May 19, 2014
Aspen, CO
In the second installment of Athens to Aspen, participants will explore six paired themes — perennial human themes which have shaped our world — as they have been taken up from Athens to Aspen from the ancient period to our contemporary age. Each of the following themes will receive three sessions of discussion, with texts drawn from different genres and different periods of human experience: ancient, medieval/renaissance, modern, and post-modern. Read More
May 17, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Wye River, MD

 

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.

To learn more about The Aspen Seminar, please click here.

 

May 13, 2014
Washington, DC
Initiative on Financial Security

Nearly four years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, this dialogue will explore the innovations and obstacles shaping today’s relationship between consumers and the financial services sector. Four prominent leaders will examine what has changed in the experience of American consumers and discuss why both progress has been made and obstacles still remain.

May 12, 2014
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

Young adults and teens face significant challenges in finding quality employment in today's economy. The employment rate of teens is at its lowest point since World War II, and young adults have seen their employment rate drop by over 10 percent since 2000. For young workers, a lack of work experience can be a huge barrier to entering the labor market or finding a quality job.

More businesses have shifted away from hiring entry-level workers and investing in their training and development, and instead prioritize job candidates with experience. For those who have found employment, low wages, part-time hours, and limited advancement opportunities are not uncommon.

Join The Aspen Institute in this conversation to discuss the challenges young workers face in today's economy and ideas for expanding meaningful volunteer, on-the-job learning, and entrepreneurship opportunities to help our newest generation of workers gain the experiences a nd skills they need to be successful in the labor market.

Moderator:

  • Nona Willis Aronowitz, national reporter, NBC News Digital

Special Guests:

  • John Bridgeland, president and CEO, Civic Enterprises
  • LaShauntaye Moore, Earth Conservation Corps 
  • Henry Rock, executive director and founder, City Startup Labs; 
  • Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer/chief financial officer, AFL-CIO

May 12, 2014 - May 15, 2014
Queenstown, MD

Discover what's next in life and work through the Aspen Life Reimagined Seminars. Visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/seminars/LifeReimagined to learn more. 

May 9, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Lido of Venice, Italy

*This event is by-invitation only.

34th edition

May 8, 2014
New York, NY
ADS Works

A celebration of the publication of "Stand Up Straight and Sing!," a memoir by opera great Jessye Norman.

May 8, 2014
New York City, NY
ADS Works

 

A Conversation with Jessye Norman and Anna Deavere Smith
May 8, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States

Featuring David Kelley, founder of IDEO and Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic.

The Morris Series is made possible by a generous donation from Aspen Institute Trustee Diane L. Morris. This new Series will bring the mission and work of the Institute to an invited group of supporters, friends, and new audiences in the San Francisco area.

The Series will address innovation and technology with an underlying theme of leadership based on enduring values and nonpartisan exchange.

May 6, 2014
Economic Opportunities Program

Final Call for Funding – Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants.  The Obama administration will award $450 million in TAACCCT grant funds to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers.  This round of funding is the final installment of a $2 billion, four-year initiative and includes special incentives for applicants focusing on career pathways, the use of integrated data systems to track student academic and career success, and business and industry partnerships. 

Skills for America’s Future will host two 60 minute webinars to provide guidance to prospective applicants. 

The first webinar will focus on state efforts to promote career pathways and how states are using data to monitor and improve community college outcomes for students. The session will feature national organizations that have run and supported TAACCT-funded partnerships.  Guests will include representatives from:

  • Jobs for the Future
  • National Skills Coalition’s - Workforce Quality Data Campaign
  • Achieving the Dream

The second webinar will feature business and business association leaders who will discuss the benefits and challenges of community college-employer partnerships.  Guests will include representatives from:

  • National Restaurant Association
  • American Welding Society

Register now for our next webinar on May 20th at 2:00 pm (eastern), which will feature business association leaders who will discuss the opportunities for partnership under the final round of Trade Adjustment Act community college funding. They will focus community college partnerships with business associations and the use of industry-sponsored credentials and competencies.

