March/April 2012

Highlights | @ Washington, DC | @ Aspen, CO | @ NYC | @ Wye River | Around the World

Highlights:


Read Walter Isaacson's cover article in the April 2012 Harvard Business Review: The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs. You can also download the PDF from the Aspen Institute homepage.



Marcus Brauchli

Ken Auletta


The Aspen Institute will host an Aspen Institute Dialogue on the Future of Content 2020 featuring New Yorker media columnist Ken Auletta and Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli in Washington, DC on March 29. For more info, please contact Erin Silliman. This series is being run by the Communications & Society Program.

Learn why the "thought-provoking seminars at Aspen Institute use philosophical texts to create better leaders" in this CBS News article.

New York Ideas 2012, co-hosted by The Atlantic, will take place April 17 at the New York Historical Society and will feature leading thinkers and policy makers such as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, former Obama Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes, former OMB chief Peter Orszag, financier Peter G. Peterson, Newark, NJ Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson, and many others. The program will explore essential election-year questions focusing on the American identity. For more info, please contact Christine Gasparich.

Summer Public Programs:

Aspen Environment Forum (June 22-25), in partnership with National Geographic, will celebrate its fifth year with the theme Living in the New Normal. Featured speakers include E.O. Wilson, C40 Cities Special Advisor to the Chair Rohit Aggarwala, Ceres President Mindy Lubber, and The Long Now Foundation co-Founder and President Stewart Brand. Visit the website to review this year's program and register today to receive a 10% discount.



Aspen Ideas Festival (June 27 - July 3) A limited number of passes remain for the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. Featured speakers include LinkedIn co-Founder and Chairman Reid Hoffman, ABC News' Katie Couric, Yale Law Professor and bestselling author Amy Chua, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, CBS News Face the Nation Host Bob Schieffer, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen (US Navy, Ret.). For updates as we get closer to the Festival, be sure to 'LIKE' us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Also, view our channel on iTunes U for highlights from the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival.


Aspen Security Forum (July 25-28), in partnership with The New York Times and CNN, will feature Commander of US Special Operations Command William McRaven; NSA Director Keith Alexander; former Secretary of DHS Michael Chertoff; Special Envoy for Af-Pak Ambassador Marc Grossman; TSA Administrator John Pistole; NCTC Director Matthew Olsen; former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; and former CIA Director Michael Hayden. This year's forum will also feature a screening of the hit Showtime series Homeland and discussion with the show's producers. Click here for more information and to register.


@ Washington, DC

Manufacturing and Society Program will host "A Northern Tiger? Canada's Economic and Fiscal Renaissance and Its Implications for the United States" on March 28. For more info, please contact Sue Sumler.

Communications and Society Program will host an Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America on April 9, moderated by Juan Williams of Fox News and Jose Diaz Balart of Telemundo. For more info, please contact Kiahna Williams.

Society of Fellows members are invited to Days in DC, to learn about the current work of the Aspen Institute through lively conversations with directors of our policy programs and leadership initiatives. Held at the Institute's DC headquarters, these special discussions will take place over a series of afternoon, evening, and morning sessions from April 11-12. Please click here for more information.


Karen Mills

Initiative on Financial Security will host a roundtable discussion, Can America's Small Businesses Deliver Growth and Financial Security? featuring Small Business Administrator Karen Mills on April 12. For more info, please contact Colby Farber.

Sports & Society Program will host the symposium, Title IX and Beyond: How To Get the Rest of Our Girls in the Game? on May 31, convening prominent athletes, youth sport providers, and national experts to identify promising strategies to lift activity rates among low-income girls. For more info, please contact Tom Farrey.

Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series: To learn more about our DC-based book talk luncheons, contact Devon Rodonets. By invitation only.

  • March 26: The End of Illness by renowned oncologist David Agus, M.D. (Free Press)
  • May 4: Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright (Harper Collins); please note: this event will have limited seating as it will be held at the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
  • June 8: Exit Interview by former ABC News President David Westin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Washington Ideas Roundtable Series: This DC-based roundtable series focuses on world affairs and arts and culture. For more info, please contact Jeff Harris. By invitation only.

  • March 20: Conversation featuring Zbigniew Brzezinski, author of Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power (Basic Books). Moderated by Walter Isaacson.
  • May 15: Roundtable featuring Francesca Zambello, artistic advisor to the Washington National Opera. Moderated by Damian Woetzel, director of the Arts Program of the Aspen Institute.

