Festival Updates

Nov 12, 2015
Next year marks the 110th anniversary of the Pure Food and Drug Act, the first federal law regulating the nation's foods and drugs and the legislation that lead to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration. Today, the FDA regulates more than $1 trillion worth of consumer goods (about 25 percent of US consumer spending), including foods, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and tobacco, and veterinary products.Spotlight Health celebrates this...
Oct 03, 2015
   Here’s a conversation starter: Why don’t we talk to each other anymore? Author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over 30 years and has ample evidence that our screen-centric lifestyle is a major culprit in our collective breakdown in communication. She gave a powerful Aspen Lecture on the subject at the Festival. “Conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do,” Turkle said. “We...
Aug 21, 2015
 College sexual assault has been a significant part of the national conversation for the last two years. So as young co-eds start the new academic year, concern over campus rape is undoubtedly on the minds of many students, parents, and administrators. Nancy Gertner (Harvard Law School) joined The Atlantic’s Caitlin Flanagan at Aspen Ideas to discuss the topic. Gertner, who was a federal judge for 17 years, has been a tireless advocate on behalf of women's issues ranging from...
Jul 22, 2015
With more than 300 sessions over the course of Spotlight Health and Festivals 1 and 2, it’s likely that you weren’t able to go to everything that piqued your interest. Not to worry! Many of the 2015 sessions are available to watch as videos on our website. Here’s a quick guide to finding what you’re looking for:• Search by speaker names. All available videos are linked at the bottom of speaker biography pages.• Program Tracks are listed as a menu item on the...
Jul 04, 2015
Need to Know Now!   The 10:20-11:20am session in the Booz Allen Hamilton Room in the Koch Building featuring Peter Hirshberg, chairman of The Re:imagine Group, has been renamed "America's Cities: Makers Remaking the American Dream." And a new session has been added: in the Aspen Meadows Restaurant, 12:00-1:00pm, "Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least" will feature Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva. #...
Jul 03, 2015
Need to Know Now!"The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems," featuring Richard Pascale, an associate fellow of Oxford University's Said Business School, has been moved from 3:00pm to 8:00-8:50am in the Paepcke Auditorium.Take NoteThe 4:10-5:00pm session, "(Mis)Imagining the Future," featuring Daniel Gilbert, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and Gideon Lichfield, senior editor of Quartz...
Jul 02, 2015
Need to Know Now!  A new session has been added: "Greece's Debt Crisis: The New Source of Global Market Contagion?" featuring Nicholas Burns, director of the Institute's Aspen Strategy Group and professor of diplomacy and international relations at Harvard University, former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Gillian Tett, US managing editor of the Financial Times, and Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. This...
Jul 01, 2015
Attention Festival 2 Goers!  We will distribute Daily Updates every day of the festival, but we wanted to let you know about some changes in advance. Below are some changes taking place during Festival 2. July 2The 7:45-8:45am session “Booz Allen Hamilton Presents: Connected Society and Managing Risk and Seizing Opportunity when Everything Connect” in the Monarch Room of the Limelight Hotel has a new moderator, Bill Thoet. Now at 8:00-8:50am in the McNulty Room of the...
Jul 01, 2015
Need to Know Now!   Today's 12:00-1:00pm panel, "Defining Moment: What Does the American Dream Mean in 2015?" in the McNulty Room of the Doerr-Hosier Center, will premiere a new report on Americans' attitudes toward the American Dream, their definitions of the dream, barriers to achieving it, and hopes for the future. The panel will feature Mark Penn, Microsoft Corporation executive vice president and chief insights officer, James Bennet, co-president and editor in...
Jun 29, 2015
Need to Know Now!   Today's 12:00-1:00pm session, "How I Learned about Capitalism from J.S. Bach and a Penniless Swami," with President of the American Enterprise Institute and bestselling author Arthur C. Brooks, has moved from Paepcke Auditorium to the McNulty Room in the Doerr-Hosier Center.Take NoteThe 12:00-1:00pm Luncheon Roundtable, "Exploration as Conservation in the Grand Canyon," featuring award-winning photographer, writer, and filmmaker Pete McBride...

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