Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 9:00am - 1:30pm
Austin Communications and Society Program

The SXSWedu summit “Designing Principles for a Trusted Environment” highlights the principles and issues in designing trusted environments for learning.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Washington Franklin Project
On March 5th the Franklin Project is hosting an event at the Aspen Institute DC headquarters featuring a panel of national service and employment leaders to discuss how hiring decisions are made, what skills national service alumni bring to employers, and the future of the Employers of National Service initiative. Read More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 8:30am - 9:00pm
Tunis Middle East Programs

PNB-NAPEO, in partnership with the Tunisian-American Chamber of Commerce and the US Department of State, hosted the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tunis, Tunisia on March 5, 2015. The conference featured a video address from President Obama and keynote speeches from Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The conference, which brought over 500 attendees from the US and North Africa, featured representation from Amazon, GE, Microsoft, Boeing, the Coca-Cola Company, US and Tunisian government, and regional ambassadors, among others. Three plenary sessions and four breakout sessions comprised the day-long conference, focusing on driving entrepreneurship and investment in North Africa, innovative finance, renewable energy infrastructure, closing the skills gap in the Maghreb, ICT, and more. PNB-NAPEO also hosted a workforce development luncheon at the conference hosted by Secretary Albright and a few key stakeholders from the PNB Morocco chapter, US government, and private sector to discuss further building out PNB’s workforce development initiative in Morocco.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Aspen
Featuring award-winning photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg who covered Afghanistan for 25 years as a photojournalist for Time magazine and The New York Times from 1988-2013. His new book, Afghanistan - A Distant War, won the Olivier Rebbot Award in 2014 from the Overseas Press Club for the best reporting from abroad in books and magazines, and chronicles Afghanistan from when the Soviet Army withdrew in 1988 until the beginning of the US-NATO withdrawal in 2013. Read More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Washington Forum for Community Solutions
Fifty years after the launch on the war on poverty there are more than 46 million people live below the Federal poverty line. Tens of millions more are working hard but barely subsisting, struggling to get a foothold for themselves and their families, and it is getting worse with rising economic inequality and the growing divide between rich and poor. These conditions have created a new sense of urgency for change and a need to have new conversations about poverty. Read More
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Aspen

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Syria's Refugee Crisis. 

Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains. Ultimately, though, the safety of displaced Syrians rests with the whole international community.

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Great Decisions is currently full.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 8:30am - 10:00am
Mountain View Communications and Society Program
The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology will release its report Managing Digital Assets: The Challenge of Creating and Sustaining Intangible Value in a Data-Driven Economy. The launch event will feature a panel discussion on the report of the 2014 roundtable, in which business executives, government leaders and visionaries examined the implications of emerging information technologies on societies and governments. Read More
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Aspen Aspen Words
Aspen Words is proud to bring poets and Roaring Fork Valley favorites Logan Phillips and Myrlin Hepworth back to The Wheeler stage. Joined by Mercedez Holtry and youth from local schools, this evening celebrates the power of the spoken word. Read More
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 5:00pm to Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:00pm
Aspen

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?

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Carbondale Aspen Words

An exhilarating night of Spoken Word Poetry created and performed by the youth of the Roaring Fork Valley. If you’re looking for inspiration, don’t miss this. Student sign up begins at 5:30pm with performances beginning at 6:30pm. The Slam will be followed by a Cumbia party at 9:00pm, featuring DJ and spoken word artist, Logan “Dirtyverbs” Phillips, with heart-pounding Latin music and dance.

More information: http://www.aspenwords.org/spoken-words-poets-schools/

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 8:15am - 3:00pm
Washington Sports and Society Program
Over the past decade, about a dozen countries have introduced, in a variety of forms, social movements based on a concept that has become known as “physical literacy.” Now we’re helping introduce it to the US. Defined by our working group as “the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life,” physical literacy efforts are a response to a common problem in developed societies: declining rates of physical activity. Read More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Denver

*This event is by invitation only.

Twenty-one high school teams from across Denver will reconvene and present their solutions to a panel of judges in a competition. Students will present on stage in the morning, and share their exhibits in the afternoon. Numerous awards will be given, and one team will be selected to advance and present their work at the 11th annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - Friday, February 27, 2015
San Francisco Business and Society Program
On February 26-27, 2015 in San Francisco, CA, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program will host a dialogue with over 75 senior business leaders on the theme of “Making Purpose Work” about operationalizing a higher purpose within companies to drive innovation and productivity. Read More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
New York Aspen Institute Arts Program

Moderated by Aspen Institute Arts Program director Damian Woetzel, author Phil Klay and MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band Lead Singer Tim Donley will discuss how they have used their respective modes of creative expression to reckon with their past experiences in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the aftermaths of their service. Klay, who was named one of the National Book Foundation’s "5 under 35" last year, will read from "Redeployment," his first book and winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. Donley will perform with MusiCorps Founder and Executive Director Arthur Bloom.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Aspen

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 features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Great Books is currently full.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Middle East Programs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Middle East Programs
For a region in the midst of profound change and turmoil, the energy sector in the Middle East sits at the critical nexus of economics and security. Regionally, oil and gas markets drive politics, serve as the basis of borders and boundaries, and can also be a source of financing for militant groups, such as the Islamic State. Domestically, the energy sector is an indispensable driver of economic growth and innovation from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv. Yet, oil and gas markets depend on certainty and stability to fuel growth, and in recent years the political economy of the Middle East has instead been defined by its insecurity, uncertainty, and ambiguity in the political and economic spheres. Taken with the falling price of oil, and the closing financial for new exploration and investment in the region, a dark cloud now hangs over the future energy landscape in the Middle East. Read More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 5:00pm
Hong Kong
The goal of the China Fellowship Program is to energize China’s private sector business leaders to step up to this challenge in a meaningful fashion. Read More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 8:30am - 6:00pm
Washington Sports and Society Program
Since launching Project Play in 2013, the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program has hosted 10 roundtables, a televised town hall, and several "Aspen Timeout" panels at national conferences. More than 250 thought leaders have engaged in our dialogues, sharing ideas on how to give every child access to an early, positive experience in sports. The most promising opportunities were identified in our recently released report, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game. A unifying document, it offers a new model for youth sports in America based on health and inclusion, with eight strategies and 40+ ideas on how to get all children active through sports. Read More
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Aspen

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is U.S. Policy Toward Africa.

Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s become a draw for foreign investors from across the globe. After the “Obamamania” of 2008 died down, though, the realization that Obama wasn’t going to overturn, or even prioritize, U.S. Africa policy kicked in. Still, the U.S. has promised to promote “strong institutions, not strong men,” and to favor good governance and healthy economies over profit. How can U.S. policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in the region?

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Great Decisions is currently full.

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