The Aspen Institute Germany’s Public Program serves as a forum for open discourse and exchange between decision-makers and a broader audience of interested individuals who wish to discuss fresh ideas and look at issues from new perspectives. Topics reflect the Institute’s key issues as a whole and include a wide range of current political, economic, and social matters as well as questions of values-based leadership.
The Public Program consists of several different formats. The evening event series features renowned speakers who share their ideas in interviews, panels or presentations followed by discussions. While the interview portion of the event is sometimes broadcast by one of the Institute’s media partners, the subsequent discussion is off-the-record to enable a frank and open exchange. The Aspen Brown Bag Lunch series takes place several times a year and gathers experts, members of the Verein der Freunde des Aspen Instituts e.V. (Association of Friends of the Aspen Institute), and representatives from politics, business, and civil society for a working lunch to discuss current topics under Chatham House Rule. Finally, the Public Program occasionally hosts stand-alone events such as exclusive breakfasts and dinners, the annual Aspen Summer Party, and the Aspen Gala. Some of these are hosted in cooperation with partner organizations. The Public Program is open to members, invited guests, and upon request. Members of the Verein der Freunde des Aspen Instituts e.V. enjoy preferred access to major Public Program events.
The Public Program is made possible by the generous support of the Shepard Stone Foundation. All Public Program events (expert roundtables, fireside chats, public panel discussions, brown bag lunches) are currently conducted virtually or in a hybrid format, respectively.
Event Series Road to Election Night & Beyond
The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and the events leading up to November 3, 2020, shaped public discussion and debate on both sides of the Atlantic. Given that the world currently finds itself in a pandemic of unknown dimensions further pushed this consequential election to the center of public attention.
This is why Aspen Germany along with an exceptional group of transatlantic partner institutions and political foundations hosted the virtual event series Road to Election Night & Beyond. The series facilitated in-depth discussion amongst leading researchers, policymakers, think-tanks, and civil society in the run up to last year’s U.S. election.
In line with Aspen Germany’s mission, this series fostered debate on a healthy and strong transatlantic community and raised awareness for topics that continue to shape public perception in Germany, the United States, and Europe. Kicking off in September 2020, 50 speakers reached more than 6,000 live viewers from 25 countries with ten virtual and hybrid events on various topics ranging from transatlantic trade to electoral demographics, social media on the campaign trail to geostrategic implications of the election. Head over to https://transatlantische-impulse.de/r2en/ for more information on the virtual #R2EN series.
Publication Series Transatlantische Impulse
The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and its outcome shaped public debate on both sides of the Atlantic. The ongoing health crisis of unknown dimensions as well as an unprecedented presidential transition further pushed this consequential election to the center of attention. United in their commitment to sending a strong signal for transatlantic solidarity, several transatlantic institutions and German political foundations joined forces for the Road to Election Night & Beyond event series. Kicking off in September 2020, 50 speakers reached more than 6,000 live viewers from 25 countries with ten virtual and hybrid events on various topics ranging from transatlantic trade to electoral demographics, social media on the campaign trail to geostrategic implications of the election. The #R2EN series facilitated in-depth discussion amongst leading researchers, policymakers, think-tanks, and civil society in the run-up to the election and beyond.
Together we will continue to foster debate on a healthy and strong Euro-American partnership by assessing Joe Biden’s domestic and foreign policies from a transatlantic perspective by means of the publication series Transatlantische Impulse (in German). For more information on the publication series head over to https://transatlantische-impulse.de.
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