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

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

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Society of Fellows
April 6, 2015
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Aspen Institute and Bonhams 
invite you to a wine and cheese reception and a private viewing of 
an unknown wartime manuscript of the utmost rarity, consisting of 
56 pages of mathematical notes by Alan Turing, in which he works on the 
foundations of mathematical notation and computer science, 
likely the only extensive holograph manuscript by him in existence. 
Also on view will be a 1944 Enigma machine.

With remarks from Walter Isaacson
, president and CEO, the Aspen Institute and author of 
"The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks 
Created the Digital Revolution" (Simon and Schuster).

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Society of Fellows
April 7, 2015
Washington, DC
Ascend

*This event is by invitation only.

Join us in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 7 at 12pm EST for the Ascend 2-Gen Anthology release: Ascend’s Anne Mosle and inaugural Ascend Fellows, including editors Christopher King, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, and Mario Small, will discuss national programs, policies, and emerging research for moving children, parents, and their families toward educational success and economic security. Hear stories, learn about on-the-ground momentum, and get evaluation tips.

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Society of Fellows
April 9, 2015
Washington , DC

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

Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson invites all Society of Fellows members to our Washington, DC, headquarters for an informative, lively exploration of the Aspen Institute's policy programs.

Since its founding in 1950, the Aspen Institute has utilized the "Aspen Method" of text-based, moderated seminars to explore values, leadership, and the good life. In 2004, Walter Isaacson launched a new strategic vision, building on these core values, expanding our subject-specific policy programs, international partnerships, and a global network of young leaders. Come learn more about our work, help us celebrate our successes, and enter the discussion for yourself.

Senior leadership will provide an overview of the Aspen Institute's 34 Policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a wide variety of today's leading issues. There will be three separate sessions on a variety of subjects, followed by a private evening reception. Topics, speakers, and schedule will be finalized in the coming weeks.

Daytime programming will feature two panels:

Advancing Opportunity in America
Moderated by Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, Public & Policy Programs

Panelists:

  • John Colborn, Director, Skills for America's Future
  • Monique Miles, Deputy Director, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions; Director, Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund
  • Janet Topolsky, Director, Community Strategies Group

Latinos and Society, Building a Stronger America
Moderated by Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, Public & Policy Programs

Panelists:

  • Monica Lozano, Chair, Latinos and Society Program
  • Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza

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April 10, 2015
Washington , DC

*This event is by invitation only.

Annual Spring Board Meeting of the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees. Read More

April 11, 2015
Philadelphia, PA

*This event is by invitation only.

"Your Privacy -- Your Rights?"
Moderated by: Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center

In our digital world, the tradeoff between our privacy and our rights is an issue 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 in 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.

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Society of Fellows
April 12, 2015
Wye River, MD

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

 Chamber Music Recital by an Honors Ensemble of Peabody Conservatory of Music students from Russia and South Africa: Nikita Borisevich, violin; Pierre Malan, cello; Margarita Loukachkina, piano.

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April 13, 2015
Hartford, CT
Communications and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only. 

The Connecticut Dialogue is a multi-stakeholder forum to identify strategic opportunities presented by the state’s public libraries in response to the educational, economic, social and technological transformations and challenges that are affecting individuals, institutions and communities across Connecticut. In this forum, civic leaders, policymakers and library leaders will explore how to leverage the assets of these highly trusted institutions to build more knowledgeable, healthy and sustainable communities.

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Society of Fellows
April 14, 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.

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her first two novels, "My Year of Meats" and "All Over Creation" were both New York Times Notable Books and have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries. Her most recent work, "A Tale for the Time-Being", was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2013, and is the winner of the LA Times Book Prize and the Medici Book Club Prize. Ruth's documentary and dramatic independent films have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Ruth was ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation.

“Ruth Ozeki is bent on taking the novel into corners of American culture no one else has thought to look.” — Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

“An exquisite novel: funny, tragic, hard-edged and ethereal at once.” — Los Angeles Times

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Society of Fellows
April 15, 2015
Washington, DC
Health, Medicine and Society Program

The Health, Medicine and Society Program of the Aspen Institute, in partnership with the LBJ Presidential Library and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, presents an event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. 

