Society of Fellows Vanguard Chapter Discussion Reception: Alec Ross

February 9, 2016
San Francisco, CA
Featuring Alec Ross, one of America’s leading experts on innovation, in conversation with Charlie Firestone, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. Alec served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role that earned him a Distinguished Honor Award from the State Department. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders. Alec will discuss his book The Industries of the Future, which examines what’s next for the world: the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years, and how we can navigate them.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Featuring Alec Ross, one of America’s leading experts on innovation, in conversation with Charlie Firestone, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. Alec served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role that earned him a Distinguished Honor Award from the State Department. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders. Alec will discuss his book The Industries of the Future, which examines what’s next for the world: the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years, and how we can navigate them. Read More
Tuesday, February 9, 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 Migration. As a record number of migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea to find refuge in Europe, the continent is struggling to come up with an adequate response. Although Europe’s refugees are largely fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa, their struggle is hardly unique. Today, with the number of displaced people is at an all-time high, a number of world powers find themselves facing a difficult question: How can they balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolve these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. Led by Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen, this year’s series will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others. The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building. Read More
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

*This event is by invitation only. 

The Sharing Economy: We were always taught, as children, to share. But is the "shared economy" worth celebrating or condemning? With the emergence of Uber and AirBnB, what does the future of a shared economy look like? What does it mean for employment? How does it change the meaning of ownership? And what about privacy and security concerns?  Andrew Ross Sorkin will explore the burgeoning shared economy, its future and its implications for society.

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:00pm to Monday, February 15, 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, February 12-15, 2016. Choose one of three expert-moderated seminars available! Read More
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Aspen Words
Aspen Words’ 3rd annual Youth Poetry Slam will be hosted by Roaring Fork Valley’s favorite performance poets Myrlin Hepworth, Logan Phillips, and Mercedez Holtry and will feature the brave high school poets from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen! It’s going to be an exhilarating night celebrating the power of youth voices. Read More
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to Monday, February 15, 2016 - 6:00pm
This three-day seminar convenes high school students (ages 15-17) from around the country on the Aspen Meadows campus of the Aspen Institute in Colorado, creating a forum in which students can gain insight into timely and important topics. Participants are moved to voice their own opinions, opening a lively dialogue in which diverse viewpoints are shared and valued. Read More
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen Words
2016 Aspen Winter Words featuring author Adam Johnson. Read More
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 12:00pm
Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. In this seminar, they will explore the challenges placed at their feet as leaders in a period of increasing interconnectedness. Read More
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 5:30pm to Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

This three-day symposium will explore the evolving nature of executive power and what it takes to lead the most powerful office in the world. What were the intentions of the founding fathers in establishing a strong executive branch, the first republic to do so in history? How has executive power expanded and contracted through pivotal times in US history and what are the implications? What characteristics and strategies are needed to adeptly lead as the US president? Can we predict performance in the White House based on what we see during campaign season? These questions and more will be the basis of this symposium moderated by presidential historian and American University Professor, Dr. Allan Lichtman, and Harvard Professor of Political Philosophy, Dr. Harvey Mansfield.

Evening opening reception followed by three half-day sessions.

Tuesday, February 16, 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 The Future of Kurdistan. Kurdistan, a mountainous region made up of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Armenia and Syria, is home to one of the largest ethnic groups in West Asia: the Kurds. Now, most in the West know them for their small, oil-rich autonomous region in northern Iraq called Iraqi Kurdistan — one of the U.S.’ closer allies in the Middle East and a bulwark against the expansion of the so-called Islamic State. What does the success of Iraqi Kurdistan mean for Kurds in the surrounding region?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 8:00am to Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:00pm
Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. Read More
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. Led by Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen, this year’s series will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others. The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building. Read More
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join Art Registrar and Curator Lissa Ballinger for a tour of the recently updated exhibit "The Legacy of Herbert Bayer: Recent Gifts and Loans to the Aspen Institute" in the Resnick Gallery, Doerr-Hosier lobby, 11am to noon. Free and open to the public. No tickets or RSVP required. Read More
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Aspen Institute Arts Program
Join the Aspen Institute for a film screening of "Capturing Grace" and conversation with the film's Director, Dave Iverson, and "Dance for PD" Director David Leventhal, in conversation with Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel. Read More
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author, discussing his new book "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Read More
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Center for Native American Youth
On February 23, the Center for Native American Youth will announce its fourth class of Native youth leaders selected to serve as 2016 Champions for Change. Champions for Change are young indigenous leaders from across the United States who are leading impactful initiatives that seek to improve their tribal or urban Indian communities. The 2016 class of Champions will join CNAY at the Aspen Institute to share their stories of overcoming barriers to promote hope, create positive change, and inspire other youth in Indian Country. Read More
Tuesday, February 23, 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 The Koreas. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided in two. The northern half of the Korean peninsula was occupied by the Soviet Union, the southern by the United States. Today, North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. With such a wide gap, some are asking if unification is possible, even desirable, anymore?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 12:00pm
The Pahara-Aspen Fellowship seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high-potential leaders who are reimagining public education. Using a time-tested method of text-based dialogue, the program provides participants the opportunity to reflect on the values and tensions involved in effective and enlightened leadership across the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Read More
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. Led by Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen, this year’s series will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others. The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building. Read More

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