2019 Schedule

Monday, July 1st
Monday, July 1st
10:20am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Youth, Sex, and Limits

A general relaxation of sexual morals has run headlong into a decades-old push to protect children and teens—not only from predators, but from themselves. The results are sometimes confusing. We have passed a raft of sex offender laws to protect children, but then we use the laws to put thousands of kids on the lists, too. We raised the ages for consent to sex, but the definition remains as confus...

Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room — Breakout
1:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Deep Dive: The State of Sex in America—Changing Mores, Changing Morality?

As mainstream attitudes about sex and relationships are seemingly more casual than ever, precise communication between individuals is increasingly paramount. What's the state of marriage? Of intimate relationships? We have freedom and yet we have discomfort. Both are happening at once. How did we get here? What has fueled this latest revolution in sexual mores? What are the consequences? And, have...

Paepcke Auditorium — Deep Dive
2017 Health
Deep Dive: The Supreme Court 2016, the Election, and the Future of the Constitution

Regardless the outcome of the 2016 election, a Trump or Clinton victory will transform the future of the Constitution, from affirmative action to campaign finance to voting rights and more. We will look at the history of how the Court has been transformed by pivotal elections in the past, examine the politics and prospects of the Garland nomination; and explore the Roberts Court—its most recent...

Greenwald Pavilion — Deep Dive
3:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Smithsonian: On the Road to Tomorrow

David Skorton became the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on July 1, 2015. A board-certified cardiologist who previously served as president of Cornell University, Skorton entered the institution at a time of transition and renovation, with new museums like the National Museum of African American History and Culture slated to open soon and major overhauls on old favorites like the Cas...

Paepcke Auditorium — Breakout
2017 Health
What’s Next for Ukraine?

As a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia wearily sustains, Ukraine’s government still feels the two-year-old burn of Russia’s unlawful Crimea annexation. And although this defining geopolitical provocation still sets the governments of Moscow and Kiev at odds, Ukraine has many competing priorities. What is the future of economic sanctions on Russia? Can Ukraine defeat corruption and establish rul...

Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room — Breakout
5:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
The Four Commitments: The Choices That Create Your Life

A successful life usually depends on making four major commitments: to a spouse or family, a faith or philosophy, a community, and a vocation. But how do we choose what we will commit to, and how do we execute those commitments? In later years, is it possible to launch a new booster stage with new or additional commitments? (Yes.) This will be another exploration of a life well lived.

Greenwald Pavilion — Plenary Session
2017 Health
My Story: Survivors of the Syrian War

Three survivors of the war in Syria share their personal stories of strength and determination under the most difficult of circumstances. The Syrian conflict has raged for five years, and killed half a million people. 11 million refugees have either fled to other countries, or are displaced within Syria. Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker says she “ran under bombs and mortars” to send applications to...

Paepcke Auditorium — Plenary Session
7:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Let's Talk About Sex

Esther Perel’s TED talks about fidelity have been watched more than 13 million times, and her book Mating in Captivity is a New York Times best-seller. Dan Savage’s syndicated sex advice column “Savage Love” has been a hit for 25 years, and his “Savage Lovecast” continues to top the podcasts charts ten years in. Jennifer Finney Boylan, transgender activist, author, and Times op-ed contributor, ste...

Belly Up Aspen — Evening Session
In town event
5:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

As Michael Eric Dyson notes in the introduction to his 2016 book, “[President] Obama provoked great hope and fear about what a black presidency might mean to our democracy. White and black folk, and brown and beige ones, too have had their views of race and politics turned topsy-turvy.” Join Dyson and The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart for a look at how the politics of race have shaped Obama’...

St. Regis Hotel Ballroom — IDEAS Salon
In town event
4:10pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
The Curse of Bigness: Why Louis Brandeis Matters

Louis Brandeis was the greatest critic of big business and big government since Thomas Jefferson. Jeff Rosen and Jeffrey Goldberg postulate about Brandeis’s relevance for the 2016 election and the future of privacy, technology, and free speech.

