Schedule for Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Breakfast Talk   America: One Nation, Divisible
On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good
7:45 am - 8:45 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
(Tickets Required) In the midst of contentious national debates on gun control, immigration, budget deficits, and more, this book moves the conversations beyond current media and political warfare to bring together a divided country. Author Jim Wallis, a public theologian and frequent commentator on the nexus between faith and public life, explores his views regarding how Christianity can serve the common good, what it takes to sustain a lifelong commitment to social justice, and how studying the Bible together with culture can shape our lives for genuine transformation.
Jim Wallis
Limelight Hotel
Breakfast Talk   The Economic Puzzle
Opportunities and Hidden Risks in a Transforming World
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
What are the new opportunities and risks to wealth that are emerging from a world in transition? Top banker Keith Banks explores the markets, health care, retirement savings, tax laws, and notions of risk with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo.
Keith Banks Maria Bartiromo
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Breakfast Talk   America: One Nation, Divisible
One-on-One with Karl Rove
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
An insightful look at the dynamics of American politics with Atlantic editor James Bennet and political strategist and commentator Karl Rove.
Karl Rove James Bennet
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   America: One Nation, Divisible
Future of the Republican Party
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Republican Party has seen its share of fractures, factions, and disruption of late: some in the party openly suggest that rifts within are caused by “right-wing religious nuts” and other extremists; others, especially the young in the party, complain that conservative platforms have become closed minded, racist, inflexible, and old-fashioned. How will the GOP build internal consensus on what it stands for? And who is poised to lead the charge?
Elaine L. Chao Karl Rove Vin Weber Michael Gerson
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   Space and the Cosmos
What Is Mars Teaching Us? Notes from the Robotic Exploration of the Red Planet
9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Steady NASA funding for robotic Mars missions has resulted in the uninterrupted presence of human spacecraft at the Red Planet since 1997. At this point, a fleet of four US and one European robotic explorers is active on and around Mars. The most recent arrival was the exciting Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover mission, which landed on the Red Planet in August 2012. This session highlights some of the key development and operational challenges of the recent US rover missions, gives a taste of the most exciting science results, and closes with important points from this decades-long effort applicable to both space- and Earth-based endeavors.
Daniel Limonadi
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   Citizen Artists
Democratizing the Arts: Innovation by Participation
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
How do the arts intersect with our world differently now than ever before? Join these founders of dynamic organizations that are changing the way we educate, empower, and inspire communities, by giving artists and the public a voice and hand in change.
Charles Best Kiran Bir Sethi Monica Yunus Darren Walker
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   The Economic Puzzle
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations keep putting out fires? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet they are all examples of a mindset produced by scarcity. The authors of Scarcity discuss cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics.
Sendhil Mullainathan Eldar Shafir
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   The Critical Middle East
Pakistan at a Crossroads
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
With the accelerated US drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, what lies ahead for Pakistan? What remain the greatest threats to stability in Pakistan? How can the international community play a positive role in Pakistan’s economic development and political stability? Is there a substantial role for the United States?
Stanley A. McChrystal Husain Haqqani David Ignatius
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   Space and the Cosmos
Expanding Our Horizons: Matter, Space, and the Universe
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
This session will explore the almost unfathomable scales of theoretical physics, from the mysterious properties of dark matter to the depths of our universe and beyond. Experiments, like the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva that smashes together protons at high energies, tell us about the smallest length scales we can observe today while measurements of the universe stretch our observations of large length scales to their limits. Theoretical physicists like Lisa Randall tie the results of these experiments to mysteries about our universe. Professor Randall will tell us about the Higgs boson discovery and its implications. She will also explore possibilities for the nature of dark matter and of space itself. Can there be an unseen extra dimension in our universe? Theoretical physics truly knows no bounds.
Lisa Randall
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Tutorial Session   America: One Nation, Divisible
Religious Pluralism in America
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
America’s religious diversity: are we pulling together or pulling apart? Three distinguished authorities on American religion discuss how the country can move from diversity to pluralism, acknowledging our differences yet bridging them to build a more robust civic conversation. Will religious diversity inevitably pull us apart, as it has done from Belfast to Baghdad and the Balkans, or can it be harnessed to make us more inclusive and more resilient in the face of ongoing challenges and periodic crises?
