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The Aspen Institute Announces Its 2018 Speaker Line-Up

1000 North Third Street, Aspen, Colorado 81611                                                                                                                           Tel. 970 544-7929 • Fax 970-925-4188

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cristal Logan
Vice President, Aspen
The Aspen Institute
[email protected]
Tel. 970-544-7929


Speakers include Justice Stephen Breyer, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Michael Steele, Secretary Madeleine Albright, and Adam Grant

ASPEN, CO, June 13, 2018 –– The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce its lineup of distinguished guests who will be featured this summer in the Hurst Lecture Series, McCloskey Speaker Series and Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series. These Series are made possible by generous donations from the Hurst Family Foundation, the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation, and Gina and Jerry Murdock, respectively.

Tickets for each event are $25 and will be available for purchase two weeks prior to each event at www.aspenshowtix.com, by calling (970) 920-5770, or in person at the Wheeler Opera House. Early ticket purchase is encouraged, as full-capacity audiences are expected for these events.  Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of each event, and any unsold or unclaimed tickets will be sold at the door.

The 2018 Series schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 7
McCloskey Speaker Series
A Conversation with Justice Stephen Breyer

Featuring Justice Stephen Breyer, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in conversation with NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Justice Breyer was nominated by President Clinton and took his seat August 3, 1994. Prior to his appointment, he served as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, chief counsel of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, and assistant special prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He has taught law at Harvard Law School, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the University of Rome and the College of Law in Sydney, Australia.
Greenwald Pavilion, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, July 11
McCloskey Speaker Series
Reimagining How Cities Thrive

Featuring the Honorable Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, California in conversation with Aspen Institute president and CEO Dan Porterfield. Mayor Garcetti will discuss the lessons he has learned from running the second largest city in the country, from infrastructure and housing to raising the minimum wage and making community college free. The mayor's leadership has had an extraordinary impact on national and international stages including helping rally mayors from across America to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement and leading the first National Day of Action on Immigration.
Greenwald Pavilion, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Thursday, July 12
Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series
Thinking Like a Child: What Children Can Teach Adults About Creativity

Featuring Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, and author of The Philosophical Baby and The Scientist in the Crib. Gopnik will draw upon the study of human evolution and her research into how children learn, to show that children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and why they’re more creative than adults.
Paepcke Auditorium, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Saturday, July 14
Hurst Lecture Series
Designing the Next Energy Economy: A Reality Based Discussion on the Future of Energy

In collaboration with the Energy and Environment Program
Featuring Ernest Moniz, Energy Futures Initiative CEO and former Secretary of Energy, and Andy Karsner, Emerson Collective managing partner and space cowboy at X – The Moonshot Factory. The panelists will discuss the policy, technology, and market solutions needed to transition the energy economy to a low-carbon future.
Doerr-Hosier Center, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, July 24
McCloskey Speaker Series
The Future of Conservatism and the Republican Party in the Age of Trump

Featuring assistant editor of OpinionJournal.com at The Wall Street Journal Allysia Finley, senior editor of the National ReviewJonah Goldberg and former lieutenant governor of Maryland and chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele in conversation with Aspen Institute vice president and former congressman Mickey Edwards. The panel will examine the intersections between conservative ideals, the priorities of the Republican Party, and the policies of the Trump administration. Where they overlap, where they differ, and where to go from here.
Greenwald Pavilion, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Monday, July 30
Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series
How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

Featuring Michael Pollan, author, journalist, and professor of journalism at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, in conversation with Corby Kummer, Editor in Chief, IDEAS: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute. Pollan will discuss the latest developments in trials using psychedelic therapy to treat depression, anxiety, obsession, and trauma, and what this work is revealing about the mind, the self, and spiritual experience.
Paepcke Auditorium, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, July 31
McCloskey Speaker Series
Fascism: Its History and Signs of a Modern Resurgence

Featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in conversation with Aspen Institute president and CEO Dan Porterfield about her newest book, Fascism: A Warning. From her early days as a refugee from a war-torn Czechoslovakia to her illustrious diplomatic career, Secretary Albright has had the unique prospective of witnessing history, studying it and helping to shape it. In her new book, she examines how the ideals of early twentieth century fascists like Hitler and Mussolini still permeate today's politics and have given rise to contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un. With firsthand experience, Secretary Albright can provide the lessons we need to learn and an answer to our most important question: "How do we save ourselves from repeating the errors of our past?"
Greenwald Pavilion, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 8
Hurst Lecture Series
Creating Economic Opportunity for More Americans

In collaboration with Economic Strategy Group
After nearly a decade of anemic growth, the American economy seems to be back on track. But while many economic trends—from low unemployment to increasing household optimism—are encouraging, other data suggests that serious challenges remain. What can be done to reverse America’s steady decline in labor force participation amongst prime-age adults? How can we boost private sector job and wage growth? How should we develop America’s human capital for the modern global economy? Join Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University, and Economic Strategy Group Director Melissa Kearney, for a discussion on creating economic opportunity for more Americans, moderated by Neil Irwin, Senior Economics Correspondent for The New York Times.
Paepcke Auditorium, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Friday, August 10
McCloskey Speaker Series
Democratic Governors Panel: Uniting a Divided Nation Starting with the States

While the nation continues to be divided along party lines, governors can play a pivotal role in rebuilding schisms within their communities. A panel of Democratic governors will discuss how their innovative solutions to issues like job creation, health care, and immigration are serving each one of their constituents and helping move the collective forward.
Greenwald Pavilion, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Thursday, September 20
Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series
Improving WorkLife: The Keys to Making Work Better

Featuring organizational psychologist Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years and the bestselling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg. Grant hosts the popular TED podcast WorkLife, going into unconventional workplaces ranging from the Boston Celtics and Bridgewater to The Daily Show writers’ room and the International Space Station—places where people have learned to love criticism, embrace humility, trust colleagues they don’t like, and set boundaries to make sure work doesn’t take over their lives.
Paepcke Auditorium, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

For more information on events open to the public, please call the Aspen Community Programs information hotline at (970) 544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization. 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 an office in New York City and an international network of partners.

4th of July Parade Waiver



PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this


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