S103 3379 LeadershipóBody, Mind and Spirit: Lessons from the Aspen Idea (Pugh) (SCS)
(A & H) (3 cr.)

To many, Aspen connotes skiing, celebrities, and the rich. But what is really fascinating and worthy of study is the confluence of thought, creativity, and action which became known as the Aspen Idea. The concept was a cultural renaissance predicated on a philosophy of fusing and unifying mind, spirit and body. Men from the Army's Tenth Mountain Division returned after World War II to develop recreational skiing. Faculty from the University of Chicago brought the Great Books and founded the Aspen Institute as a place to explore and develop leadership. Interaction with the majestic physical surroundings forged a spirit of individual centeredness and peak performance. Though different today than originally envisioned, the Aspen Idea still provides lessons in vision, leadership and personal success. The goal of the seminar is to identify principles of leadership from the Aspen experience and to permit each participant to develop a personal leadership plan and foundation for achievement.