David Gergen Ingrid Mattson Meryl Chertoff Jim Wallis Madeleine K. Albright
Paepcke Auditorium
Tutorial Session   The Energy Revolution
How Do We Finance Energy Projects for the Future?
10:20 am - 11:20 am MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Kristina M. Johnson Christopher M. Hyzy James E. Rogers Robert J. Gruendel
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Lunch Session on Campus   Citizen Artists
Arts, Inequality, and the Truly Rich Society
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
What is the role of art in improving, enriching, and enhancing community, especially in places burdened with poverty? How can we ensure that all have access to ways to express themselves, and to find their voice as artists and as citizens? And how can art and culture challenge us, in a time of deep inequality, to make a truly rich society? This session examines these questions and more.
Melody Barnes Eric Liu Damian Woetzel
Paepcke Auditorium
Lunch Session on Campus   The Economic Puzzle
What Drives the Economic Health of Our States?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
According to Colorado's Governor: innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and will.
John Hickenlooper Derek Thompson
Aspen Meadows Restaurant
Lunch Session on Campus   The Economic Puzzle
Be Fearless: How Big Ideas, Experimentation, and Failing Forward Can Change the World
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Case Foundation’s Be Fearless campaign inspires a more fearless approach to creating lasting change. We'll discuss risk-taking, bold solutions, and failing forward. The foundation's founders Steve and Jean Case will frame the challenges we face as a society when it comes to being fearless in thinking big about social change.
Jean Case Steve Case Andrea Mitchell
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session off Campus   The Economic Puzzle
Changing the World by Changing Behavior
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
(Tickets Required) If you could change your (or others’) behavior, say, around weight loss, savings plans, the high school dropout dilemma, or worker productivity, how might you do it? Can you? The field of behavioral economics examines psychology as it evaluates economic decision-making. We’re not always as rational as we think we are. Three of the country’s top experts in the field of behavioral economics will get you thinking.
Sendhil Mullainathan Eldar Shafir David Laibson
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Tutorial Session   America: One Nation, Divisible
Reimagining Citizenship
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Is the spirit of citizenship still alive in America? Past generations had the draft and epic fights for civil rights. Before that, Tocqueville described how barn raisings and self-government were part of the same civic impulse. But what is citizenship in America today? What should it mean beyond a bundle of rights and benefits? What are the responsibilities, individual and collective, of a modern citizen? Whether we are newly naturalized or longstanding Americans, what do we owe our country? From electoral reform to national service, from local non governmental innovation to a program of Americanization and immigrant integration, it's time for a new citizenship agenda one that defies traditional left-right divides. In this session, Eric Liu leads a conversation with some of America's leading thinkers from the Right and the Left to explore how we can all renew and reinforce a culture of strong citizenship in our nation.
E. J. Dionne, Jr. Cristina Jiménez Heather Smith Mark Meckler Eric Liu
Greenwald Pavilion
Tutorial Session   The Economic Puzzle
Can We Control Our Selves?
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
If you were choosing today, would you choose fruit or chocolate for next week? Why is it so hard to stick with our plans to eat well, save more, pay off our debts, take our medication, and exercise? Why do we join health clubs that we rarely visit? Why is there a persistent gap between our good intentions and our actions? How can we design social institutions that empower our good intentions, enabling us to resist the lure of instant gratification? These are the questions that Harvard behavioral economist David Laibson tackles to help us understand our own economic behavior. The answers are enlightening and they have generated scalable, powerful behavioral interventions that are changing the world.
David Laibson
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Tutorial Session   The Energy Revolution
Inventing the Future
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Jay F. Whitacre Tom Schuler Meghan L. O'Sullivan
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Tutorial Session   America: One Nation, Divisible
Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between West and East
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
For decades, liberal democracy has been extolled as the best system of governance to have emerged out of the long experience of history. Today, such a confident assertion is far from self-evident. Democracy, in crisis across the West, must prove itself. Nicolas Berggruen, investor and leader of a non partisan think tank focused on good governance, shares his views regarding what we need to think about in the 21st century with The Atlantic’s national correspondent, James Fallows.
