The Aspen Institute Presents a Special Community Celebration: The Reopening of the Walter Paepcke Memorial Building

June 22, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cristal Logan
Community Outreach Director
Aspen Institute
970-544-7929 | [email protected]

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE PRESENTS A SPECIAL COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: THE REOPENING OF THE WALTER PAEPCKE MEMORIAL BUILDING

Aspen, CO, June 22, 2010 – The Aspen Institute is hosting a special community event celebrating the reopening of the Walter Paepcke Memorial Building on Sunday, June 27, 2010. The public is invited to come tour the newly renovated building and participate in the day’s activities from 10:00 am to 4:45 pm.

“The Paepcke renovation was a long-overdue facility upgrade for one of the cornerstone buildings of both the Aspen Institute and the Aspen community,” said Amy Margerum, executive VP of operations at the Aspen Institute. “We are excited to open the doors of this wonderful, state-of-the-art facility to the Aspen community and celebrate the generous donors who made it possible.”

Schedule of Events
10:00 am – 4:45 pm: Building Tours – refreshments will be served  
10:00 am – 11:15 am: Why Goethe? Why 1949? Why Aspen? – Walter Paepcke and the Birth of the Aspen Institute Presentation by Steven Wickes, Director, Society of Fellows
– and –
the Aspen Historical Society Players present a live performance honoring the history of Aspen
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: The Genius and Relevance of Herbert Bayer featuring Gwen Chanzit, Denver Art Museum
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Aspen Film presents a Shortsfest sampler of recent short film jury award winners and audience favorites
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm:

A Live Performance honoring the Paepcke Family by Anna Deavere Smith
– and –
The Role of the Aspen Institute in the World Today
Walter Isaacson, president and CEO, The Aspen Institute

For more information on the day’s events call 970-544-7970 or visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/2010/06/27/special-community-celebration-reopening.

The reopening is sponsored by Shaw Construction, American National Bank and the Sturm Family Foundation, and Montesquieu.

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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