October, 2014

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October 1, 2014
Economic Opportunities Program

Lack of affordable, reliable, and efficient transportation options is one of the most common challenges for low-income workers and job seekers, and, by extension, their employers. Read More

Socrates Program
October 2, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Mexico City, Mexico

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Heroes and Villains: Leading Business, Politics, and Civil Society in the 21st Century, moderated by Leigh Hafrey, senior lecturer, Communications 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.

The cost of registration for this event is $1200. It includes a four night stay at the Hotel Royal Pedregal (Oct 2-5) and all meals. Click here to register!

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Society of Fellows
October 2, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Bucharest

The 2014 edition of the Bucharest Forum will be a large scale, trans-regional event building on the success and relevant work of its prior editions. Its objective is to contribute to the synchronization of EU and US perspectives and policies with regards the East West corridor linking Europe and Asia. The concept calls for a logic of a “joint pivot” to Asia.

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Society of Fellows
October 5, 2014
Queenstown, MD

A recital for Cello and Piano - Sonatas by Saint Saens, Brahms and Beethoven, with Michael Kannen, Director of Chamber Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music and Kyung Wha Chu.

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October 6, 2014 - October 9, 2014
Aspen, CO
Ascend

This event is by invitation only.

The second biennial Aspen ThinkXChange will focus on transforming families' lives two generations at a time. Read More

Society of Fellows
October 7, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States

Featuring Walter Isaacson on The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. Books will be available for sale and there will be a book signing following the lecture. Read More

October 8, 2014 - October 9, 2014
San Francisco, CA

On the 20th anniversary of the creation of its iconic New Establishment, Vanity Fair, in association with the Aspen Institute, will present its first conference—a unique opportunity to hear from the pioneers, influencers, and disrupters who have driven the age of innovation.

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Society of Fellows
October 8, 2014
Washington, DC

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Atul Gawande, staff writer at New Yorker magazine and professor at Harvard School of Public Health, discussing his book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" (Metropolitan Books).

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Society of Fellows
October 8, 2014 - October 11, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

This rigorous four-day seminar is open to 24 high school juniors from six valley-wide schools. Chosen by their respective school officials, the students are afforded the chance to learn in the Socratic method of dialogue from an expert Institute moderator. Students read selections by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Virginia Woolf, Hobbes, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. The four-day seminar is dedicated to enhancing leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills for high school students living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Students are challenged to think more critically and deeply about their values and ideas, and those that make the good society. Our proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. Participants emerge from the seminar with a new perspective as they confront the difficult choices of our ever-changing world. Read More

Society of Fellows
October 8, 2014
New York, NY

Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post in 2005, which quickly became one of the most widely read, linked-to and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Ms. Huffington has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. A nationally syndicated columnist and author, her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, published in 2014, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

This conversation will be moderated by Erica Hill, co-anchor of Weekend TODAY. Read More

Society of Fellows
October 9, 2014
Washington, DC
Aspen Global Health and Development

An official side event during the Civil Society Policy Forum: 2014 IMF/World Bank Fall Meetings, this panel discussion will link reproductive health, food security, and climate change in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 20.

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Society of Fellows
October 10, 2014
Washington D.C., DC, United States

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute, discussing his latest novel "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" (Simon & Schuster)

About The Innovators:
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen. 

About the Author:
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, DC.  

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Society of Fellows
October 10, 2014
Dana Point, CA, United States

On May 29, President Obama hosted an event, the “White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit.” The president spoke of the need to address the concussion crisis and keep kids active, and a panel that followed underscored the important role that mothers play in the future of youth sports, and thus sports broadly, given growing concerns about the risks associated with playing contact sports.

But how deep are those fears? What do mothers – as gatekeeper of youth sports – want to know? How can we empower them to be leaders in their communities? And what do girls, specifically, need?

In partnership with espnW, the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program will survey moms to find out what they want and need for their kids. With results in hand from the nationally representative ESPN Sports Poll, we will co-host a Project Play roundtable at the conclusion of The espnW: Women + Sports Summit to explore the issues facing kids and their moms. 

The goal: Elevate the voices of moms and girls in the conversation about youth sports, and identify ways to ensure their voices remain central to the dialogue moving forward.

 

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Society of Fellows
October 11, 2014 - October 17, 2014
Wye River, MD

For almost 60 years, this premier roundtable has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply. The seminar is a unique opportunity to step away from the demands of the present and reflect with other leaders in moderated, text-based Socratic dialogue on the concept of a good and just society: What is it? How does it become a reality? What is our role in making it happen? The settings in Aspen, Colorado, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore are ideal for rejuvenation the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally refocused.

To learn more about The Aspen Seminar, please click here.

