Festival Updates

Oct 28, 2014
"Music is a mechanism for healing," says Arthur Bloom, founder of MusiCorps, a program that has helped countless wounded warriors by matching them with accomplished musicians to work together on musical projects tailored to individual circumstances, interests, and needs. In the words of Marine Lance corporal Timothy Donley, who performed with Yo-Yo Ma and Bloom (watch here) at Aspen Ideas, the community created within MusiCorps "gives you the ability to look at the future with...
Oct 17, 2014
“Stop imposing stereotypes on girls,” says Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Sharing her Big Idea about women at the Festival, Ifill reminds us that this year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling and the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Yet, she laments, so few of us realize the extraordinary role that girls played in bringing these...
Oct 09, 2014
In his moving lecture How Democracy Gets Restored, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig says it’s up to us to save our democracy. Following is a transcript of the 2-minute clip above."I love our country. But what if it's not enough? And how do you go on when you fear that maybe you don't have enough, like this love alone is not enough. Then how do you in the face of that recognition embrace the hope that's necessary to make this possible."...What I know is this...
Sep 26, 2014
Following up on the popularity of the Aspen Lectures, we've answered the call of many of our attendees and online followers to offer more material to accompany the Lectures.We're excited to introduce the Aspen Lectures Compendium, a guided companion piece to the Lectures.Available exclusively on iTunes U, the Compendium is chock full of great resources provided by the Lecturers. As Arthur C. Brooks said during his Formula for Happiness lecture, "I've read 30 books about...
Sep 12, 2014
Why do many of us get our best ideas in the shower? "Because there is no email in the shower!" says Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and co-author of Creative Confidence. Our brains need time to disengage, but the act of daydreaming gets a bad rap. So Kelley says it's time to rebrand "daydreaming" as "relaxed attention." If you're mindful of your moments of relaxed attention, it's possible to capture the creativity to which your brain is naturally inclined....
Aug 29, 2014
What do bats have to do with Ebola? Disease detective and epidemiologist Neil Vora with the Center for Disease Control's Epidemic Intelligence Service explains the ongoing research related to the likely host animal — a quest that led him to a bat cave in Nigeria. (Watch: 2 min.) “About two thirds of all new diseases come from the animal kingdom,” notes Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. “Bats are a particularly problematic species.” Skilled at conducting...
Aug 22, 2014
The Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Monday, and political drama "House of Cards" is sitting pretty with 16 nominations. For the second year in a row, the Netflix original is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, with creator Beau Willimon up for Outstanding Writing for a Drama series. Entertainment industry mogul Michael Eisner sat down with Willimon during Aspen Ideas to discuss Willimon's career, the gets-under-your-skin character Frank Underwood, and the demands of...
Aug 15, 2014
Today's students are the most diverse, connected generation in history. To succeed in our global economy, students need learning experiences that meet their specific needs, engage them deeply, and let them learn at their own pace. “The number one, in-school factor in student performance is a great teacher,” says Vicki Phillips, the college-ready education director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But teachers have felt isolated as a profession without the feedback and...
Aug 08, 2014
Following President Obama's announcement last night, the US military began airstrikes on Sunni militants in northern Iraq today. The mounting chaos in the region was a pressing topic earlier this summer when NBC's Andrea Mitchell — who had just returned from Baghdad — interviewed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Aspen Ideas Festival. If more had been done to arm rebels, would ISIS have metastasized as it has? "I think you can debate forever whether it...
Jul 23, 2014
In an impactful session titled Will Violence Be Our Legacy?, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says it’s up to us to change the culture of violence. Following is a transcript of the 3-minute clip above.“Violence is like a virus. It spreads. It spreads from the streets of Central City in New Orleans to the South Side of Chicago to a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, to Newtown, Connecticut, to the Navy Shipyard in Washington, D.C., and then perhaps it is at your doorstep or at your...

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