February 25, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by-invitation only.

This is a half-day convening on policy innovation in impact investing hosted by FIELD and the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation at the Aspen Institute in partnership with the Accelerating Impact Investing Initiative (AI3) and its three collaborating partners: Pacific Community Ventures, the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society, and Enterprise Community Partners.

AI3 will launch a framework for supporting a more prominent role for government in accelerating impact investing in the US, and facilitate a focused discussion on specific policy strategies.

Featured participants:

  • Jonathan Greenblatt, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
  • Terri Ludwig, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Tracy Palandjian, Social Finance US
  • Ellen Seidman, Urban Institute Fellow
  • Abby Jo Sigal, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Ben Thornley, InSight at Pacific Community Ventures
  • David Wood, Initiative for Responsible Investing

February 24, 2014
Washington, DC, United States

Join Walter Isaacson in conversation with US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Yale Law professor Stephen L. Carter, American Civil Rights leader Julian Bond, and Dean of the Washington National Cathedral Rev. Gary Hall. The panel will discuss the historical, cultural, theological, literary and political significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” and reflect on how far we have come as a nation and how much remains to be done.

For nearly 50 years, Martin Luther King’s “Letter from The Birmingham City Jail” has remained a seminal text in the Aspen Seminar’s exploration of enlightened leadership and timeless values. The Letter places us explicitly in the great conversation about what it means to be a good human being and a good citizen. 

Please click here to purchase tickets through the Washington National Cathedral.

February 24, 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
February 24, 2014
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

This second event in the Big Ideas for Job Creation series will highlight three strategies that have each demonstrated the potential to expand employment opportunities for individuals and communities that face particular challenges. These three strategies, while they have yet to become mainstream practice in the US, each have the potential to be scaled and replicated. And each involves a blend of private and public involvement that means they are more politically feasible. These three strategies are:

  • Employment-focused social enterprises
  • Tax incentives for impact investments in CDFIs
  • Leveraging the purchasing power of anchor institutions

Speakers include:

  • Steve Dubb, The Democracy Collaborative
  • Carla Javits, The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF)

February 21, 2014 - February 23, 2014
Kanagawa, Japan

*Japanese Language Only

February 19, 2014
Aspen, CO

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series will feature authors including Plato, Rousseau, Kant, Jung, Hume and others. Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series. Pete spent 15 years studying with Mortimer Adler, co-founder of the Great Books Foundation, and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989. 

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments. The Great Books program is now full.

 

February 19, 2014
Medford, MA
Franklin Project

Retired General Stanley McChrystal, chair of the leadership council of the Aspen Institute Franklin Project, today will help Tufts University officially launch Tufts 1+4, a bridge year program that will offer incoming students of all economic backgrounds the opportunity to engage in a year of full-time national or international service before beginning the traditional college experience. 

Tufts and its Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service will kick off the program with a 5 pm Symposium on Service and Leadership on the university’s Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, campus, at which McChrystal will be the keynote speaker.

February 19, 2014
Madrid, Spain

*This event is by-invitation only.

February 18, 2014
Aspen, CO
In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2014 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include defense technology, Israel and the US and Turkey’s challenges, the Islamic Awakening, energy independence, food and climate, China’s foreign policy, and US trade policy. Read More
February 17, 2014 - February 20, 2014
Aspen, CO

This symposium, offered to Society of Fellows supporters, will address Churchill’s legacy, including governance in wartime, the alliance between Britain and the United States; and his compelling presence in world history. Featuring preparatory readings, lecture, Q&A, and moderated discussion, the symposium will invite you to draw your own conclusions about this most iconic of British leaders. Moderated by Lee Pollock, Executive Director, The Churchill Centre; and by James Muller, Political Science Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage. Special guest experts Steven Hayward, author of Churchill on Leadership; and John Maurer, Chair, Stategy and Policy Department, U.S. Naval War College. 

February 15, 2014
Aspen, CO

Dr. David Agus will speak at a Society of Fellows' Vanguard Chapter discussion reception. The program will be followed by a reception and book signing. Dr. David B. Agus is one of the world’s leading cancer doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers. His new book, A Short Guide to a Long Life, was just published by Simon & Schuster in January 2014.

