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Society of Fellows
October 27, 2014 - November 1, 2014
, Tanzania
Global Alliances Program

The Aspen Institute, in collaboration with the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, the International Trade Center, DTBi, and COSTECH, will organize a Partnership Opportunity Delegation (POD) to Tanzania to participate in a Boomcamp and explore investment and trade opportunities with Tanzanian firms and startups.

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Roundtable
November 4, 2014 - November 5, 2014
Kigali, Rwanda
Energy and Environment Program

The goal of this Track II dialogue series is to collaboratively move African and Chinese leaders in government, civil society, and private industry away from a theoretical understanding of conservation principles toward active promotion of established operational measurements, to ensure environmentally sustainable foreign investment and ecosystem conservation in Africa, starting with the need t

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Society of Fellows
November 5, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

This four-week series is designed as a forum for community members to gain insight into specific issues facing our society today, as well as research viable solutions to these issues. 
The topics to be covered are Surveillance; Alternative College Funding; Electoral Redistricting; and Designer Babies. The pace of technological innovation presents opportunities for advancement across a broad spectrum but, at the same time, presents issues that defy ready solutions. What new ideas and innovations could steer our society in a new direction, for better or for worse?

Each Wednesday for four weeks, participants will gather for a robust, in-depth conversation delving into each topic. The format will include brief readings, tutorials and moderated round table discussions.

This week's topic is Surveillance.

Fee: $99, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Registration is now open.

Seed funding was used to launch the first year of this program. To make future years possible, we will be seeking sponsors for the program.

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November 6, 2014 - November 7, 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

The two-day event will examine the concept of creative placemaking, a process in which public and private sector along with community activists and experts use culture and the arts to economically revive localities, cities and regions.

The festival will be divided into several parts including a public conference in DOX in Prague, evening in Papírna in Pilsen and workshops dealing with concrete aspects of creative placemaking. Among the confirmed speakers are:

-      Ann Markusen, Director, Arts Economy Initiative University of Minnesota

-      Daniel Latorre, Senior Fellow, Digital Placemaking, Project for Public Places

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Jiří Sulženko, Program Director, Plzeň 2015

-      Martin Sturm, OO Kulturquearzier Linz

-      Petr Koudela, Executive Director, Dolní oblast Vítkovice

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Juan Carlos Belloso, Founder, Future Places

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Ragnar Siil, Head of European Union Expert Group on Cultural and Creative Industries

-      Igor Marko, Founder, Marko and Placemakers

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Marek Adamov, Stanica Zilina-Zariecie

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Matus Vallo, Partner, Vallo Sadovsky Architects

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Zora Jaurova, President, Creative Industry Forum

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Marta Smolikova, Executive Director, Vaclav Havel Library

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Society of Fellows
November 10, 2014
New York, NY

*This event is by invitation only.

Aspen Leadership Series: Conversations with Great Leaders in memory of Preston Robert Tisch presents Jeffrey Rosen discussing "The State of the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century" with Jan Crawford.

Jeffrey Rosen is the president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center. He is also a professor at The George Washington University Law School, the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he explores issues involving the future of technology and the Constitution. He has recorded a lecture series for the Teaching Company’s Great Courses on "Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century." Rosen’s essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and on National Public Radio, and he is a staff writer of The New Yorker.

Jan Crawford is CBS News' political correspondent and CBS News’ chief legal correspondent, and contributes regularly to the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley," "CBS This Morning," and "Face The Nation," as well as CBS Radio News and CBSNews.com. Crawford is a recognized authority on the Supreme Court whose 2007 book, "Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for the Control of the United States Supreme Court" (Penguin Press), gained critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times Bestseller.

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Meeting
November 11, 2014 - November 12, 2014
New Delhi, India
Energy and Environment Program

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program in partnership with Ananta Aspen Centre (formerly Aspen Institute India), have convened high-ranking civil society individuals from India and the United States in a "Track II" Dialogue.

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Society of Fellows
November 12, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

This four-week series is designed as a forum for community members to gain insight into specific issues facing our society today, as well as research viable solutions to these issues. 
The topics to be covered are Surveillance; Alternative College Funding; Electoral Redistricting; and Designer Babies. The pace of technological innovation presents opportunities for advancement across a broad spectrum but, at the same time, presents issues that defy ready solutions. What new ideas and innovations could steer our society in a new direction, for better or for worse?

Each Wednesday for four weeks, participants will gather for a robust, in-depth conversation delving into each topic. The format will include brief readings, tutorials and moderated round table discussions.

