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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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Aspen Community Programs, Socrates Program
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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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