Announcing: Speakers and Conversations Coming to Aspen Ideas!

First, we'd like to give you a 1-minute taste of greatness from a past Aspen Ideas Festival! 

Jessye Norman spoke about the transcendence of art in our lives.

Hear what some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the world had to say from the stages of the Aspen Ideas Festival!  These short, audio excerpts culled from our archive are now available in podcast form. Some inspiring, some provocative, some funny — you won’t want to miss the Aspen Minute. Subscribe to the podcast now at iTunes U.  And in the coming months, we will feature the Aspen Minute here on our website.

The 2012 Festival < 3 Months Away!

We'll be announcing a list of speakers later this month. In the meantime, below are a handful of speakers to look forward to sharing ideas with this summer!

Concussions: The Invisible Injury

According to CDC estimates, between 1.6 and 3.8 million concussions in the US every year. In addition to the highly publicized uptick of concussions reported in professional football and hockey, a substantial number of these injuries happen to young athletes participating in college sports and younger. Their diagnosis depends on someone on the sidelines who may, or may not, be capable of recognizing the signs.

In light of our national obesession with sports like hockey, football, and soccer, what's the goal? How do we protect our kids?

Participating in the discussion about head trauma in sports will be Chris Nowinski, the co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solve the sports concussion crisis. Nowinski also serves as a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine. Dan Garza will join the panel. Garza is an assistant professor at Stanford Medical School whose program at Stanford is the first university to put chips in football players mouth-guards to measure the impact. Mouth guards provide a vehicle to measure other high impact sports including soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, to name a few.

Watch this 2.5-minute video about Garza’s work at Stanford. He is among the first to study concussions among women athletes. “If you look at it from the standpoint of athletic trauma, it’s the most important issue right now,” says Garza.


There is a very limited number of passes available for Session II,
so register now for the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival.



AIF Bookmarks

Add these recent books by 2012 speakers to your pre-Festival reading list:

Imagine Johah LehrerImagine
Johah Lehrer
Festival Track: Radical Disruptions

From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.

Terry Gross recently interviewed Lehrer on Fresh Air.



Coming Apart Charles Murray

Coming Apart
Charles Murray
Festival Track: What We Believe and Why

Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship—divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad.



All in
Paula Broadwell

Festival Track: War and Peace

Afforded extensive access by General David Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime friends, Broadwell embedded with the general, his headquarters staff, and his soldiers on the front lines of fighting and at the strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the experiences of this American general as they were brought to bear in the terrible crucible of war.





Here’s what a few of the upcoming 2012 Aspen Ideas speakers are saying on Twitter:

Twitter Aspen Ideas Festival 2012

Good BusinessWeek piece that puts balance to the @nytimes article on genomics "predicts" #CDoM(4/2/12)

China's Creativity Problem - My latest @AtlanticCities - (4/2/12)

So fascinating to read other's responses to Mind in the Making, like a conversation in suspended time. The... (4/2/12)

Dear Fed: If unemployment is high & "most participants expected that inflation subsequently would run at or below 2%" then you should ease. (4/3/12)

BBC post maps Shakespeare's fools to modern equivalents. [SPOILER: Homer is Dogberry] (4/1/12)