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Aspen Community Programs, Public Event, Society of Fellows
February 2, 2016
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is The Rise of ISIS. Born out of an umbrella organization of Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) burst onto the international stage after it seized Falluja in December 2013. Since then, the group has seized control of a number of critical strongholds in the country and declared itself a caliphate, known as the Islamic State. Still, the question remains: What is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to U.S. interests? Read More

Aspen Community Programs, Public Event, Society of Fellows
February 3, 2016
Aspen, CO

In 1947, two educators at the University of Chicago, Robert Maynard Hutchins, president of the university, and Professor Mortimer J. Adler, established the Great Books Foundation to draw together passionate readers to meet and talk about enduring issues and ideas. Three years later, these gentlemen joined Walter Paepcke to form the Aspen Institute. Today, the Great Books program remains integrally linked to the ideals of the Aspen Institute.  This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. This year’s series, titled “The Individual and Society,” will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others.

Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series. Pete spent 15 years studying with Mortimer Adler and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989.

The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Books is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email zoe.brown@aspeninst.org
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Society of Fellows
February 5, 2016
Washington, DC
Justice and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

The plight of Syrian and other refugees fleeing conflicts raging in the Middle East pulls at the conscience of the world, but responses within European receiving nations—and potential receiving nations like the US—have been uneven, punctuated by fear and nativism. Comparisons to the Second World War are inevitable. Yet the international conventions and institutions that grew out of that conflict appear fragile in our current crisis. Nations have a responsibility to protect civilians in wartime, but what are the parameters of that responsibility, and what happens when those efforts fail—is there an obligation to resettle? To repatriate? In the current political climate, what are the prospects for a just, humane, and practical resolution of the crisis?

A lunchtime panel featuring:

His Excellency Antonio de Aguiar Patriota
Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations

The Honorable Alexander Aleinikoff
Former Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR

Mr. Mark Lagon
President of Freedom House

Moderated by:
Jacqueline Bhabha
Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

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Aspen Community Programs
February 8, 2016
Aspen, CO

This seminar explores several vectors of the human journey in search of meaning. The curriculum comprises three, three-month thematic modules: The Journey Inwards, The Journey Outwards, The Journey Upwards. These modules will be anchored by plays and sonnets from William Shakespeare while additionally drawing upon texts from the ancient to the contemporary—companions helping us navigate the choppy waters of our own values and beliefs.

Dates and Times: Monday nights from 6:30–9:00 p.m. October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13.

Fee: $225 includes all sessions, reading materials and refreshments. 

Athens to Aspen is now full. 

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Society of Fellows
February 9, 2016
San Francisco, CA

*This event is by invitation only.

Featuring Alec Ross, one of America’s leading experts on innovation, in conversation with Charlie Firestone, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. Alec served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role that earned him a Distinguished Honor Award from the State Department. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders. Alec will discuss his book The Industries of the Future, which examines what’s next for the world: the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years, and how we can navigate them.

Light refreshments will be served. As with all discussion receptions, space is limited. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience.

This Bay Area-based discussion reception series, featuring regular events throughout the year, is generously underwritten by Bonnie and Tom McCloskey and by Devon and Michael Karpowicz. 

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Aspen Community Programs, Public Event, Society of Fellows
February 9, 2016
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is Migration. As a record number of migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea to find refuge in Europe, the continent is struggling to come up with an adequate response. Although Europe’s refugees are largely fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa, their struggle is hardly unique. Today, with the number of displaced people is at an all-time high, a number of world powers find themselves facing a difficult question: How can they balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolve these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons? Read More

Aspen Community Programs, Public Event, Society of Fellows
February 10, 2016
Aspen, CO, United States

In 1947, two educators at the University of Chicago, Robert Maynard Hutchins, president of the university, and Professor Mortimer J. Adler, established the Great Books Foundation to draw together passionate readers to meet and talk about enduring issues and ideas. Three years later, these gentlemen joined Walter Paepcke to form the Aspen Institute. Today, the Great Books program remains integrally linked to the ideals of the Aspen Institute.  This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. This year’s series, titled “The Individual and Society,” will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others.

Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series. Pete spent 15 years studying with Mortimer Adler and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989.

The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Books is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email zoe.brown@aspeninst.org

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Society of Fellows
February 11, 2016
Aspen, CO

*This event is by invitation only. 

The Sharing Economy: We were always taught, as children, to share. But is the "shared economy" worth celebrating or condemning? With the emergence of Uber and AirBnB, what does the future of a shared economy look like? What does it mean for employment? How does it change the meaning of ownership? And what about privacy and security concerns?  Andrew Ross Sorkin will explore the burgeoning shared economy, its future and its implications for society.

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Socrates Program
February 12, 2016 - February 15, 2016
Aspen, CO

Join us for a weekend long seminars include roundtable discussion and outdoor activities. Click here to view the agenda.

** Register now **

Who Are Cities For? Opportunity, Access and Hope in the American City; moderated by Jennifer Bradley, founding director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute.
Cities and regions have long been economic engines and social escalators in this country, because urban density and diversity sparks creativity and innovation in business, arts, culture, and society. The revitalization of our major cities over the last two decades has brought enormous benefits, but now we face the paradox of city resurgence: as our major cities get more attractive for people and businesses, and therefore more expensive, they risk losing the diversity that makes them so compelling and inventive. Gentrification and rising income gaps between the rich and poor raise the question: are cities still for everyone, or have they become a kind of luxury good? How do we create the cities we need for the kind of country we want to be? This seminar will examine the city as a place to live and as a place to work, and consider how to expand opportunity, increase access to the benefits of the city life and preserve the spirit of continual reinvention that animates American cities.

Over the Horizon: Five Trends Shaping the Future of Technology, Education, Business and Society; moderated by William Powers, author of The New York Times bestseller, Hamlet's BlackBerry and Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy
Digital technology is radically changing just about everything we do, from raising families to running businesses. Optimists welcome this shift, arguing that technology is growing up and starting to take care of us. Are they right? What are the most important trends, both existing and emergent, and how can we prepare for them? What are the specific ways in which technological change is improving our individual and collective lives? What are the dark sides? We’ll look closely at four trends in technology: The Data Revolution, Artificial Intelligence, The Internet of Things and Social Machines. We’ll also discuss the growing chorus of technology skeptics who contend that we’re losing touch with the spiritual, qualitative, human aspects of existence that make life worth living.

The Sharing Economy; moderated by Andrew Ross Sorkin columnist for The New York Times
We were always taught, as children, to share. But is the "shared economy" worth celebrating or condemning? With the emergence of Uber and AirBnB, what does the future of a shared economy look like? What does it mean for employment? How does it change the meaning of ownership? And what about privacy and security concerns? This seminar will explore the burgeoning shared economy, its future and its implications for society.

The cost of the 2016 Winter Seminars is $1950.00

Participants can take advantage of the limited discounted flight options through our travel agent, $25.00 shuttle from Denver to Aspen and discounted lodging rates at the Meadows Resort. We also have generous scholarship assistance availible for first time participants.

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Society of Fellows
February 12, 2016
Carbondale, CO
Aspen Words

Aspen Words’ 3rd annual Youth Poetry Slam will be hosted by Roaring Fork Valley’s favorite performance poets Myrlin Hepworth, Logan Phillips, and Mercedez Holtry and will feature the brave high school poets from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen! It’s going to be an exhilarating night celebrating the power of youth voices. 

This event is FREE and audience members of all ages are welcome. High Schoolers who want to perform their original poetry can sign up at 5:30 pm. The slam starts at 6:30 pm! Judges will be selected from the audience.

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Aspen Community Programs, Society of Fellows
February 13, 2016 - February 15, 2016
Aspen, CO, United States

“The Supreme Court and Its Role in Government, and in Your Life”

Moderated by Neal Katyal, Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University

From health care to abortion to the death penalty to individual privacy, the Supreme Court looms in our lives in ways it hasn't for much of American history.  This seminar will explore what the role of the Court has been in our democracy, and what it should be.  We will start at the beginning, understanding what the role of the Court was at the Founding of our country, and how its critical decision -- perhaps the most important decision ever -- to uphold the Bank of the United States in the McCulloch case paved the way for the expansion of the Federal Government.  We will then discuss modern topics, including many of the Court's most famous (and controversial) decisions.

