Public Tickets Schedule for 2018

Every year, the Aspen Ideas Festival offers a number of events available to the public by way of individual ticket sales. Ticket sales open at 9 AM (MDT), Friday, June 15. All ticket sales for public events are handled through the Wheeler Opera House box office in person, by phone at (970) 920-5770, and online at

Downloadable Public Tickets Agenda

At a Glance Public Tickets Agenda

Breakfast Talk   The Sexes
Same Game, New Rules: Parenting in 2018
7:50 am - 8:40 am MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
Raising well-adjusted children has always seemed difficult, but now the task — as well as the duty to protect them — seems more difficult and necessary than ever. As our lives are disrupted by technology and identity is viewed with more nuance than ever, how do we parent well in 2018? How can we work to support our children instead of confining them? What stresses do boys, girls, and nonbinary children experience today that they had not before? What new opportunities do our children have, and how do we harness them for the benefit of our families and societies?
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Lunch Session In Town   Globalization Revisited
Want to Make Money? Invest in Women
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
In the US marketplace,11.6 million businesses are owned by women. Growth in this sector has increased by 114 percent since 1997 — 2.5 times the national average — but male-led firms are still more likely to get start-up funding. That’s not simply unfair, it’s stupid, because it turns out firms started by women regularly outperform those founded by men. In this session, successful women business leaders share the stage with “Shark Tank” VC investor and hard-nosed entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary, and divulge research showing why investing in women makes good business sense. O’Leary has been tracking returns for over ten years across a wide portfolio of companies and will share data on best practices by women that are achieving results.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Lunch Session In Town   Our Imperfect Union
Social Media Versus American Democracy
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
The Founders created a representative republic rather than a direct democracy, designed to slow down deliberation so that majorities could rule based on reason rather than passion. But in the age of Facebook and Twitter, new social media technologies have unleashed populist passions and accelerated public discourse to warp speed, creating the very mobs, demagogues, echo chambers, and factions that Madison and Hamilton feared. Is the American idea in crisis, and if so, what can we do about it?
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Plenary Session   Our Imperfect Union
The Cultural Revolution We Need: How America Will Turn Itself Around
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
The forces of division have been tearing America's social fabric for decades. But a new coalition of community builders with a new set of beliefs is rising to turn things around. Here's how you can help. Underwritten by Nestlé Waters North America.
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Plenary Session   Seismic Shifts
Russia: The World's Outlaw State
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
While the allegations of Russia’s 2016 election meddling have dominated US headlines, Vladimir Putin’s government is increasingly acting as an outlaw state across the international stage — undermining European democracies, launching devastating ransomware cyberattacks, harassing US diplomats, executing journalists and dissidents, harboring sophisticated cybercriminals, and testing Western alliances. How should the United States, Europe, and the West as a whole respond to the rising belligerence of Putin’s Russia?
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Plenary Session   Viewpoints
Why Should Millennials Invest? Because It's Cool -- And It's Smart
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
As millennials begin to stake their claims in today’s market, what should they be paying attention to? Young people need to understand the fundamentals of investing, and try it, even if a few dollars at a time. VC investor Kevin O’Leary, of “Shark Tank” fame, is a man on a mission, driven to explain why investing reaps long-term benefits for little upfront cost. He shares his insight on disruptive assets of today’s market, and how millennials should capitalize. And he has a new trick to keep investing simple – and fun.
Wheeler Opera House Bar
Evening Session   Our Imperfect Union
Where do "Never Trump" Republicans Go From Here?
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
During the 2016 presidential campaign, some prominent Republicans — appalled by candidate Trump’s crude remarks, his chaotic campaign, and his ideological inconsistencies — proclaimed their opposition with the slogan “NeverTrump.” Fast forward to 2018: Trump and Trumpism are here to stay, and the NeverTrumpers and their supporters suddenly seem out of step with the fast-moving, rowdy populism of the Republican Party. They’ve been called delusional and in denial, but they haven’t backed down. With midterms approaching and 2020 just around the bend, what’s the next move for establishment Republicans?
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Viewpoints
306 Hollywood (Film & Discussion)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
With boundless creativity and irrepressible energy, 306 Hollywood memorializes and honors the life of the filmmakers’ grandmother, Annette Ontell. Housewife, fashion designer, and beloved family member, Ontell lived seven decades in the same house — 306 Hollywood Avenue in Hillside, NJ. Ultimately a profound reflection on how we examine and deal with the past, the film can also be viewed as a quirky instruction manual on how to live in the present. 306 Hollywood remains intellectually adventurous while playfully peeking into odd corners and exploring shifts in scale. Film is followed by discussion with filmmakers Elan and John Bogarin.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Our Imperfect Union
Do the Democrats Have What It Takes to Win Big in 2018 — and 2020?
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
Midterms are often seen as the first nationwide referendum on a first-term president. Donald Trump’s ratings have ranged from low to medium-low, but a “blue wave” of victories is far from guaranteed this fall. Where Democrats strive for inclusiveness with regard to race, gender, and immigration status, critics see “identity politics,” and successfully fending off that critique may determine the party’s fate across the country. Who are the rising Democratic stars to watch, and what internal clashes must the Democrats resolve as they look toward 2020?
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Evening Session   The Sexes
Good Feminist, Bad Feminist — Who Gets to Decide?
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Monday, June 25, 2018
What is feminism, and is anyone doing it right? As the movement has gone mainstream and come under greater scrutiny, it seems any consensus on the meaning of “feminism” has been lost — but was there ever agreement on what it was? In this panel, a collection of leading thinkers will define feminism and attempt to answer what makes a good feminist in 2018. How can we get less angry (or should we be more angry)? How do we get more aligned (or was alignment ever part of the deal)? And just what is the future of the feminist movement?
Hotel Jerome Ballroom