Tickets On Sale for Public Events at 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival

June 18, 2015

Contacts: Jennifer Myers
The Aspen Institute
(202) 736-2906/

Sydney Simon
The Atlantic
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WHAT: Passes to the Aspen Ideas Festival have been sold-out for months, but there are still plenty of ways for locals and tourists alike to participate in-person. Tickets to individual sessions offer low to no cost access to many of the world’s greatest thinkers, artists, journalists, political leaders, and up-and-comers.

Highlights from this year’s lineup include the following (all scheduling and speakers are subject to change):

“Marketplace Live” – Host Kai Ryssdal will be joined by Tim BrownRobin ChaseChris Davenport, Jose Ferreira, and Ted Sarandos

“Science Friday” – Host Ira Flatow will be joined by Jo BoalerJordan EllenbergSteven Strogatz, Sam Kean, and David McCandless

Big Night: The Moth at Aspen Ideas Festival – Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg, Mainstage storytellers Maurice Ashley and Jessica Lee Williamson will be joined by Rebecca Eaton, Jon Lovett, and Dalia Mogahead

Medical School 201 – Go back to school with sessions that include The Influence of Sex and Gender on Health with Paula Johnson, The Science of Ebola with Brian Koll, and Get Ready to be Your Own Doctor (Sometimes) with Eric Topol

Comedy Night – Back by popular demand, a number of Festival speakers, who are not trained comedians, will try their luck at the mic. This year includes David BrooksKatie CouricPete DominickJon LovettGrover Norquist, and others.

You Can Learn Anything – Hands-on, interactive, small-group sessions designed to introduce attendees to new ideas and skills.

The Eye – Explore galaxies, oceans, and natural wonders in The Eye, a geodesic dome that will become an immersive cinema and venue for live talks and demonstrations during the Festival. Look for FREE showings.

Book Talks – As always, a number of Festival speakers including Robin Chase (Peer’s Inc.), Paul Offit (Bad Faith), Anne-Marie Slaughter (Unfinished Business), Laurence Steinberg (Age of Opportunity), Leana Wen (When Doctors Don’t Listen), Andrew Keen (The Internet is Not the Answer), and more will be giving book talks around town.

A full list of ticketed events is available here:

WHERE: Typically, breakfast and lunch discussions will be offered at the Limelight Hotel, Acquolina, the Hotel Jerome, and other locales in Aspen. Films will be offered during the evenings in Paepcke Auditorium with special sessions at Belly Up Aspen and Hotel Jerome. Any events being held in town will be ticketed and open to the public.

WHEN: Tickets go on sale Friday, June 19 @ 9am MDT through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House, online at, or by calling 970-920-5770. Tickets range in price from FREE to $55 for breakfast and lunch sessions, and $100 for the Afternoon of Conversation. They will sell out quickly during this pre-sale, but space may be available for those who want to buy tickets at the door.

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