Festival Updates

Jun 24, 2016
NEED TO KNOW NOW!Adrian Thomas, vice president of Global Public Health at Johnson & Johnson, will be joining the session Bringing New Drugs to the World in the Aspen Meadows Restaurant from 9:00 - 10:00 am, replacing Joaquin Duato.TAKE NOTEAt the Brigham and Women's Hospital Presents: Living Better Longer - The Science Behind Better Aging in the Koch Tent from 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Vicki Almalfitano, vice president of Planning and Marketing at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will replace...
Jun 09, 2016
Pollster and Aspen Ideas 2016 speaker Matt Barreto expects Latinos to vote in record numbers this fall. Barreto, co-founder and managing director of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions, says the registered voting population is growing faster than anticipated and there’s a high level of interest in this election. Eighteen and 19-year-old, first-time voters and newly naturalized citizens will vote in their first election. And, rhetoric singling out immigrants and...
May 27, 2016
Spotlight Health News: Retired Olympic athlete and human rights advocate Caitlyn Jenner will join journalist Buzz Bissinger on stage for the closing session of Spotlight Health on June 26. The two will reunite in Aspen a year after a groundbreaking interview, in which Jenner talked openly with Bissinger about transitioning to a transgender woman. The interview was published in Vanity Fair. “The uncomfortableness of being me never leaves all day...
May 12, 2016
Neeraj Mistry is managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. He spoke at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.Paul Offit, a physician and director of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, says each year he sees at least one child die of a preventable disease. Often it’s because the parent chose not to vaccinate their child, he adds. The debate around vaccinations and who should decide — parents or the government — was...
Apr 29, 2016
Ben Rhodes is the assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speech writing. He spoke at Aspen Ideas 2015.After President Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012, a meeting with his staff was held about priorities for the president’s second term. Ben Rhodes, the president’s national security advisor for strategic communications, spoke up. He wanted to be involved in re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. “It was...
Apr 14, 2016
Diane Regas, exective director of Environmental Defense Fund, speaks at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.By the year 2050, the world will have 9.7 billion mouths to feed — 2 billion more than today (Source: UN). Our need to eat already poses serious risks to the natural systems that sustain us. Can the environment withstand such demand? A panel, including Diane Regas, executive director of Environmental Defense Fund, convened at the Aspen Ideas Festival to tackle the issues surrounding food...
Mar 31, 2016
US Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va, speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2015.The number of people working in the gig, or sharing economy is exploding. According to an analysis by the JPMorgan Chase Institute, 2.5 million people are selling services via companies like Uber and Airbnb. But these jobs offer few worker protections, such as disability insurance and workmen’s compensation. That’s a problem, says US Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.Warner spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival...
Mar 18, 2016
Google racks up 3 billion searches a day. In 2010, significantly more people voted in an election after Facebook reminded them to get to the polls. And, according to a data study, Facebook can predict when a romantic relationship will start before the couple even knows. With such broad reach and wealth of information, what responsibility do major search engines and social media bear on issues of public safety and our perception of the world?Harvard professor and co-founder and faculty director...
Mar 04, 2016
Nora D. Volkow and Alan Weil at Spotlight HealthScientists are producing more and more data on the brain’s activity around addiction to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. But some argue the science isn’t being put to work. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 8.2 percent of the US population over age 12 has some sort of substance use disorder. And the costs associated with substance use, including lost productivity and health costs, are about $...
Feb 19, 2016
Theodore Olson, Neal Katyal, David Boies Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, media outlets have highlighted his record. He filed a memorable dissent after last year’s historic 5-4 ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry. At Aspen Ideas 2015, two attorneys who fought for marriage equality were onstage. David Boies and Theodore Olson helped pave the way with their successful challenge to California’s Proposition 8...

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