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Society of Fellows
July 28, 2014 - August 1, 2014
Aspen, CO
Aspen Writers' Foundation

Join us on an exhilarating ride as we combine whitewater rafting and adventure writing into a summer camp like no other! Experience the thrill that comes when you capture moments of heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping adventure on the page.

$400, $350 ACES and AWF members

*The cost of this class includes a rafting trip on the upper Roaring Fork — classified as intermediate white-water run with class III rapids through Woody Creek and Snowmass Canyons.

A Collaboration with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

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July 29, 2014 - August 1, 2014
Aspen, CO

This event is by invitation only.

For over 60 years, the Aspen Institute has convened the world’s leaders to pause and reflect on the critical issues of our time. We invite these leaders to do more than just reflect. We invite them to move “from thought to action” at the Aspen Action Forum.

The Aspen Action Forum is an annual event offered every July in Aspen, Colorado. Inspired by a previous gathering called “ACT II”, the Action Forum is designed to connect Fellows from the Aspen Global Leadership Network with other action-oriented leaders from Aspen Institute programs and partners.

All of those attending – we anticipate 350 each year – will share a common thread: They will be “doers” – men and women who have committed to making a positive difference in the world.

The Action Forum program includes inspiring readings-based seminars, interactive roundtable discussions on leadership, intensive networking opportunities and “Action Workshops” offering help to those facing hurdles as they tackle challenges in their communities, countries and the world.

There is no other event designed to spur such a highly talented, global group of leaders to do something about the world’s challenges.

Visit www.AspenActionForum.org to learn more.

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Aspen Community Programs, Society of Fellows
August 2, 2014
Aspen, CO

The McCloskey Speaker Series presents a unique and diverse roster of distinguished speakers. The series is made possible by a generous donation from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation.

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August 3, 2014 - August 6, 2014
Aspen , CO, United States
Communications and Society Program

Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology

The overall goal of the Communications and Society Program is to promote integrated, thoughtful, values-based decision making in the fields of communications, media, and information policy. Read More
Society of Fellows
August 3, 2014
Aspen, CO

Dinner and dancing in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Society of Fellows.

This event is open to Society of Fellows members only.

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Society of Fellows
August 4, 2014 - August 7, 2014
Aspen, CO

Members of the Society of Fellows are invited to attend a fascinating three-day symposium devoted to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and gain a better understanding of Russia’s interests and policy towards the region. The event will begin with an evening reception on August 4, followed by three morning sessions on August 5, 6 and 7.

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Aspen Community Programs
August 4, 2014
Aspen, CO
Communications and Society Program

In collaboration with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program

Hurst Lecture Series: Reforming American Public Diplomacy -- A Conversation with Richard Stengel, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Followed by a distinguished panel. Richard Stengel will speak on his plans for the future of American public diplomacy followed by a panel discussion featuring former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Dina Powell, President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation; and Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Sec. Clinton; The panel will be moderated by Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Read More

Society of Fellows
August 4, 2014
Aspen, CO
Aspen Institute Arts Program

NEW VIEWS Documentaries & Dialogue

Documentary filmmaking plays an important role in the sharing of ideas, and as an art form gives voice to issues of critical importance.  The Aspen Institute Arts Program and Aspen Film bring to the Roaring Fork Valley NEW VIEWS Documentaries & Dialogue, a series featuring critically acclaimed documentaries and conversations with special guests. NEW VIEWS is generously sponsored by Leonard Lauder, and Jane and Michael Eisner.

 

“The valiant and vital work of four globetrotting human rights activists is expertly illuminated in "E-Team," a dynamic and immersive piece of you-are-there verité... Unforgettable characters in a documentary that’s devastating, entertaining, and inspiring in equal measure.” –Variety

As soon as allegations of human rights abuse arise, members of Human Rights Watch’s Emergency Team hit the ground to witness and document the truth. Risking their lives, these international investigators jump into some of the world’s fiercest theaters of war. Shot over two and a half years, this Sundance award winner follows four seasoned watchdogs into the bullets and, fascinatingly, back to their homes. Married with young children, Anna and Ole struggle to balance family demands and the Syrian government’s shelling of civilians. Few investigators know Gadhafi’s reign of terror as intimately as Fred or Peter, who count the bodies and illegal arms in Tripoli before flying home to their kids. Possessing the guts and brains of crack secret agents, they are revealed as flesh-and-blood humans willing to work in the most adverse situations as they crusade for justice (USA, 89 min. In English, Arabic, French, German, Russian with Eng. subtitles).