This week's topic is Alternative College Funding.

Fee: $99, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Registration is now open.

Seed funding was used to launch the first year of this program. To make future years possible, we will be seeking sponsors for the program.

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November 13, 2014 - November 14, 2014
New York, NY

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

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Society of Fellows
November 13, 2014
New York, NY

Due to high volume of interest, registration is closed for additional attendees at this time. If you would like to make a contribution only, you may do so here. If you would like to be added to the wait list to attend, please contact Melanie Levine at 202-736-3503 or melanie.levine@aspeninstitute.org

On November 13th, the Aspen Institute will host the 31st Annual Awards Dinner at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Cocktails will begin at 7:00pm and dinner will start at 7:45pm. 

The Annual Awards Dinner will be chaired by Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass. Lynda Resnick, co-owner and vice-chairman of Roll International Corporation, will be honored with the Corporate Leadership Award.  Reed Hastings, Founder of Netflix, Inc., will be honored with the Henry Crown Leadership Award.

For questions regarding this event, please contact 1-800-410-3463.

About Henry Crown Leadership Award Honoree Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997. In 1991, Reed founded Pure Software, which made tools for software developers. After a 1995 IPO, and several acquisitions, Pure was acquired by Rational Software in 1997.Reed is an active educational philanthropist and served on the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including CCSA, Dreambox Learning, KIPP, and Pahara. Reed is also a board member of Facebook, and was on the board of Microsoft from 2007 to 2012. Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983, and an MSCS in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University in 1988. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. He is a member of the 1998 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  Reed is married with two children. 

About Corporate Leadership Award Honoree Lynda Resnick

At the age of 19, Lynda Resnick founded a full-service advertising agency. Running a successful business so early in life gave her invaluable hands-on marketing experience. Her sound entrepreneurial instinct, a passion for authenticity and a deep understanding of consumer behavior have been the hallmarks of her 50-year career.

Lynda has been dubbed the POM Queen for obvious reasons. In 2002, only 12 percent of the population even knew what a pomegranate was. Today, pomegranates are everywhere – in beverages, foods, nutritional supplements, even cosmetics – primarily due to the effective marketing efforts of Lynda and her team at POM Wonderful.

In 1979, in one of her first entrepreneurial forays, Lynda and her husband Stewart purchased a fledgling floral wire service called Teleflora. She had the inspiration to pair fresh flowers with a collectible keepsake container. This simple idea turned ordinary flowers into something more lasting and meaningful, and earned her a Gold Effie Award. Today, Teleflora is the world's largest floral service and floral products company.

In late 2004, Lynda and Stewart acquired FIJI Water. She quickly orchestrated a brand identity relaunch, with marketing initiatives that were as unique as the brand itself. FIJI Water is now the largest imported bottled water brand in the United States.

Lynda and Stewart also own Paramount Farms and Paramount Citrus Companies, as well as JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery and Landmark Vineyards. For Paramount Citrus's Mandarin oranges, Lynda created Cuties,® a breakthrough branding idea in a traditionally staid category. For Paramount Farms, she helped create the iconic Get Crackin’ campaign for Wonderful Pistachios, a successful advertising and marketing campaign now in its fifth year.

In 2009, Lynda shared her marketing secrets in a best-selling book, RUBIES IN THE ORCHARD. Published by Random House, it was an authoritative guide to building memorable brands and creating fresh approaches to launching them.

In addition to her business achievements, she is Vice Chairman of Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Board of Trustees; serves on the executive boards of the Aspen Institute, UCLA Medical Sciences, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Milken Family Foundation; and is a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In 2010, Lynda turned her philanthropic attention to California's Central Valley, where a large portion of her company's employees live and work. Her efforts resulted in the launch of the Central Valley Leadership Project, a multi-pronged program that focuses on K-12 education initiatives, nurtures future leaders and transforms low-income and underserved towns into hopeful and vibrant communities.

In 2012, Lynda was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Bard College.

The Resnicks are proud parents and grandparents and maintain homes in Beverly Hills, California, and Aspen, Colorado.

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Socrates Program, Society of Fellows
November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014
New York, NY

Featuring a reception and book talk with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson on his forthcoming The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks created the Digital Revolution (2014), on the evening of Friday, November 14 at Hunter College.

The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is a history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

Isaacson explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Ada Lovelace, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen.

