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Society of Fellows
February 2, 2015
Washington, DC, United States
Aspen Global Health and Development

The challenges involved in developing, introducing, and scaling global health innovations are innumerable. A bevy of activities are required, across many countries, and with many actors (donors, implementing partners, ministries of health, and manufacturers, to name a few), making coordination and efficient execution a tricky proposition.
 To bring added clarity to the delivery planning process—and ensure we are applying best practices to our work—USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII) developed IDEA to IMPACT: A Guide to Introduction and Scale of Global Health Innovations. This Guide, along with its companion Toolkit, identifies and illustrates priority activities to help practitioners think through, plan, and execute the many steps needed to ensure successful launch and scale from bench to bedside. The Guide provides context through examples, and offers a growing set of tools that can help users put these activities into practice. 
CII, along with PATH and The Aspen Institute, invite you to join us on February 2nd at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC for a discussion of IDEA to IMPACT and how we can practically put its principles to use.


Featuring:

Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President, Becton, Dickinson & Co.

Krista Donaldson, CEO, D-Rev

Robert Fabricant, Co-Founder & Principal, Design Impact Group, Dalberg
David Milestone, Senior Advisor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID
Steve Brooke, Commercialization Advisor, PATH

Hosted by:

Peggy Clark, Executive Director of Global Health and Development, The Aspen Institute

Wendy Taylor, Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID

Timing:

4:00 - 4:30pm: Registration

4:30 - 5:45 pm: Panel Discussion

5:45 - 6:30 pm: Reception

Interested in the event, but unable to attend? Visit www.aspeninstitute.org/live to watch a live webcast of the panel discussion.

 

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Society of Fellows
February 3, 2015
Washington , DC, United States

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City Department of Education, discussing his latest memoir "Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools" (HarperCollins).

About the Book:
In this revealing and provocative memoir, the former chancellor of the New York City schools offers the behind-the-scenes story of the city’s dramatic campaign to improve public education and an inspiring blueprint for national reform.

In 2002 New York City’s newly elected mayor, Michael Bloomberg, made a historic announcement: his administration had won control of the city’s school system in a first step toward reversing its precipitous decline. In a controversial move, he appointed Joel Klein, an accomplished lawyer from outside the education establishment, to lead this ambitious campaign. 

Lessons of Hope is Klein’s inside account of his eight-year mission of improvement: demanding accountability, eliminating political favoritism, and battling a powerful teachers union that seemed determined to protect a status quo that didn’t work for kids. Klein’s initiatives resulted in more school choice, higher graduation rates, and improved test scores. The New York City model is now seen as a national standard for meaningful school reform. But the journey was not easy. Klein faced resistance and conflict at every turn.

Lessons of Hope lays bare the problems plaguing public education and shows how they can be solved. At its core lies Klein’s personal story: his humble upbringing in Brooklyn and Queens, and the key role that outstanding public school teachers played in nurturing his success. Engaging and illuminating, Lessons of Hope is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of American public education.

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About the Author:
Joel Klein served as chancellor of the New York City Department of Education from 2002 to 2011. Earlier in his career, he served as U.S. assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, deputy White House counsel during the Clinton administration, and CEO of the U.S. headquarters of Bertelsmann. He currently serves as executive vice president at News Corporation and CEO of its education division, Amplify. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nicole Seligman. Read More

Society of Fellows
February 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 Privacy in the Digital Age. 

The idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age, as has the idea of privacy “harm.” Fearful of British spying, influence and intervention, the founding fathers granted citizens significant protections in the Constitution. Now, the tables have turned: Concerns about what some see as a U.S. “dragnet” and unwarranted privacy intrusions have compelled other countries to revamp their own privacy protections. Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.

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

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February 4, 2015 - February 8, 2015

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
February 4, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Great Books is currently full. If you're interested in joining the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.

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February 6, 2015

Above, watch the livestream of this event starting on Feb. 6th at 9AM.

Laureate International Universities, the Aspen Institute Mexico and the IDB are co-convening a solution-focused gathering that will seek to encourage a thoughtful discussion on how to create a more productive workforce in Mexico.

This year’s gathering comes at a critical time as Mexico’s Congress has passed 11 structural reforms over the past two years with to improve productivity and global competitiveness. With the stage set for change, now is the time to act. To support this effort, Laureate, the IDB and The Aspen Institute will bring together an intimate group of leaders to advance the discussion on this important issue.

Featured speakers include President Bill Clinton.

Visit http://mexicosummit.laureate.net/en/ for more information about this event. 

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Society of Fellows
February 6, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

The Hurst Lecture Series is generously underwritten by the Hurst Family Foundation and features talented, high-profile leaders in conversation for a public audience throughout the year in Aspen. 

This event will feature Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and three-term New York City mayor, in conversation with Jennifer Bradley, founding director of the new Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation. 