February 15, 2014 - February 17, 2014
Aspen, CO
This seminar convenes high school students from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond, for a forum in which students can gain insight into timely and important topics. Participants are moved to voice their own opinions, opening a lively dialogue in which diverse viewpoints are shared and valued. Participants will explore the vast lessons we can learn from Shakespeare’s Henry V and Romeo & Juliet over the course of three half days. Read More
February 14, 2014 - February 17, 2014
Aspen, CO
The Aspen Institute Socrates Program invites you to join us in Aspen, CO for an exciting weekend of learning and winter activities over President’s day weekend February 14-17, 2014. Registration and scholarship applications for Summer Socrates will soon be available online. Read More
February 13, 2014
Aspen, CO
Aspen Writers' Foundation

Aspen Writers' Foundation presents Aloud! The High Altitude Poetry Jam, featuring award-winning performance artists Lemon Andersen, Myrlin Hepworth, Logan "Dirtyverbs" Phillips, and Roaring Fork Valley students. All three visiting poets share cross-cultural experiences that inform their work.

The poets will rock The Wheeler with a spoken word extravaganza that promises to expand the boundaries of self-expression, melding traditional verse with hip-hop and memoir. This unique all-ages show brings Lemon's Brooklyn background together with two distinct Arizona voices — Myrlin is from Phoenix, Logan is from Tucson — and the voices of local kids. 

*This event is free of charge.

February 13, 2014
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Sports and Society Program

Pediatricians, sports medicine doctors, and researchers have important recommendations and insights on how to properly engage and protect children in sports — insights rarely considered by parents and sport organizers. In collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Council on Exercise, the Aspen Institute Project Play initiative will convene leaders from medicine, sport, academia, and business innovation to address the role of health and medical professionals in informing the decision-making process in youth sports at both the national and local levels.

February 12, 2014
Aspen, CO

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series will feature authors including Plato, Rousseau, Kant, Jung, Hume and others. Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series. Pete spent 15 years studying with Mortimer Adler, co-founder of the Great Books Foundation, and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989. 

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments. The Great Books program is now full.

 

February 12, 2014
Washington, DC
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

The end of both Fannie Mae’s and the Freddie Mac Foundation’s philanthropic activities will leave a significant gap in support for the Greater Washington region’s affordable housing efforts. The local funding community’s regular grantmaking won’t be able to fill this gap. Funders must explore new ways to support affordable housing in order to substantially increase their philanthropic impact. Impact investing is one of the ways this can be done.

A panel of national experts will discuss how impact investing can help advance local affordable housing efforts. Panelists will discuss a variety of ways that investments can be structured, as well as how to set up investing programs relatively quickly while mitigating risk. They will also reveal the results of their organizations’ own investments, including challenges, achievements, and lessons learned.

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation is partnering with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers to host this event.

Moderators: 

  • Michael Bodaken, National Housing Trust

Special Guests:

  • Lori Chatman, Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc.
  • Allison Clark, The John D. and Chatherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Warren Hanson, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
  • Vivian Vasallo, AARP Foundation

February 11, 2014
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2014 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include defense technology, Israel and the US and Turkey’s challenges, the Islamic Awakening, energy independence, food and climate, China’s foreign policy, and US trade policy.

This week's topic: Turkey's Challenges

Turkey: a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an ever-growing chasm between the East and West. Turkey’s first Prime Minister Kemal Ataturk envisioned a modern, democratic nation-state built on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire with strong ties to Europe, not the Middle East. But as the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still very much up for grabs.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. The Great Decisions program is now full.



February 11, 2014
Washington , DC
Energy and Environment Program

Join the Energy and Environment Program for a public panel discussion, entitled "India - U.S. Perspectives on Energy and Climate Change: Opportunities for Cooperation".

February 11, 2014
Washington, DC
Justice and Society Program

Congress can assume one of its strongest roles in protecting Americans through clear, direct oversight of homeland security, yet more than 100 committees and subcommittees assert jurisdiction over the US Department of Homeland Security. The 20-minute movie “Homeland Confusion,” produced by The Documentary Group for the Annenberg Public Policy Center, examines how and why fragmented Congressional oversight of DHS leaves our nation more vulnerable than it should be to the threat of cyber, biological, and chemical attack.

This one-hour screening will include a question-and-answer session with former DHS Secretary and Gov. Tom Ridge (R-PA) and former Rep. John Tanner (D-TN). A new study marking the 13th anniversary of the Hart-Rudman Commission’s final report, which called for single points of oversight for homeland security in both the House and the Senate, also will be released.

This event is sponsored by the Aspen Institute Justice & Society Program and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

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