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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Keeping Bots in Check
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Bots — accounts with no human oversight — rule Twitter. According to a Pew Research analysis of more than 1.2 million public tweets, an astounding 66 percent of links tweeted are shared from bots. Enter accidental tech superheroes Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte who, in the spring of their sophomore year at UC Berkeley, launched a counterattack called Botchek.me. Hear how two 20-year-olds are changing the way we see news and filter out propaganda. Underwritten by Comcast NBCUniversal.
Wheeler Opera House Bar
Plenary Session   Moved by Music
Hip-Hop Collision: Music, Race, and the Law
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Atlanta-based defense attorney and #BillionDollarLawyer Drew Findling discusses the intersection of criminal justice, race, and hip-hop. These issues, common themes in hip-hop music, reflect deeply rooted societal schisms which play out endlessly in the collateral consequences of criminal conviction and mass incarceration. This session will explore how recent events like Meek Mill’s imprisonment and subsequent release, as well as the Parkland shooting, continue to inspire artists, drive conversations, and mobilize fans to act.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Plenary Session   Globalization Revisited
Intelligence Squared Debate: Globalization Has Undermined the American Working Class (Live Taping)
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Globalization ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. For its proponents, the global integration of states and their economies was a political and economic win that created a wealth of opportunities for workers and consumers around the world. But in the United States, jobs are disappearing in construction zones, clerical offices, and coal mines. Did the push toward global integration turn our most vulnerable populations into the losers of this grand experiment, or is globalization being used as a scapegoat for failed public policies and unprecedented advances in technology?
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Evening Session   Seismic Shifts
Global Politics: Is Anyone in Charge?
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Donald Trump’s America First philosophy and his retreat from international alliances led pundits to dub Germany’s Angela Merkel the new leader of the free world, but today’s global leadership appears more muddled than ever, especially as Brexit and unrest in Italy threatens the integrity of the European Union. Across the Pacific and Africa, countries are being forced to reckon with — and are sometimes embracing — China’s rising influence. Where should the world look for leadership in an increasingly multipolar world? Underwritten by Southern Company.
Belly Up Aspen
Evening Session   Our Imperfect Union
Burden (Film & Discussion)
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Enter the world of Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a taciturn repo man rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in small-town South Carolina. Loyal to the Klan for deeply personal reasons, Burden has a change of heart when he falls for a single mother who stirs his social conscience. His violent break from the Klan brings him to Reverend Kennedy (Forest Whitaker), an idealistic African American preacher. Based on a true story, Burden is an unflinching examination of our heritage of hatred, redemption, and the hard work of undoing racism.
Paepcke Auditorium
Evening Session   Our Imperfect Union
After #METOO: The Way Forward for Women in the Media
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 28, 2018
In an industry so central to American culture — and one so publicly rocked by #MeToo — how do women in media move forward? And how can media organizations rebuild their reputations among women? A group of leading female journalists reflects on conditions that might have led to the scandals we watched unfold, and discuss what, if anything, has changed at work. What concrete steps must the industry take not only to serve the women currently working in it at all levels, but to draw the next generation of superb female journalists and editors? Underwritten by Audi of America.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   The Genius of Animals
The Photo Ark: Documenting the Endangered
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Thursday, June 28, 2018
“When we’re able to look animals in the eye, it is easy to see they’re not so different.” National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every animal species in human care. Ten years later, he’s documented 8,000 animals. Go behind the scenes as he travels the world to get up close with creatures outrageous, stunning, and even toxic, along with animals on the brink of extinction. Things can go wrong, and often do, but Sartore is at the helm of a conservation effort of its own kind. It just takes one person to build an ark.
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Breakfast Talk   Our Imperfect Union
Can Americans Resist the Pull of Tribalism?
7:50 am - 8:40 am MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
Humans are tribal. But in America today, the allure of tribalism takes us down one treacherous path after another. American political elites have ignored the group identities that matter most to ordinary Americans. Identity politics have seized both the left and right in an especially dangerous, racially inflected way to the point that every group now feels threatened. To survive, America must transcend tribal fears and loyalties and forge an authentic national identity: one that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us. Underwritten by Koch Industries.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Breakfast Talk   Leadership in a Time of Change
Women Becoming Leaders: Why This Matters
7:50 am - 8:40 am MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
Over the past century, women have made significant strides in achieving leadership positions, but they still have a long way to go to achieve parity in jobs, pay, and representation in business, science, government, or academia. In this session, we’ll examine the embedded gender biases that bar women from leadership positions, and ask what strategies women (and men) can employ to promote greater levels of gender equality. Importantly, we’ll discuss the promise of women’s leadership, and the advantages gained as more women rise to the highest levels of decision making. Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode, author of several books on women and leadership, is joined by New York Times Deputy Managing Editor Rebecca Blumenstein — two prominent female leaders in their own right. Underwritten by General Mills.
