Festival Updates

Jun 26, 2015
Session Swap  The 8:00-8:50am session "Health and Healthcare in the 114th Congress" has been replaced by "The Supremes' Latest Hit: The Affordable Care Act Survives Another Test." This session will discuss yesterday's US Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare's federal subsidies, and it will feature five Washington insiders: former US Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, the former Director of the White House Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle,...
Jun 25, 2015
Breaking News!  Due to today's 6-3 decision by the US Supreme Court upholding the federal subsides of Obamacare, we are working to incorporate discussion of this decision into tomorrow's programming. Keep updating the Aspen Ideas Festival app and stay tuned for additional details as they become available.But don't forget!Former US Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, discussing how the government,...
Jun 19, 2015
With Spotlight Health starting on Thursday and Festival 1 and 2 close on its heels, final preparations are underway for what we hope will be an invigorating, inspiring and memorable Festival experience for all. Please check out this handy guide to navigating the Festival. From registration to transportation to what to expect during your stay in Aspen, we have you covered.Download the Aspen Ideas Festival Mobile AppAvailable on iOS and Android, the mobile app is the go-to guide for the agenda,...
Jun 05, 2015
 In addition to our traditional format of Plenary sessions, Tutorials, and Aspen Exchanges, look out for the following new programming and inventive spaces at the Festival:You Can Learn AnythingHands-on, interactive, small-group sessions designed to introduce attendees to new ideas and skills. From coding to playing the ukulele to everything you need to know about the Constitution, you'll leave these one-hour sessions with a new skillset or simply a new perspective. .Deep DivesOffered...
May 29, 2015
  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...
May 15, 2015
  As part of the week-long examination of violence in this country, the Aspen Ideas Festival is proud to present Guns In The Hands of Artists, a community-based social-activist artistic project. Decommissioned guns taken off the streets of New Orleans were distributed to over thirty internationally known artists to use as the raw materials in creating works of art addressing the issue of guns in our society. The exhibition fosters a conversation about guns in our society by...
May 08, 2015
     The Aspen Institute and the Aspen Ideas Festival are excited to announce the inaugural Aspen Ideas Award. Designed to inspire ideas and innovation that will have a lasting impact on communities around the globe, the Award is an exciting new way to help seed projects touching on a variety of issues.Over the past few weeks, Festival Presenters and Scholars have been hard at work formulating a pitch that they feel will have a measurable, positive impact on their...
Apr 20, 2015
   Water. To many, it is assumed to be the most abundant resource on earth. To others, especially Californians, it seems as though their fair share is slowly seeping away. But who is to blame? The farmer or the homeowner? Better yet, is there a solution? Or is this all part of a larger, longer history of “megadroughts” that we have yet to scale? With the recent influx of H20 headlines, it is fitting that the 2015 Aspen Ideas agenda will once again dip into...
Mar 20, 2015
Do you have what it takes to solve the world’s toughest problems? High school students do. In fact, today – at this very moment – over 150 students from 19 of Washington D.C.’s public and charter schools are presenting solutions to issues, ranging from the use of sustainable foods, to poverty and peace in communities to engaging global citizenship. These student driven solutions are the culmination of the Aspen Challenge.     Since its launch in 2013...
Mar 06, 2015
Last month, 14-year-old Valentina Maureira made a “plea for death” to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, which quickly became a catalyst for the euthanasia debate. News coverage of Valentina’s story reported that the President’s hands are tied (assisted suicide isn’t legal in Chile), but that didn’t stop her from paying Valentina a visit and reportedly offering to provide all the emotional and psychological support and medical treatment needed to improve...

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