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Society of Fellows
December 30, 2013 - June 10, 2015
Aspen , CO

This exhibition of posters provides an overview of the design work of Herbert Bayer from the Bauhaus through his tenure in Colorado, and includes posters he designed for his own exhibitions, European posters, advertising posters, and images that Bayer produced while living and working in Aspen. "Herbert Bayer: Posters" is on loan from John Schaefer of Peyton Wright Gallery and Hugo Anderson.

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April 30, 2015 - May 30, 2015
Economic Opportunities Program

About this Webinar:

Skills for America's Future (SAF) has been committed to the notion that greater cooperation between educators and employers will better produce a workforce with the skills that businesses need. Skills for Chicagoland's Future (SCF) the first local adaption of the SAF concept, has successfully addressed this need on a regional basis. They have even developed a playbook that can help other cities and regions that would like to proceed similarly. This webinar highlights SCF's activities and playbook resource.


Scheduled presenters include:

Allison Ryan Angeloni, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF)

Marie Trzupek Lynch Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF)

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Aspen Global Leadership Network
May 2, 2015 - May 8, 2015
Wye River, MD

The Aspen Seminar is a seven-day seminar that gives the Fellows the opportunity to explore the concept of “the good society” and their leadership role in making it a reality. Fellows present and discuss prospectuses for their leadership projects.

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

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Society of Fellows
May 2, 2015 - May 8, 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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Society of Fellows
May 4, 2015
Washington, DC
Justice and Society Program

Advocates for same-sex marriage turned public opinion in states around the nation — as measured by polls and in voting booths —with astonishing rapidity. At the same time, litigation in the Proposition 8 cases in California made a powerful rights argument for marriage equality. How that two-pronged approach to change-making was used, and how it is being studied by other advocates, will be the topic of a panel discussion that marks the release of Professor Kenji Yoshino’s new book, "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial."

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Society of Fellows
May 6, 2015
Washington, DC
Communications and Society Program

Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), will discuss his new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions, which highlights visionaries from across disciplines who propose solutions to the large-scale invasions of privacy of the digital age. Panelists include chapter authors Deborah Peel, founder & chair, Patient Privacy Rights, and Pablo Molina, chief information officer at the Association of American Law Schools. Moderated by Hayley Tsukayama, Technology Reporter, The Washington Post. Lunch will be served and books will be available for purchase.

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Society of Fellows
May 6, 2015
Washington , DC
Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century

*This event is by invitation only.

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Society of Fellows
May 6, 2015
Washington, DC
Initiative on Financial Security

American families are facing a deepening retirement crisis, with nearly two thirds reporting that they have less than $25,000 in savings, and more than one third reporting less than $1,000 ― amounts that fall far short of what families will need to maintain their standard of living. One of the main forces driving the savings gap is the fact that half of all US households lack access to retirement plans at work, which research has clearly demonstrated is the best way to build sufficient savings and ensure a secure retirement.

Options for Expanding Retirement Coverage: Critical Issues for Reforming the Tax Code will feature welcoming remarks from Chairman Orrin Hatch on the role of retirement savings in the debate on tax reform, and a host of noted retirement experts from diverse perspectives in two panel discussions: the first will explore the causes of the retirement coverage gap and its impact on working families; the second will focus on an emerging consensus around solutions that have the potential to expand retirement savings for millions of American families.

Featured Participants:

  • David Buchholz, Assistant Director, Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
  • The Honorable Phil English, Senior Government Relations Advisor, Arent Fox
  • Mark Iwry, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Treasury
  • David John, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP
  • John J. Kalamarides, Senior Vice President for Institutional Investment Solutions, Prudential
  • Jeremie Greer, Vice President for Policy & Research, CFED
  • Judy Miller, Executive Director of Retirement Policy at the American Retirement Association
  • Ida Rademacher, Executive Director, Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security
  • Cy Richardson, Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing, National Urban League
  • Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, NCLR
  • Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President for Policy, AARP
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May 11, 2015 - May 12, 2015
Washington , DC
Latinos and Society Program

*This event was by invitation only.

This event featured conversations on innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusion, and leadership.


  • Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
  • Donald Graham, CEO and Chairman, Graham Holdings Company Officer
  • Cesar Conde, Executive Vice President, NBC Universal
  • Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
  • Monica Lozano, Chair, The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program
  • Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Vice President, Executive Director, The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program
  • Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
  • Jorge Benitez, Retired CEO Accenture North America
  • Tanya Menendez, Co-Founder and CMO, Maker’s Row
  • Ricardo Garcia Amaya, founder of VOIQ (Mobile On-Demand Call Center)
  • Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, Founder and CEO of DREAMers RoadMap
  • Mariana Atencio, Special Correspondent, Fusion
  • Diana Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • Henry Cisneros, Founder, The Cisneros Center for New Americans
  • Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Bertha Coombs, Reporter, CNBC
  • Mark Contreras, CEO, Calkins Media Incorporated 
  • Kevin de Leon, California Senate President pro Tempore John Deasy, Superintendent in Residence, The Broad Academy
  • Gloria Perez, President & CEO, Jeremiah Program
  • Lisette Nieves, Education Entrepreneur, Partner Lingo Ventures

For more information please contact Sarah Alvarez,

The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program aims to create a non-partisan platform for public programming, policy convenings and leadership development with a distinct focus on bridging the emerging Hispanic growth and influence in the US with the broader American society.

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Society of Fellows
May 13, 2015 - May 14, 2015
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only. 

Almost 50 years ago, our nation made a seminal commitment to children and families with the launch of Project Head Start. We are learning more every day about what accelerates children and families toward educational achievement and economic security, and we see opportunities for innovation and burgeoning political will in every community across the United States.

Please join us for this timely forum. We will convene a diverse circle of leaders for a series of conversations that highlight emerging themes for bold advances in the field of early childhood development. The forum includes insights from historians, experts in early care and education, practitioners, parents, policymakers, and philanthropists from across the nation. Special guests include:

  • Roberto Rodriguez, deputy assistant to the President for education
  • Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author of "The Fierce Urgency of Now"
  • Blanca Enriquez, director, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Wendy Jackson, deputy director, community development, Detroit, Kresge Foundation
  • Rory Sipp, executive director, Acelero Learning
  • Andi Phillips, vice president, urban investments group, Goldman Sachs
  • Celinda Lake, founder and president, Lake Research Partners

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Society of Fellows
May 14, 2015
Wye River, MD

Open to Aspen Wye Fellows only. Society of Fellows members are also welcome to attend. 

What happens when you cross a jazz performer with a music professor/composer with a revolutionary college president? Dr. Jose’ Antonio Bowen, the President of Goucher College, is the result — one of the most transformational educators in the world.

Dr. Bowen holds four degrees from Stanford University — a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, a Master of Arts in music composition, a Master of Arts in humanities, and a joint Ph.D. in musicology and humanities. He has taught jazz, music, performing arts and composition at the University of Southhampton, England; Stanford University, Georgetown University, Miami University and Southern Methodist University. He has performed for some 35 years with jazz icons including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck and Liberace, and has recorded  with the Jose’ Bowen Quartet and written widely on musical topics. A symphony he composed was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Bowen is also a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom. His books — “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning” and “Transforming the University: Learning for Change” — are revolutionizing how teachers think about education. Bowen also has a TED talk on Beethoven as Bill Gates. Don’t miss this “Renaissance Man” discussing a new approach to educating today’s youth.

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Society of Fellows
May 14, 2015
New York, NY
Aspen Words

*This event is by invitation only. 

On Thursday, May 14th, the Aspen New York Book Series will feature authors Meghan Daum, Phillip Lopate, and Clifford Thompson on “The Art of the Essay."

Meghan Daum is an author, essayist and editor. She has been a columnist for The Los Angeles Times since 2005, and has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and Vogue. She is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays "The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion." She was recently named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and she is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Phillip Lopate is an essayist, fiction writer, poet, film critic and teacher. Among his many publications include three personal essay collections, two novels, three poetry collections, three novellas and a memoir of his teaching experiences. His writing has appeared in periodicals and anthologies including "The Best American Short Stories," "The Best American Essays," several Pushcart Prize annuals, The Paris Review, Esquire, Film Comment, The Threepenny Review, The New York Times, Harvard Educational Review, and Preservation. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. His most recent collection of essays "Portraits Inside My Head: Essays" was published in 2013. He is currently the director of Columbia University’s graduate non-fiction program.

