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
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
This event will feature Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama and head of the Shambhala lineage, which is grounded in the power of creating enlightened society in everyday life. Read More
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 5:00pm to Friday, March 18, 2016 - 12:00pm
This 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 of the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally focused.
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This seminar explores several vectors of the human journey in search of meaning. The curriculum comprises three, three-month thematic modules: The Journey Inwards, The Journey Outwards, The Journey Upwards. These modules will be anchored by plays and sonnets from William Shakespeare while additionally drawing upon texts from the ancient to the contemporary—companions helping us navigate the choppy waters of our own values and beliefs.

Moderated by Stephen Holley and Alexis Diaz.

Dates and Times: Monday nights from 6:30–9:00 p.m. October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13.

Fee: $225 includes all sessions, reading materials and refreshments. 

Athens to Aspen is now full. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 5:30pm to Friday, March 18, 2016 - 12:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

This three-day symposium will explore China’s future, in the light of its past and present: where China has been and where it is going as an economy, a political system, and as a global power. Topics to be explored include intellectual and cultural origins of modern China, the next five-year economic plan, the rise of Chinese universities, the tightening of Chinese politics, entrepreneurship at home and abroad, trade, corruption, and cyber-security, among others. Will China continue on its current trajectory of becoming a superpower or will the challenges the country is facing force China onto a new path? Moderators Dr. William Kirby, Professor of Business Administration and China Studies, Harvard University, and Dr. Orville Schell, Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, will help unravel the enigma of this important actor on the world stage.

Evening opening reception followed by three half-day sessions.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen Words
2016 Winter Words event series discussing featuring Geraldine Brooks. Read More
Tuesday, March 15, 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 Cuba and the U.S. The U.S. announced in December 2014 that, after decades of isolation, it has begun taking major steps to normalize relations with Cuba, its neighbor to the south. The announcement marks a dramatic shift away from a policy that has its roots in one of the darkest moments of the Cold War — the Cuban missile crisis. Although the U.S. trade embargo is unlikely to end any time soon, American and Cuban leaders today are trying to bring a relationship once defined by a crisis in the 1960s into the 21st century.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 5:00pm to Friday, April 8, 2016 - 12:00pm
This 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 of the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally focused.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen Words
The 2016 Winter Words event series discussing featuring Sandra Cisneros. Read More
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This seminar explores several vectors of the human journey in search of meaning. The curriculum comprises three, three-month thematic modules: The Journey Inwards, The Journey Outwards, The Journey Upwards. These modules will be anchored by plays and sonnets from William Shakespeare while additionally drawing upon texts from the ancient to the contemporary—companions helping us navigate the choppy waters of our own values and beliefs.

Moderated by Stephen Holley and Alexis Diaz.

Dates and Times: Monday nights from 6:30–9:00 p.m. October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13.

Fee: $225 includes all sessions, reading materials and refreshments. 

Athens to Aspen is now full. 

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This seminar explores several vectors of the human journey in search of meaning. The curriculum comprises three, three-month thematic modules: The Journey Inwards, The Journey Outwards, The Journey Upwards. These modules will be anchored by plays and sonnets from William Shakespeare while additionally drawing upon texts from the ancient to the contemporary—companions helping us navigate the choppy waters of our own values and beliefs.

Moderated by Stephen Holley and Alexis Diaz.

Dates and Times: Monday nights from 6:30–9:00 p.m. October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13.

Fee: $225 includes all sessions, reading materials and refreshments. 

Athens to Aspen is now full. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 6:30pm to Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 12:00pm
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 4, 2016 - 5:00pm to Friday, June 10, 2016 - 12:00pm
For almost 60 years, this premier roundtable has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply. This 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 of the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally focused. Read More
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This seminar explores several vectors of the human journey in search of meaning. The curriculum comprises three, three-month thematic modules: The Journey Inwards, The Journey Outwards, The Journey Upwards. These modules will be anchored by plays and sonnets from William Shakespeare while additionally drawing upon texts from the ancient to the contemporary—companions helping us navigate the choppy waters of our own values and beliefs.

Moderated by Stephen Holley and Alexis Diaz.

Dates and Times: Monday nights from 6:30–9:00 p.m. October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13.

Fee: $225 includes all sessions, reading materials and refreshments. 

Athens to Aspen is now full. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:00pm
This year's faculty includes Dean Bakopoulos, George Hodgman, Ann Hood, Leigh Haber, Deborah Wiles, Antonya Nelson, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Maria Semple, Darin Strauss, and Abigail Thomas, as well as agents and editors from top publishing houses such as Norton and Penguin Random House. Read More
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Aspen Words
*This event is by invitation only. Aspen Words annual Summer Soiree will be held June 22, 2016. Aspen Summer Words authors will be in attendance. Read More
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Saturday, July 2, 2016
The 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival will take place June 23 – July 2, 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
Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 12:00pm
Energy and Environment Program

The Energy Policy Forum, is an annual convening of energy policy experts to consider the current challenges primarily in the domestic power generation, transmission and distribution. The format relies heavily on dialogue among experts with varied experience and perspectives.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 6:30pm to Friday, July 8, 2016 - 12:00pm
Energy and Environment Program

The Forum on Global Energy, Economy, and Security is an annual convening to discuss changes in global energy markets and the strong links between energy and national economic and security concerns. The goal of the Forum is to encourage new, collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and non-partisan thinking among the 60-70 participants who include top management of ma

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 6:00pm to Monday, July 11, 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 July 8-11, 2016. Choose one of five expert-moderated seminars available! Read More

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