Festival Updates

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...
Jul 10, 2014
BlabDroids interviewed attendees and staff, including Walter Isaacson, at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and asked a series of fun and provacative questions. Watch and see if you think robots and people can be friends.
Jul 03, 2014
Need To Know Now!The Privacy and Moral Panic session with Stewart Baker scheduled for 10:20am today took place yesterday instead of today.Don't miss Making Our Own Stories: The Evolution of Games, Storytelling, and Entertainment with Quartz Editor-in-Chief Kevin Delaney and entertainment executive Strauss Zelnick at the Koch Building's Booz Allen Hamilton Room from 10:20am to 11:20am. Take Note Bits and Bites! Come to the Pepsico Cafe to enjoy eats, drinks, and fun until 12pm. See...
Jul 02, 2014
Need To Know Now!In Conversation with Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ron Prosor at 10:20am has been CANCELLED. Mr. Prosor will no longer be able to attend the Festival.How Stories Can Change Society will be at the Doerr-Hosier Center’s McNulty Room at 10:20am.Former NSA General Counsel Stewart Baker will speak on Privacy and Moral Panic in the Greenwald Pavillion at 1:20pm.Everyone Has a Story: Mind-Blowing Technologies that Bring Narratives to Life at 1:20pm has...
Jul 01, 2014
Need To Know Now!When Disruption Works has moved to 10:20am at the Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room.Steven Rattner will moderate Who Will Participate in a Global Economy at 1:20pm in the Doerr-Hosier Center’s Kaufman Room.Arianna Huffington has been added to the panel Deep Dive: A Hopeful Vision for America’s Economic Future at 4pm in the Doerr-Hosier Center’s McNulty Room.The Aspen Ideas Stand-Up Review gets more comedians! Ted Olson, Oladosu Adebowale Olutosin, Shabnam...
Jun 30, 2014
Need To Know Now! Could We Make Even the Worst Jobs, Great Jobs? with MIT professor Zeynop Ton will be in the Koch Building, Lauder Room at 12pm. 10 for 10! Don't miss your chance to purchase a collection of art featuring the work and quotes of luminaries who've come to the Aspen Ideas Festival throughout the last decade. "Ideas in a Box," is a celebratory retrospective including prints by Chuck Close, Frank Gehry, and Isa Catto, among others, coupled with quotes by Yo-Yo Ma,...

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