Clifford Thompson received a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction in 2013 for "Love for Sale and Other Essays." His essays on books, film, jazz, and American identity have appeared in publications including The Threepenny Review, The Iowa Review, Oxford American, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Black Issues Book Review. He served as the editor of Current Biography, and he has held adjunct professorships at Columbia University and New York University. His memoir, "Twin of Blackness," will be released in July.  

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Society of Fellows
May 15, 2015
Washington , DC
Citizenship and American Identity Program

Please join Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling professor of law, Yale Law School in conversation with 

Eric Liu, executive director, Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Identity Program.

Renowned legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar will discuss his new book, "The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic."

From Kennebunkport to Kauai, from the Rio Grande to the Northern Rockies, ours is a vast republic. While we may be united under one Constitution, separate and distinct states remain, each with its own constitution and culture. "The Law of the Land" illuminates our nation’s history and politics, and shows how America’s various local parts fit together to form a grand federal framework.

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Society of Fellows
May 16, 2015
Washington, DC
Aspen Institute Arts Program

"I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for our victories or defeats in battle or politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit."
 -President John F. Kennedy

Drawing on the Kennedy Center's national artistic prominence and the Aspen Institute's thought leadership, this Summit will identify how the arts should move forward in addressing the issues that we face in our society today.

The Arts Summit will feature conversations, live performances, town hall style debates, and discussions with artists, innovative thinkers, and policy leaders. We will focus on race, education, technology, and free speech, envisioning a road forward for the arts in these areas.


The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose, and is a test of the quality of a nation's civilization."
 -President John F. Kennedy

David Brooks, Johnny Gandelsman, Howard Gardner, Walter Isaacson, Maz Jobrani, Alan Kay, Spike Lee, Kate Levin, Sarah Lewis, Eric Liu, David Rubenstein, Deborah Rutter, Michael Sandel, Split This Rock DC, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Darren Walker, Damian Woetzel, Alfre Woodard, Beau Willimon, Camille Zamora, and Ai Weiwei (via video)

Betsy DeVos, Summit Chair

Summit Co-Directors: Deborah Rutter & Damian Woetzel

Additional Participants to be announced.

We hope you will join us for Arts Summit 2015. Your participation will play an essential role in finding and furthering our purpose: to explore the ways the arts can both progress and make progress, by facing the important issues we contend with as a nation.

Summit Registration (9:00am – 5:00pm, with lunch) is $200. To RSVP, please call 202.416.8394 or email

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Society of Fellows
May 16, 2015 - May 22, 2015

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.

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Society of Fellows
May 18, 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
May 20, 2015
New York, NY

*This event is by invitation only.

On May 20,  the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic and will kick off our fourth New York Ideas 2015: Chasing Tomorrow

This year, we will be devoted to highlighting the biggest people, ideas and trends that will change the future. Exploring the possibilities that charm and challenge human intelligence and ingenuity, this year's festival will investigate how today's questions become tomorrow's answers. From how digital and social networks have changed communication habits and the rise of breakthrough female writers in Hollywood, to the development of the creative class and how robots will change how we live, join us as we pause and ask: Where, exactly, are we going?


What: New York Ideas, presented by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 9 a.m.--5 p.m. (Registration: 8 - 9 a.m.; cocktails: 5 - 6 p.m.)

Where: Center548, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

How: Click here to RSVP

Underwriters for the festival include the Walton Family Foundation and AbilTo at the presenting level, American Federation of Teachers and Doblin at the supporting level, and The Coca-Cola Company at the contributing level. 


