Schedule for 2014

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Breakfast Talk   Med School 101
Robotics
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
How will robotics advance the practice of medicine? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Registration  
Spotlight: Health Registration
10:00 am - 5:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Paepcke Lobby
Lunch Session off Campus   Med School 101
Adolescent Health
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Why has adolescent health become a medical specialty? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Opening Session  
Spotlight: Health Opening and Welcome WELCOME RECEPTION IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
ASL interpreting provided by Aspen Camp for this session
Greenwald Pavilion
Evening Session   Med School 101
Women's Health Research
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Why is research about women’s health so important? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Evening Session   Med School 101
Orthopedics
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Evening Session   Health By Design
Colorado's "Right to Try" Law: A Lifeline or False Hope?
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Colorado’s new “right-to-try” law, signed in May, allows terminally ill patients access to investigational drugs without federal approval. Similar legislation is being considered in other states. Supporters call it a ray of hope for people with few alternatives, while skeptics argue that the hopes could be false and the suffering worsened. The US Food and Drug Administration already has compassionate-use mechanisms in place, but action at the state level is a first. What are the clinical and ethical implications of Colorado’s action? Are states usurping federal authority? What are the rights of dying people here?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   Innovations In Health
Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory A Film and Discussion
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This remarkable documentary captures the power of music. Director Michael Rossato-Bennett: “Alive Inside is about how music has the capacity to go into the minds and the brains and the bodies of people with dementia and awaken parts of them that they haven’t touched in years, that their disease has robbed. We got to see human beings who were lost to the world and lost to themselves awaken, and it was music that did this.”
Paepcke Auditorium
Special Event  
Yoga
7:00 am - 7:45 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Anderson Park
Breakfast Talk   Med School 101
Diabetes
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
How will current research advances improve the lives of patients with diabetes? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Breakfast Talk   Living Longer, Living Better
Surviving Anxiety
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Why author Scott Stossel has probably taken two doses of Xanax (a benzodiazepine), a beta-blocker to control sweats and trembling, and a shot or two of vodka before walking onto the stage today to talk about his new book, Surviving Anxiety. ASL interpreting provided by Aspen Camp for this session
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Breakfast Talk   Living Longer, Living Better
Spotlight: Health "Flash" Seminar
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Spotlight: Health “Flash” Seminars offer a highly interactive, round-table dialogue to deepen and synthesize what you've been learning in the Spotlight Health panel presentations from all four tracks. There are no formal presentations—you are the experts on a journey of conversation moderated by Aspen Institute Director of Seminars, Todd Breyfogle. A short text, distributed and read on the spot, will anchor our discussions in the classic Aspen Seminar fashion. Bring your questions and insights for a thoughtful engagement with peers, and put a spotlight on your own thinking about what it means to live well in a good society.
Aspen Meadows, Bernhard Room
Breakfast Talk   Living Longer, Living Better
Building A Culture of Health in America
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls on us to envision living in a nation where being healthy and staying healthy are an essential part of what it means to be American. A nation in which we all play an important role in building a Culture of Health that incorporates work, family and community, and provides the opportunity for all to achieve good health regardless where they live, how much they earn, or where they come from.
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   The Business Of Health
THE ASPEN LECTURE When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision-Making
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Despite medical advances and the application of scientific principles to modern medicine, there seems to be increasing controversy about the “right” diagnostic and treatment choices, even for very common medical issues – such as how best to treat high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, whether to take vitamins, especially vitamin D, and who should be screened for cancer with mammograms and PSA. And the debate is very public, fomenting confusion with almost daily stories in the media. Why are experts disagreeing? Why isn't there a clear “right” answer? And what support do patients need to make decisions in the face of such controversy?
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Living Longer, Living Better
Global Disease Threats: What’s Coming and Can We Stop It?
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Suddenly MERS is in the news, replacing SARS as the latest infectious disease terror to draw public attention, and remind us that potentially deadly microbes are only a plane ride away. But this is not the only risk we face. With environmental threats looming and chronic diseases on the rise, we will need to be shrewd and engage aggressively to turn away danger. What is the changing nature of disease? What commitments can we make now to protect the population? What happens if we fail?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   Living Longer, Living Better
Zip Codes and Life Spans: Determinants of Health in the US and Abroad
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
How healthy we are is very much a function of where we live, and whether we have access to clean water, reliable sanitation, adequate food, safe shelter, and basic medical care. Surely we have an obligation to organize the affairs of society to meet basic human needs, even if we are willing to tolerate a certain level of income disparity. How do we build an economic infrastructure to do that? How do we empower individuals and communities to influence the fundamental determinants of health?
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Innovations In Health
Women’s Health: The Unfinished Revolution
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The phrase “women’s health” slips off the tongues of clinicians, public health experts, community advocates and legislators with ease, but the ideological battles of the past three decades have clouded this once-useful term. Reproductive health services and access to family planning promote health and combat poverty, but they do not represent the sum of women’s health needs or rights. Women also differ from men in how they develop, age, and respond to treatment, yet the science of their unique characteristics is alarmingly incomplete. What is “women’s health” really about, and how we do re-imagine its future?
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   The Business Of Health
Bringing A Business Lens to Healthcare
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
If we ran the hospitality industry as poorly as we produce healthcare, tourism might just dry up altogether. Healthcare consumers, clinicians, and experts alike agree that the nation’s largest industry is profoundly flawed — inefficient, inequitable, error-prone, and attached to the status quo — at least partly because it is not held to the same standards as most other businesses. How can we change the landscape of healthcare to mirror the quality and interconnections we demand elsewhere in our lives? How can entrepreneurs, public and private insurance payers, physicians and consumers help fix the system? This session includes 20-minute remarks by Jonathan Bush on the topic of "Where Does It Hurt?" Book signing by Jonathan Bush immediately following.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Special Event   The Business Of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Announcement
11:00 am - 11:45 am MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Join Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), as she announces the winners of the 2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Six communities from across the nation will be honored for innovative efforts to help people live healthier lives. Representatives from each community will talk about how they are building their own Culture of Health through diverse partnerships, strong leadership, and commitments to making needed and lasting change.
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Lunch Session off Campus   Living Longer, Living Better
Allies in Public Health: China and the US Share the Stage
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Appearing in public together for the first time, the heads of the premier public health agencies in China and the United States talk about how they collaborate, what they can learn from each other, and where they diverge on policy and approach. From infectious diseases and immunizations to workforce development and laboratory safety, a strong partnership between two world powers is a pillar of global health. ASL interpreting provided by Aspen Camp for this session
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Lunch Session off Campus   Med School 101
Brain Health
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Are there diet and lifestyle factors that affect brain health? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Lunch Session on Campus   Innovations In Health
The Future of Academic Medicine in the US
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Academic medicine remains on the cutting-edge of healthcare, dedicating vast resources to education, research, and clinical practice, but it is facing stressors at every turn. The Affordable Care Act is disrupting norms, healthcare financing is being overhauled, competition for National Institutes of Health research dollars is intensifying, and attitudes towards physicians are shifting. What does all of that mean for medical schools and their affiliated teaching hospitals? Where will they fit within the framework of a new healthcare system? How can they remain at the forefront of healthcare innovation?
Paepcke Auditorium
Lunch Session on Campus   Health By Design
The Fight for Good Food
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Since Sam Kass became senior policy advisor for Nutrition Policy at the White House, five years ago, he has been at the forefront of Michelle Obama’s campaign to convince manufacturers to reduce fat and sodium and add whole grains to their foods. A legacy of the White House will be improving school lunches — if, that is, the improvements the White House won four years ago don’t get rolled back by a Congress that says fruits and vegetables are expensive and kids don’t eat them anyway. Kass will discuss the White House’s priorities and successful strategies, the far-flung effects of the Let’s Move! campaign, and their unexpectedly heated recent fight to keep their lunch legacy alive.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Special Event  
Playworks
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Need a fun and entertaining break in the day? Itching to show off your hula-hoop skills? For the kid in all of us, make your way over to Anderson Park for an array of fun physical games to exercise your right to play. Hosted by Playworks, which has been transforming America’s schools, tapping into recess, working alongside teachers in the classroom, and developing leadership, conflict resolution, and team play since 1996.
Anderson Park
Tutorial Session   Health By Design
Products that Enrich Lives
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Industrial design is often considered more a matter of aesthetics than medicine, yet it can greatly enhance the quality of our lives, and indeed preserve life itself. Engineered products are allowing the disabled to lead fuller lives and restoring limbs lost to catastrophe. Resourceful design innovators are marketing remarkable self-monitoring tools, introducing portable diagnostic and treatment technologies, and expanding the reach of affordable toilets. How can we develop more health-generating products to meet the needs of more people? How can we overcome dissemination and economic challenges to bring them to isolated communities?
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   Innovations In Health
Beyond the Hype: Does it Really Pay to Invest in Girls?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Type “girl effect” into Google, and almost 410 million results appear. Girls, it seems, have been discovered, and with them the promise of an extraordinary return on investment. Empower girls, we are told, and big dividends will accrue in the realm of health, economic development and community building, education and the environment. But as with most seemingly perfect solutions, there is surely some unacknowledged complexity here. Is investing in girls really the “magic bullet” of the 21st century? How should resources be allocated? What don’t we know yet about the consequences?
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Living Longer, Living Better
The Landscape of Long-Term Care in the US
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The burden of caregiving falls largely on American families, who often struggle without support to meet the physical and emotional needs of loved ones. With an aging population, a Medicaid system under stress, and a shortage of paid home care workers, the flaws of a fragmented long-term care system grow ever-more apparent. How should responsibility for care be divided among the federal, state, and local governments, employers, the health sector, the insurance industry, and families? Can we identify innovations that offer better care at less cost?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   Innovations In Health
You are Not Alone: Social Networks and Health
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Social entrepreneurship has taken the global health field by storm over the last decade, with its recognition that it may not be markets themselves that need reimagining, but the networks and behaviors they promote. Cultural entrepreneurship has yet to capture the same attention, but its commitment to transforming hearts and minds is also stirring interest. How can we best use these tools to inspire paradigm shifts at the individual and community level? How do we leverage social media to shift social norms related to smoking, exercise, diet and other health behaviors?
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Living Longer, Living Better
Sports as Medicine
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
From the benefits of strength training for people in their 90s to the breathtaking accomplishments of world-class athletes and paralympians, we keep learning more about what the body can do, and why it pays to do it. Yet in the US, fewer than half of all adults meet basic physical activity guidelines. And every study of athletics still finds that opportunities for women lag behind men in terms of budgets, scholarships, facilities, and available competitions. What is the future of sport as an agent of health? How do we promote wider participation in exercise?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   Innovations In Health
The New Dawn of Disruptive Technologies
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
From prosthetic devices and bionics to 3D printing and robotics, innovations in health technology have already transformed lives, and are on the brink of changing countless more. Some of these remain luxuries of the few that can afford them, while others are finding enormous markets at the bottom of the pyramid. How can organizations overcome distribution challenges, regulation hurdles, and the limitations of traditional markets to serve those most in need? Are venture capitalists, philanthropies, governments, and others willing to make the commitment for that to happen?
Paepcke Auditorium
Explorations  
Book Signings
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Visit our Spotlight: Health Bookstore and chat with speakers about their latest books. Visit the athenahealth Trail Mix Bar, and sample fresh cold-pressed juice by Honeybee Juice Co.
Bookstore
Explorations  
Office Hours
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Jonathan Bush On navigating the narrow corridors of healthcare. Krista Donaldson On international trends in medical devices and their implications for US healthcare markets. Rushika Fernandopulle On transforming the delivery of healthcare. Neeraj Mistry On solving poverty through neglected tropical disease control and elimination. Kennedy Odede On grassroot urban development.
Paepcke Tent
Explorations  
Guided Run/Walk in Lechal Shoes
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Lechal (pronounced “lay-chull,” which means ‘take me along’ in Hindi) is the world's first interactive haptic footwear. Available as an insole or a shoe, Lechal footwear stays true to the impulse that inspired its creation - to help the visually-challenged navigate the world with ease and with technology. Lechal footwear uses Bluetooth technology to connect to the user's smartphone, and communicates with the user via vibrator,y or haptic, responses. Using simple foot gestures or voice commands, the wearer can use it as a navigational tool or track their activity from a fitness perspective. Join us for a guided run/walk in a pair of the world's first interactive haptic footwear and have the world at your feet! Shoes available on a first come, first served basis.
Innovation Gallery
Explorations   Health By Design
Solutions Lab: Human-Centered Design for Health How Can We Get Healthcare to the Hardest to Serve?
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Inequities abound in healthcare. Out of the reach of adequate services, infants born to African-American women in the US are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to die than infants of other races/ethnicities. Gastrointestinal infections, typically caused by contaminated water and generally preventable, kill 2.2 million people around the world every year. How do we address the underlying disparities that drive inequity and fail vulnerable populations? What’s possible for a fairer health delivery system? What’s your solution? In this atypical collaborative conversation, join with fellow Spotlight attendees and facilitators from IDEO.org to brainstorm your own approach to a specific healthcare challenge. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages!
Marble Garden Tent
Plenary Session   Innovations In Health
Personalized Medicine: The Future is Now
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Personalized medicine is upending hierarchies with consumer products like Scanadu, designed to track physiological signals, and 23andMe.com, which provides raw genetic data. Meanwhile, our exploding knowledge means treatments can increasingly be custom-tailored — the genetic characteristics of a tumor can predict the most effective drug to fight it; a medical image can reveal which artery-opening device will be most effective for a particular individual. How does personalized medicine change the way medicine is practiced? Is it possible to know too much? Does the US need a new regulatory framework for this unprecedented era?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   The Business Of Health
The Affordable Care Act: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, What’s Next?
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Surely, the critics of Obamacare can recognize that it has some desirable features. And even the most enthusiastic defenders of the legislation acknowledge some flaws. Setting aside the partisanship and rancor that has clouded the facts and discouraged reasoned analysis is a first step to fixing what needs to be fixed and celebrating what’s working. Perhaps we can agree, at a minimum, that broader coverage, lower healthcare costs, and better quality are shared goals, and build from there. What’s the best-case scenario for the new law? Where are the landmines? Where do we go from here?
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Med School 101
Complementary and Integrative Medicine
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Can ancient, traditional health practices help us in the era of modern medicine? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Evening Session   Innovations In Health
UNDAUNTED: Ten Frontline Innovators Shaping Global Health
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Join the Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellows for an evening of fast-paced, visually-stunning storytelling from some of the world's most effective grassroots healthcare leaders. Expect wholehearted narratives, surprising laughter, and tasty libations. Speakers include Dr. Jacques Sebisaho, who is building a healthcare system in a remote part of the Democratic Republic of Congo from scratch; Jane Otai, who Melinda Gates described as her personal hero for her groundbreaking work promoting maternal health in Kenya’s urban slums; Dr. Ola Orekunrin, who has launched West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service to improve acute trauma care in under-resourced settings; and many more. UNDERWRITTEN BY THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION ASL interpreting provided by Aspen Camp for this session
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   Med School 101
The Biology of Aging
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Is it possible to slow, or even reverse, the aging process? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Evening Session   Living Longer, Living Better
Boots on the Ground: CDC's Elite Disease Detectives
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Disease detectives with the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service stand ready to respond to public health emergencies around the world. Skilled at conducting outbreak investigations, research, and surveillance, these frontline public health officers track the first appearance of an infectious disease, trail food-borne illnesses to their source, and try to explain unusual patterns of cancer in a community. The CDC director is joined by two disease detectives to explain how they protect global health security in the face of new and chronic diseases, natural and man-made disasters, and occupational and environmental health threats. UNDERWRITTEN BY THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION ASL interpreting provided by Aspen Camp for this session
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   Health By Design
OPEN HEART A Film and Discussion
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Rheumatic heart disease, typically the consequence of an untreated childhood infection, affects 18 million people in Africa and kills 300,000 of them every year. Open Heart tells the powerful story of eight Rwandan children who leave their families to journey to the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, in Khartoum, Sudan, the African continent’s only free-of-charge, state-of-the art cardiac hospital.
Paepcke Auditorium
Special Event  
Yoga
7:00 am - 7:45 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Anderson Park
Breakfast Talk   Med School 101
Keeping (and Making) a Heart Healthy: A Case Report
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Are we making progress in our heart health? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
The Grand Salon, The Little Nell Hotel
Breakfast Talk   Living Longer, Living Better
Spotlight: Health "Flash" Seminar
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Spotlight: Health “Flash” Seminars offer a highly interactive, round-table dialogue to deepen and synthesize what you've been learning in the Spotlight Health panel presentations from all four tracks. There are no formal presentations—you are the experts on a journey of conversation moderated by Aspen Institute Director of Seminars, Todd Breyfogle. A short text, distributed and read on the spot, will anchor our discussions in the classic Aspen Seminar fashion. Bring your questions and insights for a thoughtful engagement with peers, and put a spotlight on your own thinking about what it means to live well in a good society.
