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Society of Fellows
August 31, 2015 - September 3, 2015
Aspen, CO
Featuring experts Dr. William Cook, Ross King, and Contessa Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda. This symposium will examine how St. Francis and Giotto were paramount to the intellectually significant movement, the Renaissance, forever changing the landscape of Italy, Europe as a whole, and even today’s world. Paintings and architecture of great importance will be studied including the Stigmata, the Cross of San Damiano, the Dream of the Innocent II, and the upper and lower churches in Assisi. Moderated by Ken Adelman. Read More
Aspen Global Leadership Network
September 2, 2015 - September 8, 2015

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

September 7, 2015 - September 8, 2015
Queens, NY
Sports and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

At the 2015 US Open Tennis Tournament, the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program convenes sport leaders to explore opportunities to encourage sport sampling among children, as outlined in the third strategy of the Project Play report, "Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to get Every Kid in the Game."

The roundtable comes on the heels of an announcement by 28 national governing bodies of sport, five professional leagues, and other leaders from sport and health in support of multi-sport play. Led by the US Tennis Association, the announcement took the form of an ad in the Sports Business Journal in mid-August. The statement represents the first collective effort by the sports industry to mobilize around a key strategy in the Project Play report. 

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September 8, 2015
Washington, DC
Middle East Programs
Convened in partnership with the US Department of State, this private off-the-record workshop will feature 40-50 high-level stakeholders from the diplomatic community, the private sector, the US government, and research institutions, contributing their expertise and insights on the extent to which economic factors may cause extremism in various regions. Read More
September 10, 2015
Washington, DC
Center for Native American Youth

*This event is by invitation only

This quarterly roundtable will convene federal agency representatives around collaborative approaches to alleviating challenges facing Native American youth.

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September 10, 2015
Washington, DC, United States
Economic Opportunities Program

Headlines about work abound with projections that employment as we know it is quickly fading away. Jobs are sliced-and-diced into “micro-tasks,” and employees are replaced by an army of contractors. Some blue-collar workers do not even know whom they work for, technically, due to the layers of contracting that separate them from the company to which they deliver services. The on-demand or “sharing” economy is exploding. Microenterprises are proliferating. Estimates of the percentage of the workforce that is “contingent” (or freelance, contract or self-employed) range widely from four to 40 percent.

This panel will discuss the scope of these phenomena, what is driving this trend, and the implications for workers trying to earn a living in today’s economy. As the social contract between employers and employees deteriorates, how do workers access stable and adequate incomes, protections from abuse, and basic benefits like health care and retirement? As the nature of work evolves, how should labor and social policies evolve to ensure work in America can still lead families to a better future? Panelists will explore policy alternatives for today and for the future.

Moderator:

  • Yuki Noguchi, National Correspondent, NPR

Featured speakers:

  • Sen. Mark Warner, US Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Board Chair, National Employment Law Project
  • Natalie Foster, Fellow, The Institute for the Future, and co-founder, Peers
  • Saket Soni, Director, National Guestworker Alliance and New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
  • David Williams,Chief Tax Officer, Intuit Inc.

This event is part of the Working in America series.

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Society of Fellows
September 10, 2015
New York, NY

*This event is by invitation only.

The series "Conversations with Great Leaders in Memory of Preston Robert Tisch" — underwritten by the children of the late Bob Tisch, a businessman and philanthropist — highlights great leadership in action through interviews with key leaders from all sectors of civic life.

The program will feature a conversation between Nicholas Kristof, journalist and author, and a moderator.

Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since November 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. In 1990, Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, previously a New York Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square movement. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006 for what the judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur.” In addition to the recent best-selling "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity," Kristof and WuDunn are authors of "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," "Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia;" and "China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power."


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Society of Fellows
September 12, 2015 - September 18, 2015
Aspen, CO
This premier roundtable challenges leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply. Read More
Society of Fellows
September 18, 2015 - September 19, 2015
Carbondale, CO
Aspen Words

A public reading with award-winning author of The Carry Home, Gary Ferguson, followed by a one-day generative workshop for writers of all levels and genres. Ferguson will guide and push participants to move beyond the confessional diary, to reach for words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs that have the power to connect with and transform others.

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September 18, 2015
Washington, DC
Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program

*This event is by invitation only

Convening of a select group of advocacy evaluators and advocacy evaluation funders in an effort to build the field of advocacy and policy change evaluation.

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Aspen Wye Fellows
September 21, 2015
Wye River, MD

*This event is by invitation only

The Arctic icepack is melting, opening up the top of the world to ocean shipping and mineral, gas, and oil exploration. Russia, Denmark, Norway, Canada, and the United States are laying claim to hundreds of thousands of square miles of the Arctic region. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.), US Special Representative for the Arctic and 24th Commandant of the US Coast Guard, will discuss why the Arctic region is the last global frontier and a region with enormous and growing geostrategic, economic, climate, environmental, and national strategic implications for the United States and the world.

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Society of Fellows
September 23, 2015
Woody Creek, CO
Aspen Words

Author Kerry Egan is Aspen Words' September Writer in Residence. She will discuss her current project and read from her work.

A limited number of free copies of her book will be distributed to event attendees on a first-come, first-serve bases.

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Society of Fellows
September 24, 2015
New York, NY

*This event is by invitation only.

Damian Woetzel, Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program will speak with Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection.

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September 25, 2015 - September 29, 2015
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

*This event is by invitation only.

