Aspen Ideas Festival 2016

June 23 – July 2, 2016
Aspen

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The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.

From lectures to debates to one-on-one interviews and more, days were filled from early morning to late evening. Attendees had exceptional opportunities to interact with public officials, artists, scientists, authors, business executives, scholars, economists, foreign policy specialists, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all kinds — on footpaths and sidewalks, over lunch on the lawn or coffee at the espresso bar, in auditoriums and in small seminar rooms. The intimacy of Festival gatherings rendered the experience unique and unforgettable.

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The Festival is divided into three parts:

Spotlight Health / June 23 – 26
Festival 1 / June 26 – June 29
Festival 2 / June 29 – July 2


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Programming Tracks

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Spotlight Health:

  • Breakthroughs
  • The Child
  • Future of Food: The Hype, Our Health
  • Ethical Choices
  • Med School
  • Challenging the Status Quo

Festival 1 Tracks:

  • Global Affairs: Our Age of Insecurity
  • The Choice 2016
  • Reimagining Capitalism
  • Arts: Culture and Identity
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Future of Food: Our Planet, Our Plates
  • Mysteries of the Universe

Festival 2 Tracks:

  • Global Affairs: Our Age of Insecurity
  • The Choice 2016
  • Reimagining Capitalism
  • Arts: Culture and Identity
  • Let's Talk About Sex
  • The Power of Connectivity
  • The University at a Crossroads

Presented by

Atlantic Live

Underwriters

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