Aspen Meadows, Bernhard Room
Breakfast Talk   The Business Of Health
Big Data as a Tool to Promote Health
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Big Data is a buzzword that only hints at the vast amounts of information we now collect and analyze. More confusing than enlightening in an undigested form, data can be mixed with knowledge to spot trends and guide health-promoting changes at the individual and community level: Data + Knowledge = Empowerment. It’s not about what “they” know about “us;” it is about engaging in dialogue based on accurate information. How do we best harness all the data available to influence behavior and design programs that promote healthy outcomes?
Paepcke Auditorium
Breakfast Talk   Innovations In Health
Mobilizing a Global Health Movement
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Uneven access to healthcare and widely divergent health outcomes reflect, in part, the many social, political and economic contexts in which the world’s people operate. Leveling the playing field demands strong leadership and innovative approaches from a community of changemakers who recognize health as a human right. How can a global fellowship of emerging leaders promote interdisciplinary thinking and cross-sector innovation? How do we ignite wider participation, engaging not only medicine, but fields from supply chain management to computer programming, monitoring and evaluation to human resource management?
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Breakfast Talk   The Business Of Health
Can Congress Come Together to Build a Healthier Nation?
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
There's much more to health politics than the Affordable Care Act. Along with remarkable new advances in medicine by 2024, we will see Baby Boomers swamping the health care system, more veterans needing services, and the the impact of climate change becoming ever more apparent. Leaders from both political parties in both houses of Congress should be shaping the vision, negotiating the legislation and committing the funding to improve the nation’s health. What can Congress do to promote better health for more Americans? How can our elected officials reach consensus?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   Living Longer, Living Better
Whither The War on Cancer?
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Worldwide, some 8.2 million cancer-related deaths occurred in 2012, almost 600,000 of them in the US. Mortality rates for a few cancers have been falling, but the incidence of many others is trending upwards, especially in emerging economies. Although the World Health Organization has said: “we cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem,” the era of genetic therapies is dawning with new promise. What life-sustaining strategies are on the horizon and why is it taking so long to bring them to the bedside? When will we see big wins? Will cancer research ever lead to a cure?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   Health By Design
US Food Policy, Past and Present: Where Does the Future Lie?
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Two US Department of Agriculture Secretaries, one past, one present, come together to talk about American food policies. Agricultural supports and other decisions made on US soil, and the trade agreements we negotiate around the world, have powerful effects on the global food supply; land conservation; the use of water, nitrogen, and pesticides; and animal and plant disease management. How do US policy choices impact the safety, price and accessibility of the food we feed the nation? How do we balance consumer and industry concerns to keep food affordable and nutritious while protecting the agricultural economy?
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   Health By Design
The Last Mile: Reaching Out to the Underserved
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Many women in remote regions of Africa face a day’s journey to the nearest hospital if they need emergency obstetrics care. In the US, millions are cut off from vital specialty services, not only because of geography but because of economic circumstance, immigrant status, and clinical shortages. How can the system deliver healthcare more efficiently in remote or resource-poor settings? What best-practice options can be replicated, from e-training and video mentoring to the use of non-physician clinicians and portable, battery-operated equipment?
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Living Longer, Living Better
Who Will Care For Us?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
America’s population is growing larger, more diverse, and older. Under the strain of this trifecta, just about everything in the US health system has to be reconsidered, from how we educate and pay our clinicians to how patients access 21st-century care. The traditional patient-doctor relationship is giving way to a team-based approach, with uncertain impact on quality and satisfaction. How do we make measured changes, instead of cobbling together stopgap approaches? Will patients feel connected to their caregivers and confident that the new system meets their needs?
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   Health By Design
Communities That Thrive
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Healthy communities put people first, with safe housing, convenient schools and workplaces, and ready access to food, water, recreation and sustainable transportation. Rural or urban, resource-rich or impoverished, they offer opportunity and hope, and reward imagination and ingenuity. These places also foster a sense of shared purpose, perhaps sporting community centers and gardens, resource-sharing activities and microenterprise, sidewalks and bike lanes. What are the must-have features of a healthy community? How should small towns and large cities be designed in the future? What does the explosion of mega-metropolises around the world mean to health?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   Living Longer, Living Better
Aging: Can We Do It Better and Longer?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
The search for the fountain of youth has beckoned explorers and plagued philosophers across the millennia. Now, it seems that our ability to manipulate genes and tinker with hormones may truly allow us to decelerate aging. Rather than focus on individual diseases associated with growing older, researchers are looking for ways to slow the entire aging process, and their work is bold, promising, and sobering. What is the real potential here? What are the ethical implications? What could be the unintended consequences?
Paepcke Auditorium
Lunch Session on Campus   The Business Of Health
Do We Get What We Pay For in American Healthcare?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Healthcare costs are rising more slowly than at any time in the last fifty years, but Americans think they are actually growing faster. With many individuals paying more out of their own pockets, the truth depends in part on the angle of the analysis. The recession, the Affordable Care Act, costly new pharmaceuticals, and attitudes towards cost-shifting have all changed how, and how much, we pay for getting well. How should the payment burden be shared? Why do we spend more per-capita than other industrialized countries, yet often lead shorter lives?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session on Campus   Innovations In Health
Walking in Style: Merging 3D Printing and Functional Robotics
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Integrating 3D printing capabilities with robotics opens new and unimaginable frontiers. Design engineers from 3D Systems Corporation have teamed up with Ekso Bionics, manufacturer of the bionic exoskeleton suit named EksoTM to develop a research project that will showcase the first partially 3D printed bionic exoskeleton in the world. This is an ongoing project, which explores how 3D printing design can bring us a step closer to fusing a person's biology and individuality with technology. Please join us for the first-ever global appearance of the newly designed 3D Printed Bionic Exoskeleton Suit.
Paepcke Auditorium
Lunch Session off Campus   Med School 101
Sleep
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Why Ambien Is Not the Answer: The Three Pillars of Good Sleep. This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Lunch Session off Campus   Living Longer, Living Better
The Future of Wellness: Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirit
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Eastern traditions are increasingly influencing the West as meditation, yoga, and structured time for inward reflection draw new followers. More than just a personal quest, it is also being encouraged at some corporations, through health plans and scheduled activities, because they see “centering” as a way to advance their core values. How do yoga and meditation promote personal and societal wellness? Is there synergistic value to integrating them with other healthy behaviors, such as diet and exercise? ASL interpreting provided by Aspen Camp for this session
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Special Event  
Playworks
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Need a fun and entertaining break in the day? Itching to show off your hula-hoop skills? For the kid in all of us, make your way over to Anderson Park for an array of fun physical games to exercise your right to play. Hosted by Playworks, which has been transforming America’s schools, tapping into recess, working alongside teachers in the classroom, and developing leadership, conflict resolution, and team play since 1996.
Anderson Park
Tutorial Session   Living Longer, Living Better
How Can We Die With Dignity?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
The hospice movement and other cultural and system-wide innovations in palliative care have been welcome strategies for easing the dying experience, but many people still do not have their final wishes respected. If we are to guide patients and families through life’s final stage with dignity, we need to have wiser conversations, better services, and a clearer ethical framework. What is it like to be present with people as they approach death? What roles can the young and the healthy play? What investments do we need to make to smooth the passage away from the living?
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Innovations In Health
Under 40 and Transforming Global Health
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Youth certainly represent our future, but there are some determined young people who are already leading the way towards it. Innovators, entrepreneurs, and activists, they recognize that change is both inevitable and desirable, and they have the optimism, vision, and chutzpah to breathe life into their ideas. These remarkable under-40s are moving and shaking the way we think about health as they transform lives around the world. What roles can they play as advocates, ambassadors and pioneers? How can we grow more of these young people?
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   Health By Design
Delivering Health with Dignity: Can Our Systems Do Better?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
At the moment they feel most vulnerable, patients and family members typically find themselves in impersonal hospital rooms and uncomfortable clinic waiting areas, treated more like a number than a person. But some pioneering facilities are doing things differently — with simple strategies, like brightly painted walls and space for family photos, and more intricate ones, like engaging loved ones in processes of care and redesigning clinics to add warmth and privacy. Are there universal principles of health system design across geographic, cultural and income contexts? What dignity-enhancing models can be transferred across settings?
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   The Business Of Health
Leading the Charge: Can the Private Sector Chart a Healthier Course?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Business sets trends for others to follow. Rather than wait for consensus or expect government to lead, forward-thinking CEOs often plunge in to test innovation and new ideas. Certainly, that is what we are seeing in the healthcare arena. The private sector has a bottom-line incentive to invest in a healthier, more productive workforce, and many executives also see a business case for contributing to the health of entire communities. Can business break ground to promote more holistic, health-boosting approaches? What contributions can corporations make to a culture of health?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   The Business Of Health
Getting Ahead of the Curve: The Case for Prevention
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
The problem with prevention is that when it works, no one really notices. Though perhaps not as sexy as heroic medicine, prevention costs a lot less and spares a great deal of anguish. Even so, it has to be implemented cautiously, and packaged with community buy-in and education —otherwise, we get over-screening that leads to overtreatment, parents who resist immunizations for their children, and polio workers whose lives get put at risk. What’s the investment case for disease prevention? What financial innovations will drive the most strategic spending? Where are the optimal leverage points?
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   The Business Of Health
Uppers and Downers: Where is the Pharmaceutical Industry Headed?
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
The global pharmaceutical market could reach $1.2 trillion by 2016, according to industry sources. But with blockbuster drugs losing patent protection, returns on investment on research and development becoming harder to deliver, and health care systems focusing increasingly on managing costs, biopharmaceutical companies are facing unprecedented challenges to deliver in more productive ways and demonstrate value. How is the pipeline for drug and device development changing? Do we need to redesign clinical trials? How will the industry – and its partners in the healthcare ecosystem – bring forth the next breakthrough therapies for unmet global medical needs?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Explorations   Health By Design
Solutions Lab: Human-Centered Design for Health What Would Healthcare Look Like with the Patient at the Center?
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Radical innovations in healthcare are underway. As everything starts to look different — from healthcare products to providers, clinical settings to payment solutions — new opportunities emerge to put the patient at the center of a more comprehensive model. What is the future of healthcare from the patient’s perspective? What needs to change and how do we take advantage of that opportunity? What’s your solution? In this atypical collaborative conversation, join with fellow Spotlight attendees and facilitators from IDEO.org to brainstorm your own approach to a specific healthcare challenge. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages!
Marble Garden Tent
Explorations  
Book Signings
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Visit our Spotlight: Health Bookstore and chat with speakers about their latest books. Chocolate and port tasting as well!
Bookstore
Explorations  
Office Hours
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Paepcke Tent: Ken Davis On the future of healthcare. Esther Dyson On the Way to Wellville: how to produce health rather than cure or mitigate sickness. Catalina Escobar On teen pregnancy as a perpetuation of poverty in society. Gabe Klein On the relationship between transportation, public space, and healthy citizens. Koch Patio: Michael Mussallem On radical changes: innovation’s impact on the practice of medicine in 2024.
Paepcke Tent
Explorations   Innovations In Health
Is There A Doctor Shortage?
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
A notable percentage of Americans now live in areas without enough primary care doctors, and broader access to insurance and an aging population will intensify the shortages. By 2020, we will lack 90,000 physicians in primary care and specialties like cardiology, oncology and surgery. There aren’t enough residency slots for medical school graduates and for many physicians, the profession is less rewarding than it once was. Will the coming marketplace changes intensify shortages, or help fix them? What’s the role of non-physicians, team-based care and technology? Will the Affordable Care Act re-balance the incentives that will put doctors where people need them—or do we need to reform the system in other ways?
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Explorations  
Guided Run/Walk in Lechal Shoes
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Lechal (pronounced “lay-chull,” which means ‘take me along’ in Hindi) is the world's first interactive haptic footwear. Available as an insole or a shoe, Lechal footwear stays true to the impulse that inspired its creation - to help the visually-challenged navigate the world with ease and with technology. Lechal footwear uses Bluetooth technology to connect to the user's smartphone, and communicates with the user via vibrator,y or haptic, responses. Using simple foot gestures or voice commands, the wearer can use it as a navigational tool or track their activity from a fitness perspective. Join us for a guided run/walk in a pair of the world's first interactive haptic footwear and have the world at your feet! Shoes available on a first come, first served basis.
Innovation Gallery
Plenary Session   Health By Design
How Do We Nourish Nine Billion People?
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
About half the world’s population suffers from some form of malnutrition – 2 billion people are undernourished, 1.4 billion are overweight or obese, and 800 million are hungry – and as climate change advances, the threats will likely worsen. In the US, cutbacks in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program mean some Americans run out food every month. Lacking the right nutrients to grow and thrive, billions around the globe cannot rise from poverty. What food and nutrition priorities should the international community set as the UN’s Millennium Development Goals expire? What is the blueprint for strengthening access to nutritious foods and sustainable agriculture? What is the role for the private sector?
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Innovations In Health
Risk and Return: How Do We Invest in Health Innovation?
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
It takes resources and risk-takers to drive innovation. With public-sector funding extremely tight even for traditional approaches to healthcare delivery, it’s clear that private capital has to be on the table to develop and test novel ideas. Mentoring entrepreneurs, seeding affordable innovation, using social impact bonds, and building on rolling feedback to scale projects are all ways to do more with less. How do we encourage innovation in the health space through strategic investment? How do we attract investors to creative ideas? What can we learn from failure?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   Med School 101
The Future of Medical Education
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
How will we train America’s doctors for 21st century medicine? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Evening Session   The Business Of Health
The Transformative Power of Philanthropy
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Philanthropy is playing a role as never before in tackling the challenges of health. Foundations have stepped in where governments have stepped aside, setting an agenda that often goes well beyond the traditional strategies employed in clinical medicine and public health. Typically more willing than other players to fund risk, foundations are also more insistent on accountability. Who is setting the agenda for the billions of philanthropic dollars now being spent on health? How is their work making a difference? Are foundations getting us to think about healthcare delivery in new ways? ASL interpreting provided by Aspen Camp for this session
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   Med School 101
How to Allocate Scarce Medical Resources -- Organs
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
How should we allocate scarce medical resources such as organs? This engaging presentation is part of our very own “Aspen Med School 101” curriculum: a series of in-town classes and lectures by leading physicians and professors designed to offer you the most up-to-date information and research that is being taught in leading medical schools around the country.
Limelight Hotel
Evening Session   The Business Of Health
Is Big Marijuana the Next Big Tobacco?
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Despite sweeping legal changes, marijuana remains a source of controversy. “Bed and Bud inns” have sprouted in Colorado, enthusiasts are making broad claims for the drug’s medical value, and opponents believe it can be addictive, and a gateway to other substances. Completely legal in two states and available by recommendation in 21 more, marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Despite all the inherent health risks, a new and highly profitable industry has emerged as an undeniable economic powerhouse. What is the future of this industry, and could it be the next “big tobacco?" WITH SUPPORT FROM THE VALLEY PARTNERSHIP FOR DRUG PREVENTION
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Health By Design
The Power of the Arts to Heal
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Far from a luxury of the leisure class, the arts offer therapeutic power as essential to healing as food and medicine. Whether it is music that restores equilibrium to a wounded veteran, dance that allows a wheelchair-bound woman to move, or painting that helps a child express trauma, art helps us tell our stories and restore our humanity. ASL interpreting provided by Aspen Camp for this session
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   Innovations In Health
Talking about Race: Health, Politics, and Art
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Leading artists and academics take the stage for a conversation about race in 2014 in response to two seminal conversations from history. Directed by Anna Deavere Smith in her classic documentary-theater style, four actors will perform excerpts of Mike Wallace’s 1959 interview with Lorraine Hansberry, as well as from Margaret Mead’s legendary 1971 conversation with James Baldwin. Participants from health professions will discuss race through the lens of health and healthcare immediately following the performance.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Health By Design
Lights, Camera, Action: Unleashing Hollywood's Storytelling Power to Improve Health
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Messages about health behavior on television and in the movies — whether embedded in drama or comedy, advertising or talk shows — can ricochet around the world. The content may be explicit, as in a public service announcement, or inserted more obliquely into a storyline. It can advance advocacy positions, cheerleading for organ donation or discouraging tobacco use, for example, and in the process, change how individuals or communities act.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   Health By Design
Buildings That Heal
8:00 am - 9:00 am MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Much more than walls and a roof, buildings shape how we move through space and relate to others, promoting well-being and strengthening our sense of community — or doing the opposite, if they are poorly designed. There has been some especially dynamic design work in the developing world in recent years, and a south-to-north dialogue offers a rich opportunity to understand why architecture matters. How do the spaces we inhabit influence health and wellness? What does it take to blend form and function into structures that promote healing?
