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 aspenshowtix.com.

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Evening Session   Disrupting Health Systems
POLITICO's 'Pulse Check' Podcast: 2018 Elections and the Politics of Health Care (Live Taping)
7:30 pm - 12:00 am MDT on Thursday, June 21, 2018
Health care never stops engendering political debate. Ten states have asked the federal government for the right to impose work requirements on some individuals receiving Medicaid, insurance premiums are expected to rise again this year, and the Affordable Care Act continues to provoke legislative and judicial action. How will all of that influence the upcoming election? Learn more at the live podcast taping of Pulse Check, POLITICO’s weekly conversation with some of health care's most interesting and influential people.
Belly Up Aspen
Science Fair (Film and Discussion)
7:30 pm - 12:00 am MDT on Thursday, June 21, 2018
From National Geographic Documentary Films and winner of the 2018 inaugural Sundance Film Festival Favorite Award, Science Fair follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks, triumphs — and, inevitably, hormones — on their journey to compete at the 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair. Facing off against 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries, only one will earn the Gordon E. Moore Award as Best of the Best. A post-screening discussion with 2012 award winner Jack Andraka will illuminate the excitement of the competition. (This film screening and panel discussion is made possible in part by support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.)
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Healthy Communities
Gun Violence: A Mental Health Crisis for Youth
8:30 pm - 12:00 am MDT on Thursday, June 21, 2018
Over the past 20 years, almost 200,000 children under age 18 have been shot. Nearly as many attend schools where a shooting has taken place. Mass casualty events receive much of the attention — 60 percent of high school students say they are concerned that a shooting will occur in their school or community — but these actually represent just a fraction of the damage caused by gun violence. Along with physical injuries, the emotional impact of such trauma can be lifelong. This session opens with a video, followed by a conversation with children who have had personal experiences with gun violence.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Med School: The Science of Cannabis
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
Marijuana is now legal for medical purposes in 29 states, and nine states allow it to be sold for recreational use. With broad claims made for its physiological and psychological value, cannabis is being used to treat seizures and glaucoma, reduce pain and inflammation, stimulate appetite, lessen stress, boost the immune system, and much more. It has also been widely adopted as a pathway to pleasure, raising questions about neurological effects, especially in the developing brains of teenagers. For decades, funding restrictions prevented US researchers from studying the science behind marijuana, but we’re finally learning more about how it works and where the risks and benefits lie.
Limelight Hotel
Breakfast Talk   Spotlight Viewpoints
From Opioids to Health and the US Economy: A Conversation with the US Surgeon General
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
As the nation’s top doctor, the US surgeon general is uniquely positioned to use his bully pulpit to drive Americans toward healthy decision-making. Jerome Adams is the 20th person to serve in that capacity, where he promotes wellness strategies, warns the public against emerging health hazards, and is a leader of the 6,500-person Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which stands ready to travel the world in a crisis. Adams has said that his leading priority areas as surgeon general are the opioid epidemic, the intersection of community health and economic prosperity, and the connection between our nation’s physical and mental health to our national security.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Lunch Session In Town   Spotlight Viewpoints
KHN's 'What the Health' Podcast: The State of State Health (Live Taping)
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
The states shoulder a significant amount of responsibility for tackling the opioid epidemic, reversing obesity trends, and reducing tobacco use within their borders. They also have policy decisions to make about expanding Medicaid, developing health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, serving undocumented residents, and strengthening their public health systems. Budget constraints, politics, demographics, and health indicators all influence their response. Health policy journalist Julie Rover and her co-hosts on KHN’s “What the Health?” talk to governors John Hickenlooper (Colorado) and Steve Bullock (Montana) about the health challenges in their states, and how they provide and pay for health care. (Underwritten by the Commonwealth Fund)
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Lunch Session In Town   The Cutting Edge of Medicine and Science
Med School: Breakthroughs in Diabetes
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
Almost 10% of the US population lives with diabetes – that’s 30 million people, with another 84 million diagnosed with prediabetes. The devastating disease can shorten lives and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, vision loss, and the need for limb amputation – but it can also be managed with lifestyle changes and exciting new therapeutic advances. Novel drugs and devices are moving the needle forward, care is being delivered in innovative ways, and a glimpse into the future suggests that better treatment strategies, and improved outcomes, are on the horizon.