*Any unclaimed tickets will be sold at the door. The waitline begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Doerr-Hosier Center.

 

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Society of Fellows
February 7, 2015 - February 13, 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
February 9, 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
February 10, 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. 

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of "The Unwinding", which won the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction. His earlier book, "The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq", was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels, "The Half Man" and "Central Square", and two other works of nonfiction, "Blood of the Liberals", which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and "The Village of Waiting". His play, "Betrayed", ran off-Broadway for five months in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. He has contributed numerous articles, essays, and reviews to the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Harper’s and other publications.

“A brilliant and innovative book that transcends journalism to become literature.” 
— Bookforum (on "The Unwinding")

[The Unwinding] hums—with sorrow, with outrage and with compassion . . .” “[Packer has] written something close to a nonfiction masterpiece.” — Dwight Garner, The New York Times

More information - http://www.aspenwriters.org/winterwords/2015/home

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Society of Fellows
February 10, 2015
Aspen, CO

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 Sectarianism in the Middle East.

Many of the current conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi‘i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region and shows no signs of abating. But for all the religious discourse permeating the conflict, much of its roots are political, not religious. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How have governments manipulated sectarian differences? And finally, what is the U.S. doing about it?

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

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Society of Fellows
February 11, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Great Books is currently full. If you're interested in joining the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.

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

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us for a Society of Fellows Vanguard Chapter Discussion Reception featuring Eric Liu, the newly appointed director of the Institute’s new American Citizenship and Identity policy program. Read More

Socrates Program
February 13, 2015 - February 16, 2015
Aspen, CO

Weekend long seminars include roundtable discussion and outdoor activities.
Click here to view the agenda.
Click here to register! 

Who Is Us? Reimagining American Civic Identity; moderated by Eric Liu, author and Director of the Aspen Program on Citizenship and American Identity

From the start, the American project has been to create an unum greater than the sum of its pluribus parts. That project has never been more challenging -- or more full of promise. On the one hand, the market has relentlessly sliced us up into narrower demographic niches. We are fragmented. On the other hand, the burgeoning diversity of our people means that we now have an unprecedented opportunity to build a mass multicultural democratic republic -- one that can last. Can it be done? That is this generation's great question, and in this session of the Socrates Seminar, we will explore the ethical values, the cultural content, the constitutional creed, and the historical touchstones that must undergird a coherent American civic identity. Without whitewashing difference or downplaying unity, we will attempt to answer, in a capacious way, this nation's enduring question: Who is us?

Competition and Care: How can we strike a balance between work and family for women and men?; moderated by Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America Foundation and Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University

Competition and Care are two major drivers of human behavior that tap different parts of our nature and follow different logical progressions. Competition is about the self, achieving our personal goals and excelling individually; while care is about enabling others. Both provide deep satisfaction to both men and women; both have a place at home and in the workplace.

If women have moved from being confined entirely to the world of care to being both competitors and caregivers in various combinations, where does this leave men? Are men still stuck in a world where their self-worth is essentially measured by their ability to win? Are we all capable of providing care and still remaining competitive? Instead of trying to strike a balance between work and family, how can we strike a balance between competition and care for everyone?

Can Business Fix Government?, moderated by Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman of Global Banking, Citigroup

President Obama has placed private sector leaders such as Robert Mc Donald, Procter and Gamble, CEO in cabinet positions with a mission to overhaul agencies plagued with bureaucratic delays and other inefficiencies to help them improve the way they do business. Can business leaders apply strategies used in business to find success in repairing government? Can and should businesses lead where governments fail? Is there polarization between the two sectors and, if so, can this be repaired? Are there successful public-private partnerships in the US and abroad and if so in which sectors are they most likely to have success? This seminar will examine the relationships and responsibilities of business to government.

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February 14, 2015 - February 16, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

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Your Privacy - Your Rights?

In our digital world, the tension between our privacy and our rights is a matter that may be beyond our control. Should this change the way we live in the digital world? What are the ramifications? What are our rights? Constitutional expert Jeffrey Rosen will engage students in these questions, and an exploration of the changing landscape unfolding before us. How does the First Amendment Right to Free Speech relate to our digital lives? Should we all have the "Right to be Forgotten" on the Internet? This seminar will be a fascinating look at something students deal with every day. 

Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center. He is a professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he has taught since 1997, and is the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. He is 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 is a highly regarded journalist whose essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. He is the author of several books including his most recent, as co-editor, is Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School.
This three-day seminar convenes high school students (ages 15-17) on the Aspen Meadows campus of the Aspen Institute in Colorado, creating a forum in which students can gain insight into timely and important topics. Participants are moved to voice their own opinions, opening a lively dialogue in which diverse viewpoints are shared and valued.

Saturday, February 14

2:00-6:00pm – Seminar Session; 6:00pm – 7:30pm -- Group dinner

Sunday, February 15

2:00-6:00pm – Seminar Session; 6:00pm – 9:00pm – Group dinner

Monday, February 16

9:00am-12:00pm – Seminar Session

Fee: $425, includes all sessions, readings, light refreshments, and two dinners. 
Scholarships available.

