The Aspen Institute Announces 2013 McCloskey Speaker Series Line-Up

June 6, 2013

Contact: Cristal Logan
Director, Aspen Community Programs
The Aspen Institute
Tel. 970-544-7929  

The Aspen Institute Announces 2013 McCloskey Speaker Series Line-Up
Features Gov. Hickenlooper, Joseph J. Ellis, Condoleezza Rice, and others 

Aspen, CO, June 6, 2013 –– The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce a lineup of distinguished guests for the 2013 McCloskey Speaker Series, made possible by a generous donation from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets will be made available two weeks prior to each event. Tickets ($20) are available at, (970) 920-5770, or through the Wheeler Opera House. Society of Fellows reservations may be made by calling (970) 544-7980. 

As full-capacity audiences are expected for this series, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets will be on sale at the door.

Saturday, July 13
Democratic Governors on Decision-making and Leadership
A conversation with Democratic governors, including Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, on their priorities, issues, and successes. Moderated by Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.
Greenwald Pavilion, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale June 28 at 

Wednesday, July 17
US Air Force’s Role in US Security with Air Force Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh III
In collaboration with the Aspen Security Forum 
Featuring US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. As Chief, Gen. Welsh serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the secretary of defense, National Security Council, and to the president.
Greenwald Pavilion, 6:007:00 p.m.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale July 3 at  

Thursday, July 25
Republican Governors on What’s Working at the State Level
Featuring a conversation with Republican governors on their priorities, toughest challenges and successes. Moderated by Walter Isaacson. Previous speakers at this event have included Gov. Chris Christie (NJ), Nikki Haley (SC), and Bobby Jindal (LA).
Greenwald Pavilion, 6:007:00 p.m.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale July 11 at

Friday, August 2
The Birth of American Independence with History Scholar Joseph J. Ellis
Featuring Joseph J. Ellis, one of the nation’s leading scholars of American history. The author of seven books, Ellis was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation and won the National Book Award for American Sphinx, a biography of Thomas Jefferson. He will be featured in conversation with Walter Isaacson on the topic of his newest book, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence (Alfred A. Knopf, June 2013).
Paepcke Auditorium, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale July 19 at

Tuesday, August 6
America’s Fiscal Health with Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
In collaboration with the Aspen Strategy Group and the Brookings Institution
Featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other guests in a conversation moderated by Aspen Strategy Group Director Amb. Nicholas Burns.  
Paepcke Auditorium, 4:306:00 p.m.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale July 23 at  

Tuesday, August 13
A Conversation with International Economist Dambisa Moyo
Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist and author. In 2009, Dambisa was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead. Her third book, Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World, was published in June 2012.
Greenwald Pavilion, 6:307:30 p.m.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale on July 30 at 

NOTE: Event details subject to change.  For more information on Aspen Institute events open to the public, please contact Beth Slater at 970-544-7914 or, call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

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