Limelight Hotel
Breakthroughs in Cancer Treatment
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
Whether the headlines describe a “cancer moonshot” or a “war on cancer,” they capture a yearning and determination to eliminate the scourge of malignancy. Artificial intelligence, huge genomic data sets, and expanded access to clinical trials are pushing forward knowledge about the package of diseases we call cancer. As the treatment arsenal expands, it highlights both the promise and the limits of immunotherapy, targeted drugs, and other advances. Broad-based funding across many scientific disciplines will most likely drive further progress, but is the hardest to secure. What is the latest in cancer treatment, and why are cures so elusive? (Underwritten by GSK)
Limelight Hotel
Plenary Session   Spotlight Viewpoints
Undaunted: Stories from the Front Line
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
Sometimes, a single data point can arouse new insights, inspire a novel problem-solving approach, encourage a career shift, or even change a life. In an hour of fast-paced, sensory-rich storytelling, ten trailblazing development leaders from the global South share frontline stories about a piece of data that altered their journeys toward global health — and explain why their learnings should matter to all of us. (Underwritten by Johnson & Johnson)
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   Spotlight Viewpoints
Far from the Tree (Film and Discussion)
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
Discover the courage of compassion through the eyes of parents journeying toward acceptance of their unique children. Based on Andrew Solomon’s best-selling book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, the film offers a deeply personal view of what it means to parent a child with autism, Down syndrome, or short stature, or to have raised a teenager who murders a little boy. Directed by Rachel Dretzin, this sneak peek screening will be followed by a discussion with Solomon and some of the parents featured in the film. (Underwritten by the diaTribe Foundation)
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Spotlight Viewpoints
When Breath Becomes Air: A Conversation About Life, Death, and Humanity in Health Care
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
Illness and death are universal challenges, but not something we anticipate in our 30s. Kate Bowler and Lucy Kalanithi understand that any of us can confront these harsh realities at any time. Bowler was 35 when she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. She tried to make sense of it in Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. Kalanithi, an internal medicine doctor, completed her husband Paul’s manuscript, When Breath Becomes Air, after the neurosurgeon died of lung cancer at the age of 37. The two women discuss life, death, and the pursuit of humanity in American health care.
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Our Planet, Our Health
The Interplay of Human and Animal Health
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
Human survival depends on an extraordinarily complex dance with animals. From the bees whose pollinating habits give us much of our food supply to the primates who testify to the power of evolution, from the animals that transmit diseases to humans to those that contribute to therapeutic research, our lives are completely intertwined with the millions of other species inhabiting Earth. These delicate relationships are being transformed in an era of mass extinction and biodiversity loss, upending agriculture, increasing transmission of infectious diseases, modifying the gut microbiome that preserves immune function, and diminishing the benefits of experiencing nature.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Evening Session   Healthy Communities
Report Card: How Do Colleges Score on Student Health Needs?
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 22, 2018
College presents opportunities for students to test their wings, explore new relationships, pursue their personal best, and develop an enduring passion for learning. Often the first opportunity for real independence, the college years can also pose serious health risks — among them, mental health issues, binge drinking, sexually transmitted diseases, date rape, infections, and sleep deprivation. Two academic leaders talk about campus health: Paula Johnson, a cardiologist and women’s health expert, is president of Wellesley College; Dan Porterfield, now president of the Aspen Institute, just stepped down as head of Franklin & Marshall College.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Med School: Fostering a Healthy Microbiome
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
Human beings swarm with bacteria, viruses, and fungi — trillions and trillions of them, inhabiting virtually every part of our bodies. Known collectively as the microbiome, they play a vital role in keeping the immune system strong, synthesizing nutrients, maintaining heart health, and so much more. But when these synergistic communities of microbes are disrupted, we become more susceptible to infections and disease. Recent breakthroughs in manipulating the gut microbiome have opened new therapeutic pathways, including fecal microbiota transplants — in which healthy stool samples are infused into a patient’s body during a colonoscopy. Gastroenterologist Ari Grinspan explains their therapeutic role.
