James Comey, Kiari “Offset” Cephus, Eileen Fisher, Ricardo Rosselló, Tarana Burke, John Kerry, Anne Neuberger to Appear at Aspen Ideas Festival

June 22, 2018

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Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Associate
The Aspen Institute
202 909 5720 | jon.purves@aspeninstitute.org

Anna Bross
The Atlantic
202 266 7714 | abross@theatlantic.com

Aspen, CO, June 22, 2018 – The Aspen Ideas Festival runs from Sunday June 24­—Saturday, June 30. Hundreds of the world’s most prominent thought leaders across business, politics, media, culture, science, and more are gathering to dissect the most pressing issues of our time.

This year, tracks will address a broad range of topics including freedom of speech, the sexes, leadership in a time of change, the state of American democracy, globalization, the meaning of music, the relationship between humans and technology, the genius of animals, and more. The full schedule of events and list of speakers was recently announced and can be viewed online here: https://www.aspenideas.org/schedule

More than 400 presenters are participating in the festival. Featured speakers include Former FBI Director James Comey, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario, Hip-Hop star Kiari “Offset” Cephus, founder and chairwoman of Eileen Fisher Inc. Eileen Fisher, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, former US Secretary of State John Kerry, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, architect Frank Gehry, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon, NSA Chief Security Officer Anne Neuberger, and Reddit CEO Steve Huffman.  

To inquire about video coverage, please contact Jon Purves by email at Jon.Purves@aspeninstitute.org

For those not able to attend in person, there are a variety of ways to participate in Aspen Ideas Festival online. A number of sessions will be streamed live on the Aspen Ideas Festival website, including:

  • June 24 at 5:00pm MT: Jeffrey Goldberg, David G. Bradley, Fred Dust, Jennifer Pahlka, Dan Porterfield, Kevin O’Leary, Hank Willis Thomas, John Haugen, and Allan Monga open the festival by asking where ideas come from.
  • June 25 at 9:10am MT: Raj Chetty and Gillian White discuss big data and the American Dream.
  • June 25 at 12:00pm MT: Atul Gawande and Judy Woodruff ask whether health care should be considered a human right.
  • June 25 at 1:20pm MT: Ai-jen Poo, Alex Wagner, Rebecca Traister, Tarana Burke, Sara Gelser, and Kim Parker take an in-depth look at the #MeToo movement.
  • June 27 at 11:40am MT: The editor of the Washington Post, Martin Baron, speaks with CNN journalist Brian Stelter.
  • June 27 at 3pm MT: Former US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.
  • June 30 at 9:10am MT: Former FBI Director James Comey will be interviewed by journalist Katie Couric.
  • June 30 at 2:00pm MT: Conversations with change makers, with Dan Porterfield, Gaby Pacheco, Khalid Latif, Michel Nischan, D’Angelo McDade, Trevon Bosley, and Arieyanna Williams.

Other ways to engage with the Festival include:

Presenting underwriters for 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival are Allstate, Audi of America, Comcast NBCUniversal, Facebook, General Mills, Google, McKinsey & Company, Mount Sinai Health System, PayPal, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Southern Company, and Walton Family Foundation. Supporting underwriters are Koch Industries, Microsoft, Nestlé Waters North America, and the Paul E. Singer Foundation. PBS, Skoll Foundation, Standard Industries, and The Wonderful Company are contributing underwriters.

About the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

About The Atlantic

Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest growing media platforms in the industry, The Atlantic has throughout its history championed the power of big ideas and continues to shape global debate across print, digital, events, and video platforms. With its award-winning digital presence TheAtlantic.com and CityLab.com on cities around the world, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic was the 2016 National Magazine of the Year. Bob Cohn is President of The Atlantic and Jeffrey Goldberg is Editor in Chief.

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