September 22, 2014 - September 23, 2014
Boston, MA
Education and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

This is a meeting of the leads of each urban school district in our standing Literacy Leadership Network.

September 18, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

Terry McMillan needs little introduction to the millions of readers who have enjoyed such bestselling novels as "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back", both also adapted to film. Her eighth and most recent novel is "Who Asked You?", a story about the burdens and blessings of family.

Terry McMillan is AWF’s Writer in Residence in Woody Creek for two weeks this September (2014), where, in her words “I'll be sequestering from the real world in order to create my own.” She will do a free reading and talk at the Woody Creek Community Center on September 18. The AWF will be giving out free copies of her latest novel at the event.

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September 18, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States
Todd Breyfogle, Director of Seminars, will moderate a discussion on Thursday September 18th for our Aspen Seminar alumni, Socrates alumni, and SOF friends. The topic is "Ambition and Discord" and will include short readings from Vaclav Havel and Wisława Szymborska. Read More
September 18, 2014
Washington, DC
Please join the Aspen Institute and the National Academy for State Health Policy for the release of “The Affordable Care Act: Affording Two-Generation Approaches to Health.” This publication is the first comprehensive look at the opportunities around the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion to drive better outcomes for children and parents together. Read More
September 17, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Transformative Change Initiative of the University of Illinois and Skills for America’s Future at the Aspen Institute will host the evaluation teams tracking the progress of Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grants. Focusing on an assessment of employer engagement under TAACCCT, this meeting will explore the nature, extent, and challenges of employer engagement evaluation activities.

Special Guests:

  • Mark Mitsui, deputy assistant secretary, US Dept. of Education; 
  • Erika Liliedahl, senior evaluation specialist, US Dept. of Labor

September 17, 2014 - September 21, 2014
Aspen, CO
The Pahara-Aspen Fellowship seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high-potential leaders who are reimagining public education. Using a time-tested method of text-based dialogue, the program provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on the values and tensions involved in effective and enlightened leadership across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Read More
September 16, 2014
Washington, DC
Health, Medicine and Society Program
*This event is by invitation only. Healthcare Hotspotting: Innovative Approaches to Caring for Super-Utilizers Dr. Brenner is Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, which he founded in 2003. Through the Camden Coalition, hospitals, providers, and community residents are working together to build an integrated, health delivery model for Camden residents. Read More
September 16, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States
Energy and Environment Program

The Aspen Institute and James Beard Foundation are offering a new series of conversations on how to change and advance American food and food policy.

September 15, 2014
Washington, DC
Middle East Programs
The discussion will assess the current avenues for re-engagement and the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the wake of the Gaza conflict and in the context of the broader strategic landscape of the region. The conversation will touch on not only the short term issues such as relief and recovery, but also the broader landscape for moving beyond a ceasefire to a lasting framework for stability that recognizes the ceasefire as an opportunity, not a certainty. This conversation will engage all the stakeholders to move beyond the immediacy of the ceasefire to the broader concerns of relief, recovery, and redevelopment with attention to the critical security needs of Egypt, Israel, and Jordan, and the importance of building a pathway for pluralism. Read More
September 13, 2014 - September 19, 2014
Aspen, CO
The goal of the China Fellowship Program is to energize China’s private sector business leaders to step up to this challenge in a meaningful fashion. Read More
September 12, 2014 - September 17, 2014
Nara, Japan

*Japanese Language Only

September 11, 2014
New York City, NY
Gail Sheehy discusses her life, work and new memoir "Daring: New Passages" with New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin. Read More
September 11, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Aspen, CO
Moderated by Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, the Aspen Institute, and Paul Anderson, local author, naturalist, and guide. Read More
September 10, 2014
Washington, DC
This event is by invitation only. Jim Shelton, deputy secretary of the US Department of Education in conversation with Walter Isaacson President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Read More
September 8, 2014 - September 10, 2014
Aspen, CO
Forum for Community Solutions

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions in partnership with Neighborhood Funders Group is hosting a convening on Place-Based Philanthropy, Towards a Better Place: A Conversation about Promising Practice in Place Based Philanthropy. The meeting will take place on September 8-10, 2014 at Aspen Meadows. The goal of this meeting is to capitalize on the resurgence of place based grantmaking and address key questions that arise when investing in place. It is our hope that this is truly a beginning conversation that will lead to more in- depth conversations, and ongoing sharing of tools and solutions to help funders (local, state, and national) reexamine the dynamics of their relationships with the communities where they are investing.

This meeting will provide participants with lessons learned from funders who are implementing a collaborative approach to grantmaking in place. A core part of this conversation will include funders learning from local organizations about how their interactions impact their grantees in place. This will provide an opportunity to think about what tools exist to help funders when investing in place. Are there tools that need to be developed? Where are the gaps? What do funders need to help them as they think about committing to specific places?

This event is designed specifically for grantmakers.

September 6, 2014 - September 12, 2014
Aspen, CO

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? What is our role in making it happen? The settings in Aspen, Colorado, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore are ideal for rejuvenation the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally refocused. 

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September 3, 2014
Washington, DC


  • Gary Haney, architect and design partner at world renowned Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Foundation award-winning chef and owner of wd~50 and Alder
  • Walter Isaacson, noted author and Aspen Institute president and CEO
  • Leo Villareal, Prominent artist and light sculptor, creator of The Bay Lights 


  • David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group and chairman of the Kennedy Center

August 20, 2014 - August 22, 2014
Aspen, CO
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

*This event is by invitation only.

The Future Health 100 Retreat, hosted by the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation and Healthspottr, is a private gathering of established and emerging leaders within the health innovation community. The Retreat is designed to expose participants to unexpected disciplines and new methods of thinking so they may reconsider their work with more flexible minds.

August 19, 2014
Aspen , CO
Aspen Writers' Foundation
Hannah Tinti is a writer, editor and teacher. Her 2008 short story collection, "Animal Crackers", was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, "The Good Thief", published the same year, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award.

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August 16, 2014 - August 22, 2014
Aspen, CO
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. Read More