Producer/director Katy Chevigny and producer/director/cinematographer Ross Kauffman in post screening conversation.

Tickets at www.aspenshowtix.com, (970) 920-5770, or through the Wheeler Opera House.

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Society of Fellows
August 5, 2014
Aspen, CO

Don Bacigalupi, President of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in conversation with Carrie Walton Penner, education reform advocate.

This event provides a wonderful opportunity for Society of Fellows members to learn about museums as a charitable endeavor and educational opportunity with two people directly involved with the unique exhibits and projects of the Crystal Bridges Museum. The discussion will take up the museum as institution, cultural locus, and intellectual asset. This reception will give attendees a unique chance to learn about what it means to build a museum from the ground up.

This event is open to Society of Fellows members only. Registration will open Monday, July 21.

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August 5, 2014 - August 7, 2014
Aspen, CO

*This event is by-invitation only.

Annual meeting of the Aspen Philanthropy Group. 

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Aspen Community Programs, Society of Fellows
August 6, 2014
Aspen, CO

Generously underwritten by the Hurst Family Foundation, the Hurst Lecture Series features conversations with renowned and inspiring leaders for public audiences in Aspen.

Featuring Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation is the second largest philanthropy in the United States with over $11 billion in assets and $500 million in annual giving. The foundation is based in the United States and operates worldwide, with ten offices in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South America.

Fee: $20. Tickets on sale July 23 at www.aspenshowtix.com.

Society of Fellows may reserve complimentary tickets to this event. Please RSVP to sof@aspeninst.org or 970-544-7980.

 

 

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August 7, 2014 - August 9, 2014
Aspen, CO

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

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Public Event
August 7, 2014
Aspen, CO

Free and Open to the Public
Aspen Center for Physics – Heinz Pagels Public Lectures

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August 7, 2014
Aspen , CO
Aspen Global Health and Development

Featuring the Right Honorable Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Co-sponsored by Aspen Institute Global Health and Development, Brookings Blum Roundtable, and United Nations Foundation.

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Aspen Community Programs, Society of Fellows
August 8, 2014
Aspen, CO

The McCloskey Speaker Series presents a unique and diverse roster of distinguished speakers. The series is made possible by a generous donation from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation.

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Society of Fellows
August 9, 2014
Aspen, CO

The 21st Annual Summer Celebration will honor Doris Kearns Goodwin and Richard N. Goodwin with Public Leadership Awards. The Dinner Chairs are Joan Fabry and Michael Klein.

A conversation with the honorees will be held in Greenwald Pavilion at 5:00pm, followed by the reception and dinner from 6:30-9:00pm in the Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, CO.

For registration information, please contact Melanie Levine at 202-736-3503 or melanie.levine@aspeninstitute.org.

About the Honorees

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Ms. Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and The New York Times bestselling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (November, 2013). The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the book.

Mr. Spielberg and Ms. Goodwin previously worked together on Lincoln, based in part on Ms. Goodwin’s award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, an epic tome that illuminates Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. Team of Rivals was the winner of the prestigious Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History, as well as a 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.

With a script by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning writer Tony Kushner, the film Lincoln grossed $275 million at the box office and earned 12 Academy Award® nominations. For his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis won the Academy Award® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor. Ms. Goodwin and Mr. Kushner received a coveted nomination for the USC Scripter Award presented by the University of Southern California.

Ms. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. No Ordinary Time was also awarded the Harold Washington Literary Award, the New England Bookseller Association Award, the Ambassador Book Award and The Washington Monthly Book Award. Ms. Goodwin is the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries that aired on ABC.

Ms. Goodwin is well known for her appearances and commentary on television, where she is seen frequently on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press. Other appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and many more. Ms. Goodwin has served as a consultant and has been interviewed extensively for PBS and the History Channel's documentaries on President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns' The History of Baseball and The Civil War.

