The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series feat. Robert Putnam

March 31, 2015
Washington, DC
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy Harvard Kennedy School, discussing his new book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (Simon & Schuster).
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy Harvard Kennedy School, discussing his new book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (Simon & Schuster). Read More
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord Franklin Project
On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST General (Ret.) Stanley C. McChrystal, Chair of the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, will deliver remarks on national service titled, “What Will Our Country Ask of Us?” at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. In his remarks, McChrystal will issue a call to action to make a year of full-time national service – a service year – a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for every young American. The Franklin Project is an Aspen Institute initiative to marshal the best case for a voluntary civilian counterpart to military service in the United States. Read More
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Aspen Institute and Bonhams 
invite you to a wine and cheese reception and a private viewing of 
an unknown wartime manuscript of the utmost rarity, consisting of 
56 pages of mathematical notes by Alan Turing, in which he works on the 
foundations of mathematical notation and computer science, 
likely the only extensive holograph manuscript by him in existence. 
Also on view will be a 1944 Enigma machine. Read More
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Ascend

*This event is by invitation only.

Join us in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 7 at 12pm EST for the Ascend 2-Gen Anthology release: Ascend’s Anne Mosle and inaugural Ascend Fellows, including editors Christopher King, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, and Mario Small, will discuss national programs, policies, and emerging research for moving children, parents, and their families toward educational success and economic security. Hear stories, learn about on-the-ground momentum, and get evaluation tips.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson invites all Society of Fellows members to our Washington, DC, headquarters for an informative, lively exploration of the Aspen Institute's policy programs. Read More
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Annual Spring Board Meeting of the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:30am - 3:00pm

*This event is by invitation only.

"Your Privacy -- Your Rights?"
Moderated by: Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center

In our digital world, the tradeoff between our privacy and our rights is an issue 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 in 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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 3:00pm
Wye River

Open to Aspen Wye Fellows only. Society of Fellows members are also welcome to attend. 

 Chamber Music Recital by an Honors Ensemble of Peabody Conservatory of Music students from Russia and South Africa: Nikita Borisevich, violin; Pierre Malan, cello; Margarita Loukachkina, piano.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Hartford Communications and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only. 

The Connecticut Dialogue is a multi-stakeholder forum to identify strategic opportunities presented by the state’s public libraries in response to the educational, economic, social and technological transformations and challenges that are affecting individuals, institutions and communities across Connecticut. In this forum, civic leaders, policymakers and library leaders will explore how to leverage the assets of these highly trusted institutions to build more knowledgeable, healthy and sustainable communities.

The Dialogue will feature two panel discussions, a roundtable, and a keynote address from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Saturday, April 18, 2015
How must we lead in the 21st century, in business, politics, and civil society? From the trolley problem to global systems, financial services in ancient Greece to the recent economic downturn, endangered-peoples movements to extreme sports and collaborative consumption, "Heroes and Villains" captures the challenges and solutions we have already articulated for the new century. Read More
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Wye River

Open to Aspen Wye Fellows only. Society of Fellows members are also welcome to attend.

The Investment Gospel According to Jack Bogle: “Don’t look for the needle in a haystack. Just buy the haystack.” Does that mean buy, sell or hold — stocks, bonds or gold?

Join us for an unprecedented evening with John C. Bogle, who founded The Vanguard Group in 1974, served as its chairman and CEO until 1996 and senior chairman until 2000. Fortune magazine named him one of the investment industry’s four “Giants of the 20th Century”. TIME magazine cited him as one of the world’s 100 most powerful and influential people.

Known for his straight talk on Common Sense Investing, and for having invented the Index Mutual Fund, Jack Bogle built Vanguard to be the world’s largest mutual fund organization, representing 170 funds with current assets totaling more than $2 trillion. He has written 10 books, received honorary degrees from 14 universities, served on many important commissions and boards, received countless honors, and to tally changed the face of investing in the world. 

Due to heavy interest in attendance, a registration deadline of Friday, April 10, applies to this event, space permitting. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
San Francisco
Featuring James Reardon-Anderson, Interim Dean, Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Sun Yat-sen Professor of Chinese Studies, Georgetown University; Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence of Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University; Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School; Jiang Lin, Senior Vice President of China Strategy and Analysis at The Energy Foundation. Read More
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 8:00am - 9:30am
New York Business and Society Program
Aspen's preeminent case study competition asks future business leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive environmental, social and ethical impact. Our program, which engages over 1,000 students at 25 business schools located around the world, encourages reflection on the potentially positive role that a well-managed business can have in society. The brand new case study produced for this year's competition was authored by our program's long-term partners at the Yale School of Management. Read More
Monday, April 20, 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
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
Washington Communications and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

The Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America explores new attitudes, opportunities, and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America. Visit to learn more.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Economic Opportunities Program

Labor unions traditionally have been the voice of workers seeking better pay, benefits, and jobs and have been a critical means for working people to improve their working conditions, incomes, and social standing. The right to form and join a labor union is enshrined in the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But in the United States, union membership and the commitment to unions is not as strong. Union membership has fallen from a high of 34.8 percent of wage and salary workers in 1954 to 11.1 percent in 2014. Recently, a number of states and the courts have taken actions that weaken labor unions. Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin have joined 22 other mostly southern and western states and adopted “right to work” laws that undermine labor union membership. Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled against the home care worker union in the Harris v. Quinn case.

The future of workers’ voice in shaping their jobs today and tomorrow is at a crossroads. Are traditional labor unions able to successfully represent workers today — especially those in fast-growing, low-wage service sector jobs — or have they been too weakened? What are the new models and organizations that have started to emerge over the last two decades? And fundamentally, how can the nation hear from workers themselves and understand their experience of work today if there is no organized voice that brings their perspective to public and private discussions about jobs and work?

A number of both traditional unions and new types of organizations are taking on this challenge of finding new ways to represent the experience of working people in today’s economy. This panel discussion will explore issues affecting the future of worker voice and new ways of organizing workers to collectively shape and improve their jobs and careers.


  • Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-Large, The American Prospect, and Columnist, The Washington Post

Featured speakers:

  • Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs With Justice
  • Ruth Milkman, 
Research Director of CUNY’s Murphy Labor Institute and Professor of Sociology
  • David Rolf
, President, SEIU 775, and founder and co-chair, The Workers Lab
  • Cruz Salucio
, Spokesperson, Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Watermelon Harvester

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 7:00pm to Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 12:00pm
With a growing network abroad, the Socrates Program launched its first international seminars in 2012. The Socrates international seminars attract participants from both the host and neighboring countries, and the US. In addition to the intellectual exploration that characterizes the Aspen seminars, the weekends incorporate official meetings, tours, and activities to complement the seminar experience. Read More
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
New York Aspen Institute Arts Program
Larry Kramer is an award-winning playwright and author, and a celebrated public-health and gay-rights advocate. He wrote the Academy Award–nominated screenplay adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s "Women in Love" and rose to further prominence with the publication in 1978 of his bestselling novel, "Faggots." A pioneering AIDS activist, he cofounded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP in 1987. Read More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
San Francisco Justice and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

Join us for a Society of Fellows/Justice Circle Discussion Reception. Associate Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court will discuss the challenges of decision-making on a multi-member court, including determining when to dissent, and how far to go when seeking unanimity. Hosted by Sharon Owsley. Underwritten by Bonnie and Tom McCloskey and by Devon and Michael Karpowicz.