New this year! Spotlight: Health is a two-and-a-half day expansion of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which offers participants the opportunity to join in dynamic conversations about health from an integrative perspective. Like the traditional Festival, Spotlight is comprised of plenaries, tutorials, and in-town events, but with a singular focus on one topic.
As we plan the Festival and specific details emerge, we will share news and updates at aspenideas.org and through e-newsletters, Twitter, and Facebook. We’ll introduce you to presenters, link the topics at the Festival to timely issues in the news, and offer insights into the Festival agenda. Please check your email in the weeks and months to come for exciting news and program updates!
The Institute has convened the Energy Policy Forum annually for 37 years. In recent years its focus has narrowed primarily to domestic electricity issues. Typically about 75 participants meet for five half-day sessions held over a four-day period. The schedule usually includes July 4 and one weekend day, and there are two free afternoons.
The Aspen Institute Socrates Program invites you to join us in Aspen, Colorado, for an exciting weekend of learning and summer activities over the July 4th weekend, July 4-7, 2014. Choose one of five expert-moderated seminars available!
The moral limits of markets: Can markets do social good? — Clive Crook, senior editor for The Atlantic, and Bloomberg View columnist
Consumerism is an essential aspect of the U.S. market-based economy and has long been important to our national identity. In recent years, however, market values—once limited to the realm of economic transaction—have crept into nearly every aspect of American life: education, health, law, athletics, and family relationships, further widening the gap between rich and poor. Is a world where price tags drive nearly every decision a world in which we want to live? Can our democracy operate freely in conditions where everything—political campaigns, college admission, American citizenship, the right to pollute, human organs, etc.— can be bought or sold? Are there goods that markets shouldn't bear? If not, what kind of changes can citizens and government make to allow ethics and morals back into the equation?
The Future of Internet Freedom, Free Speech and Entrepreneurship — Julius Genachowski, managing director, US Buyout team, The Carlyle Group & former chairman, FCC
Over the last two decades, the Internet has transformed how society communicates, and become a pillar of the economy. The Internet is essential for our vision of smart growth in the future, and of driving innovation, investment and job creation. And so it is also essential for the Internet to be open and accessible to all people and businesses, and that we have universally available high-speed Internet access. As use of the Internet has grown exponentially around the world, so have concerns about its defining attribute as a free and open means of communication. Around the world, societies are addressing difficult issues of free expression, censorship, and trust, and of incentives for innovation and investment in Internet applications, services and networks. With starkly different visions for the Internet's architecture and development, this era presents challenges – and also opportunities – for ensuring the Internet remains a backbone of liberty and economic growth. This seminar will examine timely and controversial issues such as internet freedom, net neutrality, privacy, security and entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth.
Trade, Trust and Energy: Maximizing the U.S. relationship with Latin America— Julia Sweig, director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
The United States shares with Latin America an interest in cementing and protecting democratic values, as well as a set of common problems—including deadly transnational criminal threats and the mutual need to harness tomorrow's energy resources. Trade between the United States and Latin America grew an astounding 82 percent between 1998 and 2009, surpassing the growth rates of U.S. commerce with Asia or Europe. In 2011 alone, U.S. exports to and imports from Latin America increased by more than 20 percent. Every year, the United States imports more crude oil from Mexico and Venezuela than from the entire Persian Gulf. As one Obama administration official puts it, "We do three times more business with Latin America than with China and twice as much business with Colombia [as] with Russia." With a 15% Hispanic population the United States is now the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world after Mexico. Yet given the scale of these bonds, the degree of high-level U.S. strategic thinking about the region remains disproportionately low. The result is that Latin America and the Caribbean continue to represent a missed U.S. opportunity, economically, politically and diplomatically. This seminar will explore the complications and potential of this geopolitical relationship.
Supreme Court Decisions in the 21st Century — Neal Katyal, Georgetown University, professor of law, former US solicitor general
Supreme Court decisions in the 21st century especially have had wide-ranging effects on personal freedoms and national politics. And these important decisions impacting civil liberties are often made with very close decisions. Recent top rulings decided by 5-4 votes include health care, DOMA, hand gun control and the US presidency. This seminar will examine the pathways, politics, and ethics of recent cases decided by the Supreme Court and adequacy of its historic design to manage contemporary decisions.
