Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 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
Monday, October 20, 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, October 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
A discussion about leadership amidst the current Ebola crisis Read More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 3:30pm - 8:15pm
New York Business and Society Program
During the afternoon and evening of Thursday, October 16th, the Aspen Institute will convene at the Ford Foundation in NYC a lively discussion focused on business education today -- and its future. Our central question: How are business schools preparing our next generation to lead companies in ways that move us closer to a vibrant economy that works for all? Register now! Read More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Friday, October 17, 2014
New York Business and Society Program

On October 16-17, 2014, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program will convene about 60 deans and faculty for the 2014 Business Education Symposium, hosted this year at the Ford Foundation in New York City. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
New York Aspen Institute Arts Program

Jamie Bennett, the director of ArtPlace America, and Rocco Landesman, former chairman of the NEA and producer of celebrated plays and musicals such as Angels in America and Jersey Boys, speak with Arts Program director, Damian Woetzel, about the roles that art and culture can play in shaping the social, physical, and economic futures of our communities.

Learn more about the Aspen Institute Arts Program. Follow us on Twitter @AspenArts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Featuring Rabbi Lee Bycel, Aspen Seminar moderator, and 2014 Presidential appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council and Committee on Conscience. Bycel serves as Senior Moderator of Leadership Seminars at the Aspen Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. From the hundredth anniversary of World War I to contemporary turmoil of the NFL, how do we respond to a culture of violence? This compelling program will offer a personal exploration of this timely, timeless issue.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
Liberty Fellowship is an incubator for exemplary leadership in South Carolina. The program started in 2004 as a partnership of Anna Kate and Hayne Hipp, Wofford College and the Aspen Institute and has offices in Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina. Read More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Thursday, October 16, 2014
New York Business and Society Program

The Aspen Business & Society Leaders Forum engages, by invitation, senior executives pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable company.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 3:45pm - 5:15pm

Tomas Ctibor, acting director, Prague Institute of Planning and Development

Adam Gebrian, architect

Kristof Kintera, artist

Illah van Oijen, photographer and activist

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:00pm to Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 3:00pm
Washington Education and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

This event is a retreat of urban chief academic officers in the Aspen Education and Society District Network.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Health, Medicine and Society Program
With billions of dollars being spent in research and development each year, with thousands of grassroots and fundraising events focused on curing cancer being held each year, with science and technology rapidly evolving in every part of our lives, many Americans, especially those currently battling this terrible disease, are left asking a simple question: Why haven't we cured cancer? Read More
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century

*This event is by invitation only.

The Aspen Institute Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century program is hosting an event at its Washington, DC, headquarters to explore the rationale for lifting the ban, either fully or partially, on the export of crude oil. Emphasis will be on the impact of such a change on the manufacturing industry, on jobs in the United States, on the efficiency of the oil and gas sector, and on larger foreign policy concerns.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 9:30am - 10:30am
New York Communications and Society Program
"Rising to the Challenge" is the culmination of a year-long exploration and examination of the challenges and opportunities facing communities and their public libraries as society moves deeper into the digital era. It projects a new vision for public libraries and promotes new thinking about libraries, their critical assets, new networked forms, and the essential role they now play in providing opportunities for individuals and communities to succeed in an economy and society that reward learning, creativity, innovation, and social connection. Read More
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

This rigorous four-day seminar is open to 24 high school juniors from six valley-wide schools. Chosen by their respective school officials, the students are afforded the chance to learn in the Socratic method of dialogue from an expert Institute moderator. Students read selections by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Virginia Woolf, Hobbes, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. The four-day seminar is dedicated to enhancing leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills for high school students living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Students are challenged to think more critically and deeply about their values and ideas, and those that make the good society. Our proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. Participants emerge from the seminar with a new perspective as they confront t he difficult choices of our ever-changing world.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 6:00pm to Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
Wye River

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.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Dana Point

On May 29, President Obama hosted an event, the “White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit.” The president spoke of the need to address the concussion crisis and keep kids active, and a panel that followed underscored the important role that mothers play in the future of youth sports, and thus sports broadly, given growing concerns about the risks associated with playing contact sports.

But how deep are those fears? What do mothers – as gatekeeper of youth sports – want to know? How can we empower them to be leaders in their communities? And what do girls, specifically, need?

In partnership with espnW, the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program will survey moms to find out what they want and need for their kids. With results in hand from the nationally representative ESPN Sports Poll, we will co-host a Project Play roundtable at the conclusion of The espnW: Women + Sports Summit to explore the issues facing kids and their moms. 

The goal: Elevate the voices of moms and girls in the conversation about youth sports, and identify ways to ensure their voices remain central to the dialogue moving forward.


Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington D.C.
*This event is by invitation only. The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute, discussing his latest novel "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" (Simon & Schuster) Read More
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Washington Aspen Global Health and Development

An official side event during the Civil Society Policy Forum: 2014 IMF/World Bank Fall Meetings, this panel discussion will link reproductive health, food security, and climate change in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 20.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
New York
Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post in 2005, which quickly became one of the most widely read, linked-to and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Ms. Huffington has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. A nationally syndicated columnist and author, her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, published in 2014, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Read More