Festival Updates

Jun 27, 2013
Tickets are still available (for purchase) for this spectacular live show. Icarus at the Edge of Time is a mesmerizing tale set in outer space about a boy who challenges the awesome might of a black hole. Based on the children’s book by physicist Brian Greene, this futuristic re-imagining of the classic myth takes audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time to the very edge of understanding.   Featuring an original score by Philip Glass,...
Jun 26, 2013
By Charles Best NOTE: The Aspen Ideas Festival and DonorsChoose.org are providing this year’s festival speakers and attendees with the gift of giving, to help bring more art to our nation's classrooms. Founded by Citizen Artists track speaker Charles Best, DonorsChoose.org lets teachers from across America request resources for their classroom projects, and has reached almost 9 million students with $180 million in classroom support. All Aspen Ideas Festival pass holders and speakers...
Jun 16, 2013
Every year, Aspen Ideas brings an exciting lineup of films to the Festival. This year is no exception! Here are the unique, inspiring, and deeply thought-provoking films, which screen each night of the Festival to guests and members of the public.Dancing in Jaffa Internationally renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and applies it to 11-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. What occurs is magical and...
Jun 08, 2013
Whether you've been before or you're coming for the first time, here are some tips, for pass holders, for navigating the Aspen Ideas Festival.BEFORE YOU GET TO ASPEN Check out our continually updated website for speaker bios as well as Festival Updates and blog posts for the latest insights into this year’s tracks and program tracks.Be patient. Due to the number of speakers and the extensive programming, the full agenda is released just prior to opening day (June 26, 2013.)...
May 30, 2013
Here's a look at presenters and the topics they will be delving into at Aspen Ideas — opening session is only 27 days away!One Nation, Divisible On a host of social, economic, and cultural issues — such as immigration, health care, taxes, gun control, reproductive rights, and the Federal budget — Americans in different parts of the US are deeply divided. Why are these issues so powerfully discordant? Can we find common ground? Conservatives and Liberals alike will join us...
Apr 27, 2013
Here’s a first look at speakers and the topics they will be delving into at Aspen Ideas. The Economic Puzzle: The Dow has soared, yet unemployment hovers at an uncomfortable level. Deficits and taxes confound us. How do we negotiate the labyrinth of the American economy? Does our individual behavior give us insights to overall economic behavior? (Harvard’s David Laibson asks, Can we control ourselves?) We’re gathering a group of experts to help us make sense of the data, the...
Nov 09, 2012
The Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute is now accepting applications from public high school juniors and educators. Apply Now! “The Bezos Scholars Program has allowed me to grow in tremendous ways. I’m ready to cast my stone in the pond and watch the ripple that will follow. The fear of failure is gone and there’s only one way to go—forward.” – 2012 Student Scholar Candace JoynerThis national scholars program seeks outstanding high school juniors...
Sep 14, 2012
Stay connected with Aspen: Watch our new TV show on WORLD Channel...Mark your calendar for the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival...Subscribe to our weekly 1-minute podcast. PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan hosts The Aspen Institute Presents. This 10-part, interdisciplinary television series features the most compelling conversations and interviews from the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival on WORLD Channel. Premieres Sept. 18 at 8 PM EST. Watch the preview here.  The 2013 Aspen Ideas...
Jun 20, 2012
Last November, Asia Society and The Aspen Institute, along with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries organized a 4-day cultural festival in Beijing called the US–China Forum on the Arts and Culture. Now, the US–China Forum on the Arts and Culture continues at the Aspen Ideas Festival where a distinguished group of Chinese artists joins us to further discussions and collaborations. Read more about the Forum. Here's a glimpse of the lineup...
Jun 05, 2012
Sunday, July 1  Aspen District Theater Reception: 6:00-6:45 PM  Debate: 7:00-8:45 PM (Tickets on sale, and open to the public, June 20 through the Wheeler Box Office and Aspen Show Tickets.)Intelligence Squared U.S. presented in partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival The Debate No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm than Good Natural gas, touted for its environmental, economic, and national security benefits, is often thought of as the fuel that...

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