Featured speakers include:

  • Lynda Johnson Robb, Daughter of President Lyndon Johnson
  • Honorable John Conyers, Jr. (D- MI)
  • Nancy-Ann DeParle, former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (Clinton Administration)
  • Jeannine English, President, AARP
  • Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, Aspen Institute
  • Jackie Judd, Special Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Honorable Mike Leavitt, 20th Secretary of the Department of 
Health and Human Services, and former Governor of Utah
  • Larry Levinson, Deputy Special Counsel to President Lyndon Johnson
  • Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, 21st Secretary of the Department of
 Health and Human Services, and former Governor of Kansas
  • Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent and 
Moderator, Face the Nation, CBS News
  • Mark Updegrove, Director, LBJ Presidential Library
  • Mary Wakefield, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Gail Wilensky, former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (George H.W. Bush Administration)

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April 15, 2015
Washington, DC
Franklin Project

*This event is by invitation only.

The Franklin Project, the National Conference on Citizenship, and the Corporation for National & Community Service announced the Service Year + Higher Education: Innovation Challenge on January 15th. The effort challenges higher education institutions to create innovative new service year opportunities connected to academic credit for their students.

Over 200 universities engaged with the prize organizers to learn more about the effort and 32 submitted detailed proposals for consideration. The top nine (the top three from the community college, public, and private categories) were invited to the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, to compete for $100,000 in prizes at an in-person pitch day on April 15th.

We cordially invite you to join the livestream on April 15th to watch the nine finalists pitch their ideas in front of a distinguished panel of judges and for the announcement of the winners. Please register to recieve information about accessing the livestream.

Generous support from the Lumina Foundation has made the prize possible. For more information, including information about our distinguished panel of judges and the nine finalists, please visit SYchallenge.org.

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Socrates Program
April 16, 2015 - April 18, 2015
Kiev, Ukraine

Please click here to see a tentative agenda for the weekend. Click here to register.

Heroes and Villains: Leading Business, Politics, and Civil Society in the 21st Century, moderated by Leigh Hafrey, senior lecturer, Leadership and Ethics, MIT Sloan School of Management

How must we lead in the 21st century, in business, politics, and civil society? From the trolley problem to global systems, financial services in ancient Greece to the recent economic downturn, endangered-peoples movements to extreme sports and collaborative consumption, "Heroes and Villains" captures the challenges and solutions we have already articulated for the new century. We will look at leadership frameworks as they help us address dominant issues in industry, government, and the larger culture, and identify cross-sector paths to successful, ethical decision-making.

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Society of Fellows
April 16, 2015
Wye River, MD

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

The Investment Gospel According to Jack Bogle: “Don’t look for the needle in a haystack. Just buy the haystack.” Does that mean buy, sell or hold — stocks, bonds or gold?

Join us for an unprecedented evening with John C. Bogle, who founded The Vanguard Group in 1974, served as its chairman and CEO until 1996 and senior chairman until 2000. Fortune magazine named him one of the investment industry’s four “Giants of the 20th Century”. TIME magazine cited him as one of the world’s 100 most powerful and influential people.

Known for his straight talk on Common Sense Investing, and for having invented the Index Mutual Fund, Jack Bogle built Vanguard to be the world’s largest mutual fund organization, representing 170 funds with current assets totaling more than $2 trillion. He has written 10 books, received honorary degrees from 14 universities, served on many important commissions and boards, received countless honors, and to tally changed the face of investing in the world. 

Due to heavy interest in attendance, a registration deadline of Friday, April 10, applies to this event, space permitting. 

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Society of Fellows
April 16, 2015
San Francisco, CA

*This event is by invitation only.

A Look at China: Advancing Energy Innovation

Featuring:

  • James Reardon-Anderson, Interim Dean, Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Sun Yat-sen Professor of Chinese Studies, Georgetown University; 
  • Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence of Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University; Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School; 
  • Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Senior Advisor, Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Moderated by:

  • David Monsma, Executive Director, Energy & Environment Program, The Aspen Institute

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.

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Special Event
April 17, 2015
New York, NY, United States
Business and Society Program

The Aspen Institute is delighted to invite you to a breakfast celebrating the 2015 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition on Friday, April 17th, from 8:00-9:30 a.m., at the Yale Club of New York City. Please visit our website to register

Aspen's preeminent case study competition asks future business leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive environmental, social and ethical impact. Our program, which engages over 1,000 students at 25 business schools located around the world, encourages reflection on the potentially positive role that a well-managed business can have in society.  The brand new case study produced for this year's competition was authored by our program's long-term partners at the Yale School of Management.

