Schedule for 2013

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Festival Previews   Citizen Artists
From the Conductor's Podium
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
How can Music Directors contribute solutions to challenges facing their communities today? Join a group of distinguished conductors who are artists, community leaders and cultural thinkers, for an enlightening conversation about musical citizenship. (This session is the culminating event of a symposium convened by Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Yo-Yo Ma, on music and community mobilizing in the 21st Century.)
Yo-Yo Ma Mei-Ann Chen Martha Gilmer Robert Spano Scott Speck Michael Stern Alastair Willis Damian Woetzel David Alan Miller
Greenwald Pavilion
Festival Previews   America: One Nation, Divisible
Principled Pluralism: Report of the Inclusive America Project on America's Changing Religious Landscape
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
How do we engage America’s religious pluralism as a force for the common good? David Gergen will report the findings of a new report, “Principled Pluralism: Report of the Inclusive America Project,” prepared by a distinguished panel convened by the Institute’s Justice and Society Program. Gergen will describe how America’s religious diversity is a source of civic engagement and how we can bridge religious differences to build a stronger social fabric. The sad legacy of religious diversity around the globe has been conflict. Yet, in the United States, we have largely escaped this fate. After the Boston Marathon bombing, will our luck still hold? The report provides good news and a roadmap for the way forward.
David Gergen Meryl Chertoff E. J. Dionne, Jr.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Festival Previews   America: One Nation, Divisible
A Civic Rite of Passage: the Case for National Service
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
At the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival, General Stanley McChrystal spoke compellingly about how our notion of "service" had become dangerously narrow, with less than one percent of Americans serving in our military, and challenged us to explore new pathways and opportunities for service to country. Inspired by this call to action, the Aspen Institute launched the Franklin Project to envision and create a civic rite of passage for young Americans through a year or more of national service. This session will reflect on some of the big ideas and takeaways from the Franklin Project’s 21st Century National Service Summit.
Stanley A. McChrystal John Bridgeland Alan Khazei Elliot Gerson Sidra Bonner
Paepcke Auditorium
Festival Previews   America: One Nation, Divisible
Can We Rebalance Our Investment in Defense?
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
In this political climate, one might presume lack of consensus on an always “hot” political issue: defense spending. In fact, a striking bipartisan consensus exists today across the think-tank community on the need for Pentagon and congressional leaders to address the growing imbalances within the defense budget that threaten the health and long-term viability of America's volunteer military.
Michèle Fluornoy Joan Dempsey
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Festival Opening and Welcome
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Greenwald Pavilion
Opening Reception
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Doerr-Hosier Center
Planetarium Show   Space and the Cosmos
Interactive Tours of the Observable Universe
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
(PLANETARIUM SHOW-Tickets Required) Take an interactive tour through a three-dimensional atlas of the known universe. We will voyage from the solar system to interstellar space, past nearby galaxies and distant galaxy clusters, and out to the edge of the Big Bang itself. Learn about our home and our place in the cosmos.
Ka Chun Yu
Buckminster Fuller Dome, Planetarium
Evening Session   America: One Nation, Divisible
Why Are You the One Who Got the Election Right?
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Columnist, statistician, and prognosticator Nate Silver, whose website FiveThirtyEight.com is the only one to have correctly predicted the outcomes of the 2012 and 2008 elections, shares his perspectives with award-winning journalist Katie Couric. (He also really knows baseball!) Underwritten by Thomson Reuters.
Nate Silver Katie Couric
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   America: One Nation, Divisible
America: Online and Off
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
(Tickets Required) Two of the nation's most influential commentators discuss the state of American society and culture. Underwritten by Mount Sinai.
Arianna Huffington David Brooks
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Citizen Artists
Dancing in Jaffa: A Film and Discussion
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
(PREVIEW SCREENING-Tickets Required) Can the pairing of young Israeli and Palestinian children as dance partners create opportunities for a more peaceful future? And what is the potency today of cultural diplomacy? Enjoy a preview of the upcoming film Dancing in Jaffa prior to its official release. Post-screening, ballroom legend Pierre Dulaine and film producer Diane Nabatoff discuss this documented return to Dulaine’s hometown of Jaffa, Israel, to extend the reach of his global Dancing Classrooms project, previously celebrated in the award-winning film Mad Hot Ballroom. A presentation of "New Views: Documentaries and Dialogue." Co-presented by the Aspen Institute and AspenFILM, and made possible by generous donations from Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.
Pierre Dulaine Diane Nabatoff Damian Woetzel
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Space and the Cosmos
Other Earths and the Origins of Life
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
(Tickets Required) New evidence of exoplanets reveals larger than expected occurrences of potentially habitable worlds in our galactic neighborhood. What does this tell us about life on other planets? How will we search for signs of life beyond the solar system?
Dimitar Sasselov
Hotel Jerome Ballroom