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Aspen Global Leadership Network
January 30, 2013 - February 3, 2013
Aspen, CO

Seminar 3/4: Values in Tension in Public Education Read More

February 1, 2013
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

Domestic workers--those that are employed in our homes to care for children, elderly and the disabled as well as perform a variety of other duties, such as cooking and cleaning--are critical to our economy, society and our families’ well-being.

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Public Event
February 1, 2013
Aspen, CO, United States
Aspen Writers' Foundation

Winter Words is a series of readings and talks featuring some of the most prominent writers in contemporary literature. Scions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoir speak in intimate Aspen venues, where topics of discussion range from the creative process to the role of art in today's world. Events take place throughout the ski season and are open to the public.

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Book Talk
February 5, 2013
Washington, DC

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels discussing their recently published book Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way Between West and East (Polity Press). Berggruen is president and chairman of the Nicolas Berggruen Institute. Gardeis is editor of New Perspectives Quarterly.

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February 5, 2013
Rome, Italy

Debate on the new issue of Aspenia (N. 59).

In collaboration with Enel.

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February 5, 2013
New York, NY
Aspen Institute Arts Program

How are the arts, arts education, and creativity best supported in 21st century America? As citizens, how can we use our voices and resources to shape culture and education? Charles Best (Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org) and Yancey Strickler (Co-Founder, Kickstarter), both of whom have pioneered visionary crowd-funding platforms, discuss contemporary models for innovation and development in the arts, and a vision for democratic engagement with cultural enterprise. This conversation was moderated by Darren Walker (Vice President, Ford Foundation). Read More

February 5, 2013
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as outlined in the 2013 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, Humanitarian intervention, Iran, China in Africa, and Threat assessment. Read More

February 6, 2013
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

For a number of years, employers have expressed concerns about the Skills Gap – the perceived lack of qualified employees to fill the positions that employers have available. Employers in the skilled trades express these concerns as frequently as employers in other industries.

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February 6, 2013
Aspen, CO

The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans
Featuring Mickey Edwards, Vice President of the Aspen Institute.  Mr. Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years and later taught at Harvard and Princeton before joining the Aspen Institute where he directs the Institute’s Rodel Fellowships for elected public officials.  Mr. Edwards has been a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe, and currently writes for The Atlantic.  For several years he also broadcast a weekly political commentary on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”.  He has chaired task forces for the Brookings Institution and The Council on Foreign Relations and has served as an advisor to the State Department. His latest book is “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans”, published by Yale University Press (2012).  For tickets, call (970) 920-5770.  

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February 6, 2013
Aspen, CO, United States

Join us for this year’s exploration of the Great Books. Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous dialogue using excerpts from the Great Books.  Aspen Institute senior moderator Pete Thigpen will moderate this year’s series. Pete has been a Senior Fellow and Moderator for the Aspen Institute since 1989 as well as a lecturer at the Haas School of Business, and is on the board of a number of business and nonprofit organizations.  

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Special Event
February 7, 2013
Washington, DC
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

Sterling Speirn, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will speak about philanthropy as part of The Foundation Presidents' Roundtable Series. Read More

Public Event
February 7, 2013
Aspen, CO
Aspen Writers' Foundation

Winter Words is a series of readings and talks featuring some of the most prominent writers in contemporary literature. Scions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoir speak in intimate Aspen venues, where topics of discussion range from the creative process to the role of art in today's world. Events take place throughout the ski season and are open to the public.

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Book Talk
February 8, 2013
Washington, DC

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret. US Army) discussing his new book My Share of the Task: A Memoir (Penguin).

By invitation only.

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February 11, 2013
Washington, DC
Aspen Institute Arts Program

In conflict areas around the globe, the best diplomatic efforts still often leave communities torn by patterns of distrust. Can the arts help to transcend prejudice and enable understanding and respect?

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February 11, 2013
Aspen, CO, United States

Join us for this exciting new series! Over two years the group will explore six paired themes—perennial human themes which have shaped our world—as they have been taken up from Athens to Aspen, that is, from the ancient period to our contemporary age.

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Book Talk
February 11, 2013
New York, NY

General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan; Author, My Share of the Task Read More

February 12, 2013
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as outlined in the 2013 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, Humanitarian intervention, Iran, China in Africa, and Threat assessment. Read More

February 13, 2013
Aspen, CO, United States

Join us for this year’s exploration of the Great Books. Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous dialogue using excerpts from the Great Books. Aspen Institute senior moderator Pete Thigpen will moderate this year’s series. Pete has been a Senior Fellow and Moderator for the Aspen Institute since 1989 as well as a lecturer at the Haas School of Business, and is on the board of a number of business and nonprofit organizations.
Fee (includes readings): $195.

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Socrates Program, Seminars
February 15, 2013 - February 18, 2013
Aspen, CO

The Aspen Institute Socrates Program provides a forum for emerging leaders (ages approximately 28-45) from various professions to convene and explore contemporary issues through expert-moderated dialogue. Socrates also provides the opportunity for participants to enter into a diverse professional network, and into the broader range of the Aspen Institute’s programs.

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February 16, 2013 - February 18, 2013
Aspen, CO

Restless Minds: Art, Ethics, Freedom: The Aspen Institute opens its Aspen Meadows campus to teenagers for the unique opportunity to discuss ideas and values in the traditional Aspen Seminar style. Participants will complete readings in advance and will then convene to discuss this year's topic, Restless Minds: Art, Ethics, Freedom. Participants will be guided through discussions and questions such as, "As a teen, do you ever find yourself stressed by conflicting goals and beliefs? Are you ever caught between your ideals and what is practical or convenient? Have you ever had to choose among community and self; rules and revolt; convention and creativity?" The seminar begins with participants' own pre-session, written statement of what it means to be or have a "restless mind." Then, over three half days, we draw on the group’s statements and film, fiction, poetry, music, science, and philosophy to explore how people of all ages—children, teens, and adults—build their multiple aims into productive, happy lives.

**Teen Socrates 2013 is now full, please contact Beth Slater beth.slater@aspeninstiute.org to be added to the wait list.  

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February 16, 2013
Aspen, CO

*The February 16th Fireside Chat has been cancelled. Full refunds will be issued to those who have purchased tickets. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Society of Fellows
February 17, 2013 - February 20, 2013
Aspen, CO

The Roberts Court has set legal decisions on leading issues of our time. And with the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and gay marriage in the upcoming term, the Court will continue to set crucial legal policy. Over the course of three charged sessions, you will gain an inside look at the trends, personalities, and identity of the Supreme Court. Topics will include free speech, national security law, the boundaries of federal power, along with an exposition of the Roberts Court and upcoming cases. The program, spanning three half-days, will feature preparatory readings, lecture, Q&A, and moderated discussion. Join us for an insider's view of where we are now, how we got here, and implications for the near future.

Moderated by Thomas Goldstein, Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C., Supreme Court Litigation lecturer at Stanford and Harvard Law Schools; and by Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law, The George Washington University and legal affairs editor, The New Republic. Read More

Workshop
February 19, 2013 - February 20, 2013
Queenstown, MD
Education and Society Program

Issues relating to research in education and the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA).

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February 19, 2013
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as outlined in the 2013 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, Humanitarian intervention, Iran, China in Africa, and Threat assessment. Read More

February 20, 2013
Washington, DC
Middle East Programs

The fractured state of Lebanon’s defense strategy, the Lebanese Armed Forces and Hezbollah’s jockeying for defense supremacy, has come under greater scrutiny in 2012, as the conflict and Syria threatens to spill across Lebanon’s boarders, and potential regional conflict with Iran looms large.

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