Aspen Ideas Festival to Feature Common, Heidi Heitkamp, Dennis Muilenburg, Rita Moreno, Paul Ryan, Tara Westover, Alex Honnold

June 21, 2019

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Contacts: Jon Purves
The Aspen Institute
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Anna Bross
The Atlantic
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Aspen, CO, June 21, 2019 — The Aspen Ideas Festival kicks off on Sunday, June 23 and runs until Saturday, June 29 in Aspen, CO. The week-long event is presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic. Prominent leaders and thinkers across business, politics, media, culture, science, and more will participate in hundreds of panels, interviews, presentations, and screenings.

The 2019 Festival will feature more than 400 presenters engaging with the most pressing challenges facing our world today, including the breakdown of the international political status quo, the future of American conservatism, addressing social and economic divides, and climate change. And as in previous years, the Festival will also explore timeless questions around art, science, and philosophy. The full schedule can be viewed online here:  

Speakers include Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer; legal and political commentator Chris Christie; musician and activist Common; U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar (D); Blackrock CEO Larry Fink; IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath; Former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp; Free Solo climber Alex Honnold; actress Rita Moreno; Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan; Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan; and Educated author Tara Westover.  

A full list of speakers is available at

The Aspen Ideas Festival will livestream a limited number of sessions, some of which are highlighted below. Visit the linked urls for additional information about each session and a page where the livestream will be available:

June 23 at 7:00pm MT: The President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Dan Porterfield, speaks with the organization’s former leader, Walter Isaacson, about leadership, citizenship, and the future of our democracy.

June 24 at 9:10am MT: Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer addresses race, reckoning, and leadership with Washington Post journalist Jonathan Capehart.

June 24 at 1:20pm MT: Remarkable women leaders share their views on what it means to break barriers. With Peggy Clark, Cecile Richards, Pamela Reeves, Peggy Johnson, Kim Greene, Alicia Garza, Jemele Hill, Lareina Yee, Lauren Leader, Jen Welter, Katie Sowers, and Yang Lan. Speaker information in link.

June 25 at 3:10pm MT: NBA stars Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs discuss mental and emotional well-being with performance psychologist Michael Gervais.

June 26 at 9:10am MT: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg appears in conversation with Axios co-founder Mike Allen.

June 27 at 7:50am MT: Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, examines the future of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements with The Atlantic Deputy Editor Gillian White.

June 27 at 9:10am MT: Fox News contributor and former White House advisor Karl Rove looks at the future of the Republican Party, in conversation with National Review Editor-in-Chief Rich Lowry.

June 27 at 4:20pm MT: Gita Gopinath, chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, shares her perspective on the state of the global economy with The Financial Times Editor-at-Large Gillian Tett.

June 27 at 8:30pm MT: Where do we go from here with the Mueller Report? Mary Louise Kelly moderates a panel with Veronica Escobar, Garrett Graff, Neal Katyal, and Thedore Olson. Speaker information in link.

June 28 at 9:10am MT: America’s leading legal experts discuss this key Supreme Court term, with Theodore Olson, Jeffrey Rosen, Neal Katyal, Emily Bazelon, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Joan Biskupic. Speaker information in link.

June 28 at 3:10pm MT: Katie Harbath, public policy director for global elections at Facebook, former U.S. secretary of homeland security Jeh Johnson, and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, Douglas Lute, address national election security in a conversation moderated by Wired Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson.

Joining headline speakers and participating in the Festival will be hundreds of scholars from all over the United States and around the world, selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.

Editor’s Note: Video and audio recordings, photos, and transcripts from the Aspen Ideas Festival are available to press. To request content, please contact Jon Purves:

Other ways to engage with the Festival include:

Presenting underwriters for 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival are Allstate, Audi, Comcast NBCUniversal, ExxonMobil, General Mills, McKinsey & Company, Mount Sinai Health System, Nestlé Waters North America, PayPal, Prudential Financial, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sotheby’s, Southern Company, and the Walton Family Foundation. Supporting underwriters are Grow with Google, Microsoft, Standard Industries, and The Paul E. Singer Foundation. Facebook, PBS, and the Skoll Foundation 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

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 and 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. Bob Cohn is President of The Atlantic and Jeffrey Goldberg is Editor in Chief. Emerson Collective is majority owner; Atlantic Media is the minority operating owner of The Atlantic.


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