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. 

Below is a schedule. Aspen Public Radio will be airing all of these unless otherwise noted.

For more information on the series, click here.


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Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke last night at the McCloskey Speakers series at the Aspen Institute.

Republican governors discuss the policies and programs that serve as the backbones of their respective states. Featuring Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Governor Doug Burgum  of North Dakota, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Governor Eric Greitens of Missouri and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

In collaboration with the Aspen Security Forum, the McCloskey Speaker Series features John F. Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security and a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general. Sec. Kelly served as Senior Military Assistant to two Secretaries of State, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, from March 2011 to October 2012 before taking over command of the United States Southern Command, a position he held until January 2016.

Gen. Keith Alexander is a retired United States Army four-star general, in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Gen. Alexander served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service from 2005-2014.

Featuring Gen. Keith Alexander, a retired United States Army four-star general, in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Gen. Alexander served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service from 2005-2014. During his time as the NSA Director, he was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to be the first commander of United States Cyber Command, a position he held from 2010-2014. 

McCloskey Speaker Series: Republican Governors

Aug 16, 2016
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Republican Governors Matt  Bevin (KY), Lawrence Jogan Jr. (MD) and Pete Ricketts (NE) spoke with Anna Korologos as part of the McCloskey Speaker Series yesterday. Listen to their conversation below.

McCloskey Speaker Series: The Presidential Race

Aug 2, 2016
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  With the results of the National Conventions hot off the presses, hear the media’s take on the Presidential nominees and their analysis leading up to the 2016 election. Jonathan Martin of The New York Times and Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post spoke with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

McCloskey Speaker Series: Steve Case

Jul 12, 2016

The McCloskey Speaker Series continued on Tuesday with Steve Case, the co-founder of America Online. He spoke with Walter Isaacson, the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Case spoke to Isaacson about his latest book, "The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future".  It examines some of the most important business decisions in the age of the internet. Listen to their full conversation, below.

 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.

The Innovators with Walter Isaacson

Jul 11, 2014

McCloskey Speaker Series - The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution featuring Walter Isaacson

President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson will speak about his forthcoming book, set to be released in October, 2014, by Simon & Schuster. Mr. Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

In collaboration with the Aspen Strategy Group and The Brookings Institution, this discussion will feature former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development Raj Shah, and other guests in a conversation moderated by Aspen Strategy Group Director Amb. Nicholas Burns.

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