How is Big Data Changing Our Lives? — Hari Sreenivasan, senior correspondent (PBS NewsHour Weekend) and director of digital partnerships, PBS & Peter Levin, former CTO, Department of Veterans Affairs
This seminar will explore the growing utility of big data for corporations and for individuals. We will talk at a high level about some of the engineering challenges, and how they help (or impede) policies frameworks around infrastructure security and personal privacy. We will also discuss some of the big data — and data interoperability – challenges that we face at the federal and commercial levels, and what we can do to address them.
This dinner, chaired by Laura and Gary Lauder, benefits the Socrates Program for Emerging Leaders and will honor Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. The dinner will feature a conversation entitled “Life Lessons on Leadership” with Leonard Lauder and the Aspen Institute CEO, Walter Isaacson.
Doerr-Hosier Center, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Registration for the Socrates Benefit Dinner is now full. Please contact Melanie Levine at 202-736-3503 or email@example.com for more information, or if you would like to be contacted if more seats become available.
About Dinner Honoree Leonard Lauder
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and is currently the senior member of its Board of Directors. Founded in 1946, the Company is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, with annual sales of $10.2 billion. Its products are sold in over 150 countries and territories across 30 well-recognized brand names.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Mr. Lauder also studied at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He formally joined Estée Lauder in 1958, when it had annual sales of $800,000. Mr. Lauder consistently developed and implemented innovative sales and marketing programs and increased the Company’s sales and profits. He created its first research and development laboratory and brought in professional management on every level. He also initiated The Estée Lauder Companies’ international expansion, which began in 1960 with the opening of the Estée Lauder account at Harrods in London.
Mr. Lauder served as President of The Estée Lauder Companies from 1972 to 1995 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1982 to 1999. He added the title of Chairman in 1995 and served as Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies through June 2009. Under his leadership, the Company launched many brands, including Aramis, Clinique, Lab Series Skincare for Men and Origins. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the company also began expanding through acquisitions, including Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, La Mer and M·A·C.
In addition to his activities with The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Lauder is extremely involved in the worlds of education, art, politics and philanthropy. He is Emeritus Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Board of Governors of its Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. Mr. Lauder became a Trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1977 and currently serves as its Chairman Emeritus. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Chairman Emeritus and Lifetime Trustee of the Board of Directors of The Aspen Institute, as well as former Chairman of the Aspen Institute International Committee; and a member of the President’s Council of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Mr. Lauder served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations under President Ronald Reagan. Among his honors, he has been named an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by France, as well as recognized by The United States Navy Supply Corps Foundation with its Distinguished Alumni Award. The Lauder Family received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of its long-standing commitment to philanthropy and public service. Most recently, Mr. Lauder was the 2013 recipient of the Palazzo Strozzi Renaissance Man of the Year Award, honoring his humanistic values of the Renaissance legacy.
Mr. Lauder has two sons, William (Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies) and Gary (Managing Partner, Lauder Partners LLC), and five grandchildren.
Building off the success of the 2012 and 2013 summits, the third annual Financial Security Summit brought renowned leaders together to reveal compelling consensus around policies that have the power to enhance economic mobility and financial security while directing Americans away from a culture of unaffordable consumption. At a time when the American economy is at a crossroads, the Financial Security Summit continues to underscore that achieving a much greater measure of financial security for both households and the country is a goal that financial industry leaders and consumer advocates believe in and can advance.
Lisa Mensah, executive director, Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security
Back by popular demand! Create artistic expressions through words and pictures in this dynamic camp that explores the relationship between writing and visual art. Activities include illustrating, journaling, storytelling, painting, drawing, and more.
The Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series reflects the founding principles of the Aspen Institute – a commitment to nurturing the ‘whole’ individual – by bringing a range of experts, innovators, and leaders to Aspen to discuss their research and share the latest revelations about the link between mindfulness, physical activity, and emotional well-being. The Murdock Series will complement and expand the Institute’s work in the health arena, while introducing new speakers and audiences to its broader mission. The series is generously underwritten by Gina and Jerry Murdock.
This event features social psychologist and Harvard University professor, Ellen Langer, Ph.D. Dr. Langer is the author of 11 books including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her upcoming book, the Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, is an anthology that integrates research from Langer's western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with eastern forms of meditation. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Distinguished Scientist Awards, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology.
*Any unclaimed tickets will be sold at the door. Waitline begins at 45 minutes prior to event start time.