Nicolas Berggruen James Fallows
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
Tutorial Session   The Critical Middle East
Raising Girls in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Shabana Basij-Rasikh Nadia Al-Sakkaf Farahnaz Ispahani Toni Verstandig
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room
Plenary Session   Citizen Artists
Art for Life’s Sake: In Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, 2013 Harman-Eisner artist in residence, discusses his far-reaching vision for how artists can practice their citizenship, as individuals and through institutions—and how the arts fulfill a fundamental human need by forging and strengthening community.
Yo-Yo Ma Damian Woetzel
Greenwald Pavilion
Plenary Session   The Critical Middle East
What Can Iraq Tell Us about the Future of Democracy in the Middle East?
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Barham Salih David Ignatius Jeffrey Goldberg
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   The Reinvention of Television
Can TV News Compete?
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Delivering top-quality TV news and current affairs programming is expensive and complex, and today news producers faced with competition from a host of online, social, and citizen-driven sources of information. What sets TV news apart from the increasingly robust news sites and social media? Will it be able to stand up to the new wave of news platforms?
Lawrence O'Donnell Ehab Al Shihabi James Fallows Robert Barnett Hari Sreenivasan
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Explorations   Citizen Artists
Design Thinking: A Hands-on Workshop
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Join Design for Change founder Kiran Bir Sethi in a hands-on workshop where you yourself become a designer, and learn how to put your ideas for a better world into action! Engage in the type of creative challenge that has inspired and empowered over 25 million children across the globe – in 34 countries and over 300,000 schools – to design innovative pathways to change.
Kiran Bir Sethi
Koch Building, Lauder Room
Explorations   America: One Nation, Divisible
Citizen Who?
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Who gets to claim the title "citizen"? In this acclaimed and affecting one-man performance, Eric Liu weaves storytelling, conversation, music, and theatricality into an imaginative exploration of the content and contradictions of American citizenship. This piece, a sensation in its Los Angeles and Phoenix premieres, leaves audiences seeing each other and their country with new eyes. Liu is founder of Citizen University and author of The Gardens of Democracy and The Accidental Asian.
Eric Liu
Paepcke Auditorium
Explorations   The Economic Puzzle
Be Fearless and Aspen Scholars: A Pitch-It Competition
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Based on the popularity of pitch sessions run by organizations such as Startup America Partnership, the Case Foundation Pitch-It Competition will allow a select group of Aspen Scholars to compete in a public forum for grant dollars. In front of a judging panel including Jean Case, Steve Case, Jerry Murdock, and others, the scholars will have five minutes each to convince these judges that they deserve funding. Join us for a chance to hear stories about big bets, experimentation, and failing forward. Grants and prizes will be awarded to the top pitches, as well as the audience favorite!
Jean Case Jean Case Melody Barnes Jerry Murdock
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Cocktail Reception and Discussion
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
George Mitchell
Maqha Marble Tent
Explorations   Space and the Cosmos
Solar Scope Viewing Party
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Join members of the local Three Rivers Astronomy Club for this unique opportunity to observe our nearest star, the Sun. Through specially-equipped solar telescopes, you’ll view sun spots, as well as exciting solar flares, prominences, and filaments that project from the surface of the Sun.
Anderson Park
Plenary Session   America: One Nation, Divisible
The Inverse Logic of Life
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
David Brooks
Paepcke Auditorium
Plenary Session   The Economic Puzzle
Unlocking the Potential of Small Business in America
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Showcasing the power of innovative public-private partnerships, Walter Isaacson will moderate a panel discussion with Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Huffington Post President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, and Margaret Spellings, former US secretary of education. The panel will explore the importance of small businesses to municipal economies as well as the importance of establishing and scaling local economic development ecosystems.
Lloyd Blankfein Mitch Landrieu Arianna Huffington Walter Isaacson Margaret Spellings
Greenwald Pavilion
Speaker Salon   Space and the Cosmos
Uncharted Territory: From Deep Oceans to Deep Space
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
(Tickets required) Thanks to powerful new technologies––and the good old inborn drive to explore––human beings are now investigating places once assumed to be inaccessible. We hear from an oceanographer pushing the limits of technology to explore bizarre “lakes” in the deepest recesses of our oceans; a planetary geologist using images from orbiting spacecraft to explore processes shaping the surfaces of planets, such as dunes migrating across the surface of Mars; and an astrophysicist trying to solve the mystery of the solar wind by building a probe that will fly right into the blazing atmosphere of our sun.
