Afternoon of Conversation

The Afternoon of Conversation is the Aspen Ideas Festival's signature event and hosts an audience of 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent. Big thinkers and doers will engage serious ideas about their work, our world, and the future. (Doors at 1:30 PM. All backpacks, purses, and bags will be subject to a bag check.)

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2017

Watch and Listen: World

How can we break the Islamic State’s brand? How far does Putin’s media machine reach? How will China grapple with... See more
In any city in the world, an extremist could explode your subway car, yet surveillance and security are more advanced... See more
One third of all the food produced in the world today is wasted, enough to feed 3 billion people—a shocking number in a... See more
Cities’ identities are made and remade over time by their cultures, but is a city’s cultural identity integral to its... See more
Despite some frontline successes and territorial reclamations, the destruction of organizational assets, and the death... See more
In an age of cyber warfare, where weapons are simply Internet-connected devices, are we prepared to face the evolving... See more

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