Seminar Moderator: Neal Katyal, the Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University, focuses on Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Intellectual Property.  He has served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States, where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against 8 states who sued the nation's leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a 5-3 victory in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, a case that challenged the policy of military trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. 

Katyal previously served as National Security Adviser in the U.S. Justice Department, as Vice President Al Gore's co-counsel in the Supreme Court election dispute of 2000, and represented the Deans of most major private law schools in the landmark University of Michigan affirmative-action case Grutter v. Bollinger (2003). Katyal is the recipient of the very highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Edmund Randolph Award, which the Attorney General presented to him in 2011. 

This three-day seminar convenes high school students (ages 15-17) from around the country 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 13

2:00-6:00pm – Seminar Session

Sunday, February 14

2:00-6:00pm – Seminar Session

Monday, February 15

9:00am-12:00pm – Seminar Session

Fee: $425, includes all sessions, readings, and light refreshments. 

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Book Talk, Society of Fellows
February 13, 2016
Aspen, CO
Aspen Words

Adam Johnson is the author of The Orphan Master’s Son, and most recently, a book of short stories titled Fortune Smiles, winner of the 2015 National Book Award. The Orphan Master’s Son won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the California Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named one of the best books of the year by more than a dozen publications and spent almost a year on the New York Times Bestseller list. Johnson’s other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship; he was also a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. His previous books are Emporium, a short story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us.

The reading and talk will be followed by a Q+A and book signing. Explore Booksellers will have books for purchase at the event.


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Aspen Global Leadership Network
February 16, 2016 - February 21, 2016
Charleston, SC

*This event is by invitation only

Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. In this seminar, they will explore the challenges placed at their feet as leaders in a period of increasing interconnectedness.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is comprised of highly successful entrepreneurial leaders with a focus on values and sights on creating a better society.

To learn more about this network, visit www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership

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Society of Fellows
February 16, 2016 - February 19, 2016
Aspen, CO

*This event is by invitation only.

This three-day symposium will explore the evolving nature of executive power and what it takes to lead the most powerful office in the world. What were the intentions of the founding fathers in establishing a strong executive branch, the first republic to do so in history? How has executive power expanded and contracted through pivotal times in US history and what are the implications? What characteristics and strategies are needed to adeptly lead as the US president? Can we predict performance in the White House based on what we see during campaign season? These questions and more will be the basis of this symposium moderated by presidential historian and American University Professor, Dr. Allan Lichtman, and Harvard Professor of Political Philosophy, Dr. Harvey Mansfield.

Evening opening reception followed by three half-day sessions.

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Aspen Community Programs, Public Event, Society of Fellows
February 16, 2016
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is The Future of Kurdistan. Kurdistan, a mountainous region made up of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Armenia and Syria, is home to one of the largest ethnic groups in West Asia: the Kurds. Now, most in the West know them for their small, oil-rich autonomous region in northern Iraq called Iraqi Kurdistan — one of the U.S.’ closer allies in the Middle East and a bulwark against the expansion of the so-called Islamic State. What does the success of Iraqi Kurdistan mean for Kurds in the surrounding region? Read More

Aspen Global Leadership Network
February 17, 2016 - February 22, 2016
Dead Sea, Jordan

*This event is by invitation only

Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. In this seminar, they will explore the challenges placed at their feet as leaders in a period of increasing interconnectedness.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is comprised of highly successful entrepreneurial leaders with a focus on values and sights on creating a better society.

To learn more about this network, visit www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership.
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Aspen Community Programs, Public Event, Society of Fellows
February 17, 2016
Aspen, CO

In 1947, two educators at the University of Chicago, Robert Maynard Hutchins, president of the university, and Professor Mortimer J. Adler, established the Great Books Foundation to draw together passionate readers to meet and talk about enduring issues and ideas. Three years later, these gentlemen joined Walter Paepcke to form the Aspen Institute. Today, the Great Books program remains integrally linked to the ideals of the Aspen Institute.  This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. This year’s series, titled “The Individual and Society,” will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others.

Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series. Pete spent 15 years studying with Mortimer Adler and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989.

The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Books is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Zoe.Brown@aspeninst.orgRead More

February 18, 2016
Aspen, CO

Join Art Registrar and Curator Lissa Ballinger for a tour of the recently updated exhibit "The Legacy of Herbert Bayer: Recent Gifts and Loans to the Aspen Institute" in the Resnick Gallery, Doerr-Hosier lobby, 11am to noon.

Free and open to the public. No tickets or RSVP required. 

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Society of Fellows
February 18, 2016
Washington, DC
Aspen Institute Arts Program

Join the Aspen Institute for a film screening of "Capturing Grace" and conversation with the film's Director, Dave Iverson, and "Dance for PD" Director David Leventhal, in conversation with Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel.

"Capturing Grace" is a story about two realms: one occupied by some of the most acclaimed modern dancers in the world; the other inhabited by a group of people with Parkinson’s disease. This film is about what happens when those worlds intersect. For the director, Dave Iverson, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years ago, it’s also a personal story.

Chronicling "Dance for PD®," the Mark Morris Dance Group’s unique partnership with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, Iverson chronicles a remarkable community of people and a rediscovery of grace. "Dance for PD®" has emerged as an innovative global program that has launched in more than 100 communities in 11 countries. "Dance for PD®" Program Director David Leventhal and Dave Iverson will speaking with Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel for a post-screening conversation.

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Society of Fellows
February 23, 2016
Washington, DC
Center for Native American Youth

On February 23, the Center for Native American Youth will announce its fourth class of Native youth leaders selected to serve as 2016 Champions for Change. Champions for Change are young indigenous leaders from across the United States who are leading impactful initiatives that seek to improve their tribal or urban Indian communities. The 2016 class of Champions will join CNAY at the Aspen Institute to share their stories of overcoming barriers to promote hope, create positive change, and inspire other youth in Indian Country.

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Aspen Community Programs, Public Event, Society of Fellows
February 23, 2016
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is The Koreas. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided in two. The northern half of the Korean peninsula was occupied by the Soviet Union, the southern by the United States. Today, North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. With such a wide gap, some are asking if unification is possible, even desirable, anymore?

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Aspen Global Leadership Network
February 24, 2016 - February 28, 2016

*This event is by invitation only 

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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Aspen Community Programs, Public Event, Society of Fellows
February 24, 2016
Aspen, CO

In 1947, two educators at the University of Chicago, Robert Maynard Hutchins, president of the university, and Professor Mortimer J. Adler, established the Great Books Foundation to draw together passionate readers to meet and talk about enduring issues and ideas. Three years later, these gentlemen joined Walter Paepcke to form the Aspen Institute. Today, the Great Books program remains integrally linked to the ideals of the Aspen Institute.  This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. This year’s series, titled “The Individual and Society,” will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others.

Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series. Pete spent 15 years studying with Mortimer Adler and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989.

The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Books is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Zoe.Brown@aspeninst.orgRead More

Aspen Community Programs, Society of Fellows
February 26, 2016
Aspen, CO

Featuring Tony Buettner, national spokesperson and senior vice president of business development at Blue Zones, an organization that puts the learnings of the world's longest-lived people to work in people’s lives, families and communities. Tony is a former expedition member, explorer and brother of National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner, who researched and discovered these places around the world where many factors combine to allow people to live longer and better, known as Blue Zones. As the lead on all Blue Zones Community projects, Tony helps build partnerships between states, communities and employers to bring health and longevity initiatives that have empowered and delivered measurable results in eight states and 30 communities across the country to date. Tony will discuss the research that serves as the foundation for the Blue Zones methodology and share insight into what factors help to create a Blue Zone community.

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February 27, 2016 - March 5, 2016
Yangon
Global Alliances Program

The week of March 5, 2016 the Aspen Institute and the Richardson Center for Global Engagement will co-lead a Partnership Opportunity Delegation (POD) to Myanmar, where participants will engage in meetings and conversations around investment and innovation focused on early technology and small scale alternative energy.

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