Ms. Goodwin graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College, and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency, and, at the age of just 24, became a White House Fellow, working directly with President Lyndon Johnson. Ms. Goodwin served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs.

Ms. Goodwin is the winner of the Charles Frankel Prize, given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Sarah Josepha Hale medal. She has been selected to receive the coveted 2014 Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and was a finalist for the prestigious 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history for The Bully Pulpit.

Ms. Goodwin resides in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, the writer, presidential advisor, speechwriter and playwright Richard N. Goodwin. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.

 

Richard N. Goodwin

Richard “Dick” N. Goodwin is an author, playwright, and former political advisor and White House speechwriter to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and to Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Mr. Goodwin is the author of several books, plays and numerous articles, including his memoir, Remembering America: A Voice From The Sixties, which will be re-released in e-book format in July 2014. Remembering America is an inspiring history that evokes the hopes, dreams and ideals of an extraordinary and turbulent decade.

As special counsel to the Legislative Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Goodwin conducted the now well-known investigation of the Twenty One Quiz Show scandal, which he chronicled in Remembering America. His story was the basis for Robert Redford’s 1994 film, Quiz Show, in which the Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Rob Morrow played the role of Mr. Goodwin. Quiz Show was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and four Golden Globe® Awards.

Mr. Goodwin is also the author of The American Condition and Promises To Keep: A Call For A New American Revolution. He wrote The Hinge of the World, a riveting drama about the confrontation between Galileo Galilei and Pope Urban VIII, which was published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, and performed as a theatrical production internationally in Guildford, England and Boston, where it was retitled Two Men of Florence.

Mr. Goodwin graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University and Harvard Law School. He was the recipient of Harvard Law School’s prestigious Fay Diploma. Mr. Goodwin served as a Law Clerk to United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter, before being appointed as special counsel to the Legislative Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. Goodwin, at the age of just 29, entered the White House as an aide to President John F. Kennedy, having first travelled with then-presidential candidate Kennedy and writing speeches for his campaign. After Kennedy’s election, Mr. Goodwin served as Assistant Special Counsel to the President and as a key specialist on President Kennedy’s Task Force on Latin-American affairs, originating the Alliance for Progress and meeting in secret with Che Guevara in Uruguay in August 1961. Mr. Goodwin also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter- American Affairs, and was Secretary-General of the International Peace Corps.

After President Kennedy’s assassination, Mr. Goodwin served as the Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, where he formulated the concept of the Great Society and drafted many of President Johnson’s major addresses and messages dealing with civil rights. President Johnson asked Mr. Goodwin to write his historic 1965 civil rights speech, which came to be known as the “We Shall Overcome” speech that President Johnson delivered on March 15, 1965 to the joint session of the United States Congress. This speech was the cornerstone of progress for voting rights and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that President Johnson signed five months later.

Mr. Goodwin resigned from the White House in 1966, joining the U.S. Anti-War Movement. He briefly directed Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire and Wisconsin, and wrote speeches for presidential candidate Edmund S. Muskie, before joining Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. Mr. Goodwin was with Senator Kennedy in Los Angeles when he was killed in 1968.

After leaving government, Mr. Goodwin served as a Fellow on the faculty at Wesleyan University’s Center for Advanced Studies, and as a visiting professor of public affairs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Mr. Goodwin resides in Concord, Massachusetts, with his wife, the presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. They have three sons and two grandchildren.

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August 10, 2014 - August 13, 2014
Aspen, CO
Communications and Society Program

 

Forum on Communications and SocietyThe overall goal of the Communications and Society Program is to promote integrated, thoughtful, values-based decision making in the fields of communications, media, and information policy. Read More
Society of Fellows
August 10, 2014
Aspen, CO
Aspen Institute Arts Program
After 81 days of solitary detention, internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home 24/7, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Picking up where Alison Klayman's "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" left off, "Ai Weiwei the Fake Case" is more explicitly political, reflecting Ai's battle against the gigantic lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him. Read More
Society of Fellows
August 11, 2014
Aspen, CO

Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, the Aspen Institute, and Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

This evening’s talk will feature Leonard A. Lauder. The topic for tonight, “A Collector's Journey” will highlight Mr. Lauder’s decisions regarding his art collections and whether they are better in public or private hands. As an avid supporter of several museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Mr. Lauder donated his Cubist collection to the Met in April 2013. Lauder’s philanthropy extends to his co-founding the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and being a member of the President’s Council of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. This talk offers SOF members a chance to engage with one of America’s major art collectors and better understand the conservation of art.