Kresge Building, Hines Room — Explorations
Thursday, June 27th
1:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Deep Dive: Space—Why We Explore

What is the universe made of and why don't we know what it's made of? From the esoteric to the concrete.

Paepcke Auditorium — Deep Dive
12:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
The Search for Life Beyond Earth

Are we alone? It’s an age-old quandary, and no discussion of space would be complete without addressing the possibility of life beyond Earth. Science and technology have accelerated to the point that we’re only about ten to 20 years from being able to answer the question. What does that mean to us as humans? Join an astronaut and a theoretical physicist as they ponder the possibilities. John Gruns...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
Friday, June 28th
1:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Deep Dive: Rethinking Prison

While federal, state, and local lawmakers consider reforms that may lower our incarceration rates in the future, more than two million Americans live behind bars today. Many of them will be reentering society in the months and years to come, so what they experience while incarcerated matters to all of us. Will they become stable and productive members of society? Or will they boomerang back into t...

Paepcke Auditorium — Deep Dive
5:20pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
A New Vision of Corporate Purpose

A reimagined capitalism requires a new kind of corporate leader—and a willingness to balance private incentives with public good. Today, a growing number of public company CEOs are going off the “shareholder value” script to communicate a new vision of why they exist and who them aim to serve. What can we learn from the purpose-driven CEO? What role will he or she play in reshaping capitalism?

12:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Can Sustainable Food Production Scale?

Sustainability is the green buzzword of the decade, especially in the context of feeding a growing population while preserving the environment for the next generations. Unfortunately, the debate over how to address the global food challenge has set conventional agriculture and global commerce against local food systems and organic farms. This panel will explore what it means to produce food sustai...

St. Regis Hotel Ballroom — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
5:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Preventing the Next Gun Tragedy: The Work of Sandy Hook Promise

Meet and talk with two women helping to lead the charge and empower parents, schools, and communities against gun violence — often without even using the word “gun.”

St. Regis Hotel Ballroom — IDEAS Salon
In town event
Sunday, June 30th
5:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Infidelity and the Future of Relationships

Esther Perel is recognized as one of the most insightful and provocative voices on personal and romantic relationships and the complex science behind human interaction. The author of the international bestseller Mating in Captivity, Perel believes that the most traditional aspects of a culture and the most progressive and radical changes in a society take place around sexuality. Much of Perel’s wo...

Wednesday, June 26th
2:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
New Horizons and the Exploration of Pluto

The fastest spacecraft ever launched, NASA’s New Horizons left Earth on January 19, 2006, headed for Pluto and the Kuiper Belt at 36,373 mph. Hurling three billion miles from Earth, New Horizons completed the first exploration of the Pluto system, culminating in last summer’s highly successful flyby inside the orbits of all five of Pluto’s moons. New Horizons Mission Leader Alan Stern describes th...

Paepcke Auditorium — Festival Previews
Saturday, June 29th
8:00am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
From Conversation to Action: Moving the Needle on Equity and Opportunity

Featured Ideas Festival Scholars include Lashon Amado, María Teresa Kumar, Michael McAfee, and Eshauna Smith. Fueling today’s highly charged political environment is the growing sense that opportunity is elusive and inequality is rising because our national economic policies unfairly disadvantage the middle class. Millions of Americans believe they’re pawns in a game they can’t win—a sentiment fam...

Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room — Aspen Policy Series
2:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
2016 Afternoon of Conversation

Our signature event, the 2016 Afternoon of Conversation hosts an audience of more than 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent. From criminal justice for the most vulnerable, to space exploration, to the changing Supreme Court, to artificial intelligence, and the state of the Grand Old Party, big thinkers and doers engage in serious ideas about their work and our collective future.

Benedict Music Tent — Afternoon of Conversation
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