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The Aspen Institute Announces Its 2019 Speaker Line-Up



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


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


Speakers include Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Paul Hawken, Dr. Helen Fisher, and the Honorable Janet Yellen.

ASPEN, CO, June 17, 2019 –– 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 atwww.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 2019 Series schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, July 9
McCloskey Speaker Series
Populism, Polarization, and National Identity

Featuring Francis Fukuyama, author of Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment in conversation with Elliot Gerson, executive vice president at The Aspen Institute. In 2014’s The Origins of Political Order, Fukuyama wrote about the decline of American Institutions at a time when powerful interest groups were on the rise. Since then, the world has seen an influx of political outsiders who seek to connect directly with “the people”. The people, however, tend to be a small segment of the population who are often defined by narrow identity terms. In his newest book, Fukuyama examines the origins and effects of modern identity politics and explores how countries can create national identities based on the common values of their populace.
Greenwald Pavilion, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Saturday, July 13
Hurst Lecture Series

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
In collaboration with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in honor of its 50th anniversary Featuring the environmentalist and author Paul Hawken in conversation with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies CEO Chris Lane. Hawken will discuss the policy, technology, and substantive, existing solutions to address climate change.
Paepcke Auditorium, 6:00 - 7:15 pm

Tuesday, July 16
Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series

Love, Lust, Commitment, and the Brain
Why do we love who we love? Is monogamy natural? What does it mean to have “chemistry” with someone? Based on data collected from thousands of Americans and groundbreaking brain research on lust, romantic love, and attachment, biological anthropologist and author Dr. Helen Fisher will talk about the neuroscience of happiness in long-term relationships, how our biology and personality guides who we love, trends in modern courtship, why she’s optimistic about relationships in the digital age, and how to use brain chemistry to keep love alive.
Paepcke Auditorium, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Wednesday, July 17
McCloskey Speaker Series

In collaboration with the Aspen Security Forum
Speaker to be announced.
Greenwald Pavilion, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Monday, July 22
McCloskey Speaker Series

Enacting Change Through Edible Education
Featuring Alice Waters, executive chef, founder and owner of Chez Panisse in conversation with Corby Kummer, editor in chief of IDEAS: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute. For over four decades, Chef Waters has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture and her foundation, Edible Schoolyard, advocates for free school lunches and sustainable food curriculum in every public school. Her many accolades include election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School’s Global Environment Citizen Award, induction into the French Legion of Honor, the National Humanities Medal, and numerous James Beard Foundation Awards.
Paepcke Auditorium, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Tuesday, July 23
McCloskey Speaker Series
A Nation of Weavers

Featuring David Brooks, executive director of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and author of The Second Mountain in conversation with Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute. The Weave program was founded out of a response to the social fragmentation in our nation, where feelings of distrust, loneliness, division and exclusion are prevalent. Weave aims to illuminate the work of individuals across the country who are making tremendous strides in their communities toward reconnection and relationship building.
Greenwald Pavilion, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 28
McCloskey Speaker Series
The State of American Capitalism

In collaboration with the Aspen Economic Strategy Group
Featuring Janet Yellen, distinguished fellow at Brookings Institution and former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and Kevin Warsh, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in conversation with Neil Irwin, senior economics correspondent for The New York Times. The panel will discuss the current state of the economy, how it’s impacted by world affairs, and what tools the Federal Reserve has at its disposal to influence monetary policy.
Greenwald Pavilion, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Wednesday, July 31
Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series
The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Featuring Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When, To Sell is Human, Drive, and A Whole New Mind, in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Dan Porterfield. Pink will discuss the emerging science of timing — including the hidden pattern of the day and how to recast our schedules to navigate it, how to take breaks that restore mental energy and acuity, why midpoints (of a project or even a life) sometimes drag us down and sometimes fire us up, and what rowing teams, choirs, and lunch deliveries in India can teach us about group synchronization, purpose, and belonging.
Paepcke Auditorium, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Friday, August 2
Hurst Lecture Series

In collaboration with the Aspen Strategy Group & Intelligence Squared
Based on the traditional Oxford-style debate format, with one side proposing and the other side opposing a sharply-framed motion, Intelligence Squared U.S. addresses a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Topic and panelists to be announced.
Paepcke Auditorium, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Monday, August 5
McCloskey Speaker Series

Bauhaus: The Making of Modern
Featuring Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro professor of art history at Columbia University and curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. From 2007-2013, he served as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design for MoMA. Bergdoll’s broad interests center on architectural history, particularly that of France and Germany, and its ties to sociology, culture, and history. He is the author of several books including The Eiffel Tower, Mies in Berlin, and Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, which he co-wrote with Leah Dickerson.
Doerr-Hosier Center, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, August 14
Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series

The Future of Personalized Health and Longevity
 Featuring Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. Hyman will discuss the new landscape of medicine, which is promising to reverse the devastating human and economic burden of chronic disease and optimize human performance to unlock the keys to healthy aging.
Paepcke Auditorium, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 7
Hurst Lecture Series

Democratic Governors Panel
Democratic governors will discuss the policies and programs that serve as the backbones of their respective states.
Paepcke Auditorium, 3:30 - 4:30 pm


 NOTE:  Event details subject to change.  For more information on events open to the public, please contact Jillian Scott at (970) 544-7914 or [email protected], call the information hotline at (970) 544-7970, or visit the Institute's website at www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents.

In addition to the Summer Speaker Series, the Institute’s Aspen Community Programs hosts dozens of public programs year-round for residents and visitors alike, including the Hurst Student Seminars; Great Books; the Edlis Neeson Great Decisions Series; Sharing Shakespeare; Teen Socrates; and Our Society Reimagined. These programs offer unique and affordable opportunities for a diverse mix of people to find inspiration in a variety of ways. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to keep ticket fees low, and offer need-based scholarships to teens and adults to participate in our programs.

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 has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has 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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