2015 Program Tracks

Select a program track to see an overview and to see a list of sessions in that track. To see a schedule of events click here. If you are attending the festival please download the App for updates.


Join as we delve into some of the most innovative ideas, thoughtful leaders, and provoking conversations around — the viewpoints of those who inspire us. Among the leaders we are engaging in this programming, we count the former first lady of the United States and activists involved in Black Lives Matter: a varied, thought-provoking group of speakers sure to enrich our conversations long after the Festival. From new approaches to philanthropy, leadership, and investing, to trips to Everest and Supreme Court decisions, the topics for these conversations run the gamut. Here we offer sessions that don’t belong in any of our thematic tracks, but are too good to miss.

Track Events

Marijuana and the State
Science Friday on a Tuesday at Ideas
Big Night: The Moth at Aspen Ideas
Should America’s Role as Global Leader Start at Home?
Can Women Have—and Eat—It All?
Talking about Science in Popular Media
The End of College?
Challenges in Higher Education
Higher Learning: Marijuana Grow House Tour
Investment in K-12 Education
Festival 1 and Festival 2