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October 12, 2014 - October 15, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

This rigorous four-day seminar is open to 24 high school juniors from six valley-wide schools. Chosen by their respective school officials, the students are afforded the chance to learn in the Socratic method of dialogue from an expert Institute moderator. Students read selections by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Virginia Woolf, Hobbes, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. The four-day seminar is dedicated to enhancing leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills for high school students living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Students are challenged to think more critically and deeply about their values and ideas, and those that make the good society. Our proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. Participants emerge from the seminar with a new perspective as they confront t he difficult choices of our ever-changing world. Read More

Society of Fellows
October 14, 2014
New York, NY
Communications and Society Program

"Rising to the Challenge" is the culmination of a year-long exploration and examination of the challenges and opportunities facing communities and their public libraries as society moves deeper into the digital era. It projects a new vision for public libraries and promotes new thinking about libraries, their critical assets, new networked forms, and the essential role they now play in providing opportunities for individuals and communities to succeed in an economy and society that reward learning, creativity, innovation, and social connection.

"Rising to the Challenge" addresses key strategies for building strong libraries and communities, and offers a series of action steps for those who are motivated by the Dialogue’s vision to get started in their own communities.

The report will be released on October 14th in the The Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room of the New York Public Library. A panel of respected thought leaders will include Linda Johnson, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library, and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

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October 14, 2014 - October 16, 2014
Washington, DC
Education and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

This event is a retreat of urban chief academic officers in the Aspen Education and Society District Network.

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Society of Fellows
October 14, 2014
Washington, DC
Health, Medicine and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

A conversation on the past, present and what the future holds for battling disease.

With billions of dollars being spent in research and development each year, with thousands of grassroots and fundraising events focused on curing cancer being held each year, with science and technology rapidly evolving in every part of our lives, many Americans, especially those currently battling this terrible disease, are left asking a simple question: Why haven't we cured cancer?

A conversation with:

  • Dr. Francis Collins, director, The National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. Ronald DePinho, president, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Moderator: Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) is a cancer research think tank and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Friends is our country’s leading voice in advocating for policies and solutions that will get treatments to patients in the safest and quickest way possible. Working with federal health agencies, congressional leadership, academic research centers and private sector industry, Friends continues to create innovative educational, policy, and scientific approaches to improve health outcomes and cancer care. 

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Society of Fellows
October 14, 2014
Washington, DC
Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century

*This event is by invitation only.

The Aspen Institute Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century program is hosting an event at its Washington, DC, headquarters to explore the rationale for lifting the ban, either fully or partially, on the export of crude oil. Emphasis will be on the impact of such a change on the manufacturing industry, on jobs in the United States, on the efficiency of the oil and gas sector, and on larger foreign policy concerns. Read More

October 14, 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Tomas Ctibor, acting director, Prague Institute of Planning and Development

Adam Gebrian, architect

Kristof Kintera, artist

Illah van Oijen, photographer and activist Read More

Meeting
October 15, 2014 - October 16, 2014
New York, NY
Business and Society Program

The Aspen Business & Society Leaders Forum engages, by invitation, senior executives pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable company.

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Aspen Global Leadership Network
October 15, 2014 - October 19, 2014
Spartanburg, SC

Liberty Fellowship is an incubator for exemplary leadership in South Carolina. The program started in 2004 as a partnership of Anna Kate and Hayne HippWofford College and the Aspen Institute and has offices in Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina.

Liberty Fellowship’s goal is to move South Carolina forward through its greatest asset — its leaders. The core of Liberty Fellowship is a seminar series for 20 leaders who are selected each year from a pool of nominations. Over two years, these Fellows meet together during four seminars, where they discuss readings using the Socratic method of questioning.

Discussions are text based, and Fellows read an eclectic mix of material — from Aristotle and Plato to current day events — to reflecting on the just society and leadership. Each class reflects the rich diversity of South Carolinians and is carefully pieced together to create a unique mosaic of perspectives and experiences.

Moderators include:

  • Eric Motley, managing director, Henry Crown Fellowship Program vice president
  • Ben Dunlap, president emeritus of Wofford College, seminar moderator 
  • Jennie Johnson, executive director, Liberty Fellowship

To learn more about the Liberty Fellowship, visit http://www.libertyfellowshipsc.org

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Society of Fellows
October 15, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

Featuring Rabbi Lee Bycel, Aspen Seminar moderator, and 2014 Presidential appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council and Committee on Conscience. Bycel serves as Senior Moderator of Leadership Seminars at the Aspen Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. From the hundredth anniversary of World War I to contemporary turmoil of the NFL, how do we respond to a culture of violence? This compelling program will offer a personal exploration of this timely, timeless issue.

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Society of Fellows
October 15, 2014
New York, NY
Aspen Institute Arts Program

Jamie Bennett, the director of ArtPlace America, and Rocco Landesman, former chairman of the NEA and producer of celebrated plays and musicals such as Angels in America and Jersey Boys, speak with Arts Program director, Damian Woetzel, about the roles that art and culture can play in shaping the social, physical, and economic futures of our communities.

Learn more about the Aspen Institute Arts Program. Follow us on Twitter @AspenArts.

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Meeting
October 16, 2014 - October 17, 2014
New York, NY, United States
Business and Society Program

On October 16-17, 2014, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program will convene about 60 deans and faculty for the 2014 Business Education Symposium, hosted this year at the Ford Foundation in New York City. 

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