Strobe Talbott to Address “The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation” at Aspen Institute Speaker Series Program

July 24, 2008  • Institute Contributor

Strobe Talbott to Address “The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation” at Aspen Institute Speaker Series Program

Aspen, CO, July 24, 2008 –– The next installment of the 2008 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series will feature a lecture by Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution and Deputy Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. Talbott will discuss his latest book, The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation (Simon & Schuster). 

The event will take place from 5:00 to 6:30 PM on Friday, August 1, 2008 at the Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets for the McCloskey Speaker Series will be $10 each and are now 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 45 minutes prior to the start of the lecture, and unclaimed tickets will be sold at the door.

Strobe Talbott is president of the Brookings Institution. Talbott, whose career spans journalism, government service, and academe, is an expert on US foreign policy, with specialties on Europe, Russia, South Asia, and nuclear arms control. As deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration, Talbott was deeply involved in both the conduct of US policy abroad and the management of executive branch relations with Congress.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.aspenshowtickets.com or by calling Aspen Show tickets at the Wheeler Opera House at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please contact Cristal Logan at 970-544-7929 or [email protected], call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at www.aspeninstitute.org/communityevents.

Other speakers to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series include:

August 6 John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State
“Enduring US Foreign Policy Priorities”
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Doerr-Hosier Center
August 12 Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health
“The AIDS Era: A Historical Perspective”
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium

Other public events at the Aspen Institute include:

August 14 John McCain, presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Arizona Senator
3:00 pm; Greenwald Pavilion

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Bucharest, and leadership programs in Africa, Central America and India.

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