May 6, 2014
New York, NY
On May 6, 2014, the third annual New York Ideas forum will gather cutting-edge innovators with a simple goal: to draw out the strands of genius from leaders whose work and passions are changing our world. Taking place at the New-York Historical Society, New York Ideas will bring together over 600 New York and national thought leaders. Through interviews, panels, debates, displays, and break-out sessions, we will showcase the trends, innovations, and technologies driving the business, political, and cultural landscape. Read More
May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014
Colorado Springs, CO
Community Strategies Group

The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, in partnership with CFLeads, is convening a peer-learning network of eight community foundations focused on improving their understanding, capabilities and practice related to resident engagement around critical community issues. The action-learning network follows the completion of CFLeads Cultivating Community Engagement Panel, which resulted in a framework of resident engagement principles and approaches that community foundations can apply in their work on the ground. The network has met twice over the past year to delve more deeply into what resident engagement means for community foundations and to develop short-term action plans to advance resident engagement at their foundations back home. At the third and final RECLN peer-learning institute in May, community foundations within the network will:

  • Explore the ways in which community foundations balance their roles as charitable service organizations and transformational change agents (with a special emphasis on resident engagement)
  • Work together to determine the best ways to measure resident engagement and its impact
  • Advise one another on particular challenges experienced by each participating foundation team

May 5, 2014 - May 10, 2014
Aspen, CO
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
May 3, 2014 - May 9, 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.

To learn more about the Aspen Seminar, please click here.

April 30, 2014 - May 3, 2014
Tampa, FL
Education and Society Program

 Aspen Urban Superintendents Network Retreat

April 30, 2014 - May 3, 2014
Tampa, FL
Education and Society Program

Aspen Urban Superintendents Network Retreat

April 29, 2014
Wheaton, IL
Justice and Society Program

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, and American society becomes increasingly diverse, we more frequently come into contact with people who have deeply held religious beliefs that differ from our own. Substantive disagreements between people of different faiths—and between people within the same general faith tradition—exist, and no amount of missionary activity or interfaith dialogue will erase them. How we manage these substantive disagreements will increasingly affect the well-being of our local communities and our nation. 

In what ways is religious diversity a challenge, and in what ways is it an opportunity? What are some of the potential benefits and pitfalls of interfaith engagement? This moderated panel discussion will showcase Evangelical and Roman Catholic perspectives on this subject, with a particular focus on higher education.

This event is free and open to the public. Register now!

Panelists:

Moderator:

  • Joseph DeMott, Project Manager, Justice & Society Program, Aspen Institute

April 29, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Aspen Around Town Series will feature New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas discussing his new book "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas" (W.W. Norton & Company). David Brooks, New York Times Op-ed columnist and author, will moderate.

This program is a part of the Aspen Around Town Series underwritten by Michelle Smith and the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

About the Book: 

"The True American" tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed “American terrorist” named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren’t so lucky, dying at once.

"The True American" traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives—one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country.

Ten years after the shooting, an Islamic pilgrimage seeds in Bhuiyan a strange idea: if he is ever to be whole, he must reenter Stroman’s life. He longs to confront Stroman and speak to him face to face about the attack that changed their lives. Bhuiyan publicly forgives Stroman, in the name of his religion and its notion of mercy. Then he wages a legal and public-relations campaign, against the State of Texas and Governor Rick Perry, to have his attacker spared from the death penalty.

Ranging from Texas’s juvenile justice system to the swirling crowd of pilgrims at the Hajj in Mecca; from a biker bar to an immigrant mosque in Dallas; from young military cadets in Bangladesh to elite paratroopers in Israel; from a wealthy household of chicken importers in Karachi, Pakistan, to the sober residences of Brownwood, Texas, "The True American" is a rich, colorful, profoundly moving exploration of the American dream in its many dimensions. Ultimately it tells a story about our love-hate relationship with immigrants, about the encounter of Islam and the West, about how—or whether—we choose what we become.

April 29, 2014 - May 2, 2014
Manhasset, NY
Business and Society Program
The 2013 First Mover Fellows gather outside New York, NY for their third and final seminar. Read More
April 28, 2014
United States
Aspen Global Health and Development
Featuring Sahalandy as an exemplary case, Aspen’s Alliance for Artisan Enterprise will host a screening of award-winning documentary: The Silkies of Madagascar, followed by a discussion on the impact of market access for artisan communities, addressing challenges and successes in the field. Read More

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