Daily Dispatch from the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival Friday, July 1

July 1, 2011

Featured Video and Audio: 

  • The Modesty Manifesto with David Brooks
    Over the past half century, America has moved from a culture of self-effacement to a culture of self-expression. But now the cultural tide is turning again. Are we citizens engaged in a national enterprise, or are we individuals? It’s time to rediscover the power of humility.

Additional featured videos can be found at: http://www.aifestival.org/  

Quotes from the Festival: 

“The relationship between the US and Pakistan is like a marriage. It’s a dysfunctional marriage, but both parties realize they need to stay together for the kids — the citizens of both countries.” —Thom Shanker, Pentagon Correspondent, New York Times 

“Every time we have a First Amendment case, I’m keenly aware that George Washington was not aware of the Internet or video games.” —Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court 

“We’re not products of our environment; we’re products of our expectations.” —Wes Moore, Author 

“The curves were my attempt over my career to humanize the inhumane boxes that buildings are.” —Frank Gehry, Architect

 “I stepped on a broken bottle and got stitches, and that’s one of the better things that happened in the last two years.” —Austan Goolsbee, Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisors 

“What has happened in the Arab world is irreversible; for the first time in decades, Arabs don’t feel powerless.” —Marwan Muasher, Vice President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

“The president has drawn a line in the sand and said by 2020 we need to lead the world again in college education. That’s what I want to be held accountable for.” —Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education 

“Americans feel about Buddhists the way they feel about Muslims, not because of terrorism, but because of strangeness.” —Robert Putnam, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School 

“The people who are most in need of an Arab Spring are Israelis and Palestinians.” —Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, New York Times

The Ideas Report on TheAtlantic.com 

More Festival coverage is also available from The Atlantic, which produces the Aspen Ideas Festival in partnership with the Aspen Institute. The Atlantic’sIdeas Special Report” includes:

Today’s Select Highlights:
*all times are MDT 

  • 7:45 am – Just a Game – Or More Than a Game?
    Jay Coakley, Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, Arne Duncan, Tom Farrey (moderator) 
  • 9:00 am – Israel and Its Future
    Tzipi Livni, Walter Isaacson (moderator)
  • 9:00 am – The Concert Going Experience: The Visual-Acoustic Interplay
    Richard Olcott, Yasuhisa Toyota, Robert Spano, Alan Fletcher (moderator)
  • 9:00 am – Issues Regarding the Long-Term Outlook for the US Economy
    Robert Rubin, Chrystia Freeland (moderator)
  • 10:30 am – The Obama Presidency and the future of the American Dream
    Michael Sandel, Arianna Huffington, Jeffrey Rosen (moderator)
  • 10:30 am – What does the Utility of the Future Look Like?
    Lynn Jurich, Michael Allman, James Rogers, Lyndon Rive, Marvin Odum, Alexis Madrigal (moderator)
  • 10:30 am – Will the Next “Revolution” Be Consumer Driven?
    B. Bonin Bough, Stephen Cannon, Bernardo Huberman, Andrew McAfee (moderator)
  • 12:00 pm – Conflicting Global Economic Forces
    Alan Greenspan, Walter Isaacson (moderator)
  • 1:15 pm – Wireless Health: Can your Smart Phone Save Your Life?
    Eric Topol
  • 1:15 pm – Is Social Media Sparking Civic Engagement?
    Jason Pollock, Emily Jacobi, Orville Schell, Pete Cashmore (moderator)
  • 2:30 pm – “Marketplace” Live
    Weekly Wrap: Chrystia Freeland, Heidi Moore
    The Future of Energy Policy: Lynn Jurich, James Rogers, Marvin Odum
    Kai Ryssdal (interviewer)
  • 2:45 pm – Artist as Leader
    Eric Fischl, Damian Woetzel (interviewer)
  • 2:45 pm – What’s Happening In China and What it Means for the United States
    Henry Paulson, Thomas Friedman (interviewer)
  • 4:00 pm – Insight and Engagement with Social Media: Perspectives from Business Leaders
    Bernardo Huberman
  • 5:00 pm – In Conversation: Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
    Ray Suarez (interviewer)
  • 7:30 pm – Is Social Media Good For Journalism?
    Vivian Schiller, Orville Schell, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Pete Cashmore, Thomas Goetz, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Murdock (moderator)
  • 8:00 pm – Sing Your Song, Film Screening and Discussion
    Gina Belatone, Ta-Nehisi Coates (moderator)
  • 8:30 pm – How Will Inclusiveness Drive the Global Economy?
    Beth Brooke, Dalia Mogahed, Gillian Sorenson, Ray Suarez (moderator) 

Full schedule available at http://www.aifestival.org/festival/schedule. Select sessions will be livestreamed; more information available at http://www.aifestival.org/content/watch-live. 

AIF Online: 

*Editors note: Video and images from the Aspen Ideas Festival are available upon request.*

For more information about the Aspen Ideas Festival, please contact:   

Natalie Raabe
The Atlantic


Jennifer Myers
The Aspen Institute

 *Special thanks to the Isberian Rug Company of Aspen for furnishing the rug used at the Aspen Ideas Festival.*


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