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Living Longer, Living Better
The Power of Play
8:00 am - 9:00 am MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
We know that sports and exercise are essential for still-developing bodies and minds, building not only muscle power and better coordination, but confidence, focus, creativity and teamwork. But we also know that youth aren’t getting the physical activity they need — school gym classes and recess have been cut in the US, technology is pulling people inside, and poverty and terror are curtailing active living around the world. What impact will all that have on the leadership capacity of the next generation? What will it mean for productivity, the capacity to learn, and global health?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Closing Session   The Business Of Health
Spotlight: Health Closing Session A Conversation with The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
9:15 am - 10:15 am MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Greenwald Pavilion
Special Event  
Spotlight: ACTIVE
10:30 am - 12:00 am MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Buses depart at 10:30am from the following locations immediately after Closing Session: Doerr-Hosier Circle for White Water Rafting, Biking, and Wilderness Hike. Paepcke Parking Lot for Yoga, Brain Games, Zumba, and Golf.
Registration  
Fest 1 Registration
11:00 am - 5:00 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Paepcke Lobby
Festival Previews   Confronting Climate Change
Action, Consequence, Reaction, and Change: Getting to a Two Degree World
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Despite very challenging assumptions like efficiency improvements, penetration of renewables, and the prospective introduction of Carbon Capture & Storage, how would we describe a ‘least implausible’ route to a 2 degree world? A sneak peak at a provocative study undertaken by Shell, using its best experts.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Festival Previews   Arts
What's an Orchestra to Do?
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
A 21st Century Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Festival Previews   Global Dynamics
The United States, the Jewish State, and the Future of the Middle East
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
A discussion between Jeffrey Goldberg and the former Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren.
Greenwald Pavilion
Opening Session  
Festival Opening and Welcome What's the Big Idea OPENING RECEPTION IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Greenwald Pavilion
Opening Session  
Opening Reception
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session  
JAS Café at Aspen Ideas
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Rene Marie — singer, actress, writer. Eartha Kitt — singer, actress, writer. Never before has there been a vocal recording tipping the hat to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual, and clever interpretations of songs. With her incredible range of vocal ability, her powerful emotional resonance, and strong independent streak, Rene is the right artist to conceive of this historic project, her latest album: “I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt).” This brilliantly entertaining album burnishes Rene’s reputation as the most provocative risk-taker among today’s jazz divas. Presented in association with Jazz Aspen Snowmass.
Little Nell
Evening Session   Humans and Machines
Higher Learning: Taking on the Godzillas of Detroit, Robotics, and Academia
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Sebastian Thrun, perhaps best known for his work on self-driving cars, Google X, and Google Glass, also leads Udacity, an education platform whose mission it is to democratize higher education for students and professionals alike. He discusses the breadth of his work with the director of the automation science research lab and distinguished professor of New Media Lab at UC Berkeley, Ken Goldberg, also known for his own art and filmography. What do these two have in common? besides being uncommonly hip, a passion for creative problem solving, invention, and thinking on the edge.
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Arts
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Film and Discussion)
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
An exclusive preview screening and amazing cinematic experience of Julie Taymor's acclaimed production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with music by Elliot Goldenthal. “The director who redefined spectacle on Broadway … has now given New York a Midsummer Night’s Dream that doesn’t so much reach for the heavens as roll around in them, with joyous but calculated abandon … For Ms. Taymor, the sky is not the limit. It’s a supple canvas to be stretched and bent to the whims of the imagination. Her eye-popping take on the canon’s most enchanted comedy … confirms Ms. Taymor’s reputation as the cosmic P. T. Barnum of contemporary stagecraft … This Dream exists … as a glittering necklace of breathtaking moments ... [and] when the moments are this beautiful, they take root in your mind and assume lives of their own.” –Ben Brantley, The New York Times. A presentation of "New Views: Documentaries and Dialogue," made possible by generous donations from Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Work
Building Our Economy: A Conversation with Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
How are we doing on job creation, and where are our biggest challenges with our workforce? Underwritten by Southern Company.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   Humans and Machines
In Depth: Drones, Phones, and Robotic Friends-Where Is Emergent Technology Taking Us?
8:45 pm - 9:45 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
As the landscape of high tech is increasingly modernized through applications of robotics from operating theaters to rescue missions, smarter phones that manage our lives, and flying technologies that put cameras (and weapons) in the air (if not everywhere) how will the balance of law, ethics, and relationships between humans and machines change us? Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton
Hotel Jerome
Evening Session  
JAS Café at Aspen Ideas
9:15 pm - 10:45 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Rene Marie — singer, actress, writer. Eartha Kitt — singer, actress, writer. Never before has there been a vocal recording tipping the hat to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual, and clever interpretations of songs. With her incredible range of vocal ability, her powerful emotional resonance, and strong independent streak, Rene is the right artist to conceive of this historic project, her latest album: "I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt)". This brilliantly entertaining album burnishes Rene’s reputation as the most provocative risk-taker among today’s jazz divas. Presented in association with Jazz Aspen Snowmass.
Little Nell
Evening Session   Arts
Poetry Open Mic Night
10:30 pm - 11:45 pm MDT on Friday, June 27, 2014
Join student poets from the National Student Poets Program, Young Chicago Authors, the "Louder Than a Bomb" competition, and other student groups, as they convene for a late night session sharing their recent work. All Festival speakers and attendees are invited to join in and share the best of their own poems and those of their literary heroes with this group of dynamic young poets and performers.
Aspen Meadows, Hefner Lounge
Breakfast Talk   Humans and Machines
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
High-functioning robots, self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence, and many other astonishing technologies have — in the past few years — moved from science fiction into the mainstream economy. What will happen next? And what will these advances mean for job prospects, wages, and well-being, both in the US and around the world? MIT’s Andrew McAfee, coauthor of the 2014 bestseller "The Second Machine Age", will take on these questions. Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds — from lawyers to truck drivers — will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: Fewer people are working and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar.
Hotel Jerome
Breakfast Talk   Our Cultural Identity
Millennials and the Next America
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
America is in the middle of a demographic overhaul. Americans are growing older, more unequal, more diverse, more mixed race, more digitally linked, more tolerant, less married, less fertile, less religious, less mobile, and less confident. Drawing on the Pew Research Center’s extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, Paul Taylor offers a roadmap to what he calls the “next America,” where social cohesion will be tested by the generational gaps he sees opening in just about every facet of American life. Taylor takes us on a tour from the middle of the last century to the present, and beyond, to the drama unfolding in slow motion across the nation.
Limelight Hotel
Breakfast Talk   An Age of Creativity
IDEO Morning Coffee - Creative Listening: Intuition
8:00 am - 8:15 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Creative Listening is a set of habits that makes listening more active, more engaged, and fertile. On your way to the Paepcke Tent, listen to today’s 6-minute podcast from the Creative Listening course on iTunes U. Then, enjoy coffee with IDEO during a 15-minute tutorial on intuition.
Paepcke Tent
Breakfast Talk   Our Cultural Identity
The True American
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
The True American tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed “American terrorist” named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. The True American traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives — one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Breakfast Talk   Your Turn
Philanthropy Redefined
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
New philanthropists are impatient, strategic, and focused on results. They define philanthropy broadly to include all private means of financing the social good. Join a conversation with the Institute's Jane Wales about ways in which new givers and social investors are partnering with peers in the US, brazil, India, Nigeria and elsewhere,redefining philanthropy in the process. Get involved.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Breakfast Talk   Your Turn
Solving Washington Gridlock
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Join Senator Joe Manchin and the Institute’s Dan Glickman and Mickey Edwards, both former Congressmen, to discuss the causes of Washington’s political gridlock and possible solutions to move the country forward. Get involved.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   Confronting Climate Change
A New and Promising Energy Future
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
With a focus on consumers, maybe the newest players in the energy market will guide us all to maximizing our energy consumption, with powerful results both economically and environmentally.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   Global Dynamics
Unlocking Opportunity through Trade
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
The United States is pursuing a robust, 21st century trade agenda. Between the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), the US is seeking to create free trade with countries representing two thirds of global GDP. Join US Trade Representative Michael Froman for a discussion of what these trade agreements mean for jobs, growth, and US competitiveness in an increasingly globalized economy.
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   The Aspen Lectures
From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Time, the Universe, and Everything
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Astrophysicist and writer Janna Levin offers an epic tour through time from the beginning of the universe in a big bang, through black holes, past the emergence of life on at least one little planet spinning in a conceivably infinite cosmic ocean, to the possible end of time.
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   Humans and Machines
Why You Want R2D2 to Operate on You
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Really a look at where robotics will take us in surgery, both from a standpoint of precision, and opportunity, but also jobs, career paths for doctors, and liability issues (what happens if a robot fails?)
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   The Metropolis
Post-Sustainability: New Directions in Ecological Urban Design
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Sustainability is a good thing. But is it good enough? Join the co-founders of the Brooklyn-based design studio Terreform One at the intersection of design, engineering, and synthetic biology for a journey beyond sustainability. Glimpse the future of energy, transportation, infrastructure, waste treatment, food, and water as they explore the socio-ecological possibilities of New York City and solutions for urban environments like it around the world.
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Our Cultural Identity
Faith in 2024
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
After a rapid increase in their ranks over the last decade, the “nones,” or those who claim no particular religious affiliation, now represent one-in-five US adults. What portrait does this leave us of the future of faith in this country? And how are communities of faith changing internally as they witness the same demographic and generational shifts as the population at large? Will church groups see the same hollowing out of the middle as the political and economic landscapes, with a trend toward both ends of the conservative vs. reform spectrum?
Koch Building, Stranahan Room
Tutorial Session   Arts
The Education Every Child Deserves
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Howard Gardner probes the panelists on their own education in the arts and their experiences working in today's schools. What's unique about quality education in the arts?

Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   An Age of Creativity
What is Creative Genius?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Three experts present their research and insights, with a discussion.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   An Age of Creativity
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential in All of Us
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Does creativity abide within a “type” of thinker? No. IDEO founder Tom Kelley and his brother David, argue that each and every one of us is creative. They offer both principles and strategies by which we can successfully tap our creative instincts regardless of the type of problem we are solving or goal we drive towards. Fred Dust, design principle at IDEO, interviews Tom.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   The Metropolis
The Science of Cities: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Urbanization and population growth have been proceeding at an exponential rate for the past two hundred years. Consequently, the future of humanity and our long-term sustainability are inextricably linked to the fate of our cities. Cities are simultaneously hubs for innovation, ideas, and culture, as well as engines of wealth creation, centers of power, and drivers of entrepreneurship and social transformation. But they are also the prime source of crime, pollution, disease, and energy and resource consumption. Cities are the problem, but they are also the solution. What do physics and biology have to teach us about achieving long-term urban resilience and sustainability? Theoretical physicist Geoffrey West makes the case for a broad, quantitative, predictive approach for understanding the dynamics, organization, and growth of the metropolis.
Kresge Building, Hines Room
Lunch Session off Campus   Our Cultural Identity
A Chinaman’s Chance
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
From Tony Hsieh to Amy Chua to Jeremy Lin, Chinese- Americans are now arriving at the highest levels of American business, civic life, and culture. But what makes this story of immigrant ascent unique is that Chinese-Americans are emerging at just the same moment when China has emerged — and indeed may displace America — at the center of the global scene. What does it mean to be Chinese-American in this moment? And how does exploring that question alter our notions of just what an American is and will be?
Acquolina
Lunch Session on Campus   Work
Who Will Define the Marketplace in Our Future?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Not so long ago, the marketplace was defined for consumers. What was on the shelf was what was available. Moving forward — and fast — consumers are defining the marketplace for the firms that supply it. Linked to each other through open networks, customers now are recommending to each other the best opportunities. To what degree will our economy be influenced by open networks that offer platforms to customers for ideas, products, and innovation? Will the American consumer drive the future of work?
Aspen Meadows Restaurant
Lunch Session on Campus   Arts
Discovering American Art Now
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
What comes next for a new museum that’s welcomed a million people through its doors and raised awareness for American art? That’s the situation Alice Walton, board chair of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and museum president Don Bacigalupi were discussing in 2013, after the museum’s successful launch in late 2011. While the museum highlights American art from the late 1600s to the early 2000s, Walton and Bacigalupi recognized the need to share what’s happening in American art right now. As a result, Bacigalupi spent most of 2013 on the road, traveling to every region of the US to meet nearly 1,000 artists in their studios. The resulting exhibition, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, will open at Crystal Bridges this fall and include works by more than 100 artists encountered during the journey. Come discover what was learned on the road trip, what it means to be an artist in the US today, and why artists’ insights offer such a relevant voice for our times.
Paepcke Auditorium
Lunch Session off Campus   Our Cultural Identity
America from 3,500 Feet
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
For the past year, Deborah and James Fallows have been flying their propeller airplane across the country, visiting smaller cities in the middle of economic, educational, or political turnarounds. From Maine to Mississippi, from inland California to Vermont, they have found trends at odds with, and more encouraging than, the national trends of bitter division and inability to solve big problems. They have reported on their findings in "The Atlantic" and via “Marketplace” radio, and they will share the latest surprises and future plans with us.
Limelight Hotel
Lunch Session on Campus   Humans and Machines
Hybrids to Hydrogen to Robots? Delivering the Future of Mobility Today
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
From Toyota's big bet on hydrogen fuel cell technology to the development of cars that drive themselves, connected vehicles and even robots, the world's largest automaker is delivering the future of mobility. Andrew Ross Sorkin and Toyota's Osamu Nagata will discuss what's in the works now and how we'll be getting around tomorrow.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session off Campus   An Age of Creativity
Faces of Creativity
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
The creative mind is spectacularly diverse. What drives the creative process in folks whom we deem “creative”?
Hotel Jerome
Tutorial Session   Work
From Diploma to Job: New Paths that Make Sense for Today's High School Students
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
How we rethink the high school diploma.
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Tutorial Session   Humans and Machines
The Creative Machine
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
The intersection of computers and humans is at the vortex of innovation, discovery, and is pushing the boundaries of what we understand and can accomplish with greater agility and speed. How do we combine the power of the computer with the power of the human brain to succeed in a complex and interconnected maze of facts to drive personal and economic growth?
Kresge Building, Hines Room
Tutorial Session   Confronting Climate Change
Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World: How Do You Build a Portfolio in the Future?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
A panel of corporate leaders in a variety of industries will discuss energy consumption and sustainability strategies, as well as the question of how energy consumers can figure conservation and climate into their planning.
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Arts
Acting Out
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
From co-founding Artists for a Free South Africa, to working in failing schools to turn them around, actor and 2014 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Alfre Woodard has played a role in making change as an activist artist. Woodard joins Damian Woetzel in a conversation about her career and work as an artist on the front lines.
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   Our Cultural Identity
BOOMers: The Generation Heard Round the World
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Expert panel on the future of a generation that continues to shape the future of our nation. This year, the Boomer generation’s youngest members celebrate 50th birthdays. And most who celebrated their 50th can expect to celebrate their 80th. As life expectancies hit a new peak, the wave of millions of adults living active, adventurous lives is so great in size and shift, it’s creating a new life stage -- something that hasn’t occurred since we created the “Retirement” life stage in the 1950s, and “Adolescence” at the turn of the 20th century. Boomers are changing ageing for everyone that will follow them, and creating new models of ageing informed by new expectations, different goals, and an entirely new way of thinking. What will this life stage look like? How will Boomers change the way our policies our executed, our cities our shaped, and our entertainment is produced? Throughout 2014, AARP will celebrate Boomers@50+. This panel will reflect on how Boomers have changed the world and ask – what’s next?
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   The Metropolis
Future Megacities and the Fate of Millions
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
A generation ago, New York and Tokyo were the world's only megacities. By 2025, the UN predicts there will be 37. All but a handful will be in the developing world. The fate of millions, then, rests on the question: what will life in these megacities look like? While density is an almost universally celebrated urban characteristic, rapid population growth can also result in poorly planned, congested, and unsafe settlements, leading many to ask: Are slums the inevitable urban form of the future? How might big data and progressive planning ensure that even the fastest growing cities are places of opportunity for the billions that will live in them?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   An Age of Creativity
The New Creative Economy
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Who will inspire economic success in the next decade? Those that covet raw creativity and draw from the arts, suggests John Maeda, former leader Rhode Island School of Design and newly minted design principle at a VC firm. He shares his views about why Design, with a capitol D, is more important than “just good technology.” Ten years from now, will our collective creativity propel us forward?
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Plenary Session   Humans and Machines
Robots with their Heads in the Cloud
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
The next generation of robots will be more social than solitary. Rather than viewing every robot as an isolated system with limited computation and memory, roboticists are now exploring how robots and automation systems can actively exchange information and resources via networks. For example, the Google self-driving car exemplifies the concept of Cloud Robotics and Automation. Building on emerging advances in cloud computing, big data, open-source, and the Internet of Things, this paradigm has potential to significantly increase the capabilities of robots and automation systems. See results from the latest research including superhuman surgery and cloud-based grasping, and watch the short documentary film, Why We Love Robots.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   The Metropolis
Imagining 2024: Urban America
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
After decades of urban depopulation, US cities are experiencing a reversing of that trend, led by millennials, 40 percent of whom say they plan to live their lives in urban settings. But families and empty nesters are moving to the city too, and for the first time since the 1920s, population growth in US cities is outpacing the growth of the suburbs. What will this reshaping of the American landscape mean for society? How will cities grow and change to accommodate new populations, a changing environment, and a global economy? What will drive innovation and economic growth in the new urban context? And how can cities best plan, govern, and design for the future?
