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   Healthy Communities
The Tale (Film and Discussion)
7:30 pm - 10:15 pm MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
The Tale probes one woman's memory as she is forced to reexamine her own experience of sexual abuse and exposes the stories survivors tell themselves in order to move forward. The film stars Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, and the rapper Common. Jennifer Fox, a Sundance Grand Prize winner and Emmy-nominated director, wrote and directed The Tale, which is based on her own story. She will participate in the post-screening discussion, along with an expert on the trauma of sexual abuse. Disclaimer: This film contains material of a sensitive nature, including strong adult content. Viewer discretion advised.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Spotlight Viewpoints
Redefining Masculinity
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
Traditional notions of masculinity emphasize strength and power and devalue attributes like vulnerability and emotional openness. At a very young age, most boys learn that being successful means becoming dominant, that winning matters most, and that tears are a sign of weakness. But at this time of cultural and economic upheaval, male roles are beginning to shift. In today’s world, when professional and personal achievement depends less on brute force and more on effective relationships, women are outperforming men on many measures. The #MeToo revelations add new pressures to redefine masculinity and appropriate behavior.
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Spotlight Viewpoints
A Conversation with Ava DuVernay about Art, Justice, and the Healthy Society
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 23, 2018
How can culture create a more just and healthy society? Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence and precedent-shattering filmmaker Ava DuVernay offers some answers in films like 13th and Selma. Her work challenges racial and gender dynamics in Hollywood and across the country as it depicts in the starkest of terms how systemic social injustices imperil public health. Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel sits down with DuVernay to discuss the catalytic power of well-told stories, and how those stories can drive progress on some of the most urgent equity issues facing our nation. (Underwritten by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   Design for the New Normal
Anote's Ark (Film & Discussion)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Sunday, June 24, 2018
What if your country was swallowed by the sea? The Pacific island nation of Kiribati (population 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, and one of the first to confront imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, former Kiribati president Anote Tong’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of the Kiribati people and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture. Film is followed by a discussion with filmmaker Matthieu Rytz.
Paepcke Auditorium
Town Hall: The Role of Free Speech and Creative Expression in Democracy
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 24, 2018
For Freedoms Town Halls are intended to drive civic engagement and dynamic dialogue through artful acts. In this meeting, works of art will be displayed with the intent of catalyzing discussion about freedom of speech. Can an exploration of creative expression bring us closer to our collective values? A forum for inclusive public conversation, this unique town hall will bring citizens together with contemporary artists, designers, and policy makers, welcoming many and diverse points of view.
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Evening Session   Viewpoints
'Selected Shorts: Lovers & Strangers' (Live Performance)
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Sunday, June 24, 2018
The hit public radio series “Selected Shorts” comes to the Aspen Ideas Festival with an evening of spellbinding short stories about chance encounters, love, loss, and new beginnings. Host Melora Hardin (“The Bold Type”) joins actors René Auberjonois (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Gildart Jackson (“Whodunnit?”), and Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee”) as they perform moving and comical stories by established and emerging writers.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   Viewpoints
The Atlantic After Hours: Where Does #MeToo Go from Here?
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT on Sunday, June 24, 2018
The #MeToo movement has forced America into a transparent conversation about sex and power. From clear cut cases of assault, harassment and misogyny to poor communication, bad dates and uncomfortable situations — American society is wrestling with what gender and power mean in the workplace and in personal relationships. The debate cuts across culture, gender, class, race and generations, but views on what constitutes a problem and what steps should be taken to change American culture can vary widely. As new revelations roll in and the country continues to wrangle with what this all means, what is the next chapter in the movement? Is the definition of harassment shifting, and who decides? As individuals, society, and workplaces undergo urgent reflection, The Atlantic offers a frank conversation with the writers whose criticism and observation has defined the moment.
Limelight Hotel
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
Breakfast Talk   Design for the New Normal
Bayou Breakdown: The Incredible Urgency of Coastal Restoration
7:50 am - 8:40 am MDT on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Coastal Louisiana is in crisis. Since the 1930s, the state has lost more than 2,000 square miles of land. Every 100 minutes, a football field of coastal land disappears into open water. That adds up to an area the size of Delaware being swallowed, in small and steady gulps, by the Gulf of Mexico. Can the state’s bold, $50 billion restoration plan save the residents, wildlife, industry, and billions of dollars in economic infrastructure? What can other coastal cities learn from the Mississippi River Delta? Underwritten by Walton Family Foundation.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Breakfast Talk   The Sexes
His and Hers: A Gender-Informed Guide to Friendship
7:50 am - 8:40 am MDT on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
How friends talk to each other can either bring them closer or pull them apart. From chatting and teasing to confiding, arguing, and ghosting, what are the patterns of communication and miscommunication that affect friendships at different stages of our lives? Deborah Tannen, author of the New York Times best-seller You Just Don’t Understand, and most recently You’re the Only One I Can Tell, explores how women’s and men’s friendships compare, and how differences between them can complicate our conversations — and our relationships.
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Lunch Session In Town   Our Imperfect Union
Who Runs the World? The Surge of Women into American Politics
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MDT on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Since 2016, we’ve watched women rack up unprecedented wins in statehouses, city halls, and even Congress — and thousands more are throwing their hats into the ring. How did factors like Donald Trump’s win and #MeToo influence this wave, and why does the movement seem to be taking hold now? We’ll take a look at the different governing styles and priorities women exhibit compared to their male counterparts, and talk about the challenges they face as they attempt to make 2018 “The Year of the Woman” in American politics. Underwritten by Microsoft.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

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