The Teen Socrates Seminar is currently full. If you're interested in joining the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

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

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

Moderated by Monica Lozano, chair, Aspen Institute Latinos and Society policy program, and Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum.

This timely symposium will delve deeply into the trends, policy, and implications of charting America of the future. Over the course of three charged mornings, participants will explore the history, trends, and policies of U.S. immigration; the tension of state and federal actions; current and projected U.S. demographics, including the implications of globalization and integration; and citizenship and American identity. What are the implications for US competitiveness? How will the new demographics affect the political process? From language and assimilation to national identity, participants and moderators will explore the complexities and nuances of this timely issue. The roundtable format will feature readings, lecture, Q&A, and moderated discussion.

Please find the symposium agenda here

Opening reception followed by three half-day sessions.
Fee: $495 partipant; $250 auditor.

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Society of Fellows
February 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 India Changes Course.

Fed up with corruption, dynastic policies and ineffective public services, Indian voters catapulted Narenda Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the country's 2014 elections. For voters, Modi embodied real change and an India that wasn't stumbling, but running, to greatness. But for the US, change in India brings its own set of unknowns, heralding an age ruled by a prime minister new to national office and other policymakers who have been out of the public eye for a decade. Now, the US has to determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.

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

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February 18, 2015
Economic Opportunities Program

Skills for America's Future invites you to join Apprenticeship American-Style - a February 18th informational webinar.  Potential grantees for the US Department of Labor's (DOL) 

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February 18, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Great Books is currently full.

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Society of Fellows
February 19, 2015
Wye River, MD

Open only to Aspen Wye Fellows and Society of Fellows members.

Dr. Trita Parsi
Founder and president of the National Iranian American Council
“Iran’s Emerging Relationship with the United States”
February 19, 2015 • 5 PM • Houghton House • Queenstown, MD

Dr. Trita Parsi is the Founder and President of the National Iranian American Council, an organization founded to enable greater civic participation by the Iranian-American community and informed decision-making by governments. He is the author of “Treacherous Alliance” and “A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran.” Dr. Parsi is the 2010 winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Born in Iran, he moved to Sweden at age four with his family to escape the political repression in Iran where his father, an outspoken academic, was jailed by the Shah and by Ayatollah Khomeini. He earned Master’s degrees at both Uppsala University and Stockholm School of Economics, and a PhD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. At a time when the U.S. is having the most diplomatic dialogue with Iran in a generation, and in which Iran and the United States are both battling a co mmon enemy, ISIS, Dr. Parsi will speak with us about what the future holds for Iran – United States relations.

His book “A Single Roll of the Dice” will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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February 23, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Featuring Deb Palmieri, a specialist on Russian/Soviet business, economic and foreign policy affairs for more than 25 years and Honorary Consul General of Russia in Colorado, who will discuss key issues pertaining to the Ukrainian crisis, including two distinct narratives on the origins, cause and responsibility for why it happened. Why do the U.S. and Russia have differing interpretations? What sparked civil war in Ukraine? How to assess and interpret the Ukraine crisis, and what are the implications for U.S.-Russian relations in the future? Has Obama's policy towards Russia succeeded? She will also include discussion of the dynamics in Russia today, including economic and political assessments and Putin's future. What lies ahead for Russia and for U.S.-Russian relations?

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. 

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Society of Fellows
February 23, 2015
Houston, TX

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us for a Society of Fellows Discussion Reception in Houston featuring Chris Gergen, Senior Advisor to the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation.

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Society of Fellows
February 23, 2015
New York, NY

The New York Book Series will featuring Steven Brill discussing his latest book America’s Bitter Pill: How Obamacare Proves That Our System is Broken.

Steven Brill is a journalist, author and founder of Court TV, The American Lawyer Magazine, Journalism Online, and The Yale Journalism Initiative. His articles have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Esquire, New York Magazine, and Harpers. Brill’s books include New York Times’ bestseller The Teamsters, Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools, and AFTER: How America Confronted the September 12th Era.

 

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Society of Fellows
February 24, 2015
Washington , DC
Center for Native American Youth

The Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth will present the 2015 Champions of Change leaders.

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February 24, 2015
San Francisco, CA, United States

Artificial Intelligence: Hype vs Reality

Featuring Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist, Baidu Research; Associate Professor, Stanford; Chairman and Co-Founder, Coursera in conversation with Alexis Madrigal, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, Fusion

Made possible by a generous donation from Aspen Institute Trustee Diane L. Morris, this series brings the mission and work of the Institute to an invited group of supporters, friends, and new audiences in the San Francisco area. The Series addresses innovation and technology with an underlying theme of leadership based on enduring values and nonpartisan exchange. Read More

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