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   An Age of Creativity
Secrets of the Creative Brain
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Nancy Andreasen is a leading neuroscientist and psychiatrist at the University of Iowa whose fascinating research into the creative mind has been informed in part by the stream of remarkable writers who gather there. She is now conducting a study that uses neuroimaging to visualize the creative brain in action, examining both artists and scientists. Her work also examines the roles of nature v. nurture and the relationship between creativity and mental illness.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Explorations   Humans and Machines
Analytics: How Big Data Can Solve our Most Complex Problems
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Data rates are growing some 40% each year, and the sheer amount of data has outstripped common analytics and staffing levels — creating a serious data analysis gap. To move forward, organizations must transform big data into smart data, which means being able to analyze data on a massive scale and quickly use it to provide deeper insights, create new products, and differentiate services. New data science is built on velocity (fast moving data), variety (different kinds of data), and volume (large amounts of data). This panel will explore what kinds of approaches and analytic tools are now being used and to what end. It will also examine the opportunities, risks, and likely developments the near future holds as analysis helps us transform the commodities of big data into valuable smart data.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Explorations  
Book Signings
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Bookstore
Explorations  
Office Hours
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Nancy Andreasen: America must maintain its creative edge — how and why? Ryan Calo: Technology and law in the coming decade. John Maeda: On Design and Venture. Tom Fanning, Nuclear power — innovative workhorse in America's energy portfolio.
Marble Garden Tent
Explorations   Viewpoints
In Depth: California Courts Define a New Way Forward for Teachers
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
In a victory for nine students who brought a case against the State of California arguing that laws forced districts to provide tenure despite teacher quality, the Vergara Trial ended in June with a ruling that state laws governing the hiring, firing, and job security of teachers violates the California Constitution. Teacher tenure, layoffs, and teacher talent will be newly evaluated. Will the rest of the country follow suit? What are the means, now, to bring California in line with the requirements of the law? Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Explorations   Our Cultural Identity
Every Year a Story: The Generation that Rocked the Nation
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Arts
In Conversation with “House of Cards” Creator Beau Willimon
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
The creator of "House of Cards" discusses the future of television and movies with legendary entertainment industry leader Michael Eisner.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Our Cultural Identity
Will Violence be Our Legacy?
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Our nation is drunk on violence. Cities across America are grappling with a relentless drumbeat of death. On average, 40 US citizens are lost to violence each day. Nowhere is America's crisis of violence more evident than in African-American communities, where homicide is the leading cause of death for males between the ages of 15 and 24. What is the real cost? How do we change it? While some of the solution lies in a greater focus on prevention rather than prosecution, intervention rather than incarceration, there is an even simpler, fundamental premise that we must accept—the lives of African-American men and boys matter.
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   Viewpoints
The Partisan Standoff: Finding a Path to Common Ground
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Speaker Salon   The Metropolis
Engineering Serendipity
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Innovation is fundamentally social. Study after study has shown that the best ideas are more likely to arise from a casual chat around the water cooler or coffee shop than any scheduled meeting. They’re the result of serendipity — a chance encounter at the right time by the right people, regardless of rank and affiliation. Serendipity is also what makes cities great (and so productive). Should we be managing for serendipity instead? And if so, what comes after the office? How can we create smarter cities through social networks, more open workplaces, and better public spaces?
Limelight Hotel
Speaker Salon   Work
The Global Economy Ahead: 101 Things an Investor Should Know
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Hotel Jerome
Speaker Salon   An Age of Creativity
Outdoor Studio with Walter Niedermayr
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Since the 1980's, Walter Niedermayr has photographed mountainous vistas throughout the world. Walter's technique employs time shifts, fragmentation, and surprisingly subtle complexities which often elude the viewer at first glance. The resulting images describe our ongoing interactions within the environment. How does a photographer hone down all the informational possibilities of a location into a still image? This informal session will allow the participant to witness the creative process as the artist selects a location, shoots, and edits his pictures.
Aspen Meadows, Hefner Lounge
Speaker Salon   An Age of Creativity
IDEO Design Salon: Design the Future New Public Spaces
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
What spaces will we need in the next 100 years? Rather than envision the “future of the library” or the “future of parks,” what if we thought more broadly and asked simply, "What is the future of public spaces?” Join IDEO for a salon-style workshop to imagine completely new ways to engage with our public institutions, services, and spaces. Relevant Tracks: The Metropolis, Our Cultural Identity, An Age of Creativity, Work, Arts.
Marble Garden Tent
Evening Session   Arts
Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. (Film and Discussion)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Robert De Niro, Sr. was part of the celebrated New York School of artists who enjoyed success in his early career during the 1940s and 50s in New York City. But the art market of post-war France offered little opportunity for De Niro. He returned to the United States and continued to paint in relative obscurity. He found solace writing about his hopes and dreams in his journals and poems, hoping that one day his work would be rediscovered. Finally, his dreams were realized, orchestrated by the man who knew him best—his son, the actor, Robert De Niro. A presentation of "New Views: Documentaries and Dialogue," made possible by generous donations from Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Our Cultural Identity
The Race Card Project: Say What?
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Ever wonder what America's hidden conversation about race sounds like? Michele Norris has attempted to tap into that private discourse through her Peabody-award-winning exercise called The Race Card Project where thousands of people from all over the world have submitted Six Word essays on Race and Cultural identity. Each of those microscopic essays represents someone's attempt to distill their thoughts, observations, experiences, or views about race or cultural identity into one sentence with just six words. Some are funny. Many are painful. Some might make you nod in agreement, while others could cause you to squirm with discomfort. All of them will make you think and imagine life as lived by someone else. The vast collection of six-word essays and the individual stories they represent have formed the basis for a powerful theatrical production that takes audiences deep inside the beating heart of racial experience from all points of view. Underwritten by AFT.
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Work
"Marketplace" Presents: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Numbers (Reception to follow)
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
To celebrate its 25th year of bringing economics to life, American Public Media’s "Marketplace" is hitting the road. On stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Numbers” will provide an irreverent, insightful look at the economic numbers in our lives. Numbers without context, numbers in headlines, and numbers that are newsworthy are often just that: a figure. From the Dow to the GDP to monthly unemployment, we’re bombarded with stats and percentages daily. How do we make sense of what they all really mean? Join “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal — plus “Marketplace” reporters and special guests — as they humanize the numbers. It’s an evening of radio with interviews and engaging storytelling.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   Viewpoints
Is There Still Room for Nature?
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
The forthcoming PBS series “Earth: A New Wild” is the multi-year quest by scientist M. Sanjayan to redefine what it means for us – all 7 billion of us -- to share the planet with wild nature. Filmed in 29 countries on six continents and produced by National Geographic and Passion Pictures, the series reveals how humans are inextricably linked with nature. Making a stark break from how we think of blue-chip nature films, "Earth: A New Wild" combines never before filmed wildlife spectacles with powerful human dramas that reveal how saving nature really means saving ourselves. Host and narrator Sanjayan will offer an exclusive first look at the series’ “Plains” episode, filmed in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Russia, Norway, Montana and Colorado. Underwritten by PBS.
Hotel Jerome
Evening Session   What You Say?
20 Feet from Stardom (Film and Discussion)
8:45 pm - 10:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling documentary, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. Produced by Anna Deavere Smith Works, curated by Anna Deavere Smith.
Paepcke Auditorium
Breakfast Talk   The Metropolis
The Public Library Reimagined
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
As we move deeper into the digital age, the public library is transforming itself for a knowledge-based society, and a new and more comprehensive vision for the public library is taking root. Networks of people and knowledge, not shelves full of books, will be at the center of the library and its mission. In the creative design of both its physical and virtual spaces, the public library will come to define what makes a great public space.
Hotel Jerome
Breakfast Talk   Confronting Climate Change
Operation Find a Vessel: Eyes in the Sky on Thieves at Sea
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Former commander in the British Royal Navy, Tony Long, will guide the audience through an operation to find an illegal fishing vessel by using satellite imagery, animation, and tracking based on INTERPOL’s work. Along the way, Long will describe the impact of illegal fishing through photos and interactive elements, and in doing so will bring to life the various climate change effects and how human trafficking, environmental challenges, and technology all play a role.
Limelight Hotel
Breakfast Talk  
Patron and Society of Fellows Breakfast with Scholars– What’s the Big Idea?
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
With presentations by: Urmila Chaurdhary, Patrick Dessources, Erine Gray, Joe Lanzilotta, Jane Leu, Bronwyn Lucas
Koch Building, Patio
Breakfast Talk   Your Turn
Working toward Large-Scale National Service
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
With General Stanley McChrystal and the Institute’s Jason Mangone and Tara Maller, learn how and why the Franklin Project is working to make a service year a rite of passage for every young American — and how you might help. Get involved.
Aspen Meadows, Merrill Patio
Breakfast Talk   Work
Wealth and the Modern American Family
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
The president of one of the nation's top investment institutions shares how changing family roles and dynamics affect wealth management.
Paepcke Auditorium
Breakfast Talk   Confronting Climate Change
CEO Perspective: Our Nation's Energy Future
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Tom Fanning runs one of the country's largest energy companies, with a broad portfolio that includes natural gas, nuclear, coal, and renewables. Southern Company is constructing the first nuclear power plant in decades. He shares his perspectives on our energy future with best-selling author and award winning journalist, Charles Mann.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Breakfast Talk   An Age of Creativity
IDEO Morning Coffee - Creative Listening Interpretation: Oceans into Teacups
8:00 am - 8:15 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Creative Listening is a set of habits that makes listening more active, more engaged, and more fruitful. On your way to the tent, listen to today’s 6-minute podcast from the Creative Listening course on iTunes U. Then, enjoy coffee with IDEO during a 15-minute tutorial on interpretation.
Paepcke Tent
Breakfast Talk   The Metropolis
Smart City Limits: How Much Can Big Data Really Do?
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
City governments have used big data to do everything from predicting hot-spots for criminal activity, to monitoring the spread of disease, to mapping and tracking infrastructure needs. As broadband access, cell phone ownership, and surveillance technologies expand around the globe, cities have access to new near-constant streams of data about how urban dwellers move and interact with their environments and economies. Advanced computing provides us with new power and speed in terms of understanding massive flows of data, but as cities race to get “smarter” by capturing and interpreting more and more inputs, what are the limits on what this type of information can tell us about the complicated social organisms that are cities? Are there times when less data might actually be better?
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Breakfast Talk   Your Turn
Innovations in Early Childhood Education: Maximizing Potential for Kids and Parents
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
What does the momentum around early childhood mean for young parents and their own prospects? The Bezos Family Foundation’s Jackie Bezos will join in this discussion with the Anne Mosle, who leads the Institute’s ASCEND program. Get involved.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Plenary Session   The Aspen Lectures
How Democracy Gets Restored
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
There is a profound loss of confidence by Americans in their government, and a growing sense that in this representative democracy, their government doesn’t work for them. In this talk, Professor Lawrence Lessig shows exactly why Americans are right, and just how we could restore the rightful sense that we have a government that represents us.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Global Dynamics
Balancing Instruments of Power in a Multi-Polar World
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Viewpoints
Civic Engagement, for Good
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
How we engage our citizens in the future will be a marker for the strength of our communities and, ultimately, our democracy. The very good news is the spirit of entrepreneurship that our discussants apply to the formidable task of involving all kinds of people -- young, old, and in between-- in improving the civic life of our communities...for good.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   Our Cultural Identity
Americans, Guns, and the Future
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Dick Metcalf has been shooting since kindergarten, a member of the NRA since middle school. He’s been studying, writing, and teaching about firearms for over 40 years. But Metcalf’s long career as a columnist with Guns & Ammo magazine came to an abrupt halt in late 2013 after he penned a column that explored the line between firearm regulation and Second Amendment infringement. The backlash was quick and complete from what Metcalf calls the “radical extremists” of the firearms movement, a movement he’s always considered himself a part of. Join Dick Metcalf and The Atlantic’s Ron Brownstein for a conversation about guns, culture, and the future of firearms in America.
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Tutorial Session   The Metropolis
Competing for the Future: Culture and the Successful City
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
When planning for the future of a city, where does culture fit alongside other prospective infrastructure needs? What cultural elements are required to ensure that a city remains dynamic and appealing? This panel will explore how cities can leverage investing in arts and culture to secure and maintain competitive advantage.
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   An Age of Creativity
From Evaluation to Inspiration
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Severe ear infections rendered three-year-old Scott Barry Kaufman nearly deaf. As a result, he needed a few extra seconds to process things in real time, which landed him in a special education classroom. Despite his drive for more intellectual challenges, he was constantly held back by his label and low expectations from teachers. Inspired by his personal experience, and supported by his research on the development of intelligence and creativity, Kaufman encourages us — and specifically educators, school psychologists, parents, and caregivers — to move towards a culture of inspiration, in which we inspire all children to bring out the best in themselves. It’s time to focus on a practical approach to individual needs that enables students to unlock their potential and reach their intellectual, creative, and personal goals, at school and beyond.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   Work
Learning for a New Era
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
In an increasingly global and networked world, Americans will need new skills and knowledge to succeed. We have entered a time when personalized and lifelong learning are essential if individuals are to develop skills best suited to their talents, best aligned with market needs, and best able to allow them to adapt in a rapidly changing economy. Are we on the verge of a breakdown of the traditional relationship between educational attainment and economic advancement? This panel will explore how innovations in learning and training can better prepare everyone to succeed in a workforce that is continually evolving. Presented by: Markle Economic Future Initiative
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Humans and Machines
Man v. Machine or Man + Machine?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
A look at where we are in terms of the state of autonomy in our everyday lives, what the future holds, and how to know what jobs could soon be turned over to automation.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Work
Access the Economy: Capital for Business Growth
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Essential to the rise of modern America was an exceptional financial system with an extremely dispersed banking system that emphasized investment in individuals, businesses, and local infrastructure. But in recent times, the US government reduced normal market risk associated with consumer credit, including loans for housing and education, and diverted a large share of capital from business to consumer credit. We need to rebuild investment in small- to medium-size businesses and capital flows that take advantage of technology to reduce obstacles to business growth. This panel will examine innovative means to channel private capital into potential growth areas like entrepreneurship and small businesses, creative ways of providing credit and moving payments, and how government policy could fuel these engines of growth. Presented by: Markle Economic Future Initiative
Koch Building, Stranahan Room
Lunch Session off Campus   Our Cultural Identity
The Future of Fatherhood
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
After a couple of years during which the popular conversation surrounding parenthood has centered on mothers doing things like “having it all” and “leaning in,” what are big questions facing the dads of the future? As many modern dads pick up more childcare and household responsibilities, will meaningful paternity leave ever be a reality? And if it did, how many would opt to take advantage of it? Is there a lingering unwillingness of moms to entrust a bulk of childcare duties to their partners? And even as the standards of fatherhood are being reset by the college educated in new and wonderful ways — is a new version of fatherhood out-of-reach for most middle- and working-class dads?
Hotel Jerome
Lunch Session on Campus   Work
A Place at the Table: The Necessity of Business for Global Development
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
How will private/public partnerships grow in the future, and what impact will this have on global development? Why is this good for business?
Paepcke Auditorium
Lunch Session on Campus   The Metropolis
Airbnb: How the Sharing Economy is Redefining the Marketplace and Our Sense of Community
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Airbnb does business in 34,000 cities, has a valuation of over 10 billion dollars, and in a very short time has disrupted the world of hospitality and travel. Its co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky envisions the future city as a place where sharing is front and center — where people become micro-entrepreneurs, the local mom and pops will flourish once again, where space isn’t wasted, but shared, and more of almost everything is produced, except waste. But the journey from here to there won’t be all smooth sailing. What are the ups and downs of the sharing economy, as businesses like Airbnb confront critiques about regulation, economic development, and fairness? What role might businesses play in creating more shareable, more livable cities? How will the sharing economy, with its de-emphasis on ownership, be a tool for addressing urban inequality?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session off Campus   What You Say?
Sharing and Creating Our Cultural History: Public Media and the Arts
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Through art, our cultural values are celebrated and challenged. In its seemingly limitless forms, art nourishes the spirit and strengthens the intellect. It connects us with our inner selves as well as to each other. And it elevates us individually and collectively as a nation. At no time in our history has there been a greater need than now to restore and reinvigorate public engagement with the arts. Join PBS CEO Paula Kerger to discuss the future of the arts, and the power of media as a means to strengthen our engagement with the arts. Produced by Anna Deavere Smith Works, curated by Anna Deavere Smith.
Acquolina
Lunch Session off Campus   Work
From the Ivy League to the Glass Ceiling
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
During his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama announced, “When women succeed, America succeeds.” Women today outnumber men on college campuses and in advanced-degree programs; yet the gender pay gap persists, with a woman needing an associate’s degree just to earn what a man with a high school diploma makes. What would it take to bridge the pay gap for women earning degrees at unprecedented rates? What is the role of men in this conversation, and what do low-income women need in order to join their sisters at the top?
