San Francisco Evening Seminar

May 21, 2015
San Francisco, CA
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
San Francisco

*This event is by invitation only.

These evening seminars are a way to connect with the Aspen Institute, Aspen Seminar Alumni, Socrates Alumni, SOF members, and to meet new friends in the San Francisco area. They are typically hosted in a home or organization’s space and include a reception followed by a text-based dialogue discussion of selected topics and readings among the participants and led by an Aspen Seminar moderator.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Geneva Aspen Global Health and Development

Watch the live web cast for the 2015 Resolve Award Ceremony here:

The 2015 Resolve Award winners make strides toward universal access to reproductive health:

Senegal is the winner of the 2015 Resolve Award for Service Delivery. The country is revolutionizing the availability and supply of contraceptives with its Informed Push Model of distribution. Informed Push uses techniques borrowed from the commercial sector to eliminate inventory stockouts and ensure that women have access to a consistent, reliable supply of family planning products. Development of the system was led by the Ministry of Health, which collaborated with a range of public and private partners to build a robust, sustainable program. The success in Senegal has been dramatic—with stockout frequencies reduced from 80 percent to less than 10 percent—and is already serving as a model for other countries in the region. 

The 2015 Resolve Award for Policy Development recognizes the Philippines for its game-changing transformations in the political and regulatory environment for reproductive health. The country’s newly enacted reproductive health law is the result of a 13-year campaign to establish a national reproductive rights and health framework, despite a difficult political climate. The successful culmination of this effort, which was supported by a broad consortium of civil society advocates and government leaders, heralds a new era in health and rights for all Filipinos. 

Uruguay is being honored with a 2015 Resolve Award Special Mention for a sharp reduction in maternal deaths. Their approach expanded access to post-abortion care, including providing counseling and access to family planning. Uruguay has reached a MCPR of 75 percent. 


  • Kate Gilmore, Deputy Executive Director, Programme, United Nations Population Fund
  • Dr. Marleen Temmerman, Director, Family, Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization
  • Her Excellency Pamela Hamamoto, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva
  • Peggy Clark, Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development; Vice President of Policy Programs, the Aspen Institute
  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, Maternal and Child Survival Coordinator, United States Agency for International Development

Award Recipients: 

  • His Excellency Ricardo González Arenas, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva 
  • Senator Pia S. Cayetano, the Philippines
  • His Excellency Bassirou Sene, Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Washington Forum for Community Solutions
This event will bring together policy, system and community leaders for a critical conversation on the history and impact of mass incarceration and the strategies to end it. Read More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
New York

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us for an SOF Vanguard Chapter Discussion Reception featuring Jake Sullivan, former director of policy planning for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current member of the US delegation on the Iran nuclear negotiations, in conversation with SOF member Andrew Klaber, an investor at Paulson & Company and founder of Even Ground.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 8:00am - 9:00pm
New York
On May 20, the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic and will kick off our fourth New York Ideas 2015: Chasing Tomorrow. This year, we will be devoted to highlighting the biggest people, ideas and trends that will change the future. Exploring the possibilities that charm and challenge human intelligence and ingenuity, this year's festival will investigate how today's questions become tomorrow's answers. Read More
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this seminar series will use the Bard as a lens through which to frame the Enlightenment ideas and ideals that shape the American Democratic Experiment. Following the structure of “Athens to Aspen”, the curriculum will comprise three, three-month thematic modules, each drawing upon: texts from the European Enlightenment, a Shakespeare play, and text about American politics and culture. Read More
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 5:00pm to Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:00pm
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? Read More
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Washington Aspen Institute Arts Program
The Arts Summit will feature conversations, live performances, town hall style debates, and discussions with artists, innovative thinkers, and policy leaders. We will focus on race, education, technology, and free speech, envisioning a road forward for the arts in these areas. Read More
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Citizenship and American Identity Program

Please join Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling professor of law, Yale Law School in conversation with 

Eric Liu, executive director, Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Identity Program.

Renowned legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar will discuss his new book, "The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic."

From Kennebunkport to Kauai, from the Rio Grande to the Northern Rockies, ours is a vast republic. While we may be united under one Constitution, separate and distinct states remain, each with its own constitution and culture. "The Law of the Land" illuminates our nation’s history and politics, and shows how America’s various local parts fit together to form a grand federal framework.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
New York Aspen Words
The Aspen New York Book Series will feature authors Meghan Daum, Phillip Lopate, and Clifford Thompson on “The Art of the Essay." Read More
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
Wye River
Open to Aspen Wye Fellows only. Society of Fellows members are also welcome to attend. What happens when you cross a jazz performer with a music professor/composer with a revolutionary college president? Dr. Jose' Antonio Bowen, the President of Goucher College, is the result — one of the most transformational educators in the world. Read More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
Washington Ascend
*This event is by invitation only. Almost 50 years ago, our nation made a seminal commitment to children and families with the launch of Project Head Start. We are learning more every day about what accelerates children and families toward educational achievement and economic security, and we see opportunities for innovation and burgeoning political will in every community across the United States. Read More
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 1:30pm
Washington Latinos and Society Program
*This event is by invitation only. This event will feature conversations on innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusion, and leadership. Read More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Communications and Society Program

Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), will discuss his new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions, which highlights visionaries from across disciplines who propose solutions to the large-scale invasions of privacy of the digital age. Panelists include chapter authors Deborah Peel, founder & chair, Patient Privacy Rights, and Pablo Molina, chief information officer at the Association of American Law Schools. Moderated by Hayley Tsukayama, Technology Reporter, The Washington Post. Lunch will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Washington Initiative on Financial Security
Options for Expanding Retirement Coverage: Critical Issues for Reforming the Tax Code will feature welcoming remarks from Chairman Orrin Hatch on the role of retirement savings in the debate on tax reform, and a host of noted retirement experts from diverse perspectives in two panel discussions: the first will explore the causes of the retirement coverage gap and its impact on working families; the second will focus on an emerging consensus around solutions that have the potential to expand retirement savings for millions of American families. Read More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century
On May 6th, the Aspen Institute will convene a panel of distinguished experts to explore the causes of slowing investment and possible policy options to help reverse the trend. The Aspen Institute Program on Manufacturing is collaborating with the MAPI Foundation on a research paper analyzing this problem, and the paper will be released in conjunction with the May 6th panel discussion. Read More
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Washington Justice and Society Program

Advocates for same-sex marriage turned public opinion in states around the nation — as measured by polls and in voting booths —with astonishing rapidity. At the same time, litigation in the Proposition 8 cases in California made a powerful rights argument for marriage equality. How that two-pronged approach to change-making was used, and how it is being studied by other advocates, will be the topic of a panel discussion that marks the release of Professor Kenji Yoshino’s new book, "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial."

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:00pm to Friday, May 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

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?

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, May 8, 2015 - 5:00pm
Wye River
The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, established in 1997, seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. The program is a unique mix of seminars designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and hone their skills in values-centered leadership. It honors the memory of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy. Read More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital, discussing his new book Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice (Simon & Schuster). Read More