Schedule for 2018

Announcing the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival schedule! Find the session you're looking for by sorting by Program Tracks, Session Date, or search by session name or speaker.

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Lunch Session On Campus   Our Imperfect Union
American Democracy in 2018: What Would the Founders Think?
12:40 pm - 1:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 30, 2018
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson united in support of the US Constitution, but they had very different ideas about how to strike the balance between national power and states’ rights, and between direct democracy and checks on the tyranny of the majority. Join David Rubenstein and Jeffrey Rosen for a conversation about the constitutional battles of ideas that shaped America, and how the Founders would view American democracy today.
Paepcke Auditorium
Lunch Session On Campus   Viewpoints
Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience
12:40 pm - 1:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 30, 2018
Nearly 75 percent of us experience some significant adversity by the age of 20, but these experiences are often kept secret — as are our battles to overcome them. Clinical psychologist Meg Jay, author of Supernormal, tells the tale of everyday superheroes who have made a life out of dodging bullets and seeking justice, even as they hide among us as doctors, artists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, parents, teachers, activists, and more. The untold story here is not just how they do it, but also, how does it feel?
Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Lunch Session On Campus   Moved by Music
Music, Sex, Love and Somebodiness: A Playlist
12:40 pm - 1:30 pm MDT on Saturday, June 30, 2018
In a musical tour through her book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, NPR music critic Ann Powers shares moments in American history, from the streets of antebellum New Orleans to the virtual realities of today, when music facilitated the intimate connections that made the American experiment possible. What do blues queens and rock gods have to do with Britney Spears (who might be a cyborg)? This talk follows music’s rhythms toward fresh answers.
Koch Tent
Closing Session   Viewpoints
Closing Session: LET'S DO SOMETHING! Conversations with Remarkable Change Makers
1:50 pm - 3:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 30, 2018
Greenwald Pavilion