2019 Schedule

Sunday, June 30th
Sunday, June 30th
10:20am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
China in Transition

Chinese President Xi Jinping is poised to start his second five-year term when the 19th Party Congress convenes in Beijing this fall. Under him, a new generation of leaders will emerge as China continues to position itself for maximum strategic and economic influence around the globe. As the United States enters an era of “America first,” Beijing is launching projects of sprawling ambition, from i...

Koch Tent — Breakout
3:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Being Muslim and American in 2017

Many American Muslims — especially those who have worked in government or in other ways to counter radicalism and terrorism — feel caught in the middle: Much of American society questions their patriotism, while their own communities question their loyalty. How do they balance their interests as both Muslims and Americans?

4:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
The Second Mountain: The Next Big Challenge in Your Life

After you've achieved success, what comes next?

Greenwald Pavilion — Plenary Session
5:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
WTF (What’s the Future)

Job loss from automation is not inevitable. It is a choice. The fundamental technology design pattern is that economic activity increases and jobs grow when you use technology to do more, rather than just to cut costs. What is the nature of the “more” we should be doing? What are the policies that might encourage it? What is the future shape of the economy that we already see emerging and that we...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — IDEAS Salon
In town event
8:00am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Greetings from Putin's Russia

Galina Timchenko used to run Lenta.ru, a widely read Russian news site. When she was fired and replaced in 2014 by a Kremlin-backed editor, most of the editorial staff followed her to Riga, Latvia, where they established Meduza, an independent Russian news site. Alexey Kovalev used to work for Russian State media, but now runs a site dedicated to exposing fake news and propaganda. Hear from both...

12:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Why Young People Need Global Education

The 21st century brings with it unprecedented global uncertainty, interconnectedness, and unimaginable opportunity. Yet many students in the United States and around the world complete their formal education with insufficient tools to navigate this new world. This session examines some of the foundational skills, acquired through traditional and innovative means, that young people need to make sen...

Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room — Aspen Policy Series
Thursday, June 27th
9:00am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Examining the Rule of Law

“When we [Americans] talk about the rule of law, we assume that we’re talking about a law that promotes freedom, that promotes justice, that promotes equality,” US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said in 2007. The rule of law is fundamental to our democracy. Critical challenges loom, however, as our citizens today disagree sharply over some of our nation’s most vexing issues, ranging from na...

Greenwald Pavilion — Plenary Session
Wednesday, June 26th
5:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Genomes, Brains, and Microbiomes: Who Are You, Anyway?

Who are you? That question has become ever more complicated over the last decade of scientific discovery. Our genomes show signs of ancestry from Neanderthals and other extinct hominins, not to mention the genetic fossils of ancient viruses. Our bodies are home to trillions of bacteria and other microbes that sculpt our organs, train our immune systems, digest our food, and influence our minds. Ou...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — IDEAS Salon
In town event
Sunday, June 23rd
12:00pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
How Social Capital Influences Well-Being

Social capital “is the network and scaffolding, seen and unseen, that allows determined individuals to succeed,” writes the Aspen Institute’s Raj Vinnakota. “It eases barriers to entry and provides tremendous leverage and ‘insider status’ for those who have it.” And for those who do not? They are increasingly shut off from opportunity and likely to have dramatically worse health outcomes. Today,...

Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room — Lunch Session On Campus
1:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Deep Dive: The Opioid Tsunami

Opioids are responsible for the worst drug epidemic ever to hit the United States. Shockingly, it is also the first one to have been “generated in the health care system,” says Nora Volkow. As physicians struggled to help patients suffering chronic pain, the pharmaceutical industry heavily promoted opioids and downplayed their abuse potential. Overdose deaths have risen steadily, quadrupling in th...