Limelight Hotel
Lunch Session on Campus   Telling Our Stories
Poetry in our Cultural Story: Songs of the Front Yard, Kitchen, and Hall
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Alfre Woodard and Elisa New discuss poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, and the voice of maternal authority. This session is a live taping for New's "Poetry in America" project., an upcoming series for PBS.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Lunch Session on Campus   Humans and Machines
The Copenhagen Wheel: How Design and Robotics Come Together to Transform Urban Mobility
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Cities today are growing at unprecedented rates, and so is demand for transportation. At the same time attitudes toward cars are changing, leaving people worldwide in search of new modes of transport that better serve their mobility needs. Assaf Biderman, co-inventor of the award winning Copenhagen Wheel and founder of Superpedestrian will explore with us how a simple idea can change the way we move around. The wheel, which can be installed on almost any bicycles, multiplies the rider’s power by up to 5 times. It makes cycling over large distances and uphill a breeze, offering a competitive alternative to cars for commuters. Through a smart phone, users can customize the wheel, receive information about their physical activity, and connect with other riders to share information about road conditions, safer cycling routes, and much more.. The Copenhagen Wheel exemplifies a broader technological transformation has been taking place. We're seeing digital devices becoming an integral part of everyday objects and recombining with the built environment. This so-called embedded intelligence in the things that surround us opens the door to completely rethink how we address the problems faced by today's cities.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   The Metropolis
The Resilience Dividend
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Cities have always had to contend with things like natural disaster, economic and infrastructure collapse, and widespread illness. But globalization, climate change and rapid urbanization are making this moment in history different, and the stresses facing cities all the more complex. So how can cities survive, adapt, and grow, no matter what shocks might lie ahead? Join the Rockefeller Foundation’s Judith Rodin for a look at what she calls “the resilience dividend” — investments that can minimize the disruptive effects of strain on a city, while simultaneously creating jobs, social cohesion, and equity.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Confronting Climate Change
The Future of North American Energy Leadership
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Today’s North American energy headlines — about the shale revolution, the next generation of transport fuels, the United States’ shift from a net energy importer to a net exporter, and so on — reflect major implications on everything from geopolitics to driver behavior. What will it take to create truly visionary leadership of the North American energy landscape? How could factors such as open-market energy exports, sustainability policies, energy-efficient technologies, and food/water management be used to mitigate climate challenges? What action is needed in this decade from governments, industry, and the public to meet growing energy demand despite a complicated state of world affairs?
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   Global Dynamics
Arab Spring or Middle East Chaos?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Will Syria resolve itself? Might Egypt erupt yet again into bloody conflict? Might 2024 see a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, now 66 years old? Will diplomacy avert a military conflict with Iran over nuclear weapons?
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Work
The Changing World of Work in a Networked Economy
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
We live in a time when nearly every aspect of starting a business, identifying and connecting to markets, end-to-end design, and production and service offerings has changed . Suppose a person wants to find investment capital, source talent or resources, or locate manufacturing options and supply chains. Internet-based platforms can provide effective IT, big-data analytics, platforms that connect producers with markets and facilitate business-to-business transactions, and access to key services in logistics, law, and accounting. The days of having to build these infrastructures from scratch are over. Join one of America’s leading thinkers about these new possibilities as he moderates a fascinating discussion about the changing world of business and work, along with TBD, innovator Ping Fu, and Markle Initiative member and CTO of Microsoft, Craig Mundie. Presented by: Markle Economic Future Initiative
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   An Age of Creativity
Zigzag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Keith Sawyer’s research shows that all of us possess the same mental building blocks that the most exceptional creators have. In this session, Sawyer reveals the eight steps that are involved in being creative, leading the audience through hands-on creativity exercises grounded in the latest research. The key to successful creativity lies at the end of a zigzag path, and although it wanders unpredictably, by using these techniques you can be sure of reaching a creative outcome.
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Tutorial Session   Arts
A Conversation in Words and Movement
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Memphis Jookin’ dancer and 2014 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and ballet dancer and director Damian Woetzel in a conversation of words and movement. Join these collaborators, arts advocates, educators, and friends as they talk shop about being an artist in the 21st century. With musical guests including Robert McDuffie and Arthur Bloom.
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   The Promise of Biotech
Discovery at the Speed of Knowledge
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Will open source platforms drive faster drug delivery to market? How do regulators keep up with those sorts of platforms?
Kresge Building, Hines Room
Plenary Session   Viewpoints
GovStack in the UK: Delivering Government as a Platform
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Our Cultural Identity
The Service Year: Creating a New Cultural Norm
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Imagine a world in which most young Americans completed a year of national service. How would this contribute to transforming our country and our world? How do we reinvigorate our sense of civic duty and redefine success for the next generation in a way that integrates and institutionalizes national service into our culture? How can government, higher education, philanthropic organizations, the private sector, media, and service organizations can work together to foster a culture of national service over the next decade? How can we work together to make a service year a rite of passage and common expectation for young Americans through the creation of 1 million annual service-year positions? The panel will discuss the potential economic, political, international, community, and individual benefits that could be gained through large-scale national service.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   Our Cultural Identity
Who Will “Us” Be?
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
There have long been two notions of what it means to be American: one is civic and colorblind, found in our Constitution and creed; the other, quite simply, is about being white. For much of our history, whiteness and Americanness were treated as the same. But now they are becoming delinked: being white is no longer the default for being American. This has generated so much of the turbulence and angst of our current political culture. And this shift now puts everyone to the test: Will white Americans learn to let go of their implicit primacy, and will Americans of color learn to elevate the submerged American creed and embrace it? This is the challenge of our moment: to define "all-American" in terms that both embrace and transcend race. In 2024, what will it mean to be “an American?”
Greenwald Pavilion
Explorations   Global Dynamics
US-Russian Relations after Crimea
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Angela Stent served as an adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and maintains close ties with key policymakers in both Russia and the United States. Here, she argues that the same contentious issues — terrorism, missile defense, Iran, nuclear proliferation, Afghanistan, the former Soviet space, the greater Middle East — have been in every president's inbox, Democrat and Republican alike, since the collapse of the USSR. Stent vividly describes how Clinton and Bush sought inroads with Russia and staked much on their personal ties to Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin--only to leave office with relations at a low point--and how Barack Obama managed to restore ties only to see them undermined by a Putin regime resentful of American dominance and determined to restore Russia's great power status.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Explorations  
Book Signings
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Bookstore
Explorations  
Office Hours
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Beth Sauerhaft, On water Alexander Reben,The connection between social robots and the Internet of Things Mike Bracken
Marble Garden Tent
Explorations   Confronting Climate Change
Climate Change and the Fate of our Forests
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Dr. Brian Enquist, an expert in ecology and evolutionary biology, brings to life a geographic inventory of forest assets for western North America. When coupled with the latest climate models, a high-resolution picture emerges of the health of our future forests. New advances in bioinformatics and mathematical modeling enable us, for the first time, to answer the question ‘what will the forest in my backyard look like?’ This presentation, produced in concert with the local Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, is cutting edge both in analyses and technological interface, and will demonstrate what we will experience over the coming decades if action on a grander scale is not taken. The science of climate change and forest health is revealing potentially dramatic implications for all of us, whether we be homeowners, recreationists, investors, insurers, or land developers.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Explorations   Confronting Climate Change
Deep Dive: Will Carbon Sequestration Save the Planet?
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Plenary Session   Viewpoints
The Road to Depth: Thinking about what Character Is
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Some people seem to lead inner lives that are richer and more substantive than the rest of us. How do they do it? This talk is a survey of some of history's most substantive characters. How love, suffering, struggle, surrender and obedience lead them to their depth.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   Global Dynamics
National Security 2024: What Might Liberty Look Like?
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Work
How is Our Economy Doing? A Conversation with Jason Furman and David Rubenstein
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Greenwald Pavilion
Speaker Salon   Our Cultural Identity
Imagining 2024: The Next Culture Wars
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
If, for example, major value shifts surrounding things like same-sex marriage and recreational marijuana use might be mostly behind us in 2024, what will be at the center of our next big lifestyle debates? Join a group of journalists and critics for a look into a cultural crystal ball as they consider our next cultural wars.
Hotel Jerome
Speaker Salon   The Metropolis
The General Theory of Walkability
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at.
Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick. Join Speck as he reveals the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities.
Limelight Hotel
Speaker Salon   An Age of Creativity
IDEO Design Salon: Design the Future Citizenship and Machines
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
What would a future look like if civil rights were extended to artificial intelligences, robots, and machines? Join IDEO for a salon-style workshop about the emergence of non-biological conscious entities and the impact they might have on our world. Relevant Tracks: Humans and Machines, Our Cultural Identity.
Marble Garden Tent
Evening Session   An Age of Creativity
"House of Cards" Creator Beau Willimon in Conversation with Katie Couric
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Civil Liberties
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (Film and Discussion)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the Internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Swartz’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties. Director Brian Knappenberger and Lawrence Lessig discuss the film after the screening.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Work
Spent: Looking for Change (Film and Discussion)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
"Spent: Looking for Change" follows the stories of everyday Americans who earn, save, and spend money but don’t have access to some of the financial tools most take for granted. Turning to pawn shops, check cashing services, and using payday loans to meet basic financial needs can be costly for many of us, with $89 billion a year going to fees and interest using these types of alternative financial services. It’s time for change. New technology and new ideas can help make managing money simple and more affordable. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim is executive producer. How do we drive change and improve financial inclusion in the US? Underwritten by The Rockefeller Foundation.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   Our Cultural Identity
Race, Gender, Homophobia, and Weezer: A Conversation with Hari Kondabolu
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Sunday, June 29, 2014
Hari Kondabolu, age 34, got his start as a human rights activist but quickly found his voice through comedy. Once a writer for Chris Rock, Kondabolu has appeared on "Letterman", "Conan", and John Oliver's NY stand-up show. Recently he has been interviewed by Terry Gross for "Fresh Air" and Kurt Andersen for "Studio 360". His first comedy stint was right here on the stage of Belly Up, ten years ago. Welcome back to Aspen, Hari!
Hotel Jerome
Misc  
Yoga at Aspen Ideas
7:00 am - 8:00 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Anderson Park
Breakfast Talk   Work
(Re)Connecting America's Youth
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Unemployment for America’s young adults has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression. There are now nearly seven million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not connected to education or work. Furthermore, many of these “opportunity youth” end up in costly government programs like the child welfare or justice systems. This session will explore what can be done to support greater academic and employment success for young people in the United States. It will draw on expertise from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, as well as from young people, and includes representation from the Aspen Institute’s own $8 million grantmaking program dedicated to increasing employment outcomes for America’s youth.
Limelight Hotel
Breakfast Talk   Your Turn
Good Jobs that are Good for Business
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Understand what the jobs of the future will look like, what makes a job good, and why increasing the quality of more jobs — and not just the quantity of jobs — is critical in addressing income inequality. Maureen Conway, of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and Joyce Klein, from the Institute’s Microenterprise Fund for Innovation will join the discussion with Zeynep Ton from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Get involved.
Aspen Meadows, Bernhard Room
Breakfast Talk   Global Dynamics
Global Trends That Will Affect us All: Are We Ready?
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
By 2030, no country is likely to be a globally hegemonic power, and four megatrends will have shaped international relations: accelerated individual empowerment; the continued rebalancing of the (economic) world; novel and diverging demographic patterns; and scarcity and uncertainty in global resources. Multinational companies — as well as multilateral organizations (World Bank, IMF) and NGOs — are growing in size and influence, operating beyond country borders. This has been true for the last 20 years, but what is coming for the next 20? What are both business and government doing to prepare for this new world? How are these megatrends manifesting themselves in the world today?
Paepcke Auditorium
Breakfast Talk   Civil Liberties
MSNBC.com Presents: Great Debates: Is the NSA Keeping Us Safe?
8:00 am - 9:30 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
The National Security Agency’s surveillance and data collection programs have raised profound questions and concerns about whether the practices effectively warded off potential terror attacks. On June 30th at 8:30am MT at the St. Regis, MSNBC will host “The Great Debate: Does the NSA Make Us Safer,” an Aspen Ideas Festival dialogue powered by Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. Andrea Mitchell will moderate this event, which will feature an interactive live audience and will be live streamed on MSNBC.com. It will be re-aired as an exclusive MSNBC broadcast. Using Bing Pulse’s anonymous voting capability, audience members attending the debate or joining online will be encouraged to weigh in throughout the program on whether they agree or disagree with the arguments being made and to respond to questions from the MSNBC newsroom. Your voice will help to shape the debate in real time. Powered by Microsoft's Bing Pulse technology.
St. Regis Hotel
Breakfast Talk   The University
In Conversation with Drew Faust and Lawrence Summers
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Past and Present Presidents of Harvard in conversation with Walter Isaacson.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   The Aspen Lectures
The Politics and Economics of Inequality
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Some inequality of income and wealth is inevitable, if not necessary. If an economy is to function well, people need incentives to work hard and innovate. The pertinent question is not whether income and wealth inequality is good or bad. It is at what point do these inequalities become so great as to pose a serious threat to our economy, our ideal of equal opportunity and our democracy. Professor Robert Reich examines what's happened to income and wealth in this country, why it's a problem, and what we can expect in future years.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Humans and Machines
The Evolution of Thinking Machines
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Registration  
Fest 2 Registration
10:00 am - 5:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Paepcke Lobby
Tutorial Session   Global Dynamics
Imagining 2024: The Most Dangerous Place in the World
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
The South and East China Seas? Persian Gulf? North Korea?
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Work
Reimagining the American Dream for a Global Networked Economy
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Our nation has been defined by a simple aspiration that hard work, talent, and creativity can lead to success. This is our American Dream, and it helped create one of our country’s greatest sources of economic strength and national pride: the middle class. Today, however, as globalization and technology eliminate jobs and weaken traditional paths to success, the middle class is in undeniable decline, and so is faith that the American Dream is achievable. But if harnessed correctly, globalization and technology can open up a world of possibilities. Presented by: Markle Economic Future Initiative
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   The Promise of Biotech
Our Brain, Re-Circuited
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
A microchip is an integrated circuit. What do you call a microchip integrated into the circuit of our brains? The answer is Dr. Theodore Berger’s research. It is not science fiction but complex science that is working to replicate the electrical and chemical codes that neurons send out when retrieving memories. Beginning with successful tests in rats and monkeys, Berger has now begun human testing in the last year. What will this research lead to in ten years and what does this mean for the future of consciousness and identity? Learn how biotechnology can expand the brain’s ability to expand.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   Work
How Can US Companies Create and Maintain an Innovative Culture?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
The catchphrase of companies today is “innovation.” But what does it mean to drive an innovative company? Innovation does not just happen. Successful organizations create a culture in which ingenuity and inventiveness flourish and risks are taken and respected. How will more traditional organizations seed innovation as a core part of their strategy, and how may they sustain it in times of tight economic conditions?
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   Confronting Climate Change
Unleashing the Power of Earth Observations
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
What do we see when we look at the Earth, and what do these observations mean for the years ahead? Barbara Ryan, secretariat director of the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), discusses this Geneva-based, voluntary partnership of governments and organizations dedicated to coordinated, comprehensive, and sustained Earth observations and information — sharing what scientific observers worldwide are learning about the state and health of planet Earth.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Arts
Creative America: Who We Need to Be in 2024
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Bestselling author Sarah Lewis (The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery) investigates the paths to creativity with innovation expert Fred Dust of IDEO.
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Tutorial Session   Our Cultural Identity
Kids These Days: Technology and Culture in American Life
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? Youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd talks with The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin about what Boyd sees as the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media, exploring tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Boyd argues that society fails kids when paternalism and protectionism hinder their ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. As we imagine 2024, how will emerging technologies continue to impact a new generation of Americans?
Kresge Building, Hines Room
Lunch Session on Campus   Confronting Climate Change
Fracking: Is There a Fix to the Fight?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Domestic shale gas has transformed the US energy equation, but its development can have unacceptable impacts on air and water quality, while methane emissions from oil and gas development can undo the climate benefit of burning natural gas instead of other fossil fuels. Colorado has led the way with the nation's strongest air pollution standards for oil and gas development, including the first direct regulation of methane. Governor John Hickenlooper and Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp, who worked closely on the breakthrough rules in Colorado, lead a discussion of the way forward for shale gas.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session on Campus   Viewpoints
With All the Demands in Dining, Is There Room for an Innovative Chef?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Now that concerns for sustainability, buying local, and navigating diners’ allergies and aversions and diets are restaurant requirements, what room is there for a chef to bring cuisine into the future? One of the country’s most daring innovators, who brings his classical French training and tattooed iconoclasm to pop-up restaurants and Trois Mecs, his impossible-to-book intimate Los Angeles restaurant, talks with food critic and Atlantic editor Corby Kummer about the fine line between pleasing customers and helping them move comfortably beyond their comfort zones.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Lunch Session on Campus   Viewpoints
The Soul in Contemporary America
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Aspen Meadows Restaurant
Lunch Session off Campus   Work
Advanced Leadership: A New Life Stage and a New Force to Change the World
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Challenging global, national, and local problems call for more leaders adept at complex change. The demographic revolution of increased longevity makes available a large population of experienced professionals at the top of their careers with 20 to 30 years of productive life following their income-earning years. Universities can add a new stage of higher education to help accomplished leaders transition to their next years of service, in which they learn new skills as advanced leaders. Examples from Harvard's innovation show the kinds of projects later-in-life social entrepreneurs can tackle around the world: learning neighborhoods, solar lighting for Liberia, solving food waste and hunger with a new retail concept, a nutrition app for smartphones, writing skills for teenagers, educational change for India, and more.
