Alongside leading journalists such as Mike
Allen, Kurt Andersen, Maria Bartiromo, James Bennet, Christine Brennan,
David Brooks, Ronald Brownstein, Steve Clemons, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Neal
Conan, Katie Couric, James Fallows, Jeffrey Goldberg, Gwen Ifill, Steve
Inskeep, Joe Klein, Alexis Madrigal, Suzanne Malveaux, Andrea Mitchell,
Joe Nocera, Michele Norris, Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer, Scott Stossel,
Dina Temple-Raston, and Vijay Vaitheeswaran, presenters will discuss their ideas in plenary sessions, tutorials, and other sessions on program tracks including World
Affairs: Democracy on Trial; America 2012; The Economy: Is the Crisis
Permanent?; Our Planet: Life in a World of Seven Billion; Arts and
Culture: Art Matters; War and Peace in the Modern World; and Sports Taken Seriously. (A full list of all program tracks is available at www.aifestival.org.)
hope with the Festival is to bring leaders, problem solvers, deep
thinkers, and enthused champions to inspire us to imagine the
possibilities for change and progress," said Kitty Boone, vice
president of public programs at the Aspen Institute and director of the
Aspen Ideas Festival. "We will also introduce some remarkable young
minds this summer - students from MIT's Media Lab and Stanford
University's Design School - who, we think, will give hope that the
problems our society has created in recent decades are, in fact, being
expertly addressed by some of the most innovative, exciting, and
exuberant minds of this coming generation of leaders."
looking forward to a spirited contest of ideas-some straightforward,
and some, I hope, out of deep left field-to invigorate our culture,
society, and politics," said James Bennet, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic. "This year, The Atlantic
will intently cover the Festival with a team of journalists in
hopes of bringing more people into the debate than we ever have before."
During the lead-up to the Aspen Ideas Festival, The Atlantic will host an Ideas Special Report
on its website, highlighting breakthroughs and innovations having
direct impact on business, technology, politics, science, and the arts.
The report coincides with the July/August Ideas issue of The Atlantic in print and online, focused on the most powerful ideas shaping our world.
June 26, TheAtlantic.com will offer comprehensive coverage of the
Festival, including articles on the most compelling discussions and
presentations, a daily "Today at Aspen" photo gallery, and video
conversations with panelists and attendees. Online coverage will also
include special commentaries and observations from Atlantic
writers and editors on the scene, including Molly Ball, Kasia
Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Steve Clemons, Ta-Nehisi Coates, James
Fallows, Garance Franke-Ruta, Conor Friedersdorf, Jeffrey Goldberg,
John Hudson, and Alexis Madrigal, as well as National Journal's Ronald Brownstein and Quartz's Kevin Delaney.
is now possible to keep up with the Aspen Ideas Festival in more ways
than ever before. Full-session video and clips will be featured on Fora.tv, on the Aspen Institute's YouTube channel, on www.AspenIdeas.org, iTunesU, and on the Aspen Institute's video channel. The Aspen Ideas Festival will continue to have a vibrant presence--both this week and year-round--on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Follow the Ideas Festival on Twitter at @aifestival with the hashtag
#AspenIdeas. Entire tracks from the 2012 Festival and past festivals
can be downloaded from the "Beyond the Classroom" section of iTunesU,
and discussions on current events can be followed on the Aspen Ideas
Festival blog year-round.
For a list of currently confirmed speakers, program tracks, and passholder information, please visit www.aifestival.org.
underwriters for the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival include Allstate, Booz
Allen Hamilton, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Legacy, Mercedes-Benz
USA, PepsiCo, Shell, Thomson Reuters, and U.S. Trust, Bank of America
Private Wealth Management. Supporting underwriters include the American
Federation of Teachers, the Entertainment Software Association, General
Electric, and Southern Company.