9:00 am: Welcome Remarks

Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE @ATLANTIC_LIVE 

9:05 am: Interview

Eva Moskowitz, Founder and CEO, Success Academy Charter Schools @MOSKOWITZEVA

Interviewer: Amanda Ripley, Author, "The Smartest Kids In The World" @AMANDARIPLEY

9:25 am: Interview

Adam Weinberg, Director, The Whitney Museum @WHITNEYMUSEUM

Interviewer: Nicolai Ouroussoff, Architectural Critic and Author

9:40 am: Interview

Cynthia Breazeal, Founder and Chief Science Officer, Jibo, Inc/Associate Professor, MIT @CYNTHIABREAZEAL

Eric Horvitz, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Microsoft Redmond Research Lab @ERICHORVITZ

Interviewer: Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic @KELLYMARYLOUISE

10:05 am: Interview

Steve Bock, CEO, Shinola Detroit @SHINOLA

Interviewer: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic @SCCLEMONS 

10:20 am: Ideas Out Loud

Gabrielle Glaser, Author, “Her Best-Kept Secret” @GABRIELLEGLASER

10:30 am: Marketplace Perspective

Michael Laskoff, Founder and CEO, AbilTo @ABILTO

10:35 am: Interview

Sean Rad, Founder and President, Tinder @SEANRAD

Interviewer: James Bennet, Co-President and Editor in Chief, The Atlantic @JBENNET 

10:55 am: Break

featuring a musical showcase by the MATA Festival. @MATAFESTIVAL 

11:10 am: Welcome Back

Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE @ATLANTIC_LIVE

Marc Sternberg, Director, K12 Education Program @WALTONFAMILYFDN

11:15 am: Interview

David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times @NYTDAVIDBROOKS

Interviewer: Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic@JEFFREYGOLDBERG 

11:30 am: Interview

Stephen Schwarzman, Co-Founder and Chairman, Blackstone @BLACKSTONE

Interviewer: Steven Rattner, Chairman of Willett Advisors LLC and Economic Analyst, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” @STEVERATTNER 

11:50 am: Interview

Dave Gilboa, Co-Founder and CEO, Warby Parker @DAVEGILBOA

Interviewer: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic @DKTHOMP

12:05 pm: Ideas Out Loud

Amanda Ripley, Author, “The Smartest Kids in the World” @AMANDARIPLEY

12:20 pm: Interview [VIA SKYPE]

Ava DuVernay, Director, Selma @AVAETC

Interviewer: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic@SCCLEMONS 

12:30-1:25pm LUNCH BREAK 

1:25 pm: Welcome Back

Jamie Miller, Vice President and Director of Public Programs, The Aspen Institute @ASPENINSTITUTE 

1:30 pm: Interview

Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentaries @HBODOCS

Interviewer: Willie Geist, Co-Anchor, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” @WILLIEGEIST

1:55 pm: Interview

Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Correspondent, The Atlantic @TANEHISICOATES

Michele Norris, Host and Special Correspondent, NPR @MICHELE_NORRIS 

2:15 pm: Interview

William Bratton, Commissioner, New York Police Department @NYPDNEWS

Interviewer: James Bennet, Co-President and Editor in Chief, The Atlantic @JBENNET 

2:40 pm: Interview

Andrea Elliott, Author and Investigative Reporter, The New York Times@ANDREAFELLIOTT

Faith Hester, Humanities Teacher, Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts

Interviewer: Michele Norris, Host and Special Correspondent, NPR @MICHELE_NORRIS

3:05 pm: Break

Featuring music by “You Bred Raptors?” @YOUBREDRAPTORS

3:20 pm: Interview

Sana Amanat, Editor, Marvel Entertainment @MINIB622

Interviewer: Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Correspondent, The Atlantic @TANEHISICOATES

3:45 pm: Interview

Ella Watson-Stryker, Health Promoter, Doctors Without Borders USA @MSF_USA

Interviewer: Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic@KELLYMARYLOUISE

4:00 pm: Interview

Yancey Strickler, Founder and CEO, Kickstarter @YSTRICKLER

Interviewer: Hanna Rosin, National Correspondent, The Atlantic@HANNAROSIN

4:20 pm: Interview

Alex White, Co-Founder and CEO, Next Big Sound @MRALEXWHITE

Interviewer: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic @DKTHOMP 

4:40 pm: Interview

Alison Bechdel, Author, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” @ALISONBECHDEL