Hotel Jerome
Lunch Session off Campus   Viewpoints
Malaysia 370 and Other Tragedies: Rescue, Recovery and Finding Answers
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
With the disappearance of Malaysia Air Flight 370 and the capsizing of the Seoul ferry top of mind, Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.), former commandant of the US Coast Guard and national incident commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, talks about the overwhelming odds and occasional miracles he has seen and encountered in decades of disaster rescue and recovery. How can we better prevent man-made tragedies and reduce the casualties from natural disasters? What kinds of successes and improvements are there? What happens when international interests and assets don’t align in disaster-scene investigation?
Limelight Hotel
Lunch Session off Campus   Global Dynamics
Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries’ worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future.
Acquolina
Lunch Session on Campus   Work
Could We Make Even the Worst Jobs, Great Jobs?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
If you treat your workforce as a profit center, as opposed to a cost center, perhaps your company’s bottom line will soar. Why? Because employees, treated really well, perform really well. Management professor Zeynep Ton examines how organizations can design and manage their operations in a way that satisfies employees, customers, and investors simultaneously. (Hint: Paying higher than the minimum wage is a great start toward better performance).
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Afternoon of Conversation  
Afternoon of Conversation
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Doors open to the Benedict Music Tent at 1:00pm. Please be seated by 1:30pm. All passholders welcome.
Benedict Music Tent
Reception  
Tenth Anniversary Cocktail Reception for all Attendees
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
Benedict Music Tent
Evening Session   Global Dynamics
How the Global History of the 21st Century Might Actually Take Shape
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
How will the world deal with its geopolitical dynamics? Will we get together on climate, water, terrorism, and security? Can we shape our own history?
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   The Metropolis
Cities of the Future
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
We are at an inflection point in the climate-energy debate. While old strategies to get a global agreement or implement carbon prices have failed, dramatic progress in energy technologies makes solving global climate change more feasible than ever. But innovative technologies in a gridlocked political system require fresh strategies. Renowned economist Eric Beinhocker and environmental thinker Hal Harvey will discuss new strategies for accelerating change to a cleaner, greener and better model of growth.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   The University
Ivory Tower (Film and Discussion)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (eclipsing credit card debt), this documentary asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard to public colleges in financial crisis to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institutions at the breaking point. Underwritten by Pearson.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Our Cultural Identity
The Last Mile: Globally Connecting Humanity in the Next Decade
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
In the next decade, clearly more than two- thirds of all humanity will be connected to the web—resulting in profound changes to our planet. With this connection, we will truly be able to share all of the stories, culture, and knowledge that make us human on a global scale. Using the power of photography, Chris Rainier, National Geographic Society fellow and photographer, takes us on a journey to cultures that are using computers, cameras, and video to archive and preserve their quickly disappearing ancient traditions — and sharing that knowledge with the world. What cultural shifts will there be in the next decade? What will happen with education, empowerment, women’s equality, and cross-cultural understanding when all of humanity is connected?
Hotel Jerome
Evening Session  
Musical Performance with Jon Batiste
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 30, 2014
At 25, Jon Batiste is considered by many to be one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. A Movado Future Legend Award recipient, and a Steinway Performing Artist, Batiste has performed in innumerable prestigious events and venues across the world. His modern take on the American songbook, through the channels of a virtuosic pedigree in jazz and classical music, is attracting critical acclaim as well as audiences across all demographics. Together with his band Stay Human, Batiste is creating a unique grassroots movement that encourages accessibility and appreciation in the art of the live performance.
Little Nell
Misc  
Yoga at Aspen Ideas
7:00 am - 8:00 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Anderson Park
Breakfast Talk   Telling Our Stories
News and the Millennial Generation
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Where will people be getting the news in ten years? What is the future of infotainment? At what point are we totally saturated? Why do we care? Is the Internet making us stupid? Is the erosion of our collective attention span ruining the very fundamentals of journalism and storytelling? Or are we better off?
Hotel Jerome
Breakfast Talk   Global Dynamics
Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: US-China Relations in the 21st Century
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
After 40 years of largely cooperative Sino-US relations, policymakers, politicians, and pundits on both sides of the Pacific see growing tensions between the United States and China. Some go so far as to predict a future of conflict, driven by the inevitable rivalry between an established and a rising power, and urge their leaders to prepare now for a future showdown. Others argue that the deep economic interdependence between the two countries and the many areas of shared interests will lead to more collaborative relations in the coming decades.
Limelight Hotel
Breakfast Talk   Your Turn
Communities Coming Together for Innovative Change
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Join Melody Barnes, Steve Patrick and Monique Miles — the team that leads the Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions —for an interactive discussion on how communities are coming together to implement innovative and sustainable strategies for change. Using the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund as an example, you’ll explore how community-level collaboration is solving seemingly intractable challenges, and how you might play a role in your own community’s change. Get involved.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Breakfast Talk   Your Turn
Where Will We Find the Workers for Tomorrow’s Skilled Jobs?
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Learn how we can better prepare our workforce for the middle-skilled occupations and best job opportunities in manufacturing and other industries. The Institute’s John Colborn and Tom Duesterberg, along with Larry Gies, president and CEO of Madison Industries will discuss. Get involved.
Aspen Meadows, Merrill Patio
Breakfast Talk   An Age of Creativity
IDEO Morning Coffee - Creative Listening Curiosity: Voyages Beyond the Map
8:00 am - 8:15 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Creative Listening is a set of habits that makes listening more active, more engaged, and more fruitful. On your way to the tent, listen to today’s 6-minute podcast from the Creative Listening course on iTunes U. Then, enjoy coffee with IDEO during a 15-minute tutorial on curiosity.
Paepcke Tent
Breakfast Talk   Global Dynamics
Russia and the World
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Russia — is it a rising or declining Great Power? Where will it be ten years from now?
Paepcke Auditorium
Breakfast Talk   Arts
What the Arts Can Do: Engaging At-Risk Youth and the Justice System
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
How are the arts effective in correctional institutions and rehabilitation? And how can they act as a positive interceptor for at-risk youth before and after they may have entered the justice system? Join the director and a participant in Chicago’s Storycatchers Theatre, which has worked with at-risk youth for over 25 years, as they discuss the work of the arts in corrections and rehabilitation.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Breakfast Talk   Viewpoints
Why Philanthrocapitalism can Change the World
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   The Aspen Lectures
Conversation Across Cultures
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
There's a pervasive (and therefore familiar) form of relativism in the culture of educated Americans. Many people believe that conversation across groups about ethical questions will quickly reach an impasse because each culture has different and incompatible ethical starting points from all the others. Cross-cultural conversation is pointless, then, because it is just a route to the discovery of irreconcilable differences. Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah maintains that both the premise of this argument — that disagreement is inevitable — and the conclusion — that the conversation is therefore pointless — are mistaken. This is good news. First, as many people have reported, cross-cultural encounters are among the most rewarding experiences in the world. And second because without it, we have little chance of solving the many global problems that face us.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Work
Income Inequality: The Hard Truths
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Income inequality has become a defining moral challenge of our time, a division between rich and less well off that threatens the fabric of our society. How did we become the most unequal developed nation in modern times? What should we be doing to help those who have been on the losing side of this tectonic shift? Steven Rattner, who has been studying and writing about this issue for nearly 20 years, will offer a stunning presentation of the magnitude of the income inequality problem, including fascinating international comparisons and a thoughtful look at causes and solutions.
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   Arts
The Future of American Music: A Conversation with Jon Batiste
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
At 27, New York City Musician Jon Batiste is considered by many to be one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. His modern take on the American songbook — equally influenced by his passion for jazz and classical styles, which he calls "Social Music" — attracts critical acclaim as well as audiences across all demographics. These two New Orleans natives will discuss Batiste's music, their hometown, the importance of music education, and the state and future of American musical traditions more broadly.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   Arts
2024: The Communities We Hope For
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Community is a much-heard catchword, but what are the communities we hope to have and how can we enable them? Find out how arts and culture play an indispensable role on a local, city, and national scale.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   The University
When Disruption Works: How Innovation Is Changing Teaching and Learning
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Today’s students are the most diverse, connected generation in history. To succeed in today’s global economy, students need learning experiences that meet their specific needs, engage them deeply, and let them learn at their own pace. This is what teachers around the country are working hard to deliver every day, and there are a number of innovations making that easier. How can students be better prepared for postsecondary success and beyond? What are the technologies impacting and changing education today? What does the future hold?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   Work
Can We Really do Something about Poverty in America?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   Civil Liberties
Facebook, Google, and the Future of Free Speech
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
In this digital age, many of the most pressing questions about free speech arise in cyberspace. And increasingly, the answers to those speech questions are defined in board rooms, rather than court rooms. What comments on Facebook constitute hate speech? Which videos on YouTube are likely to incite violence? At the moment, many of the most important decisions about online content, access, and speech are concentrated in the hands of a few private actors. Will they have even more power in 2024?
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   Global Dynamics
Experts Project: What will the Map of the Middle East Look Like?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The Arab Spring began three and a half years ago. Where will the revolutionary cycle be in a decade? Will Egypt be a democracy or still a dictatorship? What impact will the Syrian Civil War have had on the Levant? Will Israel and the Palestinians be at peace?
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Work
Investing in Women: How we can Tap Potential and Create Impact
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Kresge Building, Hines Room
Tutorial Session   Telling Our Stories
Creating Spaces for Stories
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Storytelling is ancient and modern. It helps define us as human. We dream in stories. In the modern age, storytelling is a buzzword, an advertiser's tool, a corporate mask. Can that diminish the value and interest of each of our personal stories? What constitutes a great personal story? What is required? Is the formula timeless, or can it become clichéd? Has anything changed since Homer? In an age where our attention is the most precious commodity, what captures your attention? What kind of stories matter, in a larger societal sense? Stories used to have gatekeepers — broadcasters and publishers. Now everyone has access to everyone else digitally. What is the affect on the importance of personal story?
Koch Building, Stranahan Room
Tutorial Session   Confronting Climate Change
Crunching the Climate Numbers: Public and Private Data
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
We hear about “big data” being used to anticipate what we are going to buy next as consumers but “big data” is also being used to anticipate how the globe’s climate will continue to change. From farmers to government, that big data is being used to form agricultural strategy and determine climate policy. How much of that data is open data and are governments keeping up to ensure that policy is proactive and not reactive? Are the public and private sectors competing or are they working together and is there an agreed upon methodology of data-driven analysis when it comes to the pressing issue of climate change?
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Lunch Session on Campus   Viewpoints
Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America's Fate
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Aspen Meadows Restaurant
Lunch Session on Campus   Viewpoints
Love and Life in General
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Paepcke Auditorium
Lunch Session off Campus   The University
Preparing American Students for a Global Society
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
How do we prepare American students for global understanding and skill sets? Join Richard Haass, CEO of the Council on Foreign Relations and education leader Jamie Merisotis in a discussion about what's needed to prepare our kids for a future defined by intense competition at home and abroad.
Limelight Hotel
Lunch Session on Campus   Viewpoints
Imagining 2024: How Americans See the Next Years
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
America has changed dramatically since the first Aspen Ideas Festival ten years ago. The Aspen Ideas Festival/Atlantic “Imagining 2024 Survey,” in partnership with Burson-Marsteller, examines where Americans think our country and our lives are heading in the next ten years. The Survey, conducted by Penn, Schoen, Berland, paints a vivid picture of the type of country Americans expect to live in a decade from now, exploring expectations for America’s place in the world, its politics and economy, issues like education and healthcare, forces like climate change and technology, and changes in society and our personal lives.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session off Campus   Viewpoints
The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Jonathan Alter relates the untold story behind Obama’s highs and lows, from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound to the frustration of the debt ceiling fiasco to his unexpected run-ins with black and Latino activists. There are fresh details about the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, Roger Ailes, and the online haters who suffer from “Obama Derangement Syndrome.” Alter takes us inside Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s Boston campaign as well as Obama’s disastrous preparation for the first debate. We meet Obama’s analytics geeks working out of “The Cave” and the man who secretly videotaped Romney’s infamous comments on the “47 percent.”
Acquolina
Lunch Session off Campus   The University
The Social Emotional Well-Being of College Students
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Should colleges raise expectations and standards around social emotional well-being? Should there be a role for college to prepare students for life? Why are teenagers more stressed than adults? We are turning out a generation of stressed, talented, curated, and packaged young people who can’t cope with the day-to-day realities of life. What can college do to help them head out into the world? Evidence is clear that the workload is going down, but the stress is up. What gives?
Hotel Jerome
Tutorial Session   The University
Who Is College for, Anymore? The Future of Public Education
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
About half of undergraduates in the United States attend a community colleges, institutions that simultaneously serve multiple challenging populations with very different purposes for attending: First-time college-goers, often the first generation in their families to go to college; adult learners seeking to up-skill or re-train for career advancement; and adult learners seeking personal enrichment. Leading community colleges have strong records of partnering with employers so their students graduate with workforce-ready skills, have developed unique systems of professional development for faculty in teaching, and are masters of doing more with less, so they can manage the social cost of educating students. What can traditional and selective colleges learn from these pragmatic institutions of higher learning?
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   Work
Who Will Participate in the Global Economy
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
During the last 30 years, a new era of globalization brought great benefits to the US economy but also hollowed out many areas of middle-class work. Our global economy depends on increasingly complex flows of goods, services, and information. Data itself is one of the most critically important and fastest-growing components of cross-border Internet traffic. With the social and economic future of America intricately linked to global prosperity, we must find ways to capitalize on increasing opportunities for America to benefit by more broadly engaging with the world. This panel will explore new forms of global engagement, including the export of information-intensive and knowledge-based services to increase economic growth and spur job creation; ways to facilitate trade and cross-border relationships; and how networks can increase opportunities for collaboration by linking markets, talent, labor, and information. Presented by: Markle Economic Future Initiative
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Tutorial Session   Work
Redefining Capitalism
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Capitalism is arguably the most successful system humans have yet devised for raising general prosperity. Yet knowing that capitalism works is not the same as understanding how it works. Traditionally, economics defines capitalism as a system that uses markets and price signals to efficiently allocate resources. Yet many of the basic assumptions of this view are under challenge. Likewise, the version of capitalism that many countries have created has also proven to be subject to financial crises, rising inequality, and environmental damage. These issues have raised fundamental assumptions about the nature of economic growth and a quest for new models of inclusive, sustainable prosperity. Eric Beinhocker of INET Oxford will discuss an emerging view that the economy is not the mechanistic system of traditional economics but instead is a complex adaptive system. Under this view capitalism is not primarily characterised as a system for resource allocation, but rather is an evolutionary system for devising solutions to human problems. This view sheds light on current debates regarding inclusive, sustainable growth, and has potentially important implications for policy and politics.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   The Promise of Biotech
Feeding the Next Billion
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
What does it take to feed the next billion? How is it done sustainably and what innovations are being made to keep up the pace? Who is part of the dialogue and at seven billion and quickly counting, what have we already sacrificed to get here? The numbers are daunting. How, in the next decade and beyond, will we feed the next billion people with less land, less water, and a changing climate?
Kresge Building, Hines Room
Tutorial Session   Work
Who Gets to Work: Six Trends Shaping Jobs, Opportunity, and Mobility in the Future
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
This session will explore six trends that are shaping the jobs of the future: 1) The importance of meaningful work, who gets it, and how values and purpose can attract, motivate, and retain talent. 2) Digital media and bottoms-up self-organizing: Are leaders prepared for the fluid, flexible, revolutionary corporate workplace of the future? 3) Work and family and work/life balance: These are traditional problems with new possibilities. For example, learn how women can reshape the image of careers. 4) The skills gap and unfilled jobs: Given school dropouts, job dropouts, and youth unemployment, are young people being prepared for jobs of the future? 5) Where do we work, and how do we get there? Transportation disparities point to the social divide as a geographic divide. 6) Entrepreneurship: Why everyone longs to be an entrepreneur, how small business interacts with big business, and keeping the entrepreneurial spirit as companies grow.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   Global Dynamics
Cyber Attacks on Corporations: Protecting US Competitive Advantage
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
As corporations expand into international markets, they are facing an ever-increasing risk of losing intellectual property and trade secrets. In many cases, foreign intelligence services of China or Russia have infiltrated these enterprises, exploiting cyber vulnerabilities to collect sensitive US corporate economic and technology information. When these countries succeed in placing insider threats within an organization or corporate networks, they can threaten not just assets but also reputation, commercial and military competitive advantage and financial viability. According to the Obama Administration, the Chinese are most interested in stealing the secrets – or “crown jewels” -- that every company bets their business on and strives to protect. These exploitations cost the US economy $250 billion annually and companies with large or growing international presence are aggressively working to manage this risk. Questions addressed: What technologies are available to counter this threat? How is this affecting the global supply chain? Is this not only an economic challenge -- but also one of national sec rity -- because it impacts US defense systems? Where are companies who operate overseas most at risk? Will companies start taking on defense measures on their own and what are those implications?