This plated breakfast will feature a program announcing the 2015 winners - students are again competing for their share of more than $30,000 in scholarships - and an opportunity to hear a timely discussion on the roles of business and higher education in societal change amongst these thought leaders:

Mark Pearson, Chief Executive Officer, AXA US

Judith Samuelson, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program

Debora L. Spar, President, Barnard College

*To register for this event, please visit our website.*

Additional information about the competition may be found on the program's official website: www.AspenCaseCompetition.org.

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Society of Fellows
April 17, 2015
Washington , DC
Aspen Global Health and Development

Note: Watch the livestream of this event at www.msnbc.com/shift

By December 2015, world leaders will finalize a new global agreement to address climate change. Ensuring that gender issues and population dynamics are adequately considered in the agreement is critical to its success and sustainability.

Far too often, climate policy does not sufficiently address sexual and reproductive health and rights and the role of women in building resilient communities. Please join this interactive dialogue with thought leaders and policymakers as we explore the hidden opportunity for climate compatible development.

An interactive dialogue featuring

:

  • The Right Honorable Helen Clark
, administrator, 
United Nations Development Programme
  • The Honorable Julia Duncan-Cassell, 
minister of Gender and Development, Liberia
  • Dr. Jennifer Adams
, deputy assistant administrator, 
Bureau of Global Health, 
US Agency for International Development

Moderated by:

  • Tony Dokoupil
, Host of MSNBC Shift's "Greenhouse
," NBC senior writer

To RSVP, contact Caroline Hopper at caroline.hopper@aspeninst.org

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Society of Fellows
April 20, 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
April 21, 2015
Washington, DC
Communications and Society Program

The Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America explores new attitudes, opportunities, and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America. Visit www.aspeninstitute.org/stateofrace to learn more.

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Society of Fellows
April 23, 2015
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

Labor unions traditionally have been the voice of workers seeking better pay, benefits, and jobs and have been a critical means for working people to improve their working conditions, incomes, and social standing. The right to form and join a labor union is enshrined in the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But in the United States, union membership and the commitment to unions is not as strong. Union membership has fallen from a high of 34.8 percent of wage and salary workers in 1954 to 11.1 percent in 2014. Recently, a number of states and the courts have taken actions that weaken labor unions. Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin have joined 22 other mostly southern and western states and adopted “right to work” laws that undermine labor union membership. Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled against the home care worker union in the Harris v. Quinn case.

The future of workers’ voice in shaping their jobs today and tomorrow is at a crossroads. Are traditional labor unions able to successfully represent workers today — especially those in fast-growing, low-wage service sector jobs — or have they been too weakened? What are the new models and organizations that have started to emerge over the last two decades? And fundamentally, how can the nation hear from workers themselves and understand their experience of work today if there is no organized voice that brings their perspective to public and private discussions about jobs and work?

A number of both traditional unions and new types of organizations are taking on this challenge of finding new ways to represent the experience of working people in today’s economy. This panel discussion will explore issues affecting the future of worker voice and new ways of organizing workers to collectively shape and improve their jobs and careers.

Moderator:

  • Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-Large, The American Prospect, and Columnist, The Washington Post

Featured speakers:

  • Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs With Justice
  • Ruth Milkman, 
Research Director of CUNY’s Murphy Labor Institute and Professor of Sociology
  • David Rolf
, President, SEIU 775, and founder and co-chair, The Workers Lab
  • Judge Laura Safer Espinoza
, Executive Director, Fair Food Standards Council
  • Cruz Salucio
, Spokesperson, Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Watermelon Harvester

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Society of Fellows
April 23, 2015
New York, NY
Aspen Institute Arts Program

A Special Performance and Presentation, Directed by Damian Woetzel

Copresented by the New Museum and the Aspen Institute Arts Program

Tickets are $10 with the code ASPEN23

For one night only, Lil Buck, the Aspen Institute Arts Program’s Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence, will explore the dynamics of Keith Haring’s art and words as a vehicle that inspires his own movement. Following the performance, there will be an onstage discussion between Lil Buck, the Keith Haring Foundation Executive Director (and New Museum Trustee) Julia Gruen, and the Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel.

