What to Watch and What to Read



Every year, Aspen Ideas brings an exciting lineup of films to the Festival. This year is no exception! From a scorching exposé of the startling prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses to a story of the universal human need to connect to the latest project from the Academy Award-winning filmmakers of The Cove, we're excited to announce the unique, inspiring, and deeply thought-provoking films. Shown nightly during Spotlight Health and the Festival, screenings are followed by a discusssion with the filmmakers. Read more and watch the trailers. Public tickets for the films will go on sale starting June 19. Watch for details.

What We're Reading

Want insight into the topics we'll be covering at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health? Over the next few weeks, we'll share articles that have caught our attention, as related to each thematic track. Some are by Festival and Spotlight speakers, others stand out because they go in-depth on a topic that will be featured. This week: Endangered American Dream, The Mind, and Navigating Public Health Threats.


Spotlight Health Previews

Check out Aspen Public Radio's multi-part series focused on issues that we’ll cover at Spotlight Health. Episode 3 features eatures Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Rushika Fernandopulle, CEO of Iora Health. The two discuss the vaccine controversy and how to bring down individual healthcare spending. More about Spotlight Health.


Only 3 More Days to Vote!

Developed with Booz Allen Hamilton, the Aspen Ideas Award crowd-sourcing space has become a place of admiration, collaboration, and innovation. Check out the Award portal and vote and comment here through June 1. The live events — where five finalists will pitch their ideas to a Festival audience — will take place for Spotlight Health, Festival 1 and Festival 2. Read more about the Award on the AIF blog.


Kids These Days...

This week on the Aspen Ideas To Go podcast we hear from youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd. Her book, It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teen uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of technology. Boyd says that for teens, "social technology has become the relief valve rather than the addiction." Subscribe here.