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Lunch Session In Town   Viewpoints
How Is New Power Shaping Our World?
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
Why do some leap ahead while others fall behind in today’s chaotic, connected world? Two visionary thinkers take you on a whirlwind tour of the 21st century, revealing how "new power" — open, participatory, and peer-driven — is reshaping politics, business, and society. New power works like a current, not a currency — and it is most forceful when it surges — and understanding how it works could change your life. Underwritten by McKinsey & Company.
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Lunch Session In Town   Seismic Shifts
No Such Agency: The NSA Explained
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
In the age of big data and the rise of the digital economy, no government agency plays a more central — or less understood — role than the mysterious National Security Agency. For years, the so-called Puzzle Palace was so secret that officials joked its acronym stood for “No Such Agency,” — until Edward Snowden published many of its biggest secrets online. Hear one of the NSA’s most senior officials explain the reality of what the NSA is — and what it isn’t.
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Reception   Viewpoints
Keeling Curve Prize Awards Ceremony
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
Ten winners chosen from an international pool of applicants will be announced during this world premier ceremony. Jacquelyn Francis, Mike Klein, and scientist Eric Keeling will introduce the multimedia presentation of the 20 finalists and their projects demonstrating greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The program includes analysts Ruth Metzel, Aven Satre-Meloy, and Karthik Mukkavilli; an interview with prize judge George Polk; and a Q&A with advisory council members Susan Joy Hassol, David Bookbinder, and Chad Frischmann. Winners will each receive $25,000 and the distinction of being the world's first Keeling Curve Prize recipients. Presented by the Global Warming Mitigation Project.
Hotel Jerome, Aspen Times Room
Plenary Session   Our Imperfect Union
Has Modern American Feminism Failed Us?
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
Discussing her just-published book Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense, author and political commentator Mona Charen takes aim at liberal assumptions around feminism and progress. She counts among feminism’s casualties family breakdown, declining female happiness, aimlessness among men, and increasing inequality. Marshaling copious social science research as well as her own experience as a professional, a wife, and a mother, she asks, is it time for a sexual ceasefire?
Wheeler Opera House Bar
Plenary Session   Moved by Music
Protest by Any Other Name: Creating Community through Music
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
From the 1960s civil rights movement to today’s #metoo, music has played an integral role in protest throughout history. Music has allowed those who feel marginalized to come together to create a community and a feeling of place. Join this panel of music experts — a critic, a scholar, a producer, and a journalist — as they discuss the traditions and legacies of protest music, and tell us the unexpected places to look for the next protest anthem.
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Plenary Session   Our Imperfect Union
Free Radical: One Man's Journey Into and Out of America's Most Violent Hate Movement
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
Join an intimate conversation on modern racism, hate, and the growing alt-right social movement with one of America’s first neo-Nazi skinhead leaders. Shaken from his old ideologies by tragedy, he’s now a leading figure in de-radicalizing people away from violence-based ideologies through his writing, his Free Radicals Project, and a controversial new MSNBC docu-series, “Breaking Hate.” What is this phenomenon of white nationalism, where did it come from, can we counter it — and should we all be terrified?
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   Seismic Shifts
Of Fathers & Sons (Film)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his Syrian homeland to live for two years with a radical Islamist family. His camera focuses mainly on the children, providing rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) love and admire their father, but while Osama seems to follow the path of jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. The film captures the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and become jihadi fighters, steeled by one thing they’ve already learned: They must not cry.
Paepcke Auditorium
Artificial Intimacy: How to Solve Loneliness in a Data-Driven World
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
As humans, we have an inherent and intense desire for connection. Social media and our always-on devices have simultaneously fulfilled and thwarted this desire, so what comes next as artificially intelligent companions become even more integrated into our lives? In this interactive conversation, two tech journalists will explore and demonstrate the technology that wants to be your best friend. The audience will participate as they probe the Silicon Valley philosophy that we can outsource our emotional needs and burdens to AI. Are we living in a “Black Mirror” moment?
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Evening Session   Our Imperfect Union
‘The Federalist Radio Hour’ Podcast: The Future of the American Right (Live Taping)
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 29, 2018
What does the future of the American Right look like in the wake of the populist rise of Donald Trump? A group of conservatives with very different answers will debate the future in this live recording of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” a popular center-right podcast on PodcastOne. What role has Trumpism played in redefining the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and what does it mean for domestic and foreign policy in the future? Is the party of Ronald Reagan lost forever? Is Trump an aberration or the way of the future? What issues and trends will define the American right post-Trump?
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

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