The Aspen Environment Forum Releases Single Event Tickets

June 13, 2012

Contact: Jennifer Myers
The Aspen Institute
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National Geographic magazine
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Washington, DC, June 13, 2012 –– The Aspen Institute and National Geographic announce the release of individual tickets for select events at the 2012 Aspen Environment Forum, which runs from June 22 – June 25 in Aspen, CO. Individual tickets go on sale June 15 through the Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler at or by calling (970) 920-5570.

Individual tickets are available for the following events:

Friday, June 22

Aspen Environment Forum Opening and Reception
Featuring E.O. Wilson, Walter Isaacson, Chris Johns, Stewart Brand, and Elliot Gerson

  • A Conversation with E.O. Wilson: No scientist alive today has done more than Harvard biologist Ed Wilson to promote the understanding of biodiversity and its conservation. At 82, Wilson comes to Aspen after a year that included an expedition to Papua New Guinea and to Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. Wilson will talk about ants, sociobiology, “group” vs. kin selection—and his somewhat controversial new book The Social Conquest of Earth with Aspen Institute’s Executive Vice President, Elliot Gerson.
  • Bringing Back the Dead: Must extinction be forever? Advances in cloning and DNA sequencing have made recreating extinct species a real possibility. Several research groups around the world are now pursuing resurrections—from the Passenger Pigeon, which vanished a century ago, to the mammoth, which has been gone for millennia. Are these efforts stunts or ideas worth taking seriously? Stewart Brand proposed bringing back the Passenger Pigeon at last year’s Environment Forum, and since then he and Ryan Phelan have been exploring the possibility seriously. They’ll talk about the issues—and the hope and peril of technology generally—with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.
    Reception and book signings to follow.
    Paepcke Auditorium at 4:30 PM
    Tickets ($35) on sale at or (970) 920-5770

Saturday, June 23

  • Just a Monkey: One of the world’s foremost natural history photographers, National Geographic Editor-at-Large Nick Nichols, presents a compelling career retrospective based on 30 years in the field photographing apes, elephants, tigers, lions, and giant trees. Through countless hours spent observing humans and nature–and the nature of humans–Nichols shows through his photography and life experience that conflict and the path to peace are innately tied to environmental issues.
    Paepcke Auditorium at 8:30 PM
    Tickets ($20) on sale at or (970) 920-5770

Monday, June 25

  • “Talk of the Nation” Live from the Aspen Environment Forum
    NPR’s midday news-talk show “Talk of the Nation” will broadcast live from the Aspen Environment Forum. Host Neal Conan will talk with guests about the changes we’re seeing in the environment, environmental pragmatism, the future of biology and marine studies, and efforts to revive extinct species.
    Paepcke Auditorium 12:00 – 2:00 PM
    Tickets ($20) on sale at or (970) 920-5770

Along with these individual ticket sales, forum passes and single day passes are also on sale and available at Forum passes and single day passes include admission to all panels each day, as well as meals. The Forum will explore the theme Living in the New Normal. Speakers, including Special Advisor to Mayor Bloomberg Rohit Aggarwala; Fort Carson’s Major General Joseph Anderson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs Sharon E. Burke; Oceanographer Sylvia Earle; Braddock, PA, Mayor John Fetterman; Chief Climatologist for Climate Central and the author of The Weather of the Future Dr. Heidi Cullen; Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes; and Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist E.O. Wilson, will discuss how the planet and its people are adapting to shifting environmental conditions and paradigms.

Daily video highlights from the Environment Forum will be posted at,, and event updates will be featured on Twitter at @AIEnvironment, @natgeomag, @natgeogreen, #AEF2012 and

For more information on the Aspen Energy and Environment Program, please visit

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