Lisa Kron, Lyrics and Book, “Fun Home: The Musical” @KRONLISA

Jeanine Tesori, Music, “Fun Home: The Musical” @JEANINETESORI

Interviewer: Hanna Rosin, National Correspondent, The Atlantic@HANNAROSIN 

5:00 pm: Parting Thoughts

Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE @ATLANTIC_LIVE

5:00-6:00 pm: Rooftop Reception


10:05 am: Kick Off Remarks

Host: Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic@KELLYMARYLOUISE 

10:10 am: Interview

Christene Barberich, Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29 @REFINERY29

Piera Gelardi, Executive Creative Director, Refinery29 @REFINERY29

Interviewer: Jenni Avins, Lifestyle Reporter, Quartz @JENNIAVINS

10:25 am: Interview

Daniel Lubetzky, Founder and CEO, KIND @DANLUB

Interviewer: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic@SCCLEMONS

10:40 am: Interview

Christopher Gavigan, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, The Honest Company @CHRISTOPHER_GAV

Interviewer: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic@SCCLEMONS

10:55 am: Break

featuring a musical showcase by the MATA Festival. @MATAFESTIVAL

11:10 am: Ideas Out Loud

Andy Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times @REVKIN

11:20 am: Interview

Jonelle Procope, President and CEO, The Apollo Theater @JONELLEPROCOPE

Interviewer: Deborah Roberts, Correspondent, ABC News @DEBROBERTSABC

11:40 am: Interview

Michael Kimmel, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, Stony Brook University @CENTERFORMANDM

Interviewer: Jessica Bennett, Contributing Editor, @JESS7BENNETT

11:55 am: Ideas Out Loud

Vin Cipolla, Board President, Municipal Art Society of New York @MASNYC

Carol Coletta, Board Director, Municipal Art Society of New York @CCOLETTA

12:10 pm: Ideas Out Loud

Antonio Galloni, Wine Critic and Founder, Vinous Media @ANTONIOGALLONI

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Society of Fellows
May 20, 2015
New York, NY

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us for an SOF Vanguard Chapter Discussion Reception featuring Jake Sullivan, former director of policy planning for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current member of the US delegation on the Iran nuclear negotiations, in conversation with SOF member Andrew Klaber, an investor at Paulson & Company and founder of Even Ground.

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Society of Fellows
May 21, 2015
Washington , DC
Forum for Community Solutions

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, Center for Community Change, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, and the Vera Institute of Justice invite you to a leadership and conversation on the mass incarceration crisis. 

We are at a pivotal moment. Supporters of mass incarceration have argued that locking people away is needed to fight crime, but the imprisonment rate has climbed regardless of fluctuations in crime rates, giving the United States the highest incarceration rates in the world. The current revolving door system has done little rehabilitate men and women; tearing families and leaving communities no safer.

This event will bring together policy, system and community leaders for a critical conversation on the history and impact of mass incarceration and the strategies to end it. Designed for an audience of legislative, policy and advocacy leaders, we expect the event to serve as a powerful catalyst to action on this urgent issue. 

Panelists include:

  • Bill Keller, editor-in-chief, Marshall Project
  • Marc Levin, policy director, Right on Crime
  • Danielle Sered, director, Common Justice Program, Vera Institute for Justice
  • Nick Turner, president and director, Vera Institute for Justice
  • John Wetzel, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

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Society of Fellows
May 21, 2015
San Francisco, CA

*This event is by invitation only.

These evening seminars are a way to connect with the Aspen Institute, Aspen Seminar Alumni, Socrates Alumni, SOF members, and to meet new friends in the San Francisco area. They are typically hosted in a home or organization’s space and include a reception followed by a text-based dialogue discussion of selected topics and readings among the participants and led by an Aspen Seminar moderator. Read More

May 21, 2015
Geneva, Switzerland
Aspen Global Health and Development

Watch the live web cast for the 2015 Resolve Award Ceremony here:

The 2015 Resolve Award winners make strides toward universal access to reproductive health:

Senegal is the winner of the 2015 Resolve Award for Service Delivery. The country is revolutionizing the availability and supply of contraceptives with its Informed Push Model of distribution. Informed Push uses techniques borrowed from the commercial sector to eliminate inventory stockouts and ensure that women have access to a consistent, reliable supply of family planning products. Development of the system was led by the Ministry of Health, which collaborated with a range of public and private partners to build a robust, sustainable program. The success in Senegal has been dramatic—with stockout frequencies reduced from 80 percent to less than 10 percent—and is already serving as a model for other countries in the region. 

