2019 Schedule

Tuesday, June 25th
Tuesday, June 25th
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
2019 Festival
The Shared Roots of Extremism

Recent years have seen the wane of the threat of ISIS, even as white supremacists carry out more violent attacks across the globe, from Christchurch, New Zealand, to Charlottesville, VA. What leads someone down the path of political extremism, what causes them to become violent, and how do authorities or community leaders help stop — or reverse — extremism?

St. Regis Hotel Ballroom — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
2019 Festival
The Secret Salsa of US Business

In the United States, salsa outsells ketchup as the No. 1 condiment on our tables. In the summer of 2017, the Spanish-English pop song sensation “Despacito” performed by Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi broke records as the most-viewed music video online. The American Latino is a powerful consumer group, representing $2.13 trillion in GDP. If their economic might were represented as a country, they would b...

Koch Building, Lauder Room — Aspen Policy Series
2019 Festival
How Sports Solve All the World’s Problems

Pick your issue: academic achievement, drug use, female empowerment, race relations, obesity, mental health, medical costs. Engaging young people in sports can help communities tackle all of these, and many more. What’s more, it can yield benefits like community cohesion, citizen engagement, economic productivity, urban development, and help foster social-emotional skills like resilience and teamw...

Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion — Aspen Policy Series
1:20pm–02:50pm MDT
2019 Festival
Designing in New Dimensions

As virtual and augmented reality technologies mature, the line between the physical world and a simulated world begins to blur. By way of amusing features like face filters and animated avatars, many users are embracing augmented realities on a regular basis, sometimes without even realizing it. Join a panel of technologists to discover how these platforms and products are being designed, how they...

Paepcke Auditorium — Deep Dive
2019 Festival
The Internet Era: How Connectivity is Reshaping the World

The Internet, to date, has been an open system that has enabled ideas to spread across borders, has created transformative new economies, and has helped people connect, create, and distribute information, exposing us to perspectives that were previously out-of-reach. But it’s also left behind those on the wrong side of the digital divide, and raised thorny new questions around privacy, harmful co...

Greenwald Pavilion — Deep Dive
2019 Festival
The Science of Endurance and Superhuman Feats

The ability to endure is the essential trait in every extreme athletic endeavor. Hundred-mile races, Himalayan Mountain expeditions, and cross-continental treks all require humans to push harder and achieve more than we ever thought possible. How important is the delicate interplay between mind and body in the struggle to keep pushing despite an agonizing will to stop? What is the distinction betw...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Deep Dive
3:10pm–04:00pm MDT
2019 Festival
Everyone is Going Through Something

Earlier this year, two gifted NBA stars, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs, each publicly discussed their challenges with mental and emotional well-being. Their honesty started a national conversation about breaking through the stigma and fear of openly discussing mental health issues in professional sports. In this very personal conversation, the sup...

Paepcke Auditorium — Breakout
2019 Festival
Exploring Design Trajectories for a Better Future

This conversation with two global design leaders will feature a discussion on how design creates better trajectories for brands and why design will be responsible for creating a benevolent future. We will explore the unforeseen paths taken from Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rem Koolhaus, PepsiCo, General Mills, and the lessons learned along the way to better connect with consumers, communitie...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Breakout
2019 Festival
Nationalism's Back with a Vengeance

Trump in America, Brexit in the U.K., anti-EU parties in Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, and Hungary, and nativist or authoritarian leaders in Turkey, Russia, India, and China -- Why has nationalism suddenly returned with a vengeance? Why has globalization become a dirty word? Can a new international order be created that doesn't dismiss what is constructive about nationa...

Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room — Breakout
2019 Festival
The Art of the Memoir

Great memoirs implicitly tackle the subject of identity, weaving together a cohesive self from a jumble of experiences, influences and, yes, imperfect memories. But what propels authors to write a memoir, and what compels us to read them? Join three masters of award-winning and best-selling works who dared such examination and reflection as they discuss the risks and rewards of writing a memoir. S...

