The Aspen Institute Announces Fall Programs | Culture & Leisure

The Aspen Institute announced its 2022 lineup in a press release on Thursday, including events ranging from a domestic politics roundtable, a Shakespeare talk series and teen leadership seminars.

Programming of events will take place at the institute’s Aspen Meadows campus this fall and will be open to the public. Registration is now open for all fall programs and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions in each series.

“These programs bring community members together in a variety of formats on various topics to learn from each other, gain understanding on diverse perspectives, and discuss current issues in a moderate, civil environment,” said Cristal Logan, Aspen’s Vice President of Community Programs and Engagement. , in the press release. “These programs stimulate many interesting discussions and are a great way to meet other members of the community from across the valley.”

Sharing Shakespeare will return Monday evenings from 6 p.m. from October to June 2023. Back by popular demand, the talk series will explore another series of plays by William Shakespeare. Volunteer moderators will guide participants through lively discussions dissecting intriguing themes and characters from Shakespeare’s work that still resonate today. Participants will read one play per month and share their ideas and questions to better understand the works of “The Bard”. Attendance is $275, which includes all sessions, refreshments and reading materials. Scholarships are available.

On Wednesdays from October 19 to November 9, the four-week “Our Society Reimagined” series will provide an opportunity to explore the national issues that have shaped our modern society, as well as a chance to gain perspective on the values ​​underpinning underlying principles and ideas that can be held by both an individual and a society, and how these principles shape life. The series will begin on October 19 at 6 p.m. with “Water in the West: The Changing Colorado River Basin” and will end on November 9 at the same time with “Election 2022: Should we find the middle? Scholarships are also available for this series, and attendance costs $180 which covers all sessions and includes refreshments and reading materials.

The Teen Socrates Seminar will take place November 11-13 and will cost $25. The three-day seminar will be open to teenagers aged 15 to 17. Students will come together to participate in this transformational experience and will come away with a new perspective on their lives, their future, and society. The seminar will take place at the Rifle Branch Library in Rifle.

Sophomores and high school juniors will also have the opportunity to attend the “Hurst Student Seminar: Big High School Ideas at the Aspen Meadows Campus” from November 15-18. This seminar, now in its 20th year, is modeled after the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, which has brought together leaders from around the world for more than 70 years. Part of a broader tradition of engaging young people in meaningful conversations about good society, the four-day seminar challenges students to explore questions about human nature, how we live together, and what responsibilities we we have towards ourselves and towards others. Participation costs $175 and scholarships are available.

Finally, on November 23, the Murdock Mind, Body and Spirit series will continue with “Mountain vs. Human Nature: Sustaining Alpinism as a Way of Life.” The event will feature Italian high altitude climber, alpinist and adventurer Reinhold Messner in conversation with alpinist, BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot Steph Davis. The conversation will explore the confrontation between the mountain and human nature and share Messner’s quest to protect the ideals of traditional mountaineering. Tickets are on sale and cost $30. The event will take place at the Auditorium Paepcke at 5:00 p.m.

All attendees of Aspen Institute in-person events will be required to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, if exempt from this requirement, take a rapid COVID-19 test onsite and show a negative result before entry. For more information on programming, visit

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