To learn more, please contact Dana Hall at (202) 736-3517

The seminar, The Age of Enchanted Objects: The Next Wave of Tech Innovation and What It Means for How We Live and Do Business, will be moderated by William Powers, Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab, and David Rose, Visiting Scientist at MIT Media Lab and held on November 15th at the Roosevelt House.

We are living through an extraordinary moment where our relationship to technology is radically changing. Optimists welcome this change, arguing that technology is growing up and starting to take care of us. Are they right? What will be the impact of this shift on how we live, work and move around the world? Will it change how we do business? Will the data gathered by pervasive connected objects put more power in the hands of the individual, the corporation or the state?

To register for the seminar, please click here.

Click here to view the agenda.

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Society of Fellows
November 14, 2014
New York, NY

*This event is by invitation only. 

Featuring Michael Zantovsky, author of "Havel: A Life." As one of Vaclav Havel’s closest friends and as his political ally, press secretary, and advisor, Michael Zantovsky was a rare witness to this extraordinary life. With unprecedented access to private correspondence, documents, and interviews, Zantovsky presents a powerful, engaging, and revelatory account of a giant among men.

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Society of Fellows
November 15, 2014 - November 21, 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. Read More
Society of Fellows
November 15, 2014 - November 21, 2014
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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Society of Fellows
November 17, 2014
Washington, DC
Health, Medicine and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, is director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our nation’s health protection agency. He will give a lecture entitled "Ebola and Beyond: Protecting Americans and the World from Disease Threats."

Since 2009, Frieden has worked to control health threats from infectious diseases, respond to emergencies, and battle the leading causes of death in our nation and around the world. Prior to leading CDC, Dr. Frieden served as New York City Health Commissioner (2002-2009), where he helped reduce smoking, eliminate trans fats from restaurants, and initiate the country’s largest community-based electronic health records project. From 1992-1996, he led NYC’s tuberculosis control program that reduced multidrug-resistant cases by 80 percent. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/about/cdcdirector/ and follow Dr. Frieden on Twitter: @DrFriedenCDC. 

 

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November 17, 2014
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
November 18, 2014
Washington D.C., DC, United States
Education and Society Program

To truly realize the instructional rigor and educational promise of the Common Core, open and honest conversations about implementation’s successes and struggles are needed. To help facilitate these discussions, the Aspen Institute and Achieve are releasing two tools designed to help school-level staff and state leaders gauge implementation of the Common Core and to provide a framework for assessing progress. Please join us for an opportunity to hear directly from state and district leaders of Common Core implementation and learn about new tools and resources designed to support the important work of Common Core implementation.

Featuring:

-Ross Wiener (Vice President and Executive Director, Aspen Education & Society Program)

-Sheila Brown (Director, Aspen Education & Society Program)

-Mike Cohen (President, Achieve, Inc.)

-Amanda Alexander (Deputy Chief of Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools)

-Delia Pompa (Senior Vice President of Programs, National Council of La Raza)

-Alan Ingram (Deputy Commissioner of Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

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Society of Fellows
November 18, 2014
New York, NY
Aspen Institute Arts Program

Following up from the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Institute Arts Program continues examining how the lives of at-risk youth and incarcerated citizens are made better through the practice of drama.

Meade Palidofsky, the founder and director of Storycatchers Theatre, first spoke in Aspen about her 30 years in underserved Chicago neighborhoods and juvenile prisons teaching young people how to use narrative and theatrical tools to turn personal experiences, dreams, and aspirations into performance pieces. She and one of her star pupils, Angelica Garcia, will continue the conversation in New York, where they will be joined by actress Sabra Williams, founder and director of the Actors’ Gang Prison Project, whose work leading three eight-week workshops every year in California prisons has been shown to reduce both in-prison violence and recidivism rates among its participants.

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Roundtable
November 19, 2014 - November 21, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Energy and Environment Program

It is beyond debate that food insecurity in the United States results in obesity and poor nutrition, contributing to increased public healthcare costs. However, the question remains of whether programs and policies to improve access to healthful food can also serve to reduce or alleviate total U.S. healthcare cost. Through the Aspen Institute Dialogue on U.S.

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Society of Fellows
November 19, 2014
Washington, DC
Aspen Institute Arts Program

*This event is by invitation only.

Deborah Rutter began her tenure as president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 1st of this year, after having served for 11 years as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and before that as executive director of both the Seattle Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is considered one of the most influential arts administrators in the nation.

