2020 Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Ideas: Health Canceled

March 25, 2020

The Aspen Institute is Exploring New Models of Presentation to Elevate Ideas and Address Critical Issues

Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Aspen Institute

Aspen, CO, and Washington, DC, March 25, 2020 – The Aspen Institute announced today that it has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Ideas: Health due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The annual event, which is held in partnership with The Atlantic, had been scheduled to take place June 24-July 3 in Aspen, CO.

The Aspen Institute is prioritizing the health and safety of attendees, speakers, staff, and volunteers, and this decision was made with their wellbeing in mind. While organizers are hopeful that the current situation will have stabilized by the summer, the Institute does not want to ask participants to plan on visiting Aspen before it is considered safe to travel.

Although these events will not take place as originally planned, programming teams are actively considering alternative ways to elevate the most diverse, substantive, and expert thinkers and leaders to illuminate the challenges we face as a society. The Aspen Institute is committed to addressing and putting forward solutions to critical issues, which are now more important than ever.

In the coming weeks and months, organizers will announce plans to share ideas in innovative new ways. There are also many ways to experience existing Aspen Ideas and other Institute content online. Sessions from previous years are available as video recordings, in the Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast, and as articles.

The Aspen Institute would also like to express its appreciation to its partners, staff, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who support the Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Ideas: Health. Organizers look forward to staying in touch during this challenging time as they make new plans for 2020 programming.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.


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