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Aspen Global Leadership Network
February 25, 2015 - March 1, 2015
Hong Kong, China

The goal of the China Fellowship Program is to energize China’s private sector business leaders to step up to this challenge in a meaningful fashion. Each of the inaugural Fellows has been selected because they have achieved real success in their careers and, yet, are at a point in their lives where they'd like to have a broader impact. The Program is designed to guide them through a personal journey of reflection, insight and action in an area where they'd like to make that impact. As such, they will become more effective, enlightened leaders and will move "from success to significance." Read More

Seminars, Society of Fellows
February 28, 2015 - March 6, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

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?

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March 3, 2015
Mountain View, CA
Communications and Society Program

*This event is open to the public.

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology will release its report "Managing Digital Assets: The Challenge of Creating and Sustaining Intangible Value in a Data-Driven Economy." The launch event will feature a panel discussion on the report of the 2014 roundtable, in which business executives, government leaders and visionaries examined the implications of emerging information technologies on societies and governments.

Speakers include:

  • Robin Chase, founder, Zipcar, Buzzcar, Veniam Works
  • Michael Fertik, founder and CEO of Reputation.com 
  • Bill Coleman, partner, Alsop Louie Partners
  • Vijay Sondhi, senior vice president, Innovation, Visa Inc. 

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Society of Fellows
March 3, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Syria's Refugee Crisis. 

Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains. Ultimately, though, the safety of displaced Syrians rests with the whole international community.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Great Decisions is currently full.
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Society of Fellows
March 4, 2015
Washington, DC
Forum for Community Solutions

Fifty years after the launch on the war on poverty there are more than 46 million people live below the Federal poverty line. Tens of millions more are working hard but barely subsisting, struggling to get a foothold for themselves and their families, and it is getting worse with rising economic inequality and the growing divide between rich and poor.  These conditions have created a new sense of urgency for change and a need to have new conversations about poverty.

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions invites you to a discussion with Alan Jenkins, Executive Director, The Opportunity Agenda and Jeff Parcher, Director of Communications, the Center for Community Change about their research on how the public views poverty and opportunity in America. This research provides insights and valuable tools to strengthen how we tackle the issue of poverty in this United States.  Please join us to examine how to use this moment to strengthen and propel the work toward viable solutions.

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Society of Fellows
March 4, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Featuring award-winning photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg who covered Afghanistan for 25 years as a photojournalist for Time magazine and The New York Times from 1988-2013. His new book, Afghanistan - A Distant War, won the Olivier Rebbot Award in 2014 from the Overseas Press Club for the best reporting from abroad in books and magazines, and chronicles Afghanistan from when the Soviet Army withdrew in 1988 until the beginning of the US-NATO withdrawal in 2013.

There will be a short reception beginning at 5:30 pm preceeding the program which begins at 6:00 pm.

Complimentary for Fellows and Aspen Community Friends and Subscribers. Donors may reserve tickets by emailing SOF@aspeninstitute.org. Fee: $20. 

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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Society of Fellows
March 5, 2015
Tunis, Tunisia
Middle East Programs

The third annual US-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference serves as a forum for convening government officials, business and civil society leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from the US and North Africa.

The one-day conference will showcase business potential in the region, with the aim of advancing partnerships in the areas of entrepreneurship, education, impact investing, and high-growth sectors.

Speakers include:
Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and Former US Secretary of State
Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce
Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Bowman Cutter, Chairman of the Board, Tunisian-American Enterprise Fund
Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, US Department of State
Charles Rivkin, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State
Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Amazon Web Services
Jeffrey Avina, Director of MENA, Microsoft Citizenship and Community Affairs

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Society of Fellows
March 5, 2015
Washington , DC
Franklin Project

Note: This event has been postponed due to bad weather.

*This event is by invitation only.

On March 5th the Franklin Project is hosting an event at the Aspen Institute DC headquarters featuring a panel of national service and employment leaders to discuss how hiring decisions are made, what skills national service alumni bring to employers, and the future of the Employers of National Service initiative. Several seats at this invite-only event have been reserved for valued Aspen Institute partners that might be interested in this event — if interested, please RSVP as space is limited. For those not able to attend in-person, the event will also be live-streamed — tune-in at 10:30AM EST on March 5th to watch.

Speakers at the event include: 

  • Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service 
  • Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of the Peace Corps 
  • Michael Montelongo, CAO of Sodexo 
  • Carol Robinette, vice president of talent acquisition, American Red Cross
  • John Bridgeland, the co-chair of the Franklin Project and former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council

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March 10, 2015
Austin, TX
Communications and Society Program

The SXSWedu summit “Designing Principles for a Trusted Environment” highlights the principles and issues in designing trusted environments for learning.

