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Elliot Gerson
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Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for its Policy and its Public Programs and its relations with international partners. The Institute's Policy Programs, which number over two dozen, focus on important domestic and international issues, and improve decision-making by providing neutral venues, nonpartisan analysis, and candid dialogue among leaders. The Institute's public programs - including the Aspen Ideas Festival and other conferences chiefly in Aspen, Washington and New York - open the Institute's doors to a broader audience. The Institute has international partners in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Romania, and Spain. Gerson is also the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust and manages the US Rhodes Scholarships. Previously, he was a US Supreme Court clerk, practiced law, held executive positions in state and federal government and on a presidential campaign, and was president of two leading insurance and health-care companies.

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Harvard, Rhodes, Gender, and Fraternities

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 1:33 PM

Another version of this previously appeared in the Harvard Crimson on May 5, 2016.

Many universities have grappled with the discriminatory implications of single-sex fraternities and sororities, as well as the many undesirable effects they often have on undergraduate culture and behavior, including those relating...

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A Lasting Legacy for Ambassador Christopher Stevens

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 10:00 AM

The Aspen Institute has a 65-year commitment to foster values-based leadership and provide forums for the exchange of ideas and the search for common ground. While our guiding principles remain the same, new technologies provide new frontiers for our work. The Stevens Initiative, an international program managed by Aspen --...

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A Visit With Aung San Suu Kyi

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:54 PM

The Aspen Institute, through its Global Alliance Program under Mickey Bergman, is co-sponsoring a delegation to Myanmar over nine days in late April and early May. The purpose of the trip is to foster social entrepreneurship to address some of the country's most critical needs, including education, clean water, nutrition,...

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Capitalism and Democracy: Time to Refresh First Principles?

(19) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:31 PM

The Aspen Institute was founded in 1950 by Walter Paepcke, the CEO of the Container Corporation of America. He and other leaders of some of America's most successful companies felt that they and their peers needed to have a much better understanding of the moral underpinnings of capitalism and democracy.

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A New Leader for Africa

(4) Comments | Posted January 19, 2013 | 1:02 PM

Joyce Banda, president of Malawi since April, is already a beacon of hope for that desperately poor country, but also for good governance across a continent long plagued by its opposite. Banda has captured the world's attention in short order -- and not just by revealing how she believes she...

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