@ Aspen, CO:


Kathryn Stockett

Aspen Writers' Foundation's 2012 Winter Words Series featured authors Ann Patchett and Tracy Kidder, and will host Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, on April 3. Click here to view a conversation with Stockett from the 2010 Summer Words Series. For more info, please contact Lauren Lowringer.



Roundtable on Community Change will convene its signature Racial Equity & Society Leadership Seminar May 9-12. For more info, please contact Raymond Codrington.

Socrates Program:

  • The 2012 Socrates Summer Seminars will take place July 5-8 and will feature the following five topics: Social Enterprise and Impact Investing; Leading in the 21st Century; The Employment Debate; China and Technology; and The New Middle East Order. For more info, please contact Azalea Millan.
  • This year's Socrates Program Dinner will take place July 7 and will feature a discussion on The Digital Future with Google's Marissa Mayer, moderated by Walter Isaacson. Dinner chairs are Tarek and Shiva Farouki and David and Lisa Hernand, and the 2012 Socrates Honorees are Gary and Laura Lauder. For more info or to purchase tickets, please contact Becky Ward.

Justice and Society Program will hold two sessions of the venerable Justice and Society Seminar this summer: July 7-13 and July 13-19. For more info, please contact Michael Green.

19th Annual Summer Celebration Dinner will be held on August 4, with thanks to dinner chairs Jerry and Gina Murdock. A conversation with soon-to-be announced honorees will take place in the Greenwald Pavilion before the reception and dinner. For more info or to purchase tickets, please contact Becky Ward.

2012 Schedule for The Aspen Seminar in Aspen, CO:
May 19 - 25
August 11 - 17
August 18 - 24
September 15 - 21
To register and for more info, please contact Charlene Costello.


@ New York, NY:


New York Ideas 2012, co-hosted by The Atlantic, will take place April 17 at the New York Historical Society and will feature leading thinkers and policy makers such as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, former Obama Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes, former OMB chief Peter Orszag, financier Peter G. Peterson, Newark, NJ Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson, and many others. The program will explore essential election-year questions focusing on the American identity. For more info, please contact Christine Gasparich.

2012 Business & Society MBA Case Competition will take place the evening of April 13 in New York. By invitation only.


@ Wye River:

March 23: Please join us for a conversation on The Challenges, Constraints and Solutions facing the US Military in the 21st Century, featuring Dr. Clifford L. Stanley (Major General, USMC Ret), former US Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in the Obama Administration. For more info, please contact Bonnie Messix.

May 11: Please join us for a book talk with Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (Random House). For more info, please contact Bonnie Messix.

2012 Schedule for The Aspen Seminar in Wye River, MD:
June 16 - 22
June 23 - 29
July 28 - August 3
October 6 - 12
To register and for more info, please contact Charlene Costello.


Around the World

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) will celebrate its third anniversary in London on March 27. Cherie Blair will kick off the full-day member workshop, followed by a reception at the Shell Foundation Headquarters. By invitation only. For more info, please contact Jack Garvey.

Socrates International:

  • Madrid, Spain: Seminars will feature topics Capitalism at a Crossroads, moderated by The Atlantic Senior Editor Clive Crook; and From Facebook to Body Scanners: The Future of Privacy and Technology in the Age of Google, moderated by GWU Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen. April 19-22. For more info, please contact Azalea Millan.
  • Havana, Cuba: Discussing The Making of Modern Cuba, moderated by American University School of Public Affairs Dean William LeoGrande, Columbia University research scholar Margaret Crahan, and Aspen Institute EVP Elliot Gerson, May 1-5. For more info, please contact Azalea Millan.

Aspen Global Leadership Network will be holding seminars in Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Kenya, and South Africa this spring.



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The Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative began a new series, "Reinventing Low Wage Work," with a discussion on the restaurant industry. Featured speakers included Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Georgetown Law Professor Peter Edelman.
The inaugural Aspen Institute Forum on the Freedom to Communicate was held in Mexico City. Discussions focused on the free flow of ideas. Featured speakers included former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and President and Founder of Grupo Salinas, Ricardo Salinas. Watch more video from the Fourm here.
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs partnered with World Business Council for Sustainable Development to identify business solutions to energy access.
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