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   Viewpoints
The Dope on Pot: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Katie Couric in Conversation
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   Work
What does the Future Hold for Our Economy?
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   The University
Will the Humanities be Extinct by 2024?
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
There has been a lively debate about the purposes of a higher education and the degree to which it is about acquiring skills for employment, versus meeting personal and societal objectives for fulfillment and civic participation. This panel will explore the issue from the point of view of whether and how the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum contribute to both goals, and how well today’s institutions of higher learning are prepared to fulfill the humanities’ promise.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   The Promise of Biotech
Agricultural Innovation as an Economic Game Changer
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
As the world continues to grow, there are more mouths to feed. With emerging markets, biotechnology in the agricultural sector contributes to market stability and aids in providing the resources necessary to continue economic growth in the developing world. On every continent, these shifts are apparent and farmers and the agribusiness are striving to adapt accordingly. From drought resistant seeds in Africa to growing metropolitan areas in South America, agribusiness is engineering, not only food production, but also energy, medicine, and materials in order to change the landscape on multiple levels.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Explorations   The University
Announcement: Higher Education Video Game Alliance (Press Conference)
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Kresge Building, Hines Room
Explorations   Work
Deep Dive: A Hopeful Vision for America’s Economic Future
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
As Americans make the transition from the Industrial Age to a networked economy, smart choices could shape an economy very different from the one today. It could be one full of new opportunities, in which many more Americans can participate and thrive. But how might a networked economy be so different? What are the key choices America’s leaders will face in order to take advantage of using the forces of technology and globalization to our advantage? Presented by: Markle Economic Future Initiative
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Explorations   Viewpoints
From Global Competitiveness to Restoring America's Promise: Why My Brother's Keeper Matters and What You Can Do
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The data proves it: from the dropout rate to incarceration to unemployment, boys and young men of color — regardless of where they come from — face startling odds and barriers to success from cradle to college to career. America cannot afford to have millions of youth disengaged, disenfranchised, and disconnected from school or meaningful work. That's why President Obama launched My Brother's Keeper this year — and why so many foundations, corporations and individuals have stepped up in response to this call to action in a major way to tell boys and young men of color if they work hard and play by the rules, we have a responsibility to help them succeed. Learn what’s being done, what recommendations have been made, and what any citizen can do to contribute.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Explorations  
Book Signings
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Bookstore
Explorations   Our Cultural Identity
Underwater Dreams: A Film and Discussion
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
On a whim, two energetic high school science teachers decided to enter their high school, a Title I school where most of the students live in poverty, into a sophisticated underwater robotics competition sponsored by NASA and the Office of Naval Research, among others. Only four boys signed up for the competition, but once assembled, with enthusiasm and verve, they started calling oceanic engineers and military contractors for design help. They were advised that their underwater robot would require glass syntactic flotation foam. Short on money, all they could afford was PVC pipe from Home Depot. And some duct tape. Narrated by Michael Pena, Underwater Dreams is the true story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build underwater robots. This rag-tag high school team of undocumented Mexican boys did what no one thought possible. The competition, however, was only the beginning. The boys forged a legacy that could not have been imagined: a legacy of aspiration, of activism, and of dreamers.
Paepcke Auditorium
Explorations  
Office Hours
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Dalia Mogahed: The future of the Arab World. Fred Krupp: On turning the corner toward climate stability.
Marble Garden Tent
Plenary Session   The Promise of Biotech
Are We Maintaining our Edge in Biotech Innovation?
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Maintaining an edge is one thing, but letting our edge in innovation dull has repercussions for the amount of food we can produce, the quality of life we live, and the potential for the next thing that will change the world. Are we keeping pace? Is Are the private sector, government, and the academy disrupting enough to innovate more or is there a stagnation that threatens continued development? Are certain parts of the world innovating better than other parts, who are the major catalyzers, and where does the intersection of technology and biology come into play?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   The University
Prepping Our Kids for College: What Will the Next Decade Teach Us?
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
David Coleman accepted the challenge to rethink our children’s core curriculum across the nation. Now the architect of the Common Core is tackling the SAT and the testing that measures our youth for higher education. What’s up?
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   Confronting Climate Change
No Time to Spare: Getting National and International Climate Solutions Back on Track
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Though serious impacts are being felt on every continent, we still have a chance to take the bold action needed to turn the corner toward climate stability. Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp will share signs of hope and progress at the national and international levels and lay out his vision for achieving lasting climate solutions — and urgently needed political breakthroughs — before it is too late.
Paepcke Auditorium
Speaker Salon   Telling Our Stories
Remix: Why We Can’t Stop Retelling the Great Stories
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Every work of literature, they say, every novel and play and movie, is a reworking of one of just seven basic plots. Each decade has its major new retelling of Homer's Odyssey, and very year we get some new bestselling homage to Jane Austen. And of course, there's Shakespeare: more than 400 film and TV adaptations of his plays so far, and in just the last year a dozen important Shakespeare productions on and off-Broadway. So what makes some tales seem so worthy of telling over and over again? Why do certain tales demand that we remix and make them our own centuries or millennia after their creation? Harvard Professor Marjorie Garber and novelist Curtis Sittenfeld will explore the idea of certain stories' enduring appeal and cultural resonance with novelist and public radio host Kurt Andersen.
Limelight Hotel
Speaker Salon   Viewpoints
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna Huffington shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives.
Hotel Jerome
Speaker Salon   An Age of Creativity
Outdoor Studio with Walter Niedermayr
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Since the 1980's, Walter Niedermayr has photographed mountainous vistas throughout the world. Walter's technique employs time shifts, fragmentation, and surprisingly subtle complexities which often elude the viewer at first glance. The resulting images describe our ongoing interactions within the environment. How does a photographer hone down all the informational possibilities of a location into a still image? This informal session will allow the participant to witness the creative process as the artist selects a location, shoots, and edits his pictures.
Aspen Meadows, Hefner Lounge
Speaker Salon   An Age of Creativity
IDEO Design Salon: Design the Future New Rituals
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
What will be the new rituals that guide us in the next century? What behaviors and attitudes will we use in storytelling, at work, in the classroom, or in the practice of faith? What new rituals could help us confront climate change, or adapt to new horizons of biotech in health and food? Join IDEO for a salon-style workshop about the emergence of non-biological conscious entities and the impact they might have on our world. Relevant tracks: Global Dynamics, Confronting Climate Change, The Promise of Biotech.
Marble Garden Tent
Evening Session   Viewpoints
Aspen Ideas Stand-Up Review
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
What do a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, a former White House speech writer-turned-script writer, a neuroeconomist, a governor, and conservative tax reform leader have in common? They are funny. Or, they think they are. The Atlantic's brilliant correspondent, Jeffrey Goldberg (with a wit of his own) hosts an evening of possible hilarity with a gang of wannabe comics including Oladosu Adebowale ‘Ruth’ Olutosin, Shabnam Ramaswamy, and Greg Studley.
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Confronting Climate Change
The Great Invisible (Film and Discussion)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It killed eleven workers and caused the worst oil spill in American history. The explosion still haunts the lives of those most intimately affected, though the story has long ago faded from the front page. At once a fascinating corporate thriller, a heartbreaking human drama, and a peek inside the walls of the secretive oil industry, The Great Invisible, directed by Margaret Brown, is the first documentary feature to go beyond the media coverage to examine the crisis in depth through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand, and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on. Underwritten by Walton Family Foundation.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Telling Our Stories
The Moth at the Aspen Ideas Festival: This Mortal Coil
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
True stories, told live without notes. A staple of the literary and art scenes in New York and Los Angeles, the Moth Mainstage is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story — and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape, and present it. Here in Aspen, Festival speakers have teamed up with Moth directors to develop stories for stage. Moth veterans will also join the show for an unforgettable evening of storytelling. Tonight’s theme: the Mortal Coil.
Hotel Jerome
Misc  
Yoga at Aspen Ideas
7:00 am - 8:00 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Anderson Park
Breakfast Talk   Viewpoints
In Depth: Ten Years after the 9/11 Commission Report, Are We Safe?
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A decade after the 9/11 Commission issued its report on the greatest act of terrorism on US soil, is the nation as safe as it could and should be? Have we been smart in plugging gaps in our security since 9/11, or simply lucky? Will reducing our military footprint in trouble spots overseas help or hurt? And what new and emerging threats—such as attacks on cybersecurity—will the US need to anticipate and thwart in the next ten years? We will discuss how to tackle the nation’s most urgent vulnerabilities and what reforms are still necessary to help ensure our national security. Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton
Hotel Jerome
Breakfast Talk   Viewpoints
The Future of the Internet
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The last ten years have seen the rise of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Uber. It's been a decade of disruption and change that's touched almost every aspect of commerce, speech, and social connectivity. As we imagine the next decade, will that same rapid innovation and openness continue to characterize the internet? Is the web we know and love mature in its current state, or are there growing pains ahead? How will battles over content delivery, access, and privacy continue to shape our economy and culture? Join former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, now a partner at The Carlyle Group, and the Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal for a conversation about what will become of the world wide web.
Limelight Hotel
Breakfast Talk  
Patron and Society of Fellows Breakfast with Scholars– What’s the Big Idea?
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Presentations by: Chris Cunningham, Eric Dawson, Shabnam Ramaswamy, Shaady Salehi, Shiza Shahid, Shannon Trilli
Koch Building, Patio
Breakfast Talk   An Age of Creativity
IDEO Morning Coffee - Creative Listening Inspiration: Fuel from a Different Fire
8:00 am - 8:15 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Creative Listening is a set of habits that makes listening more active, more engaged, and more fruitful. On your way to the tent, listen to today’s 6-minute podcast from the Creative Listening course on iTunes U. Then, enjoy coffee with IDEO during a 15-minute tutorial on inspiration.
Paepcke Tent
Breakfast Talk   The University
The College Presidency in the 21st Century
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Over the past several decades, the role of the college president has changed considerably. Today it is often described as a fundraising job above all else. As the presidency enters a period of significant turnover, we have an opportunity to re-envision the post. This panel of exceptional leaders from diverse institutions will explore the role of college presidents in improving student success, in promoting social mobility, and in serving as national and local civic leaders.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Breakfast Talk   Global Dynamics
Inside the Most Urgent Challenges to American Foreign Policy
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
What does the future of American foreign policy hold with regard to the Middle East wars, challenges with China, and the crisis with Russia?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Breakfast Talk   Civil Liberties
The Constitution, from Drafting to Ratification: A User’s Guide
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A little more than a decade after the founding of the United States, things weren’t going incredibly smoothly. People like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton actually wanted to create a whole new government. In the summer of 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia, and by September, the Constitution had been born. Join National Constitution Center President Jeff Rosen and the Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein for a conversation about why a constitutional convention was needed, how it worked, what the thorniest issues were, and how we got the Constitution and Bill of Rights we have today.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Global Dynamics
The Power of Global Networks: Why Non-state Solutions to Global Problems Will Succeed
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Can the kinds of 21st century networks that connect the private sector, NGOs, government, and individuals address wicked problems (climate, disease, water, poverty) in ways that traditional institutions can not? Through the Global Solutions Network, Don Tapscott, renowned for his insights to the digital revolution. is leading significant research to how multi-stakeholder, self-governing networks are transforming our approach to global problems.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   The Aspen Lectures
A Formula for Happiness
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Social scientists have cracked the code on happiness. By marrying ancient wisdom and new data, we can identify what brings the most happiness — and the most unhappiness — to the most people. American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks argues that the answers should not only change the way we live our lives, but also disrupt how we govern our country.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Telling Our Stories
News at the Speed of Data
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Twitter and other social media platforms have ushered in the most dramatic change to news paradigm since the printing press. Now, “the people formerly known as the audience” are part of every stage of the news cycle — in a live and public way. They are the first to signal when news is breaking, participate in act of reporting, and serve as the social soundtrack as stories unfold. (See attached schematic). The most innovative news organizations are capturing that data to change the way they do business. In this panel, we’ll hear about powerful news tools to discover news as it's breaking, and from the journalists who are harnessing the power or twitter to engage audiences in the very act of journalism.
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Civil Liberties
Cognitive Liberty in the Era of Brain Hacking
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Emerging technologies for accessing and altering the brain impacts our freedom to understand, shape, and define ourselves. Voluntarily choosing to take a performance-enhancing drug is quite different from being forcibly administered it. Adding brain-training games to our daily routines differs from being bombarded by deceptive marketing practices. Voluntarily confessing criminal activity to the police dramatically differs from having brain-encoded memories surreptitiously lifted from the brain. These differences are crucial to how we define and ultimately defend cognitive liberty.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Work
Values at Work: Linking Purpose, Productivity, and Performance
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Management gurus insist that mission-driven companies perform better than their competition. Yet some of the largest and most profitable companies in the world are also the most reviled. Is there really a link between purpose, productivity, and performance? Can purpose-driven, productive employees offset the financial benefits of readily available cheap labor in the globalized economy?
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   The University
Shaking Up the Social Sciences? A New Kind of Science for the 21st Century
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Nicholas Christakis is a leading social scientist and physician at Yale University. His work explores the deep social, biological, and mathematical rules governing social interactions and social networks. Recently, he has argued that the social sciences are changing in desirable ways that our society and our universities should embrace — they are becoming more biological, more experimental, and more data intense. In the past century, the physical and biological sciences offered great hope for improving human welfare, but in the 21st century, the social sciences offer equal promise for enhancing our well-being.
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Tutorial Session   Telling Our Stories
How Stories Can Change Society
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Television and film stories can entertain, but they are also often one of the driving forces behind many social movements. This session will explore the power of emotional storytelling to shape our ideas, behaviors, and in some cases policy — examining compelling case studies of effective television shows and documentary films that have shifted behaviors and policy. What is the responsibility of storytellers to find creative ways to include social issues into their content that will be both educational and entertaining. What resources exist for storytellers to learn about issues so they are able to accurately portray them in stories? What role do networks and studios play in supporting these stories in a meaningful way?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   Confronting Climate Change
Innovating and Investing Our Way to Climate Solutions
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Kresge Building, Hines Room
Tutorial Session   Confronting Climate Change
Solving the Carbon Problem Together
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The carbon pollution problem plagues us with more questions than answers, and those questions often lead to doubts, fears, and inaction. Instead, suggests Roger Sant, we should focus on our past victories, searching among them for the keys to a complex future. In this talk, Sant shares forty years of experience in the energy industry, drawing out the lessons most essential to helping us move forward.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Lunch Session on Campus   What You Say?
Leading Culture
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A conversation between leaders of two of America's iconic arts institutions. Produced by Anna Deavere Smith Works, curated by Anna Deavere Smith.
Paepcke Auditorium
Lunch Session on Campus   Global Dynamics
Cleaning Up the Supply Chain: Human Trafficking and Slavery
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
It is estimated by Walk Free that 30 million men, women and children are held in forced labor and servitude. It is a $32 billion business and growing. The fight against slavery and human trafficking is a cultural, ethical, and moral imperative for all businesses to insure there are no slaves or forces labor workers in the supply chain. In the age of professed transparency and the ways in which fundamental human rights are being challenged, it is critical that businesses take a stand against profits coming from any sort of human trafficking. By cutting off the revenue and supply chain at a business level you cut off the ability of those who enslave and traffic to make a living on the back of others.
Aspen Meadows Restaurant
Lunch Session on Campus   Global Dynamics
A New Cold War with Russia?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
US-Russian relations have reached one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War. Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia and author of such books as Russia’s Unfinished Revolution, will shed light on the tenuous relationship between Moscow and Washington. As Russia and the US face off over Ukraine, can they continue to cooperate on Syria and Iran?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session off Campus   Civil Liberties
Civil Liberties: 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A wide-ranging, one-on-one conversation with the ACLU’s Anthony Romero about the challenges he foresees for civil liberties in the next ten years. How will surveillance impact our lives over the next decade? Will LGBT people continue to see an expansion of their basic rights and liberties? Will reproductive freedoms promised by Roe v. Wade endure? Will access to the ballot box expand or shrink?
Hotel Jerome
Lunch Session off Campus   Viewpoints
A Life Without Bees
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
They buzz around, we fear their sting, but they work almost nonstop and their pollination efforts are a critical component to our food system. Honeybees or "Apis mellifera" are faced with health challenges that cause colony collapse and other issues that threaten their ability to pollinate, which in turn threatens our food supply. Will this trend continue, or are the efforts of the public and private sectors addressing this threat? What are those efforts and how are they working? One takes for granted just how much of the food on a plate is because of honeybees.
