ASPEN - The Aspen Institute's Fireside Chat Lecture Series continues from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with Institute Vice President Mickey Edwards speaking on "The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans." The event is open to the public.
Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years and later taught at Harvard and Princeton before joining the Aspen Institute, where he directs its Rodel Fellowships for elected public officials. Edwards has been a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe, and currently writes for The Atlantic.
For several years he also broadcast a weekly political commentary on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered". He has chaired task forces for the Brookings Institution and The Council on Foreign Relations and has served as an advisor to the State Department. His latest book is "The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans," published by Yale University Press (2012).
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, the series continues with Nobel Prize winner Dr. Stanley Prusiner, who will engage in a conversation with Ken Adelman on "Brain Health through the Ages and Stages: A Medical Update."
Prusiner, Nobel Prize-winning neurologist and biochemist, is currently the director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of California at San Francisco. Prusiner discovered prions, a class of infectious self-reproducing pathogens primarily or solely composed of protein. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1994 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 for his prion research. Prusiner will discuss new research on concussion, traumatic brain injuries in the military and Alzheimer's Disease.
Both events will take place in the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen Institute's Aspen Meadows Campus.
"We host events for the community year round and our Fireside Chats in the wintertime have become a popular activity for locals and visitors alike," said Cristal Logan, director of the Aspen Community Programs. "It's an affordable way to hear from experts on a variety of topics, and it's fun to see friends, and meet new people."
Tickets to both events can be purchased in person at the Wheeler Opera House, online at www.aspenshowtix.com, or by calling 970-920-5770. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.
If available, tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, contact Beth Slater at 970-544-7914 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Institute's website at www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents.