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June 08, 2017
 New Voices Fellow Adebisi Alimi visits with Caitlyn Jenner after a Spotlight Health session in 2016. New Voices Fellow Adebisi Alimi attended the Aspen Ideas Festival in both 2014 and 2016. He's the executive director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, which advocates for sexual and gender minorities in Nigeria. Alimi spoke alongside Mona Eltahawy, Paula Johnson, and Buzz Bissinger for the 2016 Spotlight Health session...
June 07, 2017
Former Vice President Al Gore stars in the riveting and rousing follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, Truth to Power. It's part of our flim lineup for the Aspen Ideas Festival.Public tickets for flims go on sale June 16.  SPOTLIGHT HEALTH LINEUP James Beard: America's First Foodie (June 23) Today's American food movement can be traced back to one man: cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity, and teacher...
June 06, 2017
Jane McGonigal, author of Super Better, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.Thinking about the far-off future isn’t just an exercise in intellectual curiosity. It’s a practical skill that, as new research reveals, has a direct neurological link to greater creativity, empathy, and optimism. In this session from master game designer and acclaimed futurist Jane McGonigal, you’ll learn three...
June 02, 2017
 With the Millennial Pass, attend discussions, film screenings, and hear from today's global innovators and inspiring leaders. We're making available a limited number of Millennial Passes to members of the public, ages 18 to 35. The offering, new this year, is meant to provide young adults access to the Aspen Ideas Festival public events at a price unlike any offer we've ever provided. The Pass is just $99. We are...
June 01, 2017
John Hall is the Associate Vice President and Texas State Director for Clean Energy at the Environmental Defense Fund. He will speak at Aspen Ideas 2017 as part of the program track Feeling the Heat: The Big Ideas on Climate.The clean energy economy now employs more than 3 million Americans, vastly outweighing the number of jobs in fossil fuel electricity. This impressive growth is largely a result of states – and...
May 30, 2017
Netflix releases the fifth season of House of Cards today (5/30/17). In this encore episode Katie Couric interviews House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. The interview, from the Aspen Ideas Festival, took place before the show’s third season in 2015. The two have a lively conversation about Willimon’s career (he studied painting in college and later worked on political campaigns), and the turbulent lives...
May 26, 2017
The Aspen Ideas Festival team is proud to showcase the diverse writing of our speakers. Their books will be highlighted in talks at the Festival and available at the campus bookstore. Learn why one researcher thinks empathy can lead to inequality and immorality in society. Another author explains how viewing the animal kingdom through a microbial lens can make the familiar seem unfamiliar. Why do the people behind...
May 24, 2017
 Bezos Scholars gather on the grounds of the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado during the Aspen Ideas Festival. The Bezos Scholars Program is celebrating its thirteenth year at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado this June. Thirty exceptional high school students and educators from across the US and the African Leadership Academy have been selected for the 2017 cohort. Founded in 2005, the Bezos Family...
May 23, 2017
Mickey Edwards, Tom Perez, and Michael Steele on stage at the Aspen Institute.In this era of deep partisanship, how can common ground be found on Capitol Hill and on Main Street? In this episode, a pair of party leaders tackle relevant political questions, focusing on the divided state of America. Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele sits down with Tom Perez, head of the Democratic National...
May 19, 2017
 A group of scholars gathers on the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado during Spotlight Health 2016. The Aspen Institute, through the generosity of our patrons and sponsoring organizations, will bring a diverse group of 300 leaders from across the US and 30 countries to the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. They're scholars nominated by senior members of the Institute's staff, Festival advisors, past scholars, and...

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