October 12, 2014 - October 15, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

This rigorous four-day seminar is open to 24 high school juniors from six valley-wide schools. Chosen by their respective school officials, the students are afforded the chance to learn in the Socratic method of dialogue from an expert Institute moderator. Students read selections by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Virginia Woolf, Hobbes, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. The four-day seminar is dedicated to enhancing leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills for high school students living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Students are challenged to think more critically and deeply about their values and ideas, and those that make the good society. Our proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. Participants emerge from the seminar with a new perspective as they confront t he difficult choices of our ever-changing world.

October 11, 2014 - October 17, 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.

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October 10, 2014
Dana Point, CA, United States

On May 29, President Obama hosted an event, the “White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit.” The president spoke of the need to address the concussion crisis and keep kids active, and a panel that followed underscored the important role that mothers play in the future of youth sports, and thus sports broadly, given growing concerns about the risks associated with playing contact sports.

But how deep are those fears? What do mothers – as gatekeeper of youth sports – want to know? How can we empower them to be leaders in their communities? And what do girls, specifically, need?

In partnership with espnW, the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program will survey moms to find out what they want and need for their kids. With results in hand from the nationally representative ESPN Sports Poll, we will co-host a Project Play roundtable at the conclusion of The espnW: Women + Sports Summit to explore the issues facing kids and their moms. 

The goal: Elevate the voices of moms and girls in the conversation about youth sports, and identify ways to ensure their voices remain central to the dialogue moving forward.

 

October 10, 2014
Washington D.C., DC, United States
*This event is by invitation only. The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute, discussing his latest novel "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" (Simon & Schuster) Read More
October 9, 2014
Washington, DC
Aspen Global Health and Development

An official side event during the Civil Society Policy Forum: 2014 IMF/World Bank Fall Meetings, this panel discussion will link reproductive health, food security, and climate change in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 20.

October 8, 2014
New York, NY
Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post in 2005, which quickly became one of the most widely read, linked-to and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Ms. Huffington has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. A nationally syndicated columnist and author, her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, published in 2014, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Read More
October 8, 2014 - October 11, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

This rigorous four-day seminar is open to 24 high school juniors from six valley-wide schools. Chosen by their respective school officials, the students are afforded the chance to learn in the Socratic method of dialogue from an expert Institute moderator. Students read selections by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Virginia Woolf, Hobbes, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. The four-day seminar is dedicated to enhancing leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills for high school students living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Students are challenged to think more critically and deeply about their values and ideas, and those that make the good society. Our proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. Participants emerge from the seminar with a new perspective as they confront the difficult choices of our ever-changing world.

October 8, 2014
Washington, DC
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Atul Gawande, staff writer at New Yorker magazine and professor at Harvard School of Public Health, discussing his book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" (Metropolitan Books). Moderated by Rob Stein, correspondent and science editor, NPR Science Desk. Read More
October 8, 2014 - October 9, 2014
San Francisco, CA

On the 20th anniversary of the creation of its iconic New Establishment, Vanity Fair, in association with the Aspen Institute, will present its first conference—a unique opportunity to hear from the pioneers, influencers, and disrupters who have driven the age of innovation.

October 7, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States
Featuring Walter Isaacson on The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. Books will be available for sale and there will be a book signing following the lecture. Read More
October 6, 2014 - October 9, 2014
Aspen, CO
Ascend

This event is by invitation only.

The second biennial Aspen ThinkXChange will focus on transforming families' lives two generations at a time.

October 5, 2014
Queenstown, MD

A recital for Cello and Piano - Sonatas by Saint Saens, Brahms and Beethoven, with Michael Kannen, Director of Chamber Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music and Kyung Wha Chu.

October 2, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Bucharest

The 2014 edition of the Bucharest Forum will be a large scale, trans-regional event building on the success and relevant work of its prior editions. Its objective is to contribute to the synchronization of EU and US perspectives and policies with regards the East West corridor linking Europe and Asia. The concept calls for a logic of a “joint pivot” to Asia.

October 2, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Mexico City, Mexico
How must we lead in the 21st century, in business, politics, and civil society? From the trolley problem to global systems, financial services in ancient Greece to the recent economic downturn, endangered-peoples movements to extreme sports and collaborative consumption, "Heroes and Villains" captures the challenges and solutions we have already articulated for the new century. Read More
October 1, 2014
Economic Opportunities Program
Panelists will discuss the specific transportation challenges workers face, creative and cost effective solutions being explored and implemented across the country, and examples of how communities, organizations, and employers have mobilized to address this critical workforce issue. Read More
September 30, 2014
Washington, DC
Justice and Society Program
Barriers to excellent public education through teacher tenure provisions, spending caps, and other state constitutional, legislative and regulatory provisions are being challenged in lawsuits from coast to coast. Teachers' unions and advocates for better schools, former allies, find themselves at odds. Do teachers need to lose for kids to win? Can we achieve racial equity, inclusion, and better educational outcomes by giving communities more voice? What are the First Amendment concerns? Would changes in housing patterns help, and how might we best encourage them? Read More
September 29, 2014
Washington, DC
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)
*This event is by invitation only. The Foundation Presidents’ Series cordially invites you to a lunchtime conversation with Christopher Oechsli, president and CEO of the Atlantic Philanthropies, moderated by Jane Wales, vice president of Philanthropy and Society at the Aspen Institute. Read More
September 28, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
The second annual CityLab: Global Solutions to Urban Challenges will bring together 300 global city leaders — mayors, plus urban theorists, city planners, scholars, architects, and artists — for a series of conversations about urban ideas that are shaping the world's metro centers. Read More
September 26, 2014
Queenstown, MD
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Al Sikes, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Charlie Firestone, executive director of the Aspen Institute Communication and Society Program, will present a talk entitled "Competition in the New Communications Landscape." Read More
September 26, 2014
Washington, DC
Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program
Drawing on his experiences with RESULTS and CCL as well as the 20th anniversary edition of his book "Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government," Sam Daley-Harris will offer advice about the kinds of support structures and curricula that allowed “ordinary citizens” to become confident advocates for their issues. We’ll discuss the challenge of maintaining morale and celebrating advances in advocacy capacity during challenging periods in an advocacy effort. Read More

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