2019 Schedule

Sunday, June 30th
Sunday, June 30th
10:20am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Will the Rise of Populism Destroy Liberal Democracy?

This is not a moment to take democracy for granted. The 2016 emergence of Donald Trump and his populist counterparts in Europe didn’t signal the start of something new. Rather, they announced a long simmering, troubling trend away from liberal democracy in the United States and elsewhere. How did we get here? How are Western values shifting? What might the future hold?

Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room — Breakout
3:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Systems Leadership: Tackling Complexity and Scale

We need an unprecedented nature of innovation if we are to address the challenges of our time. Traditional innovation methodologies such as human-centered design are excellent for designing products and services, but how do we address complex, scaled, and critical challenges that are systemic in nature? Professor Banny Banerjee will speak about the mindsets, processes, and skill sets that comprise...

12:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Carbon Dividends: A Consensus Climate Solution

Can a transformative solution built on the conservative principles of free markets and limited government save the planet? Now that the United States is backing out of the Paris climate accord, many believe that any significant reduction to greenhouse gas emissions must be led by the business community. Can such a business-led effort to promote carbon dividends — carbon taxes whose revenues are re...

2017 Health
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire

Has the great American experiment in liberty gone off the rails? Best-selling novelist, public radio host, and acclaimed cultural critic Kurt Andersen tackles that question in his latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, due out in September. Get a sneak preview of this provocative chronicle of magical thinking and make-believe that provides a new paradigm for unders...

Paepcke Auditorium — Lunch Session On Campus
1:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Deep Dive: Hacking, Disinformation, and a New Cold War with Russia

From election meddling to new US sanctions to close calls between fighter planes over the Baltic Sea, the US-Russia relationship is as complicated as ever. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has described US-Russian relations as being “at an all time low, and deteriorating further.” Meanwhile, anti-corruption protests have sprouted up all over Putin’s Russia, and here in the US, the FBI and Senate I...

Paepcke Auditorium — Deep Dive
Monday, July 1st
10:20am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
A Democrat, a Republican, a Rental Car — and a Road Map to Better Politics

With their flights to DC snowed out and votes imminent on the House floor, these two Texas congressmen took to the road to travel the 1,600 miles to the nation’s capital in a rented Chevy Impala. They invited America to join them via Facebook live, and through their spontaneous town hall on wheels, they learned a lot about the issues Americans are dealing with, each other’s core values, and the in...

Koch Building, Lauder Room — Breakout
2017 Health
The Future of Intelligence

Bill Gates portends doomsday is coming. Stephen Hawking says we should prepare for our robot overlords to take their thrones. But is the future as glaring as Hal’s red eye? Or is it more complicated than that? What does a future powered by algorithms and big intelligence mean for our lives? What are game-changing developments made possible by AI? What promises do these technologies hold? With resp...

Koch Tent — Breakout
Wednesday, June 26th
9:00am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR — a revolutionary new technology that she helped create — to make heritable changes in human embryos. The cheapest, simplest, most effecti...

Greenwald Pavilion — Plenary Session
2017 Health
The Three Lives of James Madison

Madison's legacy matters today more than ever. As founding genius he made the Constitution to avoid faction. Then he discovered the real world required parties -- so he founded one and became a partisan. Ultimately he turned to foreign policy, seeking to establish America's place in the world without force. He almost succeeded.

Paepcke Auditorium — Plenary Session
1:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Deep Dive: Can Our Democracy Survive the Internet?

The 2016 presidential campaign broke down previously established rules and distinctions between insiders and outsiders and various types of media — all accelerated by the Internet. The velocity of information and viral communication can create dysfunction in campaigns and within democracy. And for a relatively small investment in resources, a country's media can be infiltrated by bots, trolls, hac...

Greenwald Pavilion — Deep Dive
10:20am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Systems Change through Disruptive Innovation

Entrepreneurs view the world differently. Where others see challenges, they see opportunities. In an age of globalization and hyperconnectivity, a new class of visionaries is tackling the world’s challenges through disruptive innovation. In a conversation with the Aspen Institute’s Peggy Clark, Care.com founder, chairwoman, and CEO Sheila Lirio Marcelo shares how her experiences set her on a path...

Kresge Building, Hines Room — Breakout
Thursday, June 27th
9:00am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, who ministers to nearly 20,000 Methodists in and around Kansas City, is determined to mollify the deep divisions that he observes in his congregation and, he thinks, are tearing at our social fabric. His plan: to get people to think differently by focusing on influencing, not irritating, and seeing the humanity in others — even those they strongly disagree with. What role d...

Paepcke Auditorium — Plenary Session
Saturday, June 29th
9:00am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Leadership through Inspiration

Simon Sinek believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspir...

Greenwald Pavilion — Plenary Session
2017 Health
The Runaway Species

Our drive to create makes us unique among living things. What is special about the human brain that enables us to innovate? Why don’t cows choreograph dances? Why don’t alligators invent speedboats? Drawing on their upcoming book, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt examine the evolutionary tweaks that gave rise to...

12:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
How I Learned to Cope with Disappointment, Setback, and Crisis

Atlantic Media owner David Bradley offers a personal story of what he knows now, at 64, that he didn’t know in his youth about coping with setback and disappointment. In small part a personal narrative, though much more the uncommon story of an American journalist held hostage by al Qaeda for 660 days — the talk focuses on the inescapability of personal setback and known frames for getting through...

2017 Health
Life Lessons from the World's Greatest Composers

What can a French modernist composer and a sitar-playing Indian rock-star teach us about the science of happiness? What connects a bombastic 19th-century symphony to 2016 research about the psychology of making decisions? This groundbreaking talk from Arthur Brooks, a former professional French hornist turned PhD economist and president of the American Enterprise Institute, offers a tour through t...

Paepcke Auditorium — Lunch Session On Campus
1:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Deep Dive: Rural Realities— A Closer Look at the Issues and Opportunities Outside America’s Urban Cores

Especially since the 2016 election, the term “rural America” is tossed around casually and constantly in our national political and economic dialogues. But those conversations are often one-dimensional, overly general, or worse, miss the mark completely. What is mainstream coverage overlooking? What is it getting wrong? What matters most to people in America’s rural areas? What kinds of holistic,...

Friday, June 28th
12:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
How Did We Get Here? The Roots and Future of Populism

The confluence of globalization and the information revolution has primed the United States, and the world, for a resurgence of populism. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” explains how the populist ideology helped President Trump win the White House. Trump’s message of cultural anxiety connected with voters, but it’s not an unfamiliar ideology. Zakaria opens the history book and...

Greenwald Pavilion — Lunch Session On Campus
2017 Health
Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide

What does our system say, and do, about impeachment? Professor Cass Sunstein will offer a nonpartisan, historical guide, with some reverence, and even awe, for our constitutional order, and for the power it gives to We the People. By far the most cited law professor in the United States, Cass served as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under Obama, has b...

St. Regis Hotel Ballroom — Lunch Session In Town
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