Aspen Ideas Festival
- Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
This is a special opportunity for engagement we couldn't resist sharing with our Bud Werner Library patrons. The venerable Aspen Ideas Festival will release programming daily featuring a robust lineup of speakers — a rare opportunity for access to leaders and thinkers who will share fresh thinking across a spectrum of topics, reflecting the moment and offering ideas about future possibilities. Experts and leaders (check out their bios) will address topics spanning arts, science, the economy, diplomacy, democracy, and certainly the present juncture our society is in.
Engage your friends, colleagues and family for a set of conversations and ideas that are relevant to the times we live in and the future we face. Sign up at Aspen Ideas link above to access the sessions. The schedule below is subject to change.
SUNDAY, JUNE 28
Hear about the latest Covid-19 developments, the ongoing fight for voter rights, and how music can change minds.
Anthony Fauci and Elizabeth Cohen
David Byrne and Darren Walker
Stacey Abrams and Brittany Packnett Cunningham
Leah Thomas, Emma Robbins, Caryl Stern
MONDAY, JUNE 29
Can artificial intelligence help us prepare for the next pandemic? How do we process what’s become a major cultural inflection point in America and around the world? You’ll also hear about leadership in the United States and what’s happening during a momentous term for the Supreme Court.
Maria Ressa and Lulu Garcia Navarro
William McRaven and Andrea Mitchell
Linda Greenhouse and Theodore Olson with Ray Suarez
Kai-Fu Lee and Nick Thompson
Sandy Speicher, Adaora Okoli, Lata Reddy
TUESDAY, JUNE 30
Hear about freedom of the press, America’s role in the world, children’s mental health, and the role of innovation in dealing with world health.
Anna Deavere Smith and Yuval Sharon with Kate D. Levin
Bill Gates and Stephanie Mehta
Madeleine Albright and Nicholas Burns
Helen Egger, Mark S. Zaid, Ariana Tulay, Ken Davis
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1
The mayor of Atlanta opens up. How will CRISPR change our approach to disease? Get a glimpse of the life of Winston Churchill and his ability to unite. Hear about the future of the economy.
Erik Larson and John McWhorter
Keisha Lance Bottoms and Angela Rye
Henry Paulson, Jr. and Gillian Tett
Walter Isaacson and Susan Goldberg
Neal Katyal, Lakshmi Karan, Connie Evans
THURSDAY, JULY 2
We’re examining racial oppression in America. Where do we go from here? What’s our significance on the cosmological timeline? Is language the key to helping us remake our world?
Alicia Garza and Michael Eric Dyson with Eugene Scott
Lulu Miller and Krista Tippet
Brian Greene and Dan Porterfield
Zinhle Essamuah, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Marla Blow