Society of Fellows reservations may be made by calling (970) 544-7980. Read More
Society of Fellows members are invited to attend an exciting two-day symposium focusing on composers Antonin Dvořák and Gustav Mahler and the effect of their time in America on their lives and music. Attendees will be in direct dialogue with experts in the fields of composition, music history and musicology to learn about these two illustrious composers and explore their relationships with 20th Century America. The symposium will run from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm on July 9, and from 8:30am - 12:00 pm on July 10. The conversations will enhance participants’ appreciation of the Dvořák performances by the Aspen Music Festival on July 9 and July 13.
This symposium will be moderated by Alan Fletcher, renowned composer and President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He will be joined by Joseph Horowitz, a noted musicologist whose work centers on classical music in the United States. He is the author of ten books, among them Dvořák in America. James Loeffler, University of Virginia Associate Professor of Jewish and European history, will round out the discussion with his expertise in the field of Jewish music history and composition.
This event is open to Society of Fellows members only. Cost: $250.
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.
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
This annual invitation-only forum co-chaired by Roger Ballentine, President of Green Strategies and Andy Karsner, CEO of Manifest Energy brings together 50 top energy, finance, clean tech and policy experts for an in-depth and forward looking examination of the transition to a clean energy economy. By convening a high-level group of experts of various
Fellows are invited to join Walter Isaacson and Lynne Cheney in a conversation about Cheney’s new book, James Madison: A Life Reconsidered. The biography offers a refreshing, new perspective that pushes past James Madison’s typical historical identity, examining Madison as man, politician, and most importantly, intellectual pioneer. Cheney weaves together national and personal history, creating a compelling and largely untold story of America’s fourth president. Described by the New York Times Review of Books as one of the “best single-volume biographies of Madison we now have,” Cheney’s work is sure to provoke a memorable conversation.
This event is open to Society of Fellows members only. Registration opens Monday, June 23. Read More
Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway will be interviewed by Pattie Sellers.
Rent The Runway is a company that has transformed the retail industry by making designer dress and accessory rentals a convenient and accessible luxury experience for millions of women. As of March 2014, Hyman and co-founder Jennifer Fleiss have raised approximately $54 million in venture capital funding for Rent the Runway, and have grown the company to over 4 million members and over 250 employees.
Pattie Sellers is Senior Editor at Large, Fortune and Executive Director of Live Content, Time Inc.
This event is open only to members of the Vanguard Chapter of the Society of Fellows.
The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Institutional Innovation, formerly named the Roundtable on Talent Development, is a private seminar of top level executives and thought leaders. The concept behind this roundtable comes from the work of John Hagel and John Seely Brown, co-chairs of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Its purpose is to engage high level executives, mostly from large organizations, to address (and where appropriate reframe) approaches to institutional performance through innovation. The aim for this series is to develop those and other insights into plans for action. Read More
Underwritten by Ellen Susman in honor of her husband, Steve Susman
During the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama expressed the intention to address social issues using all the tools of his office, including executive orders, if needed. What are the powers of the President to effect policy change through executive action? What role do the judiciary and Congress play in relationship to an assertive executive branch? The conversation, moderated by CNN Senior Legal Analyst and New Yorker Staff Writer Jeffrey Toobin, will feature Charles Ogletree Jr., Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko professor of law, and Miguel Estrada, partner at Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher.
This luncheon will give Society of Fellows members the opportunity to learn about the transient definition of “family” in the 21st Century from Robin Lenhardt, one of the nation’s leading experts on family law. Ms. Lenhardt is a professor of law at Fordham University. She also holds a visiting professorship from Georgetown Law School, as well as the prestigious Aspen Institute Halle Scholarship, which provides emerging leaders in Justice and Society the opportunity to attend the Aspen Seminar. Her work focuses on the constantly evolving notion of “family” in the legal sector, with particular emphasis on how the law shapes and defines kinship in America, both currently and historically. She will be interviewed by Meryl Chertoff, director of the Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program.
This luncheon will provide attendees direct access to one of the most prominent experts in this field, allowing them to benefit from her experience and formulate their own opinions about what it means to be “family.”
This event is open to Society of Fellows members only. Registration opens Monday, July 7.
Have you ever read a story you simply can’t put down? Learn how to write one! This camp will venture into the realm of suspenseful storytelling as you learn to craft plot twists, conflict, and dramatic reveals to take the reader on a surprising ride.