Koch Tent — Deep Dive
7:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Alonzo King's LINES Ballet: Nourishing Heart and Body through Art

World-renowned choreographer Alonzo King, and four artists from his international touring company, demonstrate “what the body is” and how ideas can be communicated through physical language. They offer new insights into artistic obsession and the emphasis on the mind and the heart dancing the bodily instrument. A choreographed performance will be followed by a conversation with Alonzo King highlig...

Paepcke Auditorium — Evening Session
4:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
The Neuroscience of Poverty

Poverty is a powerful stressor that influences growth and development in children, and physical and mental health throughout adulthood. Science and imaging technology are making its impact visible, demonstrating how the socioeconomic disparities that flow from historical injustice alter brain structures. We’re also learning that social capital can be a protective layer against the health effects o...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
Monday, June 24th
8:00am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Applying Neuroscience to the Classroom

What does neuroscience have to offer education? A panel of leading developmental neuroscientists and master educators explain how a deepening understanding of interdependent neural processes can revolutionize teaching and learning. Emotions do not interfere with learning, as we once believed, but rather are crucial to our ability to engage complex ideas, process and retain information, and build o...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Breakfast Talk
In town event
5:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
The Aging Brain

Whether they remain free of diagnosable disease or become afflicted by dementia, our brains inevitably change as we grow older. Our cells degenerate, we forget names, and we think more slowly, making hard to distinguish normal aging from the warning signs of brain disease. Programs that claim to keep the brain healthy are popular, but it is not clear how much physical and mental exercise and good...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — IDEAS Salon
In town event
2017 Health
The Changeable Brain

Breakthrough research has revealed that the brain is especially open to change during specific periods in life – notably infancy and childhood, adolescence, and the transition to parenthood. During these sensitive times, interpersonal relationships play a central role in supporting healthy brain adaptation. What other key inputs help to grow and maintain a healthy brain, both at times of great cha...

Limelight Hotel — IDEAS Salon
In town event
7:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Hot Stuff! Love, Sex, and the Brain

What makes two people click? What does it really mean to say, “we have chemistry”? The Atlantic's Olga Khazan talks to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher about the four styles of thought and behavior that Fisher has identified through brain scans (using fMRI) that help explain the biological underpinnings of romantic love, love addiction, adultery, and divorce. Based on data collected from 35,...

Belly Up Aspen — Evening Session
In town event
2017 Health
Fake Health News Metastasizes

Invalid health news comes in many flavors. Some is utterly fake and potentially dangerous: asserting links between vaccines and autism, discrediting the reality of climate change. Other assertions feel somewhat different, like advertising claims that a pill can melt away pounds or a dietary supplement can make you stronger. A long-familiar willingness to dismiss facts in the health arena seems mor...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
4:15pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Music, Health, and Well-Being: Jon Batiste in Conversation with Walter Isaacson

Music can lift the spirits and help heal the body. No musician demonstrates that better than Jon Batiste, a “crowd-thrilling rebel bandleader,” according to Rolling Stone magazine. Viewers of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" know him best for the exuberant music he conducts with Stay Human. Accomplished pianist, artistic director at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, composer, and independent...

Greenwald Pavilion — Plenary Session
Saturday, June 22nd
3:30pm–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Can Artificial Intelligence Revolutionize Medicine?

The genius of artificial intelligence (AI) is its capacity to swiftly mine repositories of data, such as the vast amounts of information stored in electronic health records and medical literature, recognize patterns, and respond with recommended actions. AI is already being used to diagnose unfamiliar symptoms, predict drug responses, and perform robotic surgery, and seers predict a limitless futu...

Koch Tent — Festival Previews
Saturday, June 29th
10:20am–12:00am MDT
2017 Health
Lean into Boredom

While the act of spacing out has long been attributed to fueling creativity, many of us are downright uncomfortable with being bored. In fact, a prominent social science study reveals that a surprising number of people would rather be electrically shocked than left alone with their thoughts. Add a constant stream of updates, texts, and other technological distractions to an already tense relations...

Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room — Breakout
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