The 2015 Resolve Award for Policy Development recognizes the Philippines for its game-changing transformations in the political and regulatory environment for reproductive health. The country’s newly enacted reproductive health law is the result of a 13-year campaign to establish a national reproductive rights and health framework, despite a difficult political climate. The successful culmination of this effort, which was supported by a broad consortium of civil society advocates and government leaders, heralds a new era in health and rights for all Filipinos. 

Uruguay is being honored with a 2015 Resolve Award Special Mention for a sharp reduction in maternal deaths. Their approach expanded access to post-abortion care, including providing counseling and access to family planning. Uruguay has reached a MCPR of 75 percent. 


  • Kate Gilmore, Deputy Executive Director, Programme, United Nations Population Fund
  • Dr. Marleen Temmerman, Director, Family, Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization
  • Her Excellency Pamela Hamamoto, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva
  • Peggy Clark, Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development; Vice President of Policy Programs, the Aspen Institute
  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, Maternal and Child Survival Coordinator, United States Agency for International Development

Award Recipients: 

  • His Excellency Ricardo González Arenas, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva 
  • Senator Pia S. Cayetano, the Philippines
  • His Excellency Bassirou Sene, Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva

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Society of Fellows
May 27, 2015
Basalt, CO
Aspen Words

Critically-acclaimed YA author, Jandy Nelson, is spending May in the Roaring Fork Valley as a Writer in Residence with Aspen Words. Her book "I'll Give You the Sun" won the 2015 Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

Come listen to Nelson share insights about this stunning novel and her life as a writer. We’ll be giving away free copies of "I'll Give You the Sun" as part of our “Catch & Release” program. Books are limited, so come early for the talk, and stay for the book signing!

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Society of Fellows
May 27, 2015
New York, NY

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

Please join us for a Society of Fellows Discussion Reception featuring Ken Davis, president and CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System, in conversation with Eric Schadt, professor and chair of genetics and genomic sciences, and director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at the Mount Sinai Health System.

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Society of Fellows
May 28, 2015
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Nora Pouillon, local DC chef, restaurateur and organic foods pioneer discussing her new memoir My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today (Knopf). 

About My Organic Life:
A wonderfully engaging memoir from the woman who founded America’s first certified organic restaurant, My Organic Life is the story of an unheralded culinary pioneer who made it her mission to bring delicious, wholesome foods to the American table.

While growing up on a farm in the Austrian Alps and later in Vienna, Nora Pouillon was surrounded by fresh and delicious foods. So when she and her French husband moved to Washington, D.C., in the 1960s, she was horrified to discover a culinary culture dominated by hormone-bloated meat and unseasonal vegetables. The distance between good, healthy produce and what even the top restaurants were serving was vast, and Nora was determined to bridge that gap.

First as a cooking teacher, then as a restaurant owner, and eventually as the country’s premier organic restaurateur, she charted a path that forever changed our relationship with what we eat. Since it opened in 1979, her eponymous restaurant has been a hot spot for reporters, celebrities, and politicians—from Jimmy Carter to the Obamas—alike. Along the way, Nora redefined what food could be, forging close relationships with local producers and launching initiatives to take the organic movement mainstream.

As much the story of America’s postwar culinary history as it is a memoir, My Organic Life encompasses the birth of the farm-to-table movement, the proliferation of greenmarkets across the country, and the evolution of the chef into social advocate. Spanning the last forty years of our relationship with food, My Organic Life is the deeply personal, powerfully felt story of the organic revolution—by the unlikely heroine at its forefront.

About the Author:
Nora Pouillon is a pioneer and champion of organic, environmentally conscious cuisine. Born in Vienna, Austria, Nora came to the United States in the late 1960s. She was shocked to discover the processed, chemical-laden foods Americans were eating, which she realized contributed to their health problems. That’s when she embarked on her crusade to promote a healthier lifestyle. Read More

May 28, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Aspen, CO
Energy and Environment Program

The Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions convene this Water Forum annually to address domestic water challenges in the 21st century with utility,

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