McCloskey Speaker Series

Featuring Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro professor of Art History at Columbia University and curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. 

Featuring Janet Yellen, distinguished fellow at Brookings Institution and former chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and Kevin Warsh, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, in conversation with Neil Irwin, senior economics correspondent for The New York Times.

Featuring David Brooks, executive director of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and author of The Second Mountain in conversation with Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute.

Featuring Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in conversation with Courtney Kube, national security and military reporter for NBC News.

Featuring Francis Fukayama, author of Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment in conversation with Elliot Gerson, executive vice president at the Aspen Institute. 

While the nation continues to be divided along party lines, governors can play a pivotal role in building discourse  within their communities.


A panel of Democratic governors will discuss how their innovative solutions to issues like job creation, health care, and immigration are serving each one of their constituents and helping move the collective forward.

The discussion Features Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, and  Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut.

McCloskey Speaker Series: The Future Of Conservatism

Jul 24, 2018

The McCloskey Speaker Series: The Future of Conservatism and the Republican Party in the Age of Trump

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The FBI Director describes the Bureau’s role in national security generally and cyberterrorism and counterintelligence specifically.

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Featuring the Honorable Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, in conversation with Aspen Institute president and CEO Dan Porterfield.

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Featuring Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in conversation with Joshua Johnson, the host of NPR's 1A. 

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Thomas Barrack Jr. is Executive Chairman of Colony NorthStar. Barrack was the Chairman of the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, as well as one of President Trump’s major fundraisers. He discusses his personal insights into the United States' 45th president and his vision for the country.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States spoke with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. 

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.

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. 

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David Leonhardt is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. He spoke Tuesday about the future of news.

McCloskey Speaker Series-Democratic Governors Panel

Aug 12, 2016
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 The McCloskey Speaker Series on Aug. 12 was titled Democratic Governors Panel: Leading from the State Level. Democratic governors discussed how to lead a nation by facing the challenges of energy, education and citizens’ rights among other priorities at the state level. It featured Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut,  in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington were unable to make it at the last minute.

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.

Joel Kotkin kicks off McCloskey Speaker Series

Jul 7, 2016

Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow of Urban Futures at Chapman University and Executive Director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism.

McCloskey Speaker Series - Hank Paulson

Aug 11, 2015

 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.