Socrates in Spain, in Partnership with Aspen España

April 24, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Ronda, Spain

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.

April 24, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Ronda, Spain

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.

April 24, 2014
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

This is a closed event to discuss the Community College Workforce Consortium.

April 24, 2014
Wye River, MD

This event is by invitation only.

The Wye Fellows will join The Atlantic's Food Editor Corby Kummer in conversation to discuss the larger implications of the recently passed Farm Bill for the country, and for the Chesapeake Bay Region, in specific. Mr. Kummer will also speak about the current state of the obesity epidemic.

April 24, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Ronda, Spain
April 24, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI
Justice and Society Program

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, and American society becomes increasingly diverse, we more frequently come into contact with people who have deeply held religious beliefs that differ from our own. Substantive disagreements between people of different faiths—and between people within the same general faith tradition—exist, and no amount of missionary activity or interfaith dialogue will erase them. How we manage these substantive disagreements will increasingly affect the well-being of our local communities and our nation.

What should interdenominational and interfaith interactions look like, particularly when both sides are deeply committed to their views? How can we, as Americans, positively engage our religious diversity in service of shared ideals and the common good? This moderated panel discussion will present Christian perspectives on the subject with a particular focus on higher education.

This event is free and open to the public. Register now!

Panelists:

Moderator:

  • Joseph DeMott, Project Manager, Justice & Society Program, Aspen Institute

April 28, 2014
Washington, DC
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

The Aspen Institute cordially invites you to a lunchtime conversation with John Ettinger, chief executive officer of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, moderated by Jane wales, vice president and executive director of the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation.

April 28, 2014
United States
Aspen Global Health and Development
Featuring Sahalandy as an exemplary case, Aspen’s Alliance for Artisan Enterprise will host a screening of award-winning documentary: The Silkies of Madagascar, followed by a discussion on the impact of market access for artisan communities, addressing challenges and successes in the field. Read More
April 28, 2014
Washington, DC
Aspen Global Health and Development

*This event is by invitation only.

Featuring Sahalandy as an exemplary case, The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise and Aspen Global Health and Development will host a screening of award-winning documentary: The Silkies of Madagascar, followed by a discussion on the impact of market access for artisan communities, addressing challenges and successes in the field. 

Opening remarks by Greta Schettler, Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the US Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues

Featured panelists include:

  • Natalie Mundy, Director of Finance & Operations of Sahalandy
  • Shari Berenbach, President of the United States African Development Foundation
  • Closing remarks by Natika Washington, Director of Global Programs for the US Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues 
  • Moderated by Peggy Clark, Alliance Director and VP of Policy Programs at The Aspen Institute

 

April 29, 2014 - May 2, 2014
Manhasset, NY
Business and Society Program
The 2013 First Mover Fellows gather outside New York, NY for their third and final seminar. Read More
April 29, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Aspen Around Town Series will feature New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas discussing his new book "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas" (W.W. Norton & Company). David Brooks, New York Times Op-ed columnist and author, will moderate.

This program is a part of the Aspen Around Town Series underwritten by Michelle Smith and the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

About the Book: 

"The True American" tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed “American terrorist” named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren’t so lucky, dying at once.

"The True American" traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives—one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country.

Ten years after the shooting, an Islamic pilgrimage seeds in Bhuiyan a strange idea: if he is ever to be whole, he must reenter Stroman’s life. He longs to confront Stroman and speak to him face to face about the attack that changed their lives. Bhuiyan publicly forgives Stroman, in the name of his religion and its notion of mercy. Then he wages a legal and public-relations campaign, against the State of Texas and Governor Rick Perry, to have his attacker spared from the death penalty.

Ranging from Texas’s juvenile justice system to the swirling crowd of pilgrims at the Hajj in Mecca; from a biker bar to an immigrant mosque in Dallas; from young military cadets in Bangladesh to elite paratroopers in Israel; from a wealthy household of chicken importers in Karachi, Pakistan, to the sober residences of Brownwood, Texas, "The True American" is a rich, colorful, profoundly moving exploration of the American dream in its many dimensions. Ultimately it tells a story about our love-hate relationship with immigrants, about the encounter of Islam and the West, about how—or whether—we choose what we become.

April 29, 2014
Wheaton, IL
Justice and Society Program

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, and American society becomes increasingly diverse, we more frequently come into contact with people who have deeply held religious beliefs that differ from our own. Substantive disagreements between people of different faiths—and between people within the same general faith tradition—exist, and no amount of missionary activity or interfaith dialogue will erase them. How we manage these substantive disagreements will increasingly affect the well-being of our local communities and our nation. 

In what ways is religious diversity a challenge, and in what ways is it an opportunity? What are some of the potential benefits and pitfalls of interfaith engagement? This moderated panel discussion will showcase Evangelical and Roman Catholic perspectives on this subject, with a particular focus on higher education.

This event is free and open to the public. Register now!

Panelists:

Moderator:

  • Joseph DeMott, Project Manager, Justice & Society Program, Aspen Institute

April 30, 2014 - May 3, 2014
Tampa, FL
Education and Society Program

 Aspen Urban Superintendents Network Retreat

April 30, 2014 - May 3, 2014
Tampa, FL
Education and Society Program

Aspen Urban Superintendents Network Retreat

May 3, 2014 - May 9, 2014
Aspen, CO

 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? What is our role in making it happen? The settings in Aspen, Colorado, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore are ideal for rejuvenation the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally refocused.

To learn more about the Aspen Seminar, please click here.

May 5, 2014 - May 10, 2014
Aspen, CO
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
May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014
Colorado Springs, CO
Community Strategies Group

The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, in partnership with CFLeads, is convening a peer-learning network of eight community foundations focused on improving their understanding, capabilities and practice related to resident engagement around critical community issues. The action-learning network follows the completion of CFLeads Cultivating Community Engagement Panel, which resulted in a framework of resident engagement principles and approaches that community foundations can apply in their work on the ground. The network has met twice over the past year to delve more deeply into what resident engagement means for community foundations and to develop short-term action plans to advance resident engagement at their foundations back home. At the third and final RECLN peer-learning institute in May, community foundations within the network will:

  • Explore the ways in which community foundations balance their roles as charitable service organizations and transformational change agents (with a special emphasis on resident engagement)
  • Work together to determine the best ways to measure resident engagement and its impact
  • Advise one another on particular challenges experienced by each participating foundation team

May 6, 2014
New York, NY
On May 6, 2014, the third annual New York Ideas forum will gather cutting-edge innovators with a simple goal: to draw out the strands of genius from leaders whose work and passions are changing our world. Taking place at the New-York Historical Society, New York Ideas will bring together over 600 New York and national thought leaders. Through interviews, panels, debates, displays, and break-out sessions, we will showcase the trends, innovations, and technologies driving the business, political, and cultural landscape. Read More
May 8, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States

Featuring David Kelley, founder of IDEO and Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic.

The Morris Series is made possible by a generous donation from Aspen Institute Trustee Diane L. Morris. This new Series will bring the mission and work of the Institute to an invited group of supporters, friends, and new audiences in the San Francisco area.

The Series will address innovation and technology with an underlying theme of leadership based on enduring values and nonpartisan exchange.

May 8, 2014
New York City, NY
ADS Works

 

A Conversation with Jessye Norman and Anna Deavere Smith
May 9, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Lido of Venice, Italy

*This event is by-invitation only.

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