Aspen Institute to Host “The Legacy of Rome” Fireside Chat

December 10, 2012

Contact: Beth Slater
The Aspen Institute
(970) 544-7914

Aspen, CO, December 10, 2012 — The Aspen Institute continues its series on Renaissance Rome with a seminar in Aspen this December. The Fireside Chat, moderated by Ken Adelman, will feature world-class experts Bill Cook, Jeremy Hartnett, and Ross King.  They will discuss aspects of Rome that have endured: architecture, religion, sculpture, politics, painting, commerce, and law. While Ross specializes in art and architecture, Bill in Roman government and the church, Jeremy specializes in the social and economic life of ancient Romans – aspects of all carry over to our lives in modern times. The Fireside Chat will be followed by a book signing featuring Ross King and his newly released work Leonardo and the Last Supper (Walker & Company, 2012) as well as Bill Cook and his latest book The Medieval World View (Oxford University Press, 2012). This event will take place from 5:30 – 6:30 PM on December 13th 2012 in the Lauder Room of the Koch Building on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. Tickets are $10 each in advance and $15 at the door and are on sale through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the event.

Bill Cook is the familiar voice of the Renaissance, in his celebrated lectures for the Teaching Company. Former professor of History at SUNY Geneseo and author of five books on the Renaissance, Cook has taught on Michelangelo, the Medici, and Renaissance Florence for the past 40 years.

Jeremy Hartnett is an associate professor and chair of the Classics department at Wabash College. He has also served as an Annual Lecturer the Archaeological Institute of America.

Ross King has written a number of best-selling books on the Renaissance, including Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling and Brunelleschi’s Dome

Panel tickets ($10, $15 at the door) are available at Seminar fee, including panel ticket, $799. 

Upcoming events at the Aspen Institute:

Fireside Chat
Wednesday, January 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
A Special Addition to Wintersköl
2012 Activities
Why Goethe? Why 1949? Why Aspen?

Something very strange happened in Aspen in the summer 1949 (exactly sixty years ago). Even though there were very few ho­tel rooms, 2000 people came here. They came from every state except for two, and they came from 11 different countries. Come find out who came; what they were so “worked up” about, and why Time Magazine featured this unusual meeting in Aspen, Colorado as its cover story on July 11, 1949!  After seeing this multi-media presentation, you will have a new understanding of the “big bang” that caused Aspen to be the unique spiritual, cultural, intellectual and recreational center that it is today. Featuring Steve Wickes, former Director of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
Doerr-Hosier Center, Aspen Meadows.
Tickets in advance $10; at the door $15 at

Tuesdays, January 22 – March 12, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Great Decisions Series
In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as outlined in the 2013 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include the Future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, Humanitarian intervention, Iran, China in Africa, and Threat assessment.
Fee: $195, includes readings and refreshments.

Wednesdays, January 20-February 27, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Great Books Series

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of excerpts from Great Books.  This 5-week series will feature works from Dostoyevsky, Machiavelli , Tolstoy, among others.  Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series.  Pete  spent 15 years studying with  Mortimer Adler, and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989.  With a BA and MBA from Stanford, Pete has had a successful business career as the President of Levi Strauss and serves on the board of a number of business and nonprofit organizations.
Fee: $195, includes readings and refreshments.

Fireside Chat
Saturday, January 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
The Art of Playwriting: Where Ideas Come to Life on Stage
Presented with Theater Masters
Join us for a fascinating panel discussion featuring ten award-winning playwrights from top Master of Fine Arts programs as well as the local High School winners of Theater Masters’ Aspiring Playwrights competition. This lively discussion will feature award-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck, Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director of Primary Stages in NYC in conversation with Julia Hansen of Theater Masters.  For more information on the related events in Aspen, contact Theater Masters at (970) 948-9484 or
Koch Building, The Aspen Institute. 
Free and open to everyone!

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.


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