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Teen Socrates Virtual Seminar

What is Our Quest?

May 1-4, 2023

The four-day virtual seminar is dedicated to enhancing leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills for high school students in a setting conducive to thought and fellowship. Students are challenged to think more critically and deeply about their values and ideas, and those that make the good society. Our proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. Participants emerge from the seminar with a new perspective as they confront the difficult choices of our ever-changing world.

Each seminar convenes a diverse group of students for lively, intensive roundtable discussions led by skilled moderators. Classic and contemporary texts reflecting the breadth of human civilization form the starting points of a rich conversation in which the questions posed by the group are frequently as illuminating as the varied, timeless wisdom of the texts.

Moderated in the Aspen Institute Socratic style by expert moderators Allyson Breyfogle and Jack Pannell, students read selections by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Mary Oliver, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others.

The Aspen Institute is committed to bringing together students with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, which adds depth and richness to the dialogue. Teen Socrates is sponsored by the Wall Family Foundation, and scholarships are available to those in need of financial assistance.


Monday, May 1 | 4:00-6:00 pm MDT

Session 1: Discovery of Self Tuesday, May 2 | 4:00-6:00 pm MDT Session 2: Discovery of Others

Wednesday, May 3 | 4:00-6:00 pm MDT Session 3: Discovery of the World

Thursday, May 4 | 4:00-6:00 pm MDT Session 4: Discovery of the Future

Fee: $50, includes all sessions and readings. Scholarships are available. Registration is now open here.

All sessions will take place on Zoom. For more information, please contact Zoë Brown at

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