Athens to Aspen: The Enlightenment, Shakespeare and the American Democratic Experiment

April 20, 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.
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Aspen
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

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 www.aspeninstitute.org/stateofrace 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. Read More
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
New York Aspen Institute Arts Program
For one night only, Lil Buck, the Aspen Institute Arts Program’s Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence, will explore the dynamics of Keith Haring’s art and words as a vehicle that inspires his own movement. Following the performance, there will be an onstage discussion between Lil Buck, the Keith Haring Foundation Executive Director (and New Museum Trustee) Julia Gruen, and the Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel. Read More
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 7:00pm to Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 12:00pm
Ronda
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
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Washington Economic Opportunities Program
This event is a launch of the Communities that Work Partnership, a US Department of Commerce -funded program of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI). Penny Pritzker, the US Secretary of Commerce, and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson will speak at this event. Read More
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
New York

*This event is by invitation only. The event is open to Society of Fellows members only.

This event is at capacity. Please contact the SOF Hotline at (970) 544-7980 if you would like to be added to the waitlist.  

This special Aspen Institute discussion reception will feature Ray Kelly, former NYC police commissioner and current president of risk management services at Cushman & Wakefield. The conversation will be moderated by Bart Gellman, an author, senior fellow at the Century Foundation, lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and former prize-winning journalist for The Washington Post. The event is generously underwritten by Merilee and Roy Bostock.

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 - 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Washington Homeland Security Program
*This event is by invitation only. Please join the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program for an invitation-only Aspen Security Forum Preview. Read More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
San Francisco Justice and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only. This even is open to Society of Fellows members only.

This event is at capacity. Please contact the SOF Hotline at (970) 544-7980 for questions. 

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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital, discussing his new book Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice (Simon & Schuster). Read More
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, May 8, 2015 - 5:00pm
Wye River
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
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:00pm to Friday, May 8, 2015 - 12:00pm
Aspen

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, May 4, 2015 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Washington Justice and Society Program

Advocates for same-sex marriage turned public opinion in states around the nation — as measured by polls and in voting booths —with astonishing rapidity. At the same time, litigation in the Proposition 8 cases in California made a powerful rights argument for marriage equality. How that two-pronged approach to change-making was used, and how it is being studied by other advocates, will be the topic of a panel discussion that marks the release of Professor Kenji Yoshino’s new book, "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial."

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Communications and Society Program

Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), will discuss his new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions, which highlights visionaries from across disciplines who propose solutions to the large-scale invasions of privacy of the digital age. Panelists include chapter authors Deborah Peel, founder & chair, Patient Privacy Rights, and Pablo Molina, chief information officer at the Association of American Law Schools. Moderated by Hayley Tsukayama, Technology Reporter, The Washington Post. Lunch will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century
On May 6th, the Aspen Institute will convene a panel of distinguished experts to explore the causes of slowing investment and possible policy options to help reverse the trend. The Aspen Institute Program on Manufacturing is collaborating with the MAPI Foundation on a research paper analyzing this problem, and the paper will be released in conjunction with the May 6th panel discussion. Read More
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 1:30pm
Washington Latinos and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

This event will feature conversations on innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusion, and leadership.

Featuring:

  • President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson
  • Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg
  • Latinos and Society Program Chair Monica Lozano
  • Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee Karl Dean
  • President of University of Texas El Paso Dr. Diana Natalicio
  • CNBC Reporter Bertha Coombs
  • Host of "AM Tonight" Alicia Menendez
  • Founder of Cisneros Center for New Americans Henry Cisneros

The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program aims to create a non-partisan platform for public programming, policy convenings and leadership development with a distinct focus on bridging the emerging Hispanic growth and influence in the US with the broader American society.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
Wye River

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

Featuring Dr. José Antonio Bowen, President of Goucher College – Transforming the University: Learning for Change.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
New York Aspen Words
The Aspen New York Book Series will feature authors Meghan Daum, Phillip Lopate, and Clifford Thompson on “The Art of the Essay." Read More
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:00pm to Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 12:00pm
Sintra

 

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