Exploration: The Choice 2016

With the Republican National Convention barely in the rearview mirror, and the Democratic National Convention just wrapping up, the nominees are now gearing up for debates and the countdown to November. At Aspen Ideas, our program track The Choice 2016 covered the candidates, the issues, and the voters. In the context of the election, the track looked at prospects for economic growth, budgets and deficits, health and safety, foreign policy, education, and energy and the environment. And the track served as a jumping off point for a deeper investigation of the overall health of our democracy.

Catch sessions from the track like Why Trump? with Michele Norris, Matt Kibbe and others. David Gergen and Renèe Montagne explore which leadership qualities the next president needs in What Type of President Do We Need Next? A group of young people discuss what matters to them and what’s keeping their generation from voting in The Millennial Agenda. And a panel of experts, including DeRay Mckesson and Matt Barreto, goes over what the election says about who we are as a nation and what it will reveal about the future of American identity in What the 2016 Election is Teaching Us About a Changing America.

Get informed on a deeper level with these sessions. You can find the full list of available video and audio here.


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