Bipartisan Policy Center and the Aspen Institute Announce Joint Roundtable Series on Civility

April 13, 2011

Contact: Ashley Clark
Bipartisan Policy Center

Jeff Harris
The Aspen Institute


Participants will discuss solutions about how to make government work better

Washington, DC, April 13, 2011 – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and The Aspen Institute announced today that they will host a new four-part series, Conversations on Civility:  Making Our Democracy Work. The first event in the roundtable series will take place on April 20, 2011, at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.

The BPC and the Aspen Institute created this series to discuss how to improve our democracy and civic health. The joint series will examine the breakdown of our nation’s civil discourse and how this trend is affecting future political leaders. Each roundtable discussion will identify opportunities for educators, business leaders and policymakers to forge a more robust, active and politically engaged citizenry.

WHO:    The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware
Trey Grayson, director, Institute of Politics at Harvard University and former     secretary of state of Kentucky
Cokie Roberts, NPR senior news analyst and ABC News political contributor
Moderated by: Mickey Edwards, VP and director of the Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, the Aspen Institute

Opening Remarks: Jason Grumet, president, The Bipartisan Policy Center

Conversations on Civility: Making Our Democracy Work

WHERE: The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:00 PM

A buffet lunch will be served.

The event is open to press.  If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to Christine Gasparich at

The event will also be live streamed at

About the Bipartisan Policy Center:
In 2007, former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell formed the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) to develop and promote solutions that can attract the public support and political momentum to achieve real progress. Currently, the BPC focuses on issues including health care, energy, national and homeland security, transportation and economic policy. For more information, please visit our website:

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners.


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