Festival Updates

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...
May 18, 2012
Addressing Our Planet NOW: How Will We Live in World With Nine Billion Neighbors?The world’s population is expected to reach nine billion in 30 years, creating significant pressures on natural resources, water, and energy — at a time when poverty in some places and rising middle class populations in others exert new demands on transportation systems and health services. What does this mean for our quality of life? Showcasing the dilemmas — and innovations — in the...
May 03, 2012
Arts and Culture: Why Art MattersThe arts touch all of our senses. From dancers and directors to architects and educators, here are many of the leaders who will be at the Festival to talk about the power of art to shape our society and make our hearts sing. (We’ll learn some fancy footwork, too!)Dancing Classrooms founder Pierre Dulaine (photo, left) and cultural entrepreneur Merlijn Twaalfhoven will share how they use music and dance to bridge cultures and ease conflict. (Dulaine, whose...
Apr 05, 2012
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....
Mar 20, 2012
ASPEN IDEAS BLOCK PARTY RFP Introduction On Sunday, July 1, the Aspen Ideas Festival is hosting the first ever, all access, free community event. This will be a daylong event where leading global thinkers will discuss the most pressing issues of our time with local innovators, leaders, businesses, and community members.THAT’S YOU! We, a team from the Roaring Fork Leadership program, are looking for the best “Local Ideas” from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond to...

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