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Announcement

Aspen Ideas Festival 2020 Schedule

At Aspen Ideas 2020, our speakers will discuss Covid-19, leadership, racial oppression, CRISPR, the economy, freedom of the press, and much more.

  • July 1st 2020

The Aspen Ideas Festival Is Online and Free

Join us and engage your friends, colleagues, and family for a set of conversations and ideas that are relevant to the times we live in and the future we face.

Beginning June 28, the Aspen Ideas Festival will host a robust daily lineup of speakers — streaming for free. Tune in daily at 7pm ET from June 28 – July 2. Each day of programming will be 90 minutes in length.

All of the conversations will be available to view on our website after the programs initially broadcast. The schedule below is subject to change.

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Sunday, June 28

Hear about the latest Covid-19 developments, the ongoing fight for voter rights, and how music can change minds. Watch day 1.

7PM ET
Conversation

Stacey Abrams and Brittany Packnett Cunningham
Big Idea
Neal Katyal

7:26 ET
Conversation

David Byrne and Darren Walker
Big Idea
Caryl Stern

7:51 ET
Performance

Yefim Bronfman

7:55 ET
Conversation

Anthony Fauci and Elizabeth Cohen
Big Idea
Emma Robbins

8:18 ET
Special Message
Dan Porterfield

Monday, June 29

Can artificial intelligence help us prepare for the next pandemic? You’ll also hear about freedom of the press and leadership in the United States. Special performance by Jon Batiste. Watch Day 2.

7 PM ET
Conversation

Kai-Fu Lee and Nicholas Thompson
Big Idea
Adaora Okoli

7:25 PM ET
Conversation

Maria Ressa and Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Big Idea
Sandy Speicher
Performance
Grant Weimer, youth poet

7:40 PM ET
Conversation

William McRaven and Andrea Mitchell
Big Idea
Lata Reddy

8:05 PM ET
Performance

Jon Batiste

Tuesday, June 30

Hear about the pace of innovation in producing and distributing a vaccine for Covid-19. How do the arts help us understand this cultural moment and ground us in historical context? What is America's role on the global stage? Special performance by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Watch Day 3.

7 PM ET
Conversation

Bill Gates and Stephanie Mehta
Big Idea
Ariana Tulay

7:30 PM ET
Conversation

Anna Deavere Smith and Yuval Sharon with Kate D. Levin
Big Idea
Mark S. Zaid

8 PM ET
Conversation

Madeleine Albright and Nicholas Burns
Big Ideas
Kenneth L. Davis and Helen Egger

8:25 PM ET
Performance

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Wednesday, July 1

The mayor of Atlanta opens up. How will CRISPR change our approach to disease? Get a glimpse of the life of Winston Churchill and his ability to unite. Hear about the future of the economy. Watch Day 4.

7 PM ET
Conversation

Keisha Lance Bottoms
and Angela Rye
Big Idea
Lakshmi Karan

7:30 PM ET
Conversation

Walter Isaacson
and Susan Goldberg
Big Idea
Leah Thomas

7:45 PM ET
Conversation

Erik Larson and John McWhorter
Performance
Jo Altmaier, youth poet

8 PM ET
Conversation

Henry Paulson, Jr. and Gillian Tett
Big Idea
Connie Evans

8:30 PM ET
Performance

Emily Birsan

Thursday, July 2

How will China's political and economic rise affect American diplomacy? We examine racial oppression in America; our significance on the cosmological timeline; and whether language is a viable tool to help remake our world. Watch Day 5.

7 PM ET
Conversation

Mitt Romney and Lanhee Chen
Big Ideas
Zinhle Essamuah, Marla Blow

7:30 PM ET
Conversation

Alicia Garza and Michael Eric Dyson with Eugene Scott

7:55 PM ET
Performance

Robert McDuffie

8 PM ET
Conversation

Brian Greene and Dan Porterfield
Big Idea
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

8:20 PM ET
Conversation

Lulu Miller and Krista Tippett

Special Thanks

Thanks to Aspen Institute staff and many others for helping create a first-of-its-kind Aspen Ideas Festival in 2020.

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