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Society of Fellows
March 10, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Human Trafficking in the 21st Century.

Human trafficking represents a multibillion in international trade per annum and continues to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries. While undeniably a global phenomenon, the U.S., as one of the world’s leading human trafficking importers, bears a special responsibility to combat this practice. The U.S. and the international community have adopted various treaties and laws to prevent trafficking, but to truly understand and combat the issue, they must find the root causes enabling traffickers to exploit millions of victims.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Great Decisions is currently full.

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Society of Fellows
March 11, 2015
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Phil Klay, veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, discussing his collection of short stories "Redeployment" (Penguin Press).

About the Book:
Phil Klay's "Redeployment" takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

In the eponymous story "Redeployment" a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died." In "After Action Report" a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A "Mortuary Affairs Marine" tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System" a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming.

Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

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About the Author:
Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His story Redeployment was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere. Read More

Society of Fellows
March 12, 2015
Global Alliances Program

Did you know that 4 million premature deaths occur every year as a result of 3 billion people cooking their food over smoky open fires or inefficient cookstoves? Exposure to smoke from cooking is not only equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, but presents an economic burden for the world's poorest families, some of whom spend upwards of one-third of family income purchasing fuel or 3+ hours cooking a single meal due to inefficient cookstoves and traditional practices.

Clean-burning and fuel-efficient cookstoves reduce indoor air pollution by up to 90 percent and require 80 percent less fuel than traditional stoves.

Join Prakti co-founder and CEO, Mouhsine Serrar and board member, Alice Lin Fabiano, for an enlightening discussion of innovation, impact and challenges preventing scale of the clean cooking sector, moderated by Aspen’s Global Alliances Program Executive Director Mickey Bergman.

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Society of Fellows
March 12, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

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.

Michael Lewis is the author of the bestsellers "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt", "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game", and "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game", among other books. After graduating from Princeton University and the London School of Economics, Lewis worked on the bond desk at Salomon Brothers, an experience he recounted in "Liar's Poker", his first book. He left the financial world to become a journalist, writing on politics, finance and more for the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Slate and other publications. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and columnist at Bloomberg View. Lewis is also the author of "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine", "Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood" and "The New New Thing". Two of his books, "The Blind Side" and "Moneyball", were adapted into Academy Award-nominated films.

“When it comes to narrative skill, a reporter’s curiosity and an uncanny instinct for the pulse of the zeitgeist, Lewis is a triple threat.” — James B. Stewart, The New York Times

“Michael Lewis knows how to tell a story.” — Vanity Fair

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Society of Fellows
March 12, 2015
Atherton, CA

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us for a Society of Fellows Vanguard Chapter in Atherton, CA featuring Tom Byers, a visionary in innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship, and a panel of Stanford colleagues on whether innovation and entrepreneurship can be taught. Together, they will tackle the question of what entrepreneurship, innovation, and design thinking have to do with moonshots, college education, classical music, and the Renaissance.

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Society of Fellows
March 13, 2015
Aspen Global Health and Development

As the new global development agenda takes shape, we must consider global priorities for maternal and child survival and what is needed to drive progress for women and girls at the country level.

In this conversation, we will explore the impact of public sector leadership for reproductive health, opportunities to build support across ministries and other public offices, as well as meaningful engagement of civil society in informing policy and funding priorities. Zambia is a prime example as it tackles the most pressing needs for women and girls including family planning and reproductive health, child and early marriage and gender-based violence. 

Lunch will be served.

Please respond to caroline.hopper@aspeninst.org by Thursday, March 12.


Featuring:

  • The Honorable Nkandu Luo
, minister of gender and child development, Zambia
  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez
, assistant administrator for global health,
 coordinator for maternal and child survival 
US Agency for International Development

Moderated by:

  • Peggy Clark, 
vice president of policy programs and executive director of Global Health and Development
, the Aspen Institute
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March 14, 2015
Los Angeles, CA, United States

*This event is by invitation only.

Students teams from across Los Angeles will reconvene to present their solutions to a panel of judges in the third annual Aspen Challenge: Los Angeles competition. Numerous awards will be given, and one team will be selected to advance and present their work at the 11th annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

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Aspen Global Leadership Network
March 14, 2015 - March 18, 2015
TBD

The Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) is a nonprofit organization that identifies and motivates effective and successful young leaders across Central America, who are capable of guiding their countries as they struggle to align the social and economic demands of the region with local visions of a "good society."

 

CALI's inaugural class was launched in 2004. The program consists of a set of four, five-to-six-day seminars over 18 months, which explore the unique challenges of leadership in our times, and the journey of each leader as they plan their leadership into the future.