As president of the Kennedy Center, Ms. Rutter is the artistic and administrative director of the world’s busiest performing-arts center, encompassing expansive theater, dance, and music programs, as well as one of the nation’s largest arts-education programs that reaches millions of people each year, and includes the VSA, the international organization on arts and disability. Known for emphasizing collaboration, innovation, and community engagement, Rutter will talk to Arts Program Director, Damian Woetzel, about how she intends to focus her experiences and enthusiasm toward a bright future for the Kennedy Center.

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Society of Fellows
November 19, 2014
Washington, DC
Center for Native American Youth

Chaske Spencer (Native American Actor, Twilight Saga and Winter in the Blood) and the Center for Native American Youth host a public event moderated by Former US Sen. Byron Dorgan entitled: “Native American Youth: Changing the Narrative” in discussion with experts: Jodi Gillette, Standing Rock Sioux, special assistant to the president for Native American Affairs; Val Davidson, Yup’ik, Indian health advocate and parent; and Littlebear Sanchez, Lipan/Mescalero Apache Nation, Native youth.

Native American youth are too often overlooked in the national dialogue and continue to be misrepresented by negative, race-based stereotypes. In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, the Center for Native American Youth will highlight priorities for and perspectives on racial equity — including those from Native young people themselves — to inspire policymakers, foundations and other advocates to make Native youth a priority. The panel discussion will be moderated by US Sen. Byron Dorgan (ret.) and feature actor Chaske Spencer, a Native youth, and national leaders who are advocating for equity and changing the way the world views tribal nations.

About the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY):

Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan, CNAY is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. The goal of CNAY is to bring greater national attention to the issues facing Native American youth, and to foster solutions. Visit www.cnay.org to learn more.

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Society of Fellows
November 19, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

This four-week series is designed as a forum for community members to gain insight into specific issues facing our society today, as well as research viable solutions to these issues. 
The topics to be covered are Surveillance; Alternative College Funding; Electoral Redistricting; and Designer Babies. The pace of technological innovation presents opportunities for advancement across a broad spectrum but, at the same time, presents issues that defy ready solutions. What new ideas and innovations could steer our society in a new direction, for better or for worse?

Each Wednesday for four weeks, participants will gather for a robust, in-depth conversation delving into each topic. The format will include brief readings, tutorials and moderated round table discussions.

This week's topic is Electoral Redistricting.

Fee: $99, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Registration is now open.

Seed funding was used to launch the first year of this program. To make future years possible, we will be seeking sponsors for the program.

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November 20, 2014 - November 22, 2014
Cordoba , Spain

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Society of Fellows
November 20, 2014
Washington D.C., DC, United States

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, discussing her latest book “The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong” (PublicAffairs). 

About the Book:

Building resilience—the ability to bounce back more quickly and effectively—is an urgent social and economic issue. Our interconnected world is susceptible to sudden and dramatic shocks and stresses: a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a structural failure, a violent storm, a civil disturbance, an economic blow. Through an astonishing range of stories, Judith Rodin shows how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges. As we grow more adept at managing disruption and more skilled at resilience-building, Rodin reveals how we are able to create and take advantage of new economic and social opportunities that offer us the capacity to recover after catastrophes and grow strong in times of relative calm.

(Amazon)

About the Author:

Judith Rodin has been president of The Rockefeller Foundation since 2005. She was previously president of University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University. Rodin was the first woman to lead an Ivy League institution and the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation’s president in its nearly 100-year history. She was one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York three years in a row and one of Forbes’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Rodin serves on the boards of Citigroup, Laureate Education, Comcast, and the White House Council for Community Solutions. Read More

Society of Fellows
November 20, 2014
Queenstown, MD

This event is by invitation only.

Dr. Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow, Project Hope and former Head of Medicare/Medicaid  in conversation about the changing face of US health care — the Affordable Care Act, specialty drugs, and more.

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Aspen Wye Fellows
November 20, 2014
Queenstown, MD

Open to Aspen Wye Fellows only.

Dr. Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow of Project Hope, directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs as the Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration with an annual budget of $200 billion and a staff of 4,200. She has also chaired numerous national advisory boards and commissions focused on health care issues. At Project Hope, she develops and analyzes policies relating to health care and the economy, serves as an advisor to government and the private sector, and writes and speaks about policies and politics of health care reform.

Dr. Wilensky will discuss a broad range of issues regarding the U.S. health care system including the Affordable Care Act, infectious diseases, the emergence of high cost specialty drugs, the rising cost of health care, and the unavailability of quality medical care in many parts of rural America. Read More

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