Thursday, December 4, 2014
Chicago Middle East Programs

Hanin Ghaddar, Managing Editor, NOW (English); Ambassador James Jeffrey, Former Ambassador to Iraq and Turkey and Philip Solo

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 2:00pm to Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 5:30pm
For twenty years, the Aspen France Institute has gathered leading European and African figures. The spirit of Aspen is characterized by its desire to bring together different viewpoints and create a platform where its’ participants have the power of persuasion and action. Furthermore, the Aspen Europe-Africa initiative is committed to fostering dialogue and creating new opportunities for the two continents. Read More
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Literary fiction, investigative journalism, cultural reflection, poetry … Winter Words 2015 has it all. This year’s series features some of the most heralded and innovative writers of our time. Please join us at Paepcke auditorium for five evenings of readings, musings, and conversations designed to challenge, surprise and delight. Read More
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Economic Opportunities Program
Many have touted the sharing economy’s benefits for consumers, including convenient and affordable services and shared goods. But what are the benefits — and the downsides — of the sharing economy for the workers who provide the services? What is the influence of the sharing economy on the future of work? What are the implications for public policy and business practice? Read More
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Charles M. Blow, op-ed columnist at New York Times, discussing his latest novel "Fire Shut Up in My Bones" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Read More
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
Washington Aspen Strategy Group
A discussion featuring: Stephen J. Hadley, Principal, RiceHadleyGates LLC and Former National Security Advisor; Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution and Former Deputy Secretary of State; and Angela Stent, Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University. Read More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:00pm to Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 1:00pm
Ronda (Málaga)

Aspen Institute España will hold its fourth international seminar within the framework of the "Aspen Mediterranean Initiative" (AMI), a forum for dialogue and cooperation among young leaders from countries along both shores of the Mediterranean.

The seminar will be chaired by Mr. Randall Kempner, Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

This event is by invitation only.

Dr. Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow, Project Hope and former Head of Medicare/Medicaid  in conversation about the changing face of US health care — the Affordable Care Act, specialty drugs, and more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 5:00pm
Dr. Wilensky will discuss a broad range of issues regarding the U.S. health care system including the Affordable Care Act, infectious diseases, the emergence of high cost specialty drugs, the rising cost of health care, and the unavailability of quality medical care in many parts of rural America. Read More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington D.C.
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, discussing her latest book “The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong” (PublicAffairs). Read More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Saturday, November 22, 2014

 Aspen Mediterranean Initiative in Spain

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This four-week series is designed as a forum for community members to gain insight into specific issues facing our society today, as well as research viable solutions to these issues. 
The topics to be covered are Surveillance; Alternative College Funding; Electoral Redistricting; and Designer Babies. Read More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Washington Center for Native American Youth
Native American youth are often overlooked in the national dialogue and continue to be misrepresented by negative, race-based stereotypes. In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, the Center for Native American Youth’s public event will highlight perspectives on racial equity from experts in Indian Country — including Native young people themselves — to inspire policymakers, foundations, and other advocates to make Native youth a priority. Read More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Aspen Institute Arts Program
Known for emphasizing collaboration, innovation, and community engagement, Rutter will talk to Arts Program Director, Damian Woetzel, about how she intends to focus her experiences and enthusiasm toward a bright future for the Kennedy Center. Read More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - Friday, November 21, 2014
Aspen Energy and Environment Program

It is beyond debate that food insecurity in the United States results in obesity and poor nutrition, contributing to increased public healthcare costs. However, the question remains of whether programs and policies to improve access to healthful food can also serve to reduce or alleviate total U.S. healthcare cost. Through the Aspen Institute Dialogue on U.S.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
New York Aspen Institute Arts Program
Following up from the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Institute Arts Program continues examining how the lives of at-risk youth and incarcerated citizens are made better through the practice of drama. Read More
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 9:30am - 11:00am
Washington D.C. Education and Society Program
To truly realize the instructional rigor and educational promise of the Common Core, open and honest conversations about implementation’s successes and struggles are needed. To help facilitate these discussions, the Aspen Institute and Achieve are releasing two tools designed to help school-level staff and state leaders gauge implementation of the Common Core and to provide a framework for assessing progress. Please join us for an opportunity to hear directly from state and district leaders of Common Core implementation and learn about new tools and resources designed to support the important work of Common Core implementation. Read More
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this seminar series will use the Bard as a lens through which to frame the Enlightenment ideas and ideals that shape the American Democratic Experiment. Following the structure of “Athens to Aspen”, the curriculum will comprise three, three-month thematic modules, each drawing upon: texts from the European Enlightenment, a Shakespeare play, and text about American politics and culture. Read More
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

*This event is by invitation only.

Click here to view a photo slideshow of this event.

The carbon pollution problem plagues us with more questions than answers, and those questions often lead to doubts, fears, and inaction. Instead, suggests Roger Sant, we should focus on our past victories, searching among them for the keys to a complex future. In this talk, Sant shares 40 years of experience in the energy industry, drawing out the lessons most essential to helping us move forward.

Attendees Speak About Energy with Expert Roger Sant

Roger Sant’s Salon Presentation

The Aspen Around Town Series is a special offering of Aspen Institute public events held in and around the City of Washington, DC, jointly presented by prominent Washington-based cultural institutions. The events showcase dialogues focused on a broad range of topics featuring nationally recognized leaders and noted political and cultural experts. The Series is designed to provide these intellectually stimulating and topical conversations––a hallmark of the Aspen Institute––to the greater Washington community.

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Health, Medicine and Society Program
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, is director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our nation’s health protection agency. Since 2009, he has worked to control health threats from infectious diseases, respond to emergencies, and battle the leading causes of death in our nation and around the world. Read More