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Hurst Student Seminar: High School Great Ideas Spring 2022

The Aspen Institute offers its Hurst Student Seminar: High School Great Ideas to students in the 10th and 11th grade valley-wide each year. This seminar, now in its twentieth year, is modeled after the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar which has been convening leaders from around the world for over 65 years.

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 the difficult choices of our ever-changing world.

Moderated in traditional Aspen Institute Socratic style by expert moderators, Allyson Breyfogle and Joanna Tobin, students read selections by such authors as Plato; Aristotle; Virginia Woolf; Hobbes; Martin Luther King, Jr.; and others.

A past high school participant wrote, “The experience I had at this seminar is almost indescribable.  This was one of the best experiences I have ever had.  …I will carry this wisdom and passion for knowledge with me for the rest of my life.  Thank you!”

Monday, April 18
Please arrive by 1:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided each day
Tuesday, April 19
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 21
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Note: The Spring 2022 Hurst Student Seminar will take place in person on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus.

Participants will be asked to show vaccination status or, if exempt, take a COVID test before the first session. Masks are optional but encouraged. Masks and COVID tests will be provided by The Aspen Institute.  

Fee: $145, includes all sessions, readings, and light refreshments. Scholarships are available. 

Event information
Mon Apr 18, 2022 - Thu Apr 21, 2022
12:00 am - 12:00 am
2:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Aspen Meadows Campus
Aspen, CO