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Highlights from the Aspen Ideas Festival Afternoon of Conversation

June 30, 2013  • Institute Contributor

The second session of the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival kicked off as some of the Festival’s most dynamic speakers took to the stage for the annual Afternoon of Conversation. The audience of 2,100 were engaged with political discourse, a symphonic flash mob, and several big ideas. Watch some of the highlights below.

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on the environmental threats facing China

Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Eric Lander on applying big data to the fight against cancer

Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly on responsible gun ownership

Co-chair of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission James Coulter’s urgency for education technology

Shabana Basij-Rasikh’s Big Idea: A world-class boarding school for Afghan girls

Speaker of the House of Representatives Eric Cantor on debt, taxes, and entitlements

Beth Brooke’s Big Idea: Elite female athletes as business leaders

Dick Costolo on Twitter and government eavesdropping

Justice Elena Kagan on the Voting Rights Act