A Conversation Between Lil Buck and Keith Haring was developed by Woetzel and the Aspen Institute Arts Program to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Haring’s death in 1990. In collaboration with the Haring Foundation and Gruen, the project was workshopped in January 2015 at Haring’s former studio, which now functions as the Foundation’s New York City space. A version of the performance was then created for the closing weekend of the exhibition “Keith Haring: The Political Line” at San Francisco’s de Young Museum this past February. This performance at the New Museum marks the project’s New York City premiere.

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Socrates Program
April 23, 2015 - April 26, 2015
Ronda, Spain

Please click here to see a tentative agenda fro the weekend. Click here to register.

How Technology is Changing Us: How We Think, Relate, and Lead - moderated by Stephen Balkam, founder and CEO, Family Online Safety Institute

Digital technology has become imbedded into our lives, impacting how we think and remember, mediating our relationships and how we connect, communicate, and interact with each other.  It is having a profound impact on how we govern and manage our organizations, companies, and countries, and how we educate future generations.  Do our devices enlighten us or create an unhealthy dependence? Are Google, Facebook and Instagram making us collectively more informed or distracted? What will be the overall effect on Millennnials and the legacy of their generation? Are there grounds for optimism or is there an urgent need to wake up to how this tech tidal wave is overwhelming our lives and institutions?

This seminar will explore how the way our brains and relationships are being re-wired in the digital age, and the impact these fundamental changes are having on the art of leadership.

The moral limits of markets: Can markets do social good? - moderated by Clive Crook, Columnist and Member of the Editorial Board at Bloomberg View

Consumerism is an essential aspect of the market-based economy and has long been important to our collective identity. In recent years, however, market values—once limited to the realm of economic transaction—have crept into nearly every aspect of 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, 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?

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Society of Fellows
April 27, 2015
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

This event is a launch of the Communities that Work Partnership, a US Department of Commerce -funded program of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI). Penny Pritzker, the US Secretary of Commerce, and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson will speak at this event.

The Communities that Work Partnership aims to build more effective, employer-led workforce initiatives across the country. AspenWSI will competitively select six teams from different regions, comprised of leaders in industry, government, education and workforce/economic development. These six groups will receive technical assistance and participate in leadership development activities through the Communities that Work Partnership, with the goal of strengthening their ability to boost skills development in their regions. Immediately after the event, AspenWSI will release a Request to Participate for leadership teams interested in applying to be one of the six participating communities. To expand effective models of regional talent development partnerships beyond the six original teams, AspenWSI will develop new learning tools and case studies describing how local ecosystems can work in new ways to grow the region’s talent pipeline for jobs in demand today and in the future. These will serve as guides for communities around the country.

Featuring:

  • Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

with opening remarks from:

  • Maureen Conway, Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute
  • Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

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Society of Fellows
April 28, 2015
New York, NY

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

This event is at capacity. Please contact the SOF Hotline at (970) 544-7980 if you would like to be added to the waitlist.  

This special Aspen Institute discussion reception will feature Ray Kelly, former NYC police commissioner and current president of risk management services at Cushman & Wakefield. The conversation will be moderated by Bart Gellman, an author, senior fellow at the Century Foundation, lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and former prize-winning journalist for The Washington Post. The event is generously underwritten by Merilee and Roy Bostock.

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Society of Fellows
April 28, 2015
New York, NY
Aspen Institute Arts Program

Larry Kramer is an award-winning playwright and author, and a celebrated public-health and gay-rights advocate. He wrote the Academy Award–nominated screenplay adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s "Women in Love" and rose to further prominence with the publication in 1978 of his bestselling novel, "Faggots." A pioneering AIDS activist, he cofounded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP in 1987.

Kramer has won numerous awards for his plays and in 2013 was named a Master American Dramatist by the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater. In 2014, the HBO adaptation of his play "The Normal Heart" won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. The first volume of his decades-in-the-making book, "The American People," and an HBO documentary about his life, will both appear in April.

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Society of Fellows
April 29, 2015
Washington , DC
Homeland Security Program

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program for an invitation-only Aspen Security Forum Preview with discussions featuring:

  • General Keith Alexander, former director, National Security Agency; former commander, US Cyber Command
  • The Honorable Matt Olsen, former director, National Counterterrorism Center
Formal invitation with agenda and schedule to follow

*Additional speakers to be announced*

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