2015 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

May 28, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Aspen, CO

Energy and Environment Program

The Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions convene this Water Forum annually to address domestic water challenges in the 21st century with utility,

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 6:30pm to Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 12:00pm
Aspen Energy and Environment Program

The Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions convene this Water Forum annually to address domestic water challenges in the 21st century with utility,

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 5:00pm to Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

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?

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 5:00pm
The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, established in 1997, seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. The program is a unique mix of seminars designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and hone their skills in values-centered leadership. It honors the memory of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy. Read More
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 6:30pm to Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00pm
Aspen Energy and Environment Program

The 2015 Forum on Global Energy, Economy, and Security will  examine new pricing realities in international oil and gas markets.

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
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
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 4:00pm to Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:00pm
Aspen Summer Words is the Rocky Mountain gateway to the literary world. Recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent literary festivals, Summer Words welcomes visitors and locals alike to celebrate writing and writers in Aspen for a week each June. The exceptional faculty and awe-inspiring mountain scenery combine to make this a writing retreat like no other. Read More
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 10:00am
Aspen Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

The Seminar for Mid-America Foundation CEOs is an invitation-only gathering for executives from foundations located in the middle and southern parts of the country.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us following the McCloskey Lecture featuring former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter to celebrate the beginning of summer for the Society of Fellows; featuring remarks by Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Aspen Aspen Words
Garrison Keillor, author, storyteller, humorist, and host of the longstanding public radio program “A Prairie Home Companion” is this year’s featured speaker. Read More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Saturday, July 4, 2015
The 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival will take place June 25 – July 4, on our campus in Aspen, CO. As we plan the Festival and specific details emerge, we will share news and updates at aspenideas.org and through e-newsletters, Twitter, and Facebook. We’ll introduce you to presenters, link the topics at the Festival to timely issues in the news, and offer insights into the Festival agenda. Please check your email in the weeks and months to come for exciting news and program updates! Read More
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 5:30pm to Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 12:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and professor at George Washington University Law School, and Tom Goldstein, founder and publisher of SCOTUSblog and partner at Goldstein & Russell, P.C.

This event will feature a discussion examining recent Supreme Court decisions and personal judicial insights with two highly acclaimed legal experts.

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

*This event is by invitation only.

In conjunction with the Justice and Society Program

Featuring Dr. John Martin, director of the Immigration and the State Court Initiative, in conversation with Meryl Chertoff, executive director of the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program, for an examination of how the courts, law enforcement, and social service agencies are managing the influx of trafficked US laborers and child victims over the southern US border.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This dinner benefits the Socrates Program for Emerging Leaders. The evening will honor Jeffrey Rosen and feature speaker Reid Hoffman. It is co-chaired by Laura and Gary Lauder and Mona Williams and Scott Sillers, and will be held in the Doerr-Hosier Center from 6:00-9:00 pm.

About the Honoree: 

Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. His most recent book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. He also is the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd, and The Unwanted Gaze. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School.

Professor Rosen's essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and the L.A. Times called him, "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator."

About the Speaker:

An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses.  He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses, as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth.

In 2009 Reid joined Greylock Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. His areas of focus include consumer internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. His investments include Airbnb, Edmodo, Mozilla (Firefox), Shopkick, Swipely, Wrapp, Coupons.com, Groupon, and Viki. Prior to joining Greylock, he personally invested in dozens of internet companies including Facebook, Flickr, and Zynga.

In 2003 Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 300 million members in 200 countries around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing.  Hoffman continues to serve as LinkedIn’s Executive Chairman. 

Prior to LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member. At PayPal he was responsible for all external relationships, including payments infrastructure, business development, international, government, and legal. He was instrumental to PayPal’s acquisition by Ebay and responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard, and Wells Fargo. 

Reid serves on the boards of Airbnb, Swipely, Mozilla Corporation, Shopkick, Wrapp, and Edmodo. In addition, he also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, and DoSomething.

Reid is a co-author of two books: the New York Times bestsellers The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, and The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. 

Reid earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University. In 2010 he was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

*This event is by invitation only. This event is open to SOF Vanguard Chapter members only.

Featuring Adam Grant, author of the bestseller "Give and Take," who will shatter assumptions about what it takes to arrive at the top in the business world and will discuss the notion that achieving success is becoming increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Featuring Steven Johnson, best-selling author of "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 6:30pm to Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 12:00pm
Aspen Energy and Environment Program

The 2015 Energy Policy Forum,  "Leaning Into the Energy System of the Future," will be  co-chaired by Susan Tierney, Managing Principal, Analysis Group, and Clint Vince, Energy Sector Chair, Dentons.  The format relies heavily on dialogue among experts with varied experience and perspectives.

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 9:30am - 1:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Led by Ellen Susman, director of Art in Embassies. This half-day program will explore how visual arts can help to communicate a nation’s values and create dialogue to better facilitate cultural diplomacy. Featuring three panels with artists and ambassadors, including Patrick Gaspard, US ambassador to South Africa.

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 6:30pm to Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:00pm
Aspen Energy and Environment Program

This 6th year of the Forum will build on our cutting edge discussions from previous forums where we anticipated many of the dynamic changes occurring today in the clean energy sector, including electricity market realignment, business model and financial innovation, customer empowerment, the integration of information and energy technologies, and the impacts of foss

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Featuring Kimberly Dozier, counterterrorism expert and contributor to The Daily Beast and CNN, and Catherine Herridge, chief intelligence correspondent for Fox News.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:00pm to Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 7:00pm
Aspen Homeland Security Program

The Aspen Security Forum (ASF) is an annual summer gathering of top-level present and former government officials from all relevant national security agencies; industry leaders; leading thinkers; nationally noted print and broadcast journalists; and concerned citizens.

For more information, please visit www.aspensecurityforum.org.