The Aspen Institute Socrates Program provides forums for the exploration of challenging questions through expert-moderated dialogue aimed at facilitating a thoughtful exchange of ideas between participants with the intent of building bridges of understanding across diverse experiences and backgrounds.
In partnership with the Democracy Fund and WeWork, the Aspen Institute Socrates Program invites you to join an intimate convening of Floridians from a wide range of backgrounds and sectors for a Socrates Salon.
At a time when America can feel more divided than ever, it’s helpful to look back at the documents and ideas that have propelled us forward, held us together and, at times, driven us apart.
We are better together, especially in moments of national tumult. With the aim of creating connections, promoting civil discourse, and increasing dialogue in local communities across America, this convening in Miami is the second in a national series in partnership with the Democracy Fund, WeWork, and the Aspen Institute Socrates Program that will serve as a forum to reflect, together, on the rich history of America while wrestling with threats to our national pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
Our nation’s Founding Fathers were in a constant state of debate with each other and we will be working with some of the most famous products of that time as well as contemporary pieces that provide texture to our national conversation on societal norms, nationhood, and our obligations to each other and the world. Moreover, we will explore the context in which our founding documents were written, discuss the state of our democratic institutions, and examine our expectations for national leaders.
In these interesting times in which we live, this duty of citizen engagement and civic responsibility remain as timely and as timeless as ever. We hope you will join us on this national tour aimed at finding those common threads that unite, rather than divide, us.