Tuesday, February 10, 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 Sectarianism in the Middle East.

Many of the current conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi‘i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region and shows no signs of abating. But for all the religious discourse permeating the conflict, much of its roots are political, not religious. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How have governments manipulated sectarian differences? And finally, what is the U.S. doing about it?

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

Registration is now open.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen
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
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Aspen
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
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 5:00pm to Friday, February 13, 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 6, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Aspen
This event will feature Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and three-term New York City mayor, in conversation with Jennifer Bradley, founding director of the new Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation. Read More
Friday, February 6, 2015
Laureate International Universities, the Aspen Institute Mexico and the IDB are co-convening a solution-focused gathering that will seek to encourage a thoughtful discussion on how to create a more productive workforce in Mexico. Read More
Wednesday, February 4, 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. If you're interested in joining the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 5:00pm
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 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. Read More
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, discussing his latest memoir Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools (HarperCollins). Read More
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Washington Aspen Global Health and Development
The challenges involved in developing, introducing, and scaling global health innovations are innumerable. A bevy of activities are required, across many countries, and with many actors (donors, implementing partners, ministries of health, and manufacturers, to name a few), making coordination and efficient execution a tricky proposition.
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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Aspen

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion featuring acclaimed Tony-nominated actress Kathleen Chalfant ("Wit," "Angels in America"); Andrew Leynse, artistic director of the off-Broadway theater company Primary Stages Theater in NYC; Theater Masters Artistic Director Julia Hansen, and the emerging voices of the American theater of tomorrow: playwrights from the top MFA programs in the country.

Free and Open to Everyone.

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 8:00am - 8:00pm
Washington

*This event is by invitation only.

Launched in a new US city each year, the Aspen Challenge kicks off in Washington with a forum for students and teachers from 20 partner high schools across the city. At the forum, leaders pioneering change to some of the world’s most pressing issues will present challenges to the teams. Following the forum, teams will spend seven weeks designing a solution to their selected challenge and reconvene to present their solutions on stage in a day-long competition. Three teams from Washington will be selected to advance and showcase their work at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2015.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Congressional Program
The Aspen Institute Democracy Series cordially invites you to a lunchtime book talk featuring Julian E. Zelizer, Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, discussing his book "The Fierce Urgency of Now." Read More
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Washington Homeland Security Program

Please join the Wilson Center for a major address by Secretary Jeh Johnson, the fourth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Johnson oversees the third largest Cabinet department and leads the nation’s efforts to secure our country from a myriad of threats from terrorism to natural disasters. The address will be followed by a question and answer session with Wilson Center President Jane Harman. This event is co-presented with the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program. 

Wednesday, January 28, 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. If you're interested in joining the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
New York

*This event is by invitation only.

The series "Conversations with Great Leaders in Memory of Preston Robert Tisch" — underwritten by the children of the late Bob Tisch, a businessman and philanthropist — highlights great leadership in action through interviews with key leaders from all sectors of civic life.

General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark is a distinguished fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. In 2004, Clark campaigned for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. He is chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm, and is the author of "Winning Modern Wars," "Waging Modern War," and "A Time to Lead." Clark is the recipient of many awards, including the Purple Heart and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Tuesday, January 27, 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 Russia and the Near Abroad. 

As calls for closer ties with the EU failed to be met, Ukrainians took to the streets in in November 2013. As the movement later known as the Euromaidan, or “Euro Square,” pulled western Ukraine closer to its European neighbors, another powerful force threatened to tear away the country’s eastern half: Russia. Putin’s pushback against European expansionism has the West wondering: If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors?

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

Registration is now open.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Washington

*This event is by invitation only. This event is open to Society of Fellows members only.

DATE CHANGE: The date of this event has been changed from Wednesday, January 28 to Tuesday, January 27. 

This discussion reception will feature the Aspen Challenge program, a platform for young students to design solutions to some of the most critical problems we face. Equipped with tools and support from pioneering leaders in a variety of fields, teams present their solutions in a daylong competition. Winning teams are then selected to showcase their work at the Aspen Ideas Festival. After successful programs in Los Angeles and Denver, the Aspen Challenge will expand to Washington DC in 2015.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Economic Opportunities Program
About this Webinar:
The sharing economy is quickly expanding in the US and globally.  Often referred to as the “gig economy” or “on-demand economy,” this dynamic collection of online business platforms facilitates a wide variety of exchanges including of property, skills, labor, and space. Common examples include Airbnb (rent a room or your house), Uber (provide rides), TaskRabbit (do chores for others), and Instacart (be a personal grocery shopper). The Economic Opportunities Program recently hosted a panel discussion of the pro’s and con’s of the sharing economy for workers, and one panelist from the UK pointed to a new model that could improve these work markets for workers.  With support from the UK government and foundations, Beyond Jobs – an organization in the UK with a mission to unleash a 21st century model of irregular work – has developed an online platform that goes beyond today’s diffused and disconnected sharing economy platforms by creating a centralized database aggregating opportunities and vetted workers.  It has the potential to provide a more efficient, predictable, and easier-to-use platform for both workers and consumers. In this webinar, Wingham Rowan, director of Beyond Jobs, provided a background on the platform, gave a tour of the site, discussed potential application in the United States, and answered participant questions. 

Featuring:
Wingham Rowan, director, Beyond Jobs

Find Related Resources
During the webinar, participants expressed great interest in topics related to the challenges workers face in the sharing economy and ideas for improving the quality of these jobs.  We have posted slides from the actual presentation on January 27, 2015, see the webinar slideshow. The Working in America series held a discussion on December 2, 2014 that addressed some of these questions.  Watch the discussion and find related resources here.  

This event is part of the Working in America series.

  

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