Tuesday, March 1, 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, March 1, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 12:00pm
Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. Read More
Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 8:00am to Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 12:00am
Global Alliances Program
The week of March 5, 2016 the Aspen Institute and the Richardson Center for Global Engagement will co-lead a Partnership Opportunity Delegation (POD) to Myanmar, where participants will engage in meetings and conversations around investment and innovation focused on early technology and small scale alternative energy. Read More
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Aspen Institute Arts Program
The Arts Program was invited by the Park Avenue Armory to collaborate on a conversation in celebration of Black History Month. "Two Souls, Two Thoughts," brings together artists, writers, and thinkers to discuss, debate, and contextualize their unique, ongoing, and evolving engagements with African American history. Moderated by writer and podcast host Stacia Brown, participants include vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri, multimedia artist Jasmine Murrell, and novelist and playwright Darryl Pinckney. Read More
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Featuring Tony Buettner, national spokesperson and senior vice president of business development at Blue Zones, an organization that puts the learnings of the world's longest-lived people to work in people’s lives, families and communities. Tony is a former expedition member, explorer and brother of National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner, who researched and discovered these places around the world where many factors combine to allow people to live longer and better, known as Blue Zones. Read More
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 11:30am - 2:00pm
Center for Urban Innovation
Increasingly, we are seeing a shift in mindset among city leaders who are: how can we work collaboratively with citizens and private enterprises to design innovative solutions to our most pressing needs? This facilitated roundtable discussion will discuss this question and more Read More
Wednesday, February 24, 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
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 12:00pm
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 the opportunity to reflect on the values and tensions involved in effective and enlightened leadership across the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Read More
Tuesday, February 23, 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 Koreas. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided in two. The northern half of the Korean peninsula was occupied by the Soviet Union, the southern by the United States. Today, North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. With such a wide gap, some are asking if unification is possible, even desirable, anymore?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Center for Native American Youth
On February 23, the Center for Native American Youth will announce its fourth class of Native youth leaders selected to serve as 2016 Champions for Change. Champions for Change are young indigenous leaders from across the United States who are leading impactful initiatives that seek to improve their tribal or urban Indian communities. The 2016 class of Champions will join CNAY at the Aspen Institute to share their stories of overcoming barriers to promote hope, create positive change, and inspire other youth in Indian Country. Read More
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author, discussing his new book "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Read More
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Aspen Institute Arts Program
Join the Aspen Institute for a film screening of "Capturing Grace" and conversation with the film's Director, Dave Iverson, and "Dance for PD" Director David Leventhal, in conversation with Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel. Read More
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join Art Registrar and Curator Lissa Ballinger for a tour of the recently updated exhibit "The Legacy of Herbert Bayer: Recent Gifts and Loans to the Aspen Institute" in the Resnick Gallery, Doerr-Hosier lobby, 11am to noon. Free and open to the public. No tickets or RSVP required. Read More
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

Seminar on Strategy for New Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders

On Thursday, February 18, 2016 the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundation Initiative announced the opening of admissions for the Seminar on Strategy for New Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders and celebrated the occasion at an event hosted by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Foundation directors, AEFI Advisors, Lead Underwriters, and members of the press attended the program which included welcoming remarks by host Dorothy Lichtenstein, President, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and Charles C. Bergman, Chair & CEO of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Honorary Chair, AEFI Advisors. AEFI Project Director Christine Vincent described the growth of the field that has resulted in the need for professional development and AEFI Advisor Stephen K. Urice outlined the curriculum and innovative, site-specific format for the Seminar created in response to this need. 

Leaders of several foundations that will host the Seminar spoke to the importance of professional development for new foundation leaders, including Christa Blatchford, CEO, Joan Mitchell Foundation; Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation; and Jack Cowart, Executive Director, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. AEFI Lead Underwriters Steven Pincus, Managing Partner, DeWitt Stern; Lawrence M. Shindell, Chairman, ARIS Title Insurance Corporation; and Linda Zambelli, Managing Director, U.S. Trust discussed their organizations' commitment to educating about issues that are key to the artist-endowed foundation field and their enthusiasm for supporting AEFI's work with the emerging field. 

Scheduled for June 6-10, 2016, the Seminar on Strategy for New Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders, presented collaboratively by the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative (AEFI) and University of Miami School of Law (UMSL), supports the professional development of individuals who currently have, or will have, new policy-setting and leadership responsibilities for artist-endowed foundations—directors, officers, trustees, board members, senior staff—and orients them to the characteristics of these distinctive organizations. To learn more about the Seminar, access the Seminar Prospectus and Application Form h​e​r​e​.

Wednesday, February 17, 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
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 8:00am to Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:00pm
Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. Read More
Tuesday, February 16, 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 Future of Kurdistan. Kurdistan, a mountainous region made up of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Armenia and Syria, is home to one of the largest ethnic groups in West Asia: the Kurds. Now, most in the West know them for their small, oil-rich autonomous region in northern Iraq called Iraqi Kurdistan — one of the U.S.’ closer allies in the Middle East and a bulwark against the expansion of the so-called Islamic State. What does the success of Iraqi Kurdistan mean for Kurds in the surrounding region?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 5:30pm to Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:30pm

*This event is by invitation only.

This three-day symposium will explore the evolving nature of executive power and what it takes to lead the most powerful office in the world. What were the intentions of the founding fathers in establishing a strong executive branch, the first republic to do so in history? How has executive power expanded and contracted through pivotal times in US history and what are the implications? What characteristics and strategies are needed to adeptly lead as the US president? Can we predict performance in the White House based on what we see during campaign season? These questions and more will be the basis of this symposium moderated by presidential historian and American University Professor, Dr. Allan Lichtman, and Harvard Professor of Political Philosophy, Dr. Harvey Mansfield.

Evening opening reception followed by three half-day sessions.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 12:00pm
Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. In this seminar, they will explore the challenges placed at their feet as leaders in a period of increasing interconnectedness. Read More
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen Words
2016 Aspen Winter Words featuring author Adam Johnson. Read More

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