The Africa Leadership Initiative captures the energy, talent, and resolve of an emerging generation of leaders in Africa and engages them in confronting the foremost challenges of their countries. Founded in 2001 by four Henry Crown Fellows, it is a collaborative venture of the Institute, the Databank Foundation (Ghana), Infotech Investments (Tanzania), LEAP Africa (Nigeria), and the Letsema Foundation (South Africa). The initiative currently has three distinct programs in West Africa, East Africa, and South Africa. 

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Aspen Global Leadership Network
September 26, 2015 - October 1, 2015
TBD

The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) was designed to capture the energy, the talent and the resolve of an emerging generation of leaders in Africa — leaders who have already realized a certain level of success — and to inspire them to move from success to significance by engaging in the foremost challenges of their countries and their times with support and confidence.

ALI/East Africa was launched June of 2002 with an inaugural class of 20 Fellows from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. The launch of ALI set the pace for a new and passionate search for leadership in East Africa, not just personal leadership and success, but enlightened and values based leaders working toward creating the “good society.”

Moderators include:

  • Keith Berwick 
  • Mariam Luyombo 

To learn more about the Africa Leadership Initiative, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership-programs/africa-leadership-initiative.

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Society of Fellows
September 28, 2015
West Sacramento, CA
Initiative on Financial Security

Investment Products and Program Design: How to Maximize Participation, Contribution Rates, and Financial Security in Retirement 

In 2012, California created the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board, which is evaluating a program designed to offer new, affordable retirement savings options for an estimated 6.3 million California employees who do not currently have access to a retirement savings plan at work. The Board is conducting legal and market analyses to ensure the feasibility of the proposed program, and will provide recommendations to the legislature prior to implementation. As part of that effort, the Board is holding a series of monthly briefings to explore the myriad issues involved in creating an effective program, one that maximizes participation, attracts qualified plan providers, and minimizes administrative costs. 

The Aspen Institute, Initiative on Financial Security (IFS), will convene an event in conjunction with the California Secure Choice Investment Board to provide expert opinion on key design elements of the program, in order to help maximize participation and savings levels. The goal is to provide valuable input to the deliberations of the Board in areas that will include investment product selection, automatic enrollment, default savings rates, and withdrawals. 

The event will be open to the public. Further details, including a list of speakers, will be available soon.
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Society of Fellows
September 29, 2015
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author, discussing his new book "Being Nixon: A Man Divided." (Penguin Random House). 

About "Being Nixon": In "Being Nixon," Evan Thomas peels away the layers of the complex, confounding figure who became America's 37th president. The son of devout Quakers, Richard Nixon (not unlike his rival John F. Kennedy) grew up in the shadow of an older, favored brother and thrived on conflict and opposition. Through high school and college, in the navy and in politics, he was constantly leading crusades and fighting off enemies real and imagined. As maudlin as he was Machiavellian, Nixon possessed the plainspoken eloquence to reduce American television audiences to tears with his career-saving "Checkers" speech; meanwhile, his darker half hatched schemes designed to take down his political foes, earning him the notorious nickname "Tricky Dick." 

Drawing on a wide range of historical accounts, Thomas reveals the contradictions of a leader whose vision and foresight led him to achieve detente with the Soviet Union and reestablish relations with communist China, but whose underhanded political tactics tainted his reputation long before the Watergate scandal. One of the principal architects of the modern Republican Party and its "silent majority" of disaffected whites and conservative ex-Dixiecrats, Nixon was also deemed a liberal in some quarters for his efforts to desegregate Southern schools, create the Environmental Protection Agency, and end the draft.

A deeply insightful character study as well as a brilliant political biography, "Being Nixon" offers a surprising look at a man capable of great bravery and extraordinary deviousness--a balanced portrait of a president too often reduced to caricature.

About the Author:
 Evan Thomas is the author of nine books: "The Wise Men" (with Walter Isaacson), "The Man to See," "The Very Best Men," "Robert Kennedy," "John Paul Jones," "Sea of Thunder," "The War Lovers," "Ike’s Bluff," and "Being Nixon." "John Paul Jones" and "Sea of Thunder" were New York Times bestsellers. Thomas was a writer, correspondent, and editor for 33 years at Time and Newsweek, including 10 years (1986–96) as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor at large. He wrote more than 100 cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine Award. The author of dozens of book reviews for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007 to 2014, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism.

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Aspen Global Leadership Network
September 30, 2015 - October 4, 2015
Aspen, CO

*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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September 30, 2015 - October 2, 2015
Tarrytown, NY
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
The highly interactive agenda features workshops on solutions to common challenges, networking sessions, and plenaries with leading thinkers in the Small and Growing Business space. Read More
Public Programs, Society of Fellows
September 30, 2015 - October 1, 2015
Washington, DC, United States

Hosted in partnership with The Atlantic and currently in its seventh year, the Washington Ideas Forum has established itself as the DC event that identifies the year's most pressing issues and ideas of consequence. The program hosts an all-star lineup of speakers across two days, covering the biggest news-making topics of the moment.

Visit The Atlantic website for more information about this event.

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Society of Fellows
September 30, 2015
Washington, DC
Aspen Institute Arts Program

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation, which created both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Following up on the Arts Program's NEA @ 50 conversation with Chairman Jane Chu at this summer’s Ideas Festival, NEH Chairman William Adams will join us for a fall Roundtable. Adams assumed the Chairmanship last year after he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July. 

Adams will speak with Washington Post critic Philip Kennicott about the past fifty years of the NEH’s mission to “serve and strengthen our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans.” As he begins his second year presiding over the grants program, he will look to the organization’s hopes for the future as he steers it into its next half century.

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