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.
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.