The Aspen Ideas Festival Is Online and Free
Join us and engage your friends, colleagues, and family for a set of conversations and ideas that are relevant to the times we live in and the future we face.
Beginning June 28, the Aspen Ideas Festival will host a robust daily lineup of speakers — streaming for free. Tune in daily at 7pm ET from June 28 – July 2. Each day of programming will be 90 minutes in length.
All of the conversations will be available to view on our website after the programs initially broadcast. The schedule below is subject to change.
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Sunday, June 28
Hear about the latest Covid-19 developments, the ongoing fight for voter rights, and how music can change minds. Watch day 1.
Monday, June 29
Can artificial intelligence help us prepare for the next pandemic? You’ll also hear about freedom of the press and leadership in the United States. Special performance by Jon Batiste. Watch Day 2.
7:25 PM ET
Maria Ressa and Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Grant Weimer, youth poet
7:40 PM ET
William McRaven and Andrea Mitchell
8:05 PM ET
Tuesday, June 30
Hear about the pace of innovation in producing and distributing a vaccine for Covid-19. How do the arts help us understand this cultural moment and ground us in historical context? What is America's role on the global stage? Special performance by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Watch Day 3.
7 PM ET
Bill Gates and Stephanie Mehta
7:30 PM ET
Anna Deavere Smith and Yuval Sharon with Kate D. Levin
Mark S. Zaid
8 PM ET
Madeleine Albright and Nicholas Burns
Kenneth L. Davis and Helen Egger
8:25 PM ET
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Wednesday, July 1
The mayor of Atlanta opens up. How will CRISPR change our approach to disease? Get a glimpse of the life of Winston Churchill and his ability to unite. Hear about the future of the economy. Watch Day 4.
8:30 PM ET
Thursday, July 2
How will China's political and economic rise affect American diplomacy? We examine racial oppression in America; our significance on the cosmological timeline; and whether language is a viable tool to help remake our world. Watch Day 5.
Thanks to Aspen Institute staff and many others for helping create a first-of-its-kind Aspen Ideas Festival in 2020.