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Socrates Mexico Digital Seminar

Masks, Currencies, and A Post-Pandemic Future

Held in partnership with The Aspen Institute Mexico, this Socrates Seminar will take place online:

May 25 & 27, 2021 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. EST

If you are interested in attending this seminar, please email

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still taking stock of where we are and where we would like to find ourselves when we bring the virus and its variants under control.  “Masks, Currencies, and A Post-Pandemic Future” aims to help us think and talk about the challenges we have faced and still face daily after hundreds of thousands around the world have died.  The lessons we have learned and the changes we have already made to the ways we live in and manage our societies may bear fruit for a happier, healthier future.

In four 80-minute sessions, “Masks” draws a trajectory from early responses to the virus and quarantine to a new, post-pandemic vision of our daily lives:  climate-aware, inclusively diverse, tech’-enabled, and ever more committed to collective human flourishing.  Drawing on the arts, life sciences, journalism, politics, cultural criticism, technology and economics in work from Mexico and other Latin American countries, China, the U.S., Europe, and South Asia, we explore key short-falls of our recent past and structure new systems to effect recovery and positive change.

Like all Aspen seminars, “Masks” unfolds as moderated discussion.  You, the participants, have the floor from the start, sharing your views and registering those of your fellow participants in the virtual “room.”  We will certainly not agree on every lesson that our materials surface, but we will share in the leadership values that drive each and every one of us.  Please come having read, listened, and viewed materials and join our Zoom call with your camera on and audio ready to go!


Join the Aspen Socrates Program and Amazon Web Services to explore this topic with the expert moderation of Leigh Hafrey, Senior Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Event information
Tue May 25, 2021 - Thu May 27, 2021
Aspen Mexico