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Aspen Socrates Seminars – Frequently Asked Questions:

May 10, 2022  • Socrates Program

What is a Socrates seminar?

The Socrates Seminar is a roundtable discussion / collaborative weekend-long event for participants from different fields. Participants are asked to contribute their understanding of and reactions to carefully selected readings, with the guidance of moderators who are experts in their sector. This is not a panel discussion, nor is it a tutorial where the experts share their knowledge.  The roundtable discussion format is a multilateral debate moderated by the moderator(s).  The seminars are held on Aspen Meadows Resort campus.

How many seminars can I participate in?

You will register for one seminar of up to 24 participants for the entire weekend. Meals and programming will be enjoyed with the entire group which includes participants from all five concurrent seminars.

What does tuition cover?

Tuition includes seminar attendance and materials and meals during the program, which begins at 6pm on Friday evening and ends at 12 pm on Monday. It does not include dinner on Saturday, July 9th. Socrates Annual Dinner tickets can be purchased separately (discounted tickets for Socrates participants are available as an add-on when you register for the seminar).

Are scholarships available?

Scholarships for tuition assistance are available through the Socrates Program. The application can be found here.

If I am not attending the Annual Benefit Dinner on Saturday, July 9th, what are my dining options?

The Aspen Meadows Resort offers Platos Restaurant on campus along with their lounge, Lime Slicer. Other dining options in Aspen can be found here. Advanced recommendations are highly recommended.

Can I bring a guest?

If you would like to bring a guest to join you for meals, you are welcome to for $500.00. A ticket to the Annual Benefit Dinner will be an additional $300.00. These both can be purchased as add-ons when you register.

What transportation will be provided at the event?

If you are a guest of the Aspen Meadows Resort, they will take care of your arrival and departure transportation to and from the airport. If you are staying at an alternative location, taxis and a free local bus are available.

Private transportation will be provided on Friday night for the opening dinner at Hotel Jerome. The shuttles will loop between the Aspen Meadows Reception Center and Hotel Jerome between 5:30pm-6:30pm and return at 9:00pm to shuttle guests back until 10:00pm.

The Aspen Meadows offers a complimentary shuttle that runs into Aspen every 30 minutes.

What is the timing of the seminars and programming for the weekend?

You can view the tentative agenda below, which has the set times for the seminars and meals (the event locations and optional activities will be added closer to the event). To join for the whole experience, you will want to arrive in Aspen by 6pm on Friday and depart after 12pm on Monday.

From 12:00pm until 5:00pm daily, you are welcome to explore and engage with everything Aspen has to offer. We have partnered with Blazing Adventures to offer some special trips to Socrates participants.