Mr. Lauder's talk in Paepcke Auditorium is open to the public. Reception following is open only to the Society of Fellows.

Society of Fellows and Aspen Community Donors may reserve complimentary tickets to this event. Please RSVP to sof@aspeninst.org or 970-544-7980.

Fee for public tickets: $20. Tickets at www.aspenshowtix.com 

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Aspen Global Leadership Network
August 12, 2014 - August 16, 2014
Aspen, CO

This 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.

Moderators include:

  • Eric Motley, managing director, Henry Crown Fellowship Program vice president
  • Ben Dunlap, president emeritus of Wofford College, seminar moderator 
  • Peter Reiling, executive vice president, Leadership and Seminar Program, executive director, Henry Crown Fellowship
  • Skip Battle, senior Aspen Institute fellow and moderator 

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. To learn more, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership-programs/henry-crown-fellowship-program

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Society of Fellows
August 12, 2014
Community Strategies Group

For low-to-moderate wage workers, a steady job is one of the best steps toward financial security. But too often, personal financial crises and other life events can sabotage employees’ ability to stay on the job and earning an income. Barriers such as quality childcare, reliable transportation and acute financial needs get in the way of what would otherwise be dependable employees.

Employers feel the strain too. Costs of turnover can range from 10 to 30% of an employee’s annual wage [click here to see what it costs for a given profession]. Everyone, but particularly businesses and their employees, have an interest in reducing the amount of turnover.

One of the innovations in addressing the employee retention challenge comes out of Chittenden County, Vermont, where a network of fifty employers, brought together by the local United Way, put in place a number of strategies to help keep good, low-to-moderate wage workers on the job.

The program is called Working Bridges, and Lisa Falcone, the project’s director, says key to making the program a success was, “making the business case to employers to help ‘make life work’ for low-to-moderate wage employees.”

Working Bridges supports a traveling benefits coordinator, employed by the United Way, who spends 2-5 hours per week at each business helping minimize employment barriers and maximizing employee access to programs and resources to help stabilize their lives. Working Bridges reveals how a small investment can yield significant financial and community rewards.

In the seven years since the program’s launch, the region’s employers have become the most vocal advocates of the Working Bridges’ business outcomes: improved retention rates, increased productivity and reduced hiring and training expenses. The region’s providers of direct services—from the food pantry to a credit union – have adjusted policies and practices to better serve this contingent of families living from paycheck to paycheck. A local credit union has made $1.5 million in loans, with a default rate of less than 1 percent.

On August 12 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM ET, the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group will host an in-depth webinar on the Working Bridges model of helping low-income families living in rural communities get ahead. Register for the event at RuFES.org.

This rural success story is an excerpt of a Rural Family Economic Success (RuFES) Action Network Alert. The RuFES Network is a group of practitioners and support organizations, like the United Way of Chittenden County, helping families in rural communities earn more, keep more of what they earn and grow what they keep into assets. The network is maintained by the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. To learn more about the network and to subscribe to network alerts, visit RuFES.org. 

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Society of Fellows
August 12, 2014
Aspen, CO

Generously underwritten by the Hurst Family Foundation, the Hurst Lecture Series features conversations with renowned and inspiring leaders for public audiences in Aspen.

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August 13, 2014 - August 16, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Communications and Society Program

Communications Policy

The overall goal of the Communications and Society Program is to promote integrated, thoughtful, values-based decision making in the fields of communications, media, and information policy. Read More

Aspen Community Programs, Society of Fellows
August 14, 2014
Aspen, CO

The McCloskey Speaker Series presents a unique and diverse roster of distinguished speakers. The series is made possible by a generous donation from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation.

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Society of Fellows
August 15, 2014
Aspen, CO

Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission.

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