David Gallo Maria Banks Justin Kasper Paula Apsell
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Special Event   America: One Nation, Divisible
Build on It: Designing the Future of Citizenship
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
While our models of civic engagement may be thousands of years old, the tools available for citizen engagement and citizen action are new. Join for a conversation about the collaboration and connection of new models as we imagine the ways we could design the future of citizenship in the 21st century.
Mitch Landrieu Heather Smith David Gergen Fred Dust Sandy Speicher
Maqha Marble Tent
Planetarium Show   Space and the Cosmos
Liquid Gold: Are We Taking Water for Granted?
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
(PLANETARIUM SHOW-Tickets Required) We live on the water planet. But consider the global distribution of clean, fresh water. Where is it and where is it not? Our seven billion cohorts are distributed in patterns that closely follow drinkable water. Projections for aridification suggest that changes are coming; indeed, they are already happening. People are moving, land-use patterns are changing, and lifestyles are being impacted. A global perspective allows one to see that strategies for adapting to change – even flourishing amidst change -can be identified and promulgated. Come be part of the change.
Bob Raynolds
Buckminster Fuller Dome, Planetarium
Special Event   Space and the Cosmos
Special Event: Icarus at the Edge of Time
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
(Tickets must be purchased) Icarus at the Edge of Time is a mesmerizing tale set in outer space about a boy who challenges the awesome might of a black hole. Based on the children’s book by physicist Brian Greene, this futuristic re-imagining of the classic myth takes audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time to the very edge of understanding. Featuring an original score by Philip Glass, script adapted by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang, and film created and directed by Al + Al, Icarus at the Edge of Time will be performed by the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. Brian Greene will open the show by introducing the science of general relativity and black holes, and the possibility of time travel that they offer. Icarus at the Edge of Time premiered at the 2010 World Science Festival in New York City. Executive Producers: Tracy Day, World Science Festival, New York and Gillian Moore, Southbank Centre, London, in collaboration with the Royal Society. Presented by Aspen Music Festival and School.
Brian Greene
Benedict Music Tent
Evening Session   America: One Nation, Divisible
Where Does Obama Go from Here?
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
(Tickets Required) The president’s ambitious agenda is laden with complexity, from stagnant job growth to challenges in the Middle East to energy, climate, and education. Top journalists in the know examine the possibilities. Underwritten by Southern Company
Andrew Revkin E. J. Dionne, Jr. Ronald Brownstein Rita Braver Chrystia Freeland
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   The Economic Puzzle
"Marketplace" Presents: The Consumer Arms Race
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
(Tickets Required) Get a taste of radio's irreverent and insightful coverage of money, business, and economic news that influences your life. What is the cost of the consumer economy in the culture of “more is better”? More and more essentials of life are for sale: good health, good education, safe neighborhoods. And that means a competition in which people spend more to stay in the same relative place. Can we afford our consumer economy? Join "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal; "Marketplace" reporters Krissy Clark, Adriene Hill, and Scott Tong; along with special guests for an exploration of the intersection between commerce, consumption, and competition. It’s an evening of radio on stage, with sound-rich features, interviews, and engaging storytelling.
Nancy F. Koehn Alexis Ohanian Scott Tong Jocelyn Wyatt Kai Ryssdal Sarah Heyward
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   The Critical Middle East
Girl Rising: A Film and Discussion
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
(Tickets Required) From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins comes Girl Rising, an innovative feature film about girls around the world who are striving beyond circumstances and pushing past their limits. Their remarkable stories affirm the power of education to change a girl — and the world. Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton
Richard E. Robbins Tom Yellin Pamela Reeves Mona Eltahawy Shabana Basij-Rasikh Peggy Clark
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   The Reinvention of Television
What Makes Bad Television?
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 27, 2013
(Tickets Required) How does a producer and writer create characters you want to know and stick with? What are the signs that a show’s creators have written themselves into a corner and a series will never grow, surprise you, or hold your interest? When has a director made the obvious choice, and how can you tell when a director has pulled back and allowed actors to bloom? Lawrence O’Donnell, producer and writer of "The West Wing" and creator and executive producer of "Mister Sterling," gives examples of scenes from series good and bad to show you why you shouldn’t like as many shows as you do—and make you understand what actually makes good TV.
Corby Kummer Lawrence O'Donnell
Hotel Jerome Ballroom