McCloskey Speaker Series

This longstanding summer series presents distinguished speakers who have far-reaching impacts on society, and is made possible by a generous donation from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation.

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 Aspen Public Radio’s broadcast of Aspen Institute’s President and CEO Walter Isaacson in conversation with Hank Paulson, current chairman of the Paulson Institute and former US Secretary of the Treasury.

  Republican governors gather to discuss their solutions to the issues of health care, the economy, immigration and other areas that are pressing in their states. 

Aspen Public Radio will be offering a live broadcast of the McCloskey Speaker series' "A Conversation with Republican Governors: What the Future Holds" On Tuesday, July 21st, from 6-7pm. You can listen live on the air or stream online.

Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Issacson, in conversation with Evan Williams, the chief executive of Medium, an online publishing platform. Williams is also one of the founders of Twitter and remains on the board of directors.

Dr. Eric Smith argues that we need a new understanding of the nature of life, in which the dominant, Darwinian view of a “struggle for existence” comes second, and life at its core came about as a necessary layer of our maturing planet.

Aspen Public Radio’s full coverage of of former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, as the kick off to this season’s McCloskey Speaker series.

The Past, Present and Future of Humor

Aug 15, 2014

“The Past, Present and Future of Humor” with Robert Mankoff, the cartoon editor for the New Yorker.

More than 950 of his cartoons have been published in the magazine including their best-selling cartoon (captioned "No, Thursday's out. How about never – is never good for you?"). The line also serves as the title to his newest book, a memoir released in March 2014. Mankoff wrote The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity (2002) and edited The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker (Black Dog Leventhal), the best-selling coffee-table book featuring all 68,647 cartoons ever published in The New Yorker since its debut in 1925.

A Conversation with Democratic Governors

Aug 4, 2014

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with Democratic Governors

Democratic governors will discuss how their priorities are making a difference and the challenges that lie ahead. Featured special guests include: Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, and Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont.

This event will be moderated by Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

A Conversation with Republican Governors

Jul 25, 2014

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with Republican Governors

A panel of Republican governors will address the economy, how they are building skills for a 21st century workforce and share their ideas for improving their state’s education, tax and immigration policies.  Featured special guests include: Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. The event will be moderated by Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with U.S. Representative John R. Lewis

Congressman John R. Lewis (D-GA), civil rights leader, and co-author of the bestselling graphic memoir March: Book One (Top Shelf Productions), is the recipient of numerous awards from eminent national and international institutions, including the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His new graphic memoir trilogy, March, is a vivid first-hand account of Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Book One spans Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.