Koch Tent — Breakout
4:20pm–05:10pm MDT
2019 Festival
Heavy: Author Reading and Q&A

In his new memoir, Kiese Laymon writes about growing up in Jackson, MS, and charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. The Atlantic says, “You won’t be able to put [this memoir] down…It is packed with reminders of how black dreams get skewed and deferred, yet are also pregnant with the possibility that a kind of redemptio...

Buckminster Fuller Dome — Plenary Session
2019 Festival
Book Talk: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

In her latest New York Times bestselling book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, psychotherapist and Atlantic “Dear Therapist” columnist Lori Gottlieb explores the human condition through the lives of four of her patients—and a fifth one, herself. Through this disarmingly funny, thought-provoking, and boldly revealing memoir, Gottlieb reveals our collective blind spots. Tara Westover, author of th...

Paepcke Auditorium — Plenary Session
2019 Festival
How to be an Antiracist

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it — and then dismantle it,” writes professor Ibram X. Kendi. That is the essence of antiracism: the action that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism. Kendi sits down with journalist Jemele Hill to explore what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and wh...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
2019 Festival
Design as an Attitude

What is design’s role in our lives today? How will it evolve in the future? How can design help us address the tumultuous changes we now face? Award-winning design critic Alice Rawsthorn delved into these key themes to write her latest book, Design as an Attitude. From the deepening environmental and refugee crises to the rise of inequality, intolerance, and prejudice to the torrent of ever more p...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
5:30pm–06:30pm MDT
2019 Festival
Suicide Touches All of Us – What Can We Do About It?

Over the last 20 years, suicide has become a full-blown national emergency. There are now more than twice as many suicides in the United States as homicides, and it’s the tenth leading cause of death. For every person who dies by suicide, approximately 30 more attempt it. Adding to the complexity of the issue, the spike can’t be explained by any sort of demographic logic. Rich, poor, seniors, teen...

Wheeler Opera House Bar — Plenary Session
In town event
2019 Festival
Is 40 the New 20 for Pro Athletes?

Williams, Jordan, James, Brady. They’re among a growing class of the superstar athletes delivering career-best performances well past what's been considered peak age for their sports. As this phenomenon becomes more common, it begs the questions how and why now? How are experience and maturity winning out over inevitable, natural physical decline? Athletes in the 30s and 40s — Kevin Love, basketba...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Plenary Session
In town event
2019 Festival
Not Your Parents' Party: How Gens X, Y, and Z Will Shake Up Our Politics

Whether it's their views on immigration, gun laws, or climate change, young people today are changing the face of politics. Are millennials and post-millennials becoming more progressive, or will they "grow into" conservative views? How might they change the Democratic 2020 primary? And how has their support for Trump changed since 2016? Kristen Soltis Anderson, Republican pollster and co-founder...

St. Regis Hotel Ballroom — Plenary Session
In town event
7:00pm–08:00pm MDT
2019 Festival
Formidable or Fractured? The Democrats and the Road to 2020

What does the Democratic Party stand for today? Even its most ardent supporters might offer widely divergent answers to this question. Can it form a coherent set of priorities amidst internal struggles between its centrist establishment and its ascendant liberal wing? Which is more important in 2020 — energizing the base by veering left, or attracting swing voters by upping its centrist appeal? Is...

Belly Up Aspen — Evening Session
In town event
8:00pm–10:00pm MDT
2019 Festival
Into the Canyon (Film Screening and Discussion)

In 2016, filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko set out on a 750-mile journey on foot through the entire length of the Grand Canyon. But their quest was more than just an endurance test – it was also a way to draw attention to the unprecedented threats facing one of our most revered landscapes. Throughout their passage, McBride and Fedarko encountered an astonishingly diverse...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
8:30pm–09:30pm MDT
2019 Festival
Is Diplomacy Dead?

The hard work of diplomacy, often mostly invisible, is arguably more important now than ever. In a shifting geopolitical landscape characterized by the emergence of Russia and China as significant rivals to the United States, new dangers threaten the American idea and an American-led world order. And yet, our diplomatic muscles have atrophied. Ambassador William Burns, president of the Carnegie En...

St. Regis Hotel Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
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