Winter Words: Adam Johnson

February 13, 2016
Aspen, CO

Aspen Words

2016 Aspen Winter Words featuring author Adam Johnson.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen Words
2016 Aspen Winter Words featuring author Adam Johnson. Read More
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Aspen Words
Aspen Words’ 3rd annual Youth Poetry Slam will be hosted by Roaring Fork Valley’s favorite performance poets Myrlin Hepworth, Logan Phillips, and Mercedez Holtry and will feature the brave high school poets from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen! It’s going to be an exhilarating night celebrating the power of youth voices. Read More
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

*This event is by invitation only. 

The Sharing Economy: We were always taught, as children, to share. But is the "shared economy" worth celebrating or condemning? With the emergence of Uber and AirBnB, what does the future of a shared economy look like? What does it mean for employment? How does it change the meaning of ownership? And what about privacy and security concerns?  Andrew Ross Sorkin will explore the burgeoning shared economy, its future and its implications for society.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. Led by Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen, this year’s series will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others. The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building. Read More
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is Migration. As a record number of migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea to find refuge in Europe, the continent is struggling to come up with an adequate response. Although Europe’s refugees are largely fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa, their struggle is hardly unique. Today, with the number of displaced people is at an all-time high, a number of world powers find themselves facing a difficult question: How can they balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolve these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Featuring Alec Ross, one of America’s leading experts on innovation, in conversation with Charlie Firestone, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. Alec served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role that earned him a Distinguished Honor Award from the State Department. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders. Alec will discuss his book The Industries of the Future, which examines what’s next for the world: the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years, and how we can navigate them. Read More
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This seminar explores several vectors of the human journey in search of meaning. The curriculum comprises three, three-month thematic modules: The Journey Inwards, The Journey Outwards, The Journey Upwards. These modules will be anchored by plays and sonnets from William Shakespeare while additionally drawing upon texts from the ancient to the contemporary—companions helping us navigate the choppy waters of our own values and beliefs.

Dates and Times: Monday nights from 6:30–9:00 p.m. October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13.

Fee: $225 includes all sessions, reading materials and refreshments. 

Athens to Aspen is now full. 

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Justice and Society Program
The plight of Syrian and other refugees fleeing conflicts raging in the Middle East pulls at the conscience of the world, but responses within European receiving nations—and potential receiving nations like the US—have been uneven, punctuated by fear and nativism. Comparisons to the Second World War are inevitable. Yet the international conventions and institutions that grew out of that conflict appear fragile in our current crisis. Nations have a responsibility to protect civilians in wartime, but what are the parameters of that responsibility, and what happens when those efforts fail—is there an obligation to resettle? To repatriate? In the current political climate, what are the prospects for a just, humane, and practical resolution of the crisis? Read More
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
This five-week program offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most significant books in the Western intellectual tradition through a weekly moderated dialogue. Led by Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen, this year’s series will feature authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Sophocles, and Franz Kafka, among others. The series sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, February 3, running through Wednesday, March 2 in the Koch Building. Read More
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S.

The series sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 26, running through Tuesday, March 15 in the Koch Building.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Great Decisions is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org

This week's topic is The Rise of ISIS. Born out of an umbrella organization of Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) burst onto the international stage after it seized Falluja in December 2013. Since then, the group has seized control of a number of critical strongholds in the country and declared itself a caliphate, known as the Islamic State. Still, the question remains: What is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to U.S. interests?

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The panel will discuss the new ways in which young playwrights are considering changing their approach to engaging audiences with theater as high-quality limitless home entertainment raise the bar for audiences to attend live performances. The discussion will explore what the future of the American Theater will look like. Read More
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lisa Mensah was confirmed by the US Senate in November of 2014 as the Under Secretary of USDA Rural Development. Ms. Mensah provides leadership for several USDA agencies focused on problems experienced throughout rural America - high-speed broadband access, renewable energy generation and conservation, small business development, local and regional food systems, rural poverty, and access to health care, among other issues. Don’t miss this opportunity for an engaging conversation on critical issues faced daily by residents of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and other rural areas of the country. Read More
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen Institute Arts Program
An exclusive, opening-night pre-concert conversation with Cameron Carpenter, organist and 2015 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence. Carpenter will be in conversation with Aspen Institute Arts Program Executive Director Damian Woetzel. Read More
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature US diplomat and author Dennis Ross discussing his recent book "Doomed to Succeed: The US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama" (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux). Read More
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen Words
2016 Winter Words event series featuring Alison Bechdel. Read More
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Economic Opportunities Program
Traditional economic development focused on attracting large companies promising many jobs has left behind many people in communities across the country, including working people, low-income individuals and families, people of color and immigrants. But, some communities have taken a different approach, one that embraces and cultivates local assets and ownership and that empowers traditionally excluded communities. This event will explore the approaches these communities have taken, including alternative business ownership models, leveraging the purchasing power of large public and nonprofit institutions to bolster communities, robust workforce development, more equitable infrastructure development, and more. Panelists will discuss how inclusive economic development cultivates economic opportunity and quality jobs for community residents Read More
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Latinos and Society Program
The event will feature expert panelists Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of NALEO, Josh Hoyt, Executive Director of Partnership for New Americans, Luis Fraga, Co-Director of the Institute for Latino Studies and Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership at the University of Notre Dame. Read More
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2016 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, and Cuba and the U.S. Read More
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Washington Ideas Roundtable Series will feature Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs Nathan Sheets to discuss US Policy on China: Priorities for 2016. The conversation will be moderated by Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson. Read More
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 8:00am to Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:00pm
Education and Society Program
Strengthening Implementation of College and Career Ready Standards: Keeping the Focus on 21st Century Literacy Instruction. Read More

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