Moderators include: 

  • Harry Stachan
  • Diego de Sola
  • Stace Lindsay 

To learn more about CALI, visit http://www.centralamericaleadership.net.

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Special Event
March 16, 2015 - March 17, 2015
Washington, DC, United States
Community Strategies Group

Leaders across the country are finding, creating and embracing new opportunities to use their local resources in ways that generate better economic prospects for their regions. Among regional, place-rooted institutions, community foundations have a unique position and mission to ensure that regional development efforts produce prosperity that is broadly shared.

Advancing Economic Success – Community Foundations Building Family, Community and Regional Prosperity provided an opportunity for community foundation leaders to more deeply explore and share how they are addressing critical community issues and working to advance regional development in ways that build wealth for all. At the event, participants learned about the organizing framework of Community Development Philanthropy and heard stories from community foundations that are helping families get ahead and those that are helping local and regional economies get ahead. 

This event has concluded.  Click here to view presentations and videos from the workshop, and be sure to follow @AspenCSG and @e2ruralcenter for more stories and ideas related to community development philanthropy!

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Financial support provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Ford Foundation’s Expanding Livelihood Opportunities for Poor Households Initiative.

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Society of Fellows
March 16, 2015 - March 19, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

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

Moderated by Carol Adelman, President, Movers & Shakespeares; and Joe Daniels, President and CEO, National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Issues of violence engulf contemporary society, and we are constantly confronted with the choice between seeking vengeance or seeking forgiveness. This three-morning symposium invites participants to a deeper dialogue about this fundamental human dilemma. A close reading of Shakespeare's The Tempest and a focus on the work of the 9/11 Memorial will frame the discussion. What are we to make of threats of terrorism at home and abroad? Questions of police brutality? Domestic abuse by professional athletes? From individuals to society, from underlying motivations to consequences, we'll weigh Shakespeare's assertion, "the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance." Through readings, multimedia presentations, lecture, and dialogue, the session offers a timely exploration of these timeless issues.

Please find the symposium agenda here.

Opening reception followed by three half-day sessions.
Fee: $495 participant; $295 auditor. 

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Society of Fellows
March 16, 2015
New York, NY
Aspen Institute Arts Program

This event has been cancelled. 

Following a spectacular opening in Paris this past December, renowned ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon makes his Broadway directorial debut in April with his stage musical adaptation of the classic film An American in Paris. Wheeldon and Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel have enjoyed a long friendship and partnership, beginning at New York City Ballet, where Wheeldon created five ballets starring Woetzel, and carrying through the Vail International Dance Festival, where Woetzel has presented debut performances of numerous Wheeldon works. They will join together for a conversation about Wheeldon’s career and his new Broadway production.

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Society of Fellows
March 16, 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.

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Society of Fellows
March 16, 2015
New York, NY
Aspen Institute Arts Program

Harry Belafonte exposed America to world music and has spent his life challenging and overturning racial barriers. He played a key role in the civil rights movement, including the 1963 March on Washington, led in the development of the Grammy-winning song “We are the World,” and was active in efforts to end apartheid in South Africa and obtain the release Nelson Mandela. He recently founded the Sankofa Justice & Equity Fund, a non-profit social justice organization that utilizes the power of culture and celebrity in partnership with activism.

Belafonte will discuss his lifetime of art and service, and explore the unique power of the arts to address the political issues that trouble us today.

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Society of Fellows
March 17, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Brazil's Metamorphosis.

Brazil — it’s the “B” in the acronym BRICS, five emerging economies once seen as soon-to-be superpowers. After economic troubles in the 1990s, Brazil has risen to new global prominence — it’s drawing in more investment, working on global issues ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and even hosting the 2016 Olympics. But some of Brazil’s trickiest problems — deep divisions over how to tackle serious income inequality, weak civic institutions and poor regional leadership — have held it back.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Great Decisions is currently full.

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March 18, 2015 - March 22, 2015
TBD

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.

Each cohort of Fellows consists of 20-24 exceptional men and women who undertake a program of four advanced leadership seminars over the course of two years, under the direction of experienced moderators. In addition to these seminars —which feature thought-provoking readings and discussions about leadership, diversity, and important issues in public education and social change — the program consists of a leadership project, as well as alumni events.

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Society of Fellows
March 18, 2015
Washington, DC
College Excellence Program

The Aspen Institute cordially invites you to attend the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence awards ceremony. The $1 million Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation's signature recognition for performance in achieving exceptional student outcomes among America's community colleges.

Moderator:

  • Juan Sepulveda, senior vice president, PBS

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States
  • Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, president and former governor of Indiana
  • George Miller, former United States Congressman from California

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