2024 Schedule

Thursday, June 20th
Thursday, June 20th
7:30pm–08:30pm MDT
2024 Health
What the Health: Election 2024 (live podcast recording)

In a live podcast recording, health policy journalists talk about hot-button health issues and what they mean for the upcoming election. From the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, and prescription drug prices to reproductive rights, gender-affirming care, and veterans’ health, some issues are particularly resonant in local elections, others could have implications for presidential and congr...

Paepcke Auditorium
Monday, June 24th
12:30pm–01:20pm MDT
2024 Festival
Six Hours to Save Democracy

What if the threat to American democracy came from within our own military? “War Game,” a 2024 Sundance Official Selection documentary, imagined just such a scenario and convened a bipartisan group of policymakers to respond. What did they learn — and how real is the threat?

Paepcke Auditorium
1:50pm–02:40pm MDT
2024 Festival
Shakespeare and Politics: Why the Bard is More Relevant Than Ever

Shakespeare's plays, rich with political intrigue, power struggles and ethical dilemmas, provide profound commentary on the nature of governance and leadership — and draw unsettling parallels to the political landscape today.

Paepcke Auditorium
3:10pm–04:00pm MDT
2024 Festival
Voices of Change: Reinventing Women in Opera

In the dynamic evolution of opera, women are playing pivotal roles not only as performers but as composers and opera house leaders. These remarkable women are breaking barriers and setting new standards for opera worldwide. Soprano Alexis Seminario will be accompanied by Jenny Choo for a special performance.

Paepcke Auditorium
4:20pm–05:10pm MDT
2024 Festival
Living Through Revolutionary Times

Revolutions in technology, politics and economics bring progress — but they also invite backlash. Fareed Zakaria discusses the rise of the modern republic through the Industrial Revolution to the age of globalization, and the reemergence of great power politics.

Paepcke Auditorium
Tuesday, June 25th
12:30pm–01:20pm MDT
2024 Festival
Women’s Basketball Scores Big

NCAA women’s basketball shattered viewership records in 2024. Two of the game’s most influential coaches — and a suddenly famous player — talk about the years of struggle it took to get that win. With new financial obligations for programs and players, can teams stay on offense?

Paepcke Auditorium
1:50pm–02:40pm MDT
2024 Festival
Color Blind Poverty

Poverty doesn’t care what color you are. Declining manufacturing jobs, income inequality and inadequate social safety nets affect all Americans. The problem of poverty demands a collective — and moral — response.

Paepcke Auditorium
3:10pm–04:00pm MDT
2024 Festival
A Radical Vision: Art for All in America

Here’s a radical proposal: Make access to the arts free for everyone. Leaders on a mission to bring Americans into art spaces discuss the transformative power of the arts, and how to give everyone the chance to be transformed.

Paepcke Auditorium
4:20pm–05:10pm MDT
2024 Festival
Reimagining a Justice System Beyond Bars

The American prison and jail population has grown 500% since the 1970s, and calls for change are growing louder. Hear stories from a headlining musician and cultural leader, a nonprofit thinker and a MacArthur Fellow and scholar on the need to reinvent the toxic structures of incarceration.

Paepcke Auditorium
Wednesday, June 26th
12:30pm–01:20pm MDT
2024 Festival
Calling Out Big Tech

The most fearless voice in tech journalism and author of the bestseller “Burn Book” shares her predictions about the future of the digital landscape — and the need to keep holding tech giants accountable. Book signing with Kara Swisher to follow.

Paepcke Auditorium
Thursday, June 27th
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2024 Festival
Battleground General

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has a reputation for getting things done, even as she leads a purple state that’s a battleground for many of our nation’s most hotly contested issues. Katie Couric talks with the Michigan governor about life, leadership and the lessons she has learned along the way. Governor Whitmer's new book, True Gretch, will be available for sale following the session.

Paepcke Auditorium
12:30pm–01:20pm MDT
2024 Festival
How Do We Stop the Shooting?

Firearms are one of the leading causes of death among children in the U.S., a country where there have been more than 150 mass shootings in the first five months of 2024. Sit with those statistics for a moment — then ask what roles policy, litigation, art and public awareness can play in solving one of America’s most intractable problems.

Paepcke Auditorium
1:50pm–02:40pm MDT
2024 Festival
Hope in Troubling Times

Spiritual leaders and lifelong seekers reflect on how to cope and find optimism in dark times.

Paepcke Auditorium
3:10pm–04:00pm MDT
2024 Festival
Talking a Blue Streak: Have Democrats Forgotten How to Communicate?

Polls show that many voters feel the Democratic Party is disconnected from the concerns of ordinary voters. Is it in danger of becoming the party of college-educated elites?

Paepcke Auditorium
4:20pm–05:10pm MDT
2024 Festival
The Iconoclast

Peter Thiel has made no secret of his feelings about economic and cultural issues. Hear him discuss his vision for the future, his bets on AI and digital currencies, his thoughts on the state of America — and why he’s staying out of the 2024 U.S. presidential election (for now).

Paepcke Auditorium
Friday, June 28th
12:30pm–01:20pm MDT
2024 Festival
Ford’s CEO on EVs and Driving Into the Future

Join Jim Farley as he explores how drivers' needs and priorities are guiding the future of vehicle technology and reshaping our expectations of cars and trucks.

Paepcke Auditorium
4:20pm–05:10pm MDT
2024 Festival
The First AI Elections

Two billion people worldwide are set to vote in elections this year, amid global conflict, societal mistrust, broken information ecosystems — and the truth-destroying disruption of generative AI. Governments and tech companies can anticipate the chaos, but how can they mitigate AI’s effects?

Paepcke Auditorium
Saturday, June 29th
9:00am–09:50am MDT
2024 Festival
Chasing Hope

As one of the foremost reporters of his generation, Nicholas Kristof has been witness to century-defining events and atrocities around the world. How has he managed to weaponize his pen against regimes and groups violating basic human rights, and still maintain faith in humanity?

Paepcke Auditorium
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2024 Festival
Are We Alone Out There?

For as long as humans have looked at the skies, we’ve speculated about whether there is life in space. Scientists, the U.S. military and the CIA have all searched for proof of extraterrestrials. What’s the latest in the quest to find life beyond our planet?

Paepcke Auditorium
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