Festival Updates

Jun 24, 2018
DON'T MISS: The Aspen Ideas Festival kicks off at 5:00 pm with our opening session Where Do Ideas Come From? featuring a conversation between Institute CEO Dan Porterfield and Atlantic Media’s David Bradley in the Greenwald Pavilion. Then join us for a reception in the Doerr-Hosier Center at 6:30 pm. GET TO KNOW OUR SPEAKERS: Before she started fighting human trafficking, Undaunted speaker Agnes Igoye escaped the terror of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. Learn more about Agnes and...
Jun 23, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: We moved! A Stark Look at the Opioid Epidemic with James Nachtwey will now be held in Paepcke Auditorium at 9:10 am. LET’S GO DOWNTOWN! What’s next for the Affordable Care Act? Hear from those who helped create it at Legislators Who Built Obamacare Look Back and Ahead at 5:30 pm in the Hotel Jerome Ballroom. Learn more about what it means to be a man in the 21st century at Redefining Masculinity held at Belly Up Aspen at 7:30 pm. NEED A MOMENT TO RECHARGE? Visit the...
Jun 22, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: New session! Join Della Makower and Gary Reedy for Latebreaker: Skip the Chemo: Landmark Findings about Breast Cancer at 12:00 pm in the Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion. We moved! The Imperiled Food Supply with Corby Kummer will now be held in the Kaufman Room of Doerr-Hosier at 12:00 pm. Additionally, our 1:20 pm session Deep Dive: Who is Prepared for the Next Epidemic? will now be in Paepcke Auditorium. #SPOTLIGHTHEALTH: Follow @AspenIdeas on Twitter for live updates...
Jun 21, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: New session! Dr. Colleen A. Kraft will join us today at 3:30 pm in Paepcke Auditorium for a session called Families in Crisis at the Border: What is the Impact on Children? Please note that Reimagining Primary Care has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. CONNECT WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: See or hear something that you just have to share with your friends? Don’t forget to use our event hashtag #SpotlightHealth for the first three days of the Festival....
May 18, 2018
It's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-reaching consequences in the future. "As we develop the Festival, I learn something new, and sometimes utterly inspiring, every day." Read more of Festival Director Kitty Boone’s...
Apr 23, 2018
High School students in Philadelphia celebrate after learning they earned a trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival.Young people are moments away from being tomorrow's decision-makers and at Aspen Ideas, they will meet today's leaders. Students from high schools in Dallas and Philadelphia took top honors at two Aspen Challenge events this spring. The Challenge, an Aspen Institute program, has high school students draw up plans to tackle problems in their communities. The students present their...
Mar 29, 2018
 Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal, joins other big names in health like US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and Vanessa Mason, co-founder of P2Health Ventures, at this summer’s Spotlight Health. Check out the the full sneak peek list. Join these healthcare pioneers and advocates at Spotlight Health, the three-day opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival, and participate in the most important health conversations happening today. Register for Spotlight Health. How to Live a...
Mar 03, 2018
 Dr. Vivek Murthy speaks with journalist Judy Woodruff at Spotlight Health in June of 2017. In the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, questions about how to prevent gun violence are resurfacing among politicians, citizens, and public health officials. For years, former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called gun deaths a public health crisis. At Spotlight Health 2017, shortly after a shooting at a Washington baseball field that critically injured Congressman Steve Scalise,...
Feb 08, 2018
 Aspen Ideas 2018 Adds ProgrammingDoes the First Amendment’s speech clause need a 21st-Century upgrade? We'll delve into this question in our new program track Freedom of Speech and the Marketplace of Ideas (formerly The Art of Language). In addition, pass holders for both Festival 1 and Festival 2 can attend conversations centered on the new program track Leadership in a Time of Change. How are leaders navigating their way through an increasingly cynical America? What attributes...
Jan 12, 2018
Walter Isaacson speaks with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the Aspen Ideas Festival.In the latest Aspen Ideas to Go podcast, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. talks about progress in the black community since the civil rights era. If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, what would he think of today’s America? Gates tells Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson there have been steps forward and backward. Find the episode on Apple Podcasts, our website, NPR One, Spotify, and listen on SiriumXM Insight,...

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