Limelight Hotel
Breakfast Talk   Healthy Communities
Where in the World Is Happiness?
8:00 am - 8:50 am MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
The United States is not a particularly happy country, according to the World Happiness Report. Issued annually by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the report puts the USA in 18th place, just above the United Kingdom and surpassed by all the Scandinavian countries, Costa Rica, Canada, and Australia, among others. The rankings are based on measures of income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, and generosity. But at least the residents of Boulder, CO, aren’t feeling blue — and the mayor will explain why. Her city earned top ranking on the National Geographic Happiest Cities list, which examines civic engagement, walkability, and healthful food options.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Lunch Session In Town   Our Planet, Our Health
A Conversation with Todd Stern, the Paris Climate Accord's Lead US Negotiator
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
As US special envoy for climate change in the Obama administration, Todd Stern helped cobble together a consensus among almost 200 countries to hold themselves accountable for reducing global warming. Stern describes the landmark Paris Agreement as “finding the sweet spot between what was possible and what was necessary.” He’ll talk about how the negotiations unfolded, what the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the agreement will mean, and why climate change must be contained.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Lunch Session In Town   The Cutting Edge of Medicine and Science
Med School: Separating Hype from Hope in Genome Science
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
Genomic discoveries were supposed to transform medicine and move us to a new vision of preventive health care. But 15 years after the Human Genome Project was complete, that still hasn’t happened. Meanwhile, direct-to-consumer genetics companies are bypassing health care providers to market ancestry, disease risk, diet, exercise and even dating and wine applications directly to the public. Robert Green, one of the world’s leaders in generating the evidence-base for genomic medicine, describes what's right and what’s wrong with the genomic revolution, and how we can realize the promise of precision medicine for all. (Underwritten by America's Biopharmaceutical Companies)
Limelight Hotel
Plenary Session   Spotlight Viewpoints
Legislators Who Built Obamacare Look Back and Ahead
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
The Affordable Care Act became law because five congressional leaders made it happen. These committee chairs — two from the US Senate, three from the House of Representatives — share the stage to talk about the passage, impact, and future of the ACA. As the law’s key architects, all five bring insider knowledge of the maneuvering, negotiation, and compromise that led to its passage in 2010. They also bring candor — four have already retired from Congress and the fifth will not run again when his term expires this year. The gathering marks the first time these players have come together at a public venue since the ACA was enacted.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of Heredity (Book Talk)
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
Despite all of the scientific advances in genomic sequencing, genetic testing, and gene editing, science writer Carl Zimmer suggests we lack a rich understanding of what heredity means and how traits travel from one generation to the next. Cultural and environmental conditions have complex and nuanced influences on human biology, personal and family characteristics are not embedded exclusively in our ancestral DNA, cells within our own body birth new cells, and an infant’s DNA endures for years in a mother’s bloodstream. All of that, and much more, play significant roles in the legacies we inherit and pass on.
Limelight Hotel
Plenary Session   Our Planet, Our Health
Can Chefs Save the Planet? An Adventure with Food
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
Leading chefs throughout the world are pioneering new approaches to sustainable cooking and becoming champions of conservation. Join these award-winning culinary experts as they demonstrate food-preparation techniques used in the Amazon and elsewhere, taste their delicious creations, and learn how they are contributing to communities and a healthier planet.
Cooking School of Aspen

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