Limelight Hotel
Lunch Session off Campus   Global Dynamics
Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Vladimir Putin has been Russia's dominant political figure for more than a decade, but he is a man of many identities. He likes to play roles. The images that his public relations team has orchestrated range from big game hunter to scuba diver to biker, even nightclub crooner. Observers have variously said, he has no face, no substance, no soul; he is "the man from nowhere" —a nobody, yet a man who can appear to be anybody. Of course, Putin is not a "nobody"; he only wants the world to see him that way, and he has gone to extraordinary lengths throughout his life to conceal who he really is.
Acquolina
Tutorial Session   The University
The Science of Learning: How We Learn and what that Could Mean for Colleges
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Explore what the latest findings from learning science research are telling us about the ways that students learn. What do the new findings cause us to question about traditional college and university teaching and learning practices? What lessons do they hold for how our society structures educational experiences for most learners? What can colleges as institutional centers of learning, as well as individual instructors, do to increase student learning?
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Tutorial Session   Confronting Climate Change
Telling the Story of Climate Change: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The story of climate change has proven itself to be an elusive, frustrating, and slippery story to grasp, share, and make comprehensible to a skeptical and scientifically unsophisticated population. But according to master storyteller Kendall Haven, if we can change the story in people’s minds, we can influence their beliefs and behavior. The process of creating a story of climate change for any particular audience is far from easy and straightforward. Many discuss this in scientific terms but miss the imperative of story terms — those terms, concepts, and elements critical to the successful telling and receiving of the story. This session will present new research into the story elements and mechanisms that most effectively create powerful story influence.
Kresge Building, Hines Room
Tutorial Session   Telling Our Stories
Everyone Has a Story: Mind-Blowing Technologies that Bring Narratives to Life
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
We’ve teamed up with the creator of the Future of Storytelling summit to showcase cutting edge technologies that are fundamentally changing the way stories are delivered in the 21st century. This session will explore Interlude’s interactive videos with multiple story lines and outcomes; Cowbird, a global online public library of human experience; the way Quill translates structured data into natural language narratives; and Wattpad, a thriving social platform for publishing stories. The very way narratives of all kinds are are collected and shared will surprise you.
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   The Promise of Biotech
In Depth: Should We Design Our Babies?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The discussion of “designer babies” often revolves around gender or hair color, but the medical debate is far more complicated. Should we screen embryos for disease or other genetic modifications? These considerations raise ethical questions and call into question the validity of surrounding research. The lack of regulation and oversight make this particular biotechnology frightening to some, while the potential for disease eradicating techniques excites others. But how far is too far? What are the major scientific and ethical hurdles to assuage the skeptics? Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   What You Say?
What Does It Take to Make an Icon (When Everyone is an Artist)?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
In the future will only 15 people become famous? Artists and designers have made some of our most enduring iconic images- from Rodin's Thinker to Carolyn Davidson's graphic Nike "swoosh." Today in age of Kimye, how unlikely is it to make an iconic image? How does a work of art get traction? Are Jeff Koons' flower Puppy or Kara Walker's Sphinx in sugar new icons, or do they pass by us like floats in a parade? Who generates enduring images, and how are they distributed or displayed today. Marilyn Minter whose art explores taste and vulgarity, Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine art critic with over 100,000 face book followers, and Thelma Golden, Director of the Studio Museum and icon herself will discuss. Produced by Anna Deavere Smith Works, curated by Anna Deavere Smith.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Viewpoints
In Depth: What the States Say About American Politics-Are We Facing a Different Kind of Political Future?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
24 states with 50% of the nation’s population is moving in one direction. 13 states with 25% of the population is moving in another. What gridlock? Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   Civil Liberties
Privacy and Moral Panic
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Americans have been writing laws to keep technology from eroding privacy for more than a century. Stewart Baker, former General Counsel of the NSA argues that most of them have turned out worse than useless. Privacy, he argues, is situational. Our sense of what is private adapts to the new technology, but not until we’ve gone through a moral panic — searching for scapegoats, from NSA to Google — and punishing them to stave off the future. But laws adopted in the grip of a moral panic rarely make sense when the fever passes. Like Prohibition or the panic over computer games, privacy panics leave us with laws that are widely ignored or selectively enforced to serve wealth and power.
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   Arts
The Museum as Citizen
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
How can museums and cultural institutions uniquely incubate and spread progress and innovation? Join these museum directors as they discuss how their institutions can act as good citizens.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   The University
Higher Education Policy Report Card: Marking Progress
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
This presentation will elicit commentary on progress toward the Obama administration’s college graduation and equity agendas, exploring what has been promising thus far and where challenges lie ahead. What success models would the education secretary, First Lady, or undersecretary point to?
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   Civil Liberties
After the Gavel: The Supreme Court, the Future, and You
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
As the Supreme Court wraps its term, a team of legal experts debates the big decisions, partisanship on the Court, and how it all might shape the future. From affirmative action, to religious liberty, campaign contribution limits, and beyond, hear what the Roberts Court decided and why it matters to you.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Explorations   Civil Liberties
Deep Dive: Privacy — What Do They Know, Why Does It Matter, and What Can I Do?
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Investigative journalist Julia Angwin warns that you can always be found and that you can no longer keep a secret. In a world where we’re being constantly watched — by marketers targeting online ads or security officials sweeping up vast amounts of data — the present danger lurks in the possibility that we might start to internalize that surveillance and sensor our words and thoughts, until we lose our freedom. Join Angwin as she details her efforts to find an alternative reality, where one can enjoy the conveniences of modern technology, without the constant fear of being hacked. Learn about her extensive password tricks, her cell phone gadgets, and the reason she decided to abandon Google once and for all.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Explorations  
Book Signings
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Bookstore
Explorations  
The Aspen Challenge: Student Winners Share Inventive Solutions to Pressing Problems
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Explorations   Telling Our Stories
Professing and Producing Poetry: Verse on Television
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Producer David Grubin and Professor Elisa New discuss their public TV series now in development, Poetry in America, showing clips from an episode ("Harlem," featuring President Bill Clinton, Herbie Hancock, Sonia Sanchez and children from the Harlem Childrens Zone) and airing the challenge, and opportunity, of bringing poetry to TV.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Explorations  
Office Hours
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Candace Thille: On the science of learning, technology, and the future of higher education. Julius Genachowski: On the Internet. Nicholas Christakis: On social science and medicine. Judy Samuelson: Unpacking corporate purpose: Aspen Institute research on the roll of business and society. David Coleman: On delivering equity, opportunity and excellence in education.
Marble Garden Tent
Plenary Session   Civil Liberties
John Lewis: An Icon on the March
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, witness a conversation with longtime congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis about his latest journey using graphic novels to move young people to embrace nonviolence. In the late 1950s, his own mentors, Rev. Jim Lawson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., used a remarkable comic book to teach young people the fundamental principles of nonviolent social resistance. Now, following in their footsteps, Congressman Lewis has embarked on a nationwide campaign to use his award-winning graphic memoir series March to inspire a new generation to take up the fight against injustice in America.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   Civil Liberties
The Very Big Business of Tracking You
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
In the age of big data, e-commerce, and status updates, consumers provide a near constant stream of personal information to the companies they interact with. Whether it’s a shopping cart on Amazon, a family photo on Facebook, or a browsing history at Google, the data we provide about ourselves is becoming its own form of currency. But what price do we pay for participating in this information economy, and how much do we understand about the privacy we forfeit just by doing business? FTC Commissioner Julie Brill and investigative journalist Julia Angwin explore the implications of data collection on our personal liberty and ask: What are the smartest policies for the road ahead?
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Global Dynamics
In Conversation with US Special Envoy for Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Greenwald Pavilion
Speaker Salon   The University
Who Can Afford College (and Who Should)?
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Two-thirds of recent bachelor’s degree recipients have outstanding student loans, with an average debt of about $27,000. With costs still on the rise, Americans are increasingly questioning the value of a college degree. At the same time, the earnings premium that results from a college degree is at an all-time high. What are the implications of rising costs for US higher education? How does this trend intersect with increasing labor market demand for higher education? What are the implications for social mobility at a time of rising income inequality?
Hotel Jerome
Speaker Salon   Viewpoints
The Moral Molecule
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Paul J. Zak's proclivity for taking blood samples has earned him a nickname as the "vampire economist." But his sanguinary habit is backed by his scientifi¬c quest: What if there was a master switch for human behavior? On, and people are loving and generous. Off, and they revert to violence and greed. By studying thousands of blood samples, Zak has pinpointed just such a switch: a brain chemical called oxytocin. Sprinting around the globe and into the human brain, -The Moral Molecule is a dazzling narrative as erudite and entertaining as bestsellers like "Flow", "Drive", and "Why We Love".
Limelight Hotel
Speaker Salon   An Age of Creativity
IDEO Design Salon: Design the Future Beyond Work
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Many of us strive for better work-life balance, yet the line between work and life continues to blur. At the same time, more and more of us seek to align our work and our passions by starting new ventures or embracing a freelance lifestyle. Might we reach a point where work as we know it—as a place we go, a relationship with an employer, an endeavor separate from personal life—no longer exists? Join IDEO for a salon-style workshop to imagine the impact of a “post-work society” on economies, education, privacy, and public life. Relevant Tracks: Work, Global Dynamics, The University.
Marble Garden Tent
Evening Session  
JAS Café at Aspen Ideas
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Tierney Sutton, a five-time Grammy nominee, is often described as “a singer’s singer,” but just as often she is described as a “musician’s singer,” who uses her voice like an instrument. Spanning over 20 years of collaboration, the Tierney Sutton Band’s nine CDs have consistently topped the US charts, leading to Tierney’s selection as Jazzweek Vocalist of the Year as well as to numerous other accolades in the music world. Presented in association with Jazz Aspen Snowmass.
Little Nell
Evening Session   Civil Liberties
The Case Against 8 (Film and Discussion)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Theodore Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. The film also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the US Supreme Court. Olson joins directors Ryan White and Ben Cotner for a post-screening discussion.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Confronting Climate Change
Chasing Water: The Sacred and the Scarce
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride will present his ongoing work on watersheds, rivers and freshwater around the world. Called a Freshwater Hero by "National Geographic", McBride will show short films and imagery from the Ganges River (sacred) and the Colorado (scarce) — both of which he has traveled source to sea — in an effort to raise awareness of the challenges freshwater faces globally. His latest project, showcased in the July issue of "Outside Magazine", highlights the pulse flow from last spring to restore the Colorado River Delta. Joining a group of river lovers, they became the first to traverse this now dry delta by standup paddle-board— a symbolic gesture to celebrate the temporary return of a river.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   Viewpoints
Our Future: The Best Thinking about the Transformative Power of Women and Girls
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
From human rights to economic opportunity, bold and rigorous thinking about gender equality can lead us to a safer, more prosperous, and more just world. As we think about the next ten years, how will the lives of women improve and prosper? What are the big ideas from women, and about women, that will help transform the next decade into one of real opportunity at home and abroad? Remarkable leaders across a variety of sectors will present their thoughts about ways to advance the cause of women and girls, and in so doing, advance the entire world. Underwritten by PepsiCo.
Hotel Jerome
Evening Session  
JAS Café at Aspen Ideas
9:15 pm - 10:45 pm MDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Tierney Sutton, a five-time Grammy nominee, is often described as “a singer’s singer,” but just as often she is described as a “musician’s singer,” who uses her voice like an instrument. Spanning over 20 years of collaboration, the Tierney Sutton Band’s nine CDs have consistently topped the US charts, leading to Tierney’s selection as Jazzweek Vocalist of the Year as well as to numerous other accolades in the music world. Presented in association with Jazz Aspen Snowmass.
Little Nell
Misc  
Yoga at Aspen Ideas
7:00 am - 8:00 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Anderson Park
Breakfast Talk   Your Turn
Seeking Business Leaders for the 21st Century: A Conversation with Leading Business Faculty
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Twenty-five percent of undergraduate and graduate degrees are in business. How do business schools influence the attitudes, values and perspectives of the next generation of business leaders? Join Judith Samuelson and Miguel Padro of the Institute’s Business and Society Program to discuss. With Professors David Besanko (Kellogg School of Management), Christopher Bruner (Washington and Lee Law School), Natalie Slawinski (Memorial University of Newfoundland), and Lynn Wooten (University of Michigan.)
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Breakfast Talk   Your Turn
Impact Investing in Emerging Markets: Challenges and Opportunities
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Move beyond the hype and buzzwords to explore practical strategies for using your investments to drive positive social change, while making a financial return. Randall Kempner of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs will lead the conversation. Get involved.
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Breakfast Talk   Viewpoints
Clean Energy, Climate, and Security
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Plenary Session   The Aspen Lectures
Occupy Shakespeare
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
On the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, what is the role of Shakespeare (the plays, the icon, the brand), in today’s world? Who “owns” Shakespeare? The 1%? The 99%? And why? There was a time when Shakespeare’s plays were not considered serious enough, or appropriate for, study in libraries or universities. And there was a time, a slightly later time, when Shakespeare’s plays were considered the special property of the learned class. Today the plays are part of contemporary culture, in popular music, advertising, and journalistic headlines; and they are also part of literary culture, the culture of “the humanities.” In fact, for many people, Shakespeare is the humanities, quoted, misquoted, cited, and sung as an authority on philosophy, statecraft, character, love and death. Professor Marjorie Garber explores what the story of “Shakespeare” in the last hundred years can tell us about the future of the humanities in the 21st century.
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   Work
Stress Test: Reflections on the Financial Crisis
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then as President Barack Obama’s secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner helped the United States navigate the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, from boom to bust to rescue to recovery. Here, he will discuss the ups and downs of public service and the aftershocks of the financial crisis.
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   Global Dynamics
Pathway to a State: Is it Possible?
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Thomas Friedman in conversation with Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister, Palestinian National Authority.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   The University
What Makes A Talented Society?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Koch Building, Stranahan Room
Tutorial Session   The Promise of Biotech
Modern Day Mapmakers: DNA Sequencing and Other Technologies
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Understanding the “blueprint of life” is the key to applying technology to biology. Computing power and DNA sequencing have opened an entire new field in medicine, making it possible to customize treatment and combat disease based on personal genetic profiles. With the dramatically falling cost of sequencing, it is easier to perscribe preventative medicine based on known disease risk. Pairing an engineer with a cancer doctor, this conversation will explore new healthcare technologies and touch on issues ranging from a complex system view of health to ethics and policy. See what happens when different fields of science converge.
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   Telling Our Stories
Making Our Own Stories: The Evolution of Games, Storytelling, and Entertainment
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   Viewpoints
Music as Therapy
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Musician and DJ Moby works extensively with the the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, an internationally recognized non-profit agency offering groundbreaking music therapy programs to restore, maintain and improve patients’ physical, emotional and neurological function through the methodical use of music. Moby will discuss the benefits and future of music therapy.
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   Global Dynamics
Crisis in the Ukraine: Where is this Leading?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
The Ukraine's political crisis has placed it at the forefront of global tensions. In the aftermath of its recent presidential elections, Ukraine remains in a tenuous state of transition, politically divided, occupied, and with Russia still intent on controlling its domestic and foreign policy. How will Ukraine respond to increasing energy prices and pressures from Russia? Who are Ukraine’s allies, and how will they ultimately develop a strategy to manage Putin, and potentially two bears if China backs Russia? How do Ukrainians view the role of the US as the Ukrainian crisis takes on global dimensions? What are the global implications of the Ukrainian crisis?
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Telling Our Stories
Could This Be What Democracy Looks Like? Remix and the Civic Imagination
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Before you can change the world, you have to be able to imagine other possibilities and see yourself as a political agent. This is what we call the civic imagination. Through interviews with more than 200 young activists, the USC Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics research group has documented the ways some innovative organizations are helping American youth to become more civically engaged and politically active. In many cases, this new political language appropriates and remixes storytelling elements borrowed from popular culture — from the Hunger Games to Harry Potter to Superman — in order to develop shared frameworks through which they can change the world. What if we saw fantasy not as escapism but as a tool for promoting social justice?
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Tutorial Session   Confronting Climate Change
In Conversation with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session on Campus   Work
21st Century Workforce
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Interview with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session on Campus   Telling Our Stories
A House in the Sky (What It's Like to be Held Hostage for 15 Months in Somalia)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Amanda Lindhout was held hostage for 460 days, converted to Islam as a survival tactic, and received “wife lessons” from one of her captors before risking a daring escape. A House in the Sky is her intimate account of survival and the search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity. Lindhout will discuss the role of personal narrative in providing historical context and social change.
Aspen Meadows Restaurant
Closing Session  
Closing Session: Aspen Ideas To Go
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Greenwald Pavilion
Evening Session   Global Dynamics
The Supreme Price (Film and Discussion)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Thursday, July 3, 2014
"The Supreme Price" traces the evolution of the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.
Paepcke Auditorium