all-time high, a number of world powers find themselves facing a difficult question: How can they balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolve these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. Led by Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen, this year’s series will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others. The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building. Read More
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

*This event is by invitation only. 

The Sharing Economy: We were always taught, as children, to share. But is the "shared economy" worth celebrating or condemning? With the emergence of Uber and AirBnB, what does the future of a shared economy look like? What does it mean for employment? How does it change the meaning of ownership? And what about privacy and security concerns?  Andrew Ross Sorkin will explore the burgeoning shared economy, its future and its implications for society.

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:00pm to Monday, February 15, 2016 - 12:00pm
The Aspen Institute Socrates Program invites you to join us in Aspen, Colorado, for an exciting weekend of learning and summer activities, February 12-15, 2016. Choose one of three expert-moderated seminars available! Read More
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Aspen Words
Aspen Words’ 3rd annual Youth Poetry Slam will be hosted by Roaring Fork Valley’s favorite performance poets Myrlin Hepworth, Logan Phillips, and Mercedez Holtry and will feature the brave high school poets from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen! It’s going to be an exhilarating night celebrating the power of youth voices. Read More
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to Monday, February 15, 2016 - 6:00pm
This three-day seminar convenes high school students (ages 15-17) from around the country on the Aspen Meadows campus of the Aspen Institute in Colorado, creating a forum in which students can gain insight into timely and important topics. Participants are moved to voice their own opinions, opening a lively dialogue in which diverse viewpoints are shared and valued. Read More
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen Words
2016 Aspen Winter Words featuring author Adam Johnson. Read More
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 5:30pm to Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

This three-day symposium will explore the evolving nature of executive power and what it takes to lead the most powerful office in the world. What were the intentions of the founding fathers in establishing a strong executive branch, the first republic to do so in history? How has executive power expanded and contracted through pivotal times in US history and what are the implications? What characteristics and strategies are needed to adeptly lead as the US president? Can we predict performance in the White House based on what we see during campaign season? These questions and more will be the basis of this symposium moderated by presidential historian and American University Professor, Dr. Allan Lichtman, and Harvard Professor of Political Philosophy, Dr. Harvey Mansfield.

Evening opening reception followed by three half-day sessions.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is The Future of Kurdistan. Kurdistan, a mountainous region made up of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Armenia and Syria, is home to one of the largest ethnic groups in West Asia: the Kurds. Now, most in the West know them for their small, oil-rich autonomous region in northern Iraq called Iraqi Kurdistan — one of the U.S.’ closer allies in the Middle East and a bulwark against the expansion of the so-called Islamic State. What does the success of Iraqi Kurdistan mean for Kurds in the surrounding region?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. Led by Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen, this year’s series will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others. The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building. Read More
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join Art Registrar and Curator Lissa Ballinger for a tour of the recently updated exhibit "The Legacy of Herbert Bayer: Recent Gifts and Loans to the Aspen Institute" in the Resnick Gallery, Doerr-Hosier lobby, 11am to noon. Free and open to the public. No tickets or RSVP required. Read More
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is The Koreas. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided in two. The northern half of the Korean peninsula was occupied by the Soviet Union, the southern by the United States. Today, North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. With such a wide gap, some are asking if unification is possible, even desirable, anymore?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. Led by Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen, this year’s series will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others. The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building. Read More
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Featuring Tony Buettner, national spokesperson and senior vice president of business development at Blue Zones, an organization that puts the learnings of the world's longest-lived people to work in people’s lives, families and communities. Tony is a former expedition member, explorer and brother of National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner, who researched and discovered these places around the world where many factors combine to allow people to live longer and better, known as Blue Zones. Read More
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is The United Nations. On the eve of the international organization’s 70th birthday, the United Nations stands at a crossroads. This year marks a halfway point in the organization’s global effort to eradicate poverty, hunger and discrimination, as well as ensure justice and dignity for all peoples. But as the UN’s 193 member states look back at the success of the millennium development goals, they also must assess their needs for its sustainable development goals — a new series of benchmarks, which are set to expire in 2030. With the appointment of the ninth secretary-general in the near future as well, the next U.S. president is bound to have quite a lot on his or her plate going into office.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. Led by Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen, this year’s series will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others. The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building. Read More
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Aspen Words
Celebrate AW Board Vice President Mark Tompkins’ debut novel The Last Days of Magic! A short reading will be followed by a book signing, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Read More
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is Climate Change. In the past few years, the American public has become more aware of the damage wrought by climate change. From droughts in the west to extreme weather in the east, a rapidly changing climate has already made its footprint in the United States. Now, it’s expected that the presidential election in 2016 will be one of the first ever to place an emphasis on these environmental changes. What can the next president do to stymie this environmental crisis? And is it too late for these efforts to be effective?

 

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Moderated by Ambassador Robert Hutchings, professor at Princeton University, and Dr. Jeremi Suri, professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, this half-day symposium will explore the underpinnings to successful diplomacy. Read More
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Presented in partnership with the LBJ Washington Center, this event will feature Ambassador Robert Hutchings and Professor Jeremi Suri from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Read More

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