The Bipartisan Policy Center and the Aspen Institute to Host Second Roundtable Series on Civility

June 14, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ashley Clark
Bipartisan Policy Center
202-637-1456
[email protected]

Jeff Harris
The Aspen Institute
202-736-3848
[email protected]

 

THE BIPARTISAN POLICY CENTER AND THE ASPEN INSTITUTE TO HOST SECOND ROUNDTABLE SERIES ON CIVILITY
Participants will discuss ways to improve Washington’s ethics process

Washington, DC, June 14, 2011 – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Aspen Institute announced today that they will host the second event in a new four-part series, Conversations on Civility:  Making Our Democracy Work, on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Washington, DC.  The event, Washington’s Ethics Wars: How We Fix the Process, will examine current and past ethics investigations.  

The discussion will feature Congressman Joel Hefley, former Chairman of the House Ethics Committee; Joseph diGenova, former Independent Counsel; Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; and Norm Ornstein, a member of BPC’s Democracy Project and Scholar at AEI.  The discussion will be moderated by John Fortier, Director of BPC’s Democracy Project.  Mickey Edwards, Vice President and Director of the Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at the Aspen Institute, will give opening remarks.  

BPC and the Aspen Institute created this series to discuss how to improve our democracy and civic health.  The joint series examines the breakdown of our nation’s civil discourse and how this trend is affecting future political leaders.  

WHO:    Congressman Joel Hefley, former Chairman, House Ethics Committee
              Joseph diGenova, former Independent Counsel
              Melanie Sloan, Executive Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
              Norm Ornstein, Member of BPC’s Democracy Project and Scholar at AEI
              John Fortier, Director of BPC’s Democracy Project
              Mickey Edwards, Vice President and Director of the Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at the Aspen Institute

WHAT: Washington’s Ethics Wars: How We Fix the Process
             Part of a Roundtable Series Presented by the Aspen Institute and BPC
             Conversations on Civility : Making Our Democracy Work

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center
              1225 I Street NW, Suite 1000
              Washington, DC 20005        

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
             12:00PM

A buffet lunch will be served.

The event is open to press.  If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to [email protected]

The event will also be live streamed here.

About the Bipartisan Policy Center:

Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, the BPC combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.  For more information, please visit our website: www.bipartisanpolicy.org.

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. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

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