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2024 Aspen Ideas Festival Speaker Preview

We’re thrilled to give you a first look at the extraordinary speakers who will be joining us this June 23 - 29 for the 20th year of the Aspen Ideas Festival.

  • March 29th 2024

On the 20th year of the Aspen Ideas Festival, you will hear the conversations that matter from people who inspire. Over one extraordinary week in June, renowned journalist and editor Tina Brown is assembling a remarkable cast of leaders and storytellers to share ideas that inspire. We’re delighted to announce the next group of speakers joining us in the Rocky Mountains this summer:

Academy Award winning actor, producer, author, and activist Jane Fonda will speak about earning hope through climate action.

Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill Maher, will share his iconoclastic views on all things politics and pop culture and discuss his just-released book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You.

Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists, will talk about life, literature, and the power of storytelling.

Columnist, podcast host, and author of Burn Book Kara Swisher will give us the unvarnished truth about what she has seen from her front-row seat reporting for 30 years on tech's most powerful players.

68th U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, having just left his role as President Biden’s climate envoy, shares notes from the field on how global leaders are tackling climate inaction.

New York University Law Professor Melissa Murray reviews the status of women in post-Roe America and the many high-stakes decisions expected from the U.S. Supreme Court by the end of June.

Explore the intersection of arts, society, and identity with conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas.

Journalist Fareed Zakaria discusses his latest book, “Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present.”

Is man’s best friend the key to human longevity? Hear from Celine Halioua, founder and CEO of Loyal, a biotech startup developing drugs intended to help dogs live longer, healthier lives.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Colorado Governor Jared Polis come from opposite sides of the aisle, but as chair and vice chair of the National Governors Association, they make the case that healthy disagreements can lead to better policy.

Journalist and host of NPR’s “1A” Jenn White helps us make sense of the turbulent news cycle.

How would a China-Taiwan crisis unfold? Historian Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a senior faculty fellow of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, games it out.

Journalist Katie Couric will interview game changers and culture shapers.

Bill Browder, Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign and bestselling author of Red Notice and Freezing Order, will give us his insider thoughts on Putin’s war chest and next moves.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, will weigh in during a discussion about the flashpoints of the 2024 election.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd will dive into Shakespeare and politics with two leading historians. 

Speakers will be joined on stage by NBCUniversal New Group media personalities, including CNBC Squawk Box anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin and Jenna Bush Hager, co-host of “TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.”

Join Us to Celebrate 20 Years of Ideas

Don’t miss your chance to engage with these outstanding speakers and many more. Register now for your Aspen Ideas Festival pass and stay tuned for additional announcements in the coming weeks! 

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