May 30, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Tokyo, Japan

*Japanese Language Only

May 28, 2014 - May 30, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Energy and Environment Program

The Energy and Environment Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions are collaborating to address domestic water challenges in the 21st century with an invite-only forum with utility, finance, and emerging technology executives, policy makers and thought leaders to advance

May 28, 2014 - May 30, 2014
Aspen, CO
May 27, 2014
Aspen, CO
Aspen Writers' Foundation
The Aspen Writers' Foundation's (AWF) Writer in Residence program offers writers an opportunity to spend one month in Woody Creek, CO, to focus on current writing projects. A monthly reading and talk is held for each resident author, among other special appearances by the writer to valley schools and private AWF member functions. Read More
May 25, 2014
Paris, France

The Institut Aspen France organizes a European Election night to discuss, analyze, and comment on the results of the elections. Qualified personalities will attend the event, including Stephane Rozès, qualified analyst and reknown political specialist.

May 22, 2014
Washington, DC
On May 22, David Lipton, first deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund, will be in conversation with Steven Weisman, vice president at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Read More
May 21, 2014
Washington, DC
Middle East Programs

Unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa region is the highest in the world, with 56 percent of the workforce unemployed, the majority of them youth and women. In February 2014, the Aspen Institute's Partners for a New Beginning - North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity (PNB-NAPEO) led a delegation of US community college leaders to North Africa to meet with higher education, vocational training, and business leaders from four countries: Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. The delegation, organized in collaboration with the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program, explored similarities and differences in the higher education and vocational training systems in the US and North Africa, and discussed best practices and potential areas of future collaboration. 

Please join us for a discussion on the challenges in North Africa's higher education system, and the potential for public-private partnerships to advance innovative solutions for the crippling problem of unemployment.

Our speakers include: 

  • Evan Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs
  • Joshua Wyner, executive director, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute 
  • Kathryn Mannes, senior vice president for workforce and economic development, American Association of Community Colleges
  • Russ Beard, director of information resources, Bellevue College

A light lunch will be served at 12:15 pm.

May 21, 2014
Washington, DC
Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program

Funded by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), the Lebanon Civic Support Initiative (LCSI) aims to build the capacity of civil society organizations to advocate for local or national issues. In order to assess areas of organizational need and evaluate a grantee’s capacity-building progress, LCSI collaborated with Lebanese advocacy organizations to develop and refine an Advocacy Index. This Index covers five key competency areas deemed necessary to the implementation of an effective advocacy initiative.

Through a consultative process, each LCSI grantee was assigned a score between zero and six in each of these competency areas based on actual experience. The average of the five scores represents the grantee’s organizational Advocacy Index. This evaluation process took place in two phases, at the start and end of the grant period. The Advocacy Index tool allows OTI and the grantees to identify internal areas in nee d of support and to quantify and aggregate changes in the capacity of grantees to advocate.

May 20, 2014
Economic Opportunities Program
Skills for America's Future invites you to participate in a webinar on the Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training grant program. Read More
May 20, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
Aspen Global Health and Development

Aspen Global Health and Development and The World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research

present the fourth annual Geneva Policy Dialogue Series on Reproductive Health, celebrating the 2014 Resolve Award Country Winners. 

May 19, 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
May 17, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Wye River, MD


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? What is our role in making it happen? The settings in Aspen, Colorado, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore are ideal for rejuvenation the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally refocused.

To learn more about The Aspen Seminar, please click here.


May 13, 2014
Washington, DC
Initiative on Financial Security

Nearly four years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, this dialogue will explore the innovations and obstacles shaping today’s relationship between consumers and the financial services sector. Four prominent leaders will examine what has changed in the experience of American consumers and discuss why both progress has been made and obstacles still remain.

May 12, 2014
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

Young adults and teens face significant challenges in finding quality employment in today's economy. The employment rate of teens is at its lowest point since World War II, and young adults have seen their employment rate drop by over 10 percent since 2000. For young workers, a lack of work experience can be a huge barrier to entering the labor market or finding a quality job.

More businesses have shifted away from hiring entry-level workers and investing in their training and development, and instead prioritize job candidates with experience. For those who have found employment, low wages, part-time hours, and limited advancement opportunities are not uncommon.

Join The Aspen Institute in this conversation to discuss the challenges young workers face in today's economy and ideas for expanding meaningful volunteer, on-the-job learning, and entrepreneurship opportunities to help our newest generation of workers gain the experiences a nd skills they need to be successful in the labor market.


  • Nona Willis Aronowitz, national reporter, NBC News Digital

Special Guests:

  • John Bridgeland, president and CEO, Civic Enterprises
  • LaShauntaye Moore, Earth Conservation Corps 
  • Henry Rock, executive director and founder, City Startup Labs; 
  • Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer/chief financial officer, AFL-CIO

May 12, 2014 - May 15, 2014
Queenstown, MD

Discover what's next in life and work through the Aspen Life Reimagined Seminars. Visit to learn more. 

May 9, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Lido of Venice, Italy

*This event is by-invitation only.

34th edition

May 8, 2014
New York, NY
ADS Works

A celebration of the publication of "Stand Up Straight and Sing!," a memoir by opera great Jessye Norman.

May 8, 2014
New York City, NY
ADS Works


A Conversation with Jessye Norman and Anna Deavere Smith
May 8, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States

Featuring David Kelley, founder of IDEO and Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic.

The Morris Series is made possible by a generous donation from Aspen Institute Trustee Diane L. Morris. This new Series will bring the mission and work of the Institute to an invited group of supporters, friends, and new audiences in the San Francisco area.

The Series will address innovation and technology with an underlying theme of leadership based on enduring values and nonpartisan exchange.

May 6, 2014
Economic Opportunities Program

Final Call for Funding – Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants.  The Obama administration will award $450 million in TAACCCT grant funds to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers.  This round of funding is the final installment of a $2 billion, four-year initiative and includes special incentives for applicants focusing on career pathways, the use of integrated data systems to track student academic and career success, and business and industry partnerships. 

Skills for America’s Future will host two 60 minute webinars to provide guidance to prospective applicants. 

The first webinar will focus on state efforts to promote career pathways and how states are using data to monitor and improve community college outcomes for students. The session will feature national organizations that have run and supported TAACCT-funded partnerships.  Guests will include representatives from:

  • Jobs for the Future
  • National Skills Coalition’s - Workforce Quality Data Campaign
  • Achieving the Dream

The second webinar will feature business and business association leaders who will discuss the benefits and challenges of community college-employer partnerships.  Guests will include representatives from:

  • National Restaurant Association
  • American Welding Society

Register now for our next webinar on May 20th at 2:00 pm (eastern), which will feature business association leaders who will discuss the opportunities for partnership under the final round of Trade Adjustment Act community college funding. They will focus community college partnerships with business associations and the use of industry-sponsored credentials and competencies.