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The Aspen Institute to Welcome Helen Fisher on July 16



1000 North Third Street, Aspen, Colorado 81611
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Cristal Logan
Vice President, Aspen
The Aspen Institute
[email protected]
Tel. 970-544-7929


The Aspen Institute to Welcome Helen Fisher on July 16
Biological anthropologist and author to be featured in Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series 

ASPEN, CO, July 2, 2019 –– The Aspen Institute is pleased to feature biological anthropologist and author Dr. Helen Fisher. Dr. Fisher will talk to Aspen Daily News reporter Alycin Bektesh 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. This event will take place on July 16, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 pm in Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus.

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at www.aspenshowtix.com, (970) 920-5770, or in person at the Wheeler Opera House. Early ticket purchase is encouraged, as a full-capacity audience is expected for this event. Doors will open at 4:45 pm, and any unclaimed tickets will be sold at the door.

The Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series reflects the founding principles of the Aspen Institute—a commitment to nurturing the whole individual—by bringing a range of experts, innovators, and leaders to Aspen to discuss their research and share the latest revelations about health and wellness. The series is generously underwritten by Gina and Jerry Murdock.

Dr. Helen Fisher, PhD is a biological anthropologist, a senior research fellow at The Kinsey Institute of Indiana University, a member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Anthropology Department at Rutgers University, and chief scientific advisor to Match.com. She uses brain scanning to study the neural systems associated with sex, love, and romantic attachment and is currently studying the biological basis of personality and examining the neurochemistry of leadership and innovation. She has written six internationally bestselling books and many articles on the brain science of human social behavior. Fisher’s bestselling books include Why We LoveWhy Him? Why Her?; and Anatomy of Love. She is a TED all-star and a recipient of the American Anthropological Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Alycin Bektesh is an award-winning multimedia journalist recognized for her public affairs reporting and newsroom leadership. She currently reports on government affairs, health, and housing for the Aspen Daily News. Her work can also be found in theAspen Sojourner, and Unearth Women magazine. She previously served as the news director at Aspen Public Radio where she was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association for Best Public Affairs program and Best Community Event for her series of town halls on housing in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including being recognized for producing 2014’s Best Election Day Coverage in the state of Indiana. Alycin has also been recognized by the Association of Women in Communications, and was named the 2015 Emerging Leader by the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women for her work in mentoring young female journalists and covering issues of social justice and inequality.


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
Fee: $25. Tickets on sale now at www.aspenshowtix.com.

Wednesday, July 10
The Sandra Day O'Connor Conversation Series
A Conversation with Jeff Flake
In collaboration with the Justice & Society Program
Featuring Jeff Flake, former United States Senator from Arizona, in conversation with Meryl Chertoff, executive director of the Institute’s Justice and Society Program. Flake served as a U.S. Senator from 2013-2019 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2013. He is currently a contributor for CBS News, where he contributes to a new series called “Common Ground.”
Paepcke Auditorium, 6:30 7:30 pm
This event is sold out. There will be a wait list on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:45 pm on Wednesday, July 10 in the Paepcke Building lobby. You must be present to get on the wait list.

Friday, July 12
A Total Work of Art: Bauhaus-Bayer-Aspen
Bernard Jazzar’s lecture, "A Total Work of Art: Bauhaus-Bayer-Aspen," is presented in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name in the Resnick Gallery of the Doerr-Hosier Building on the campus of the Aspen Institute.  Following the sequence of the exhibition, Jazzar will present a brief overview of the Bauhaus, highlighting Herbert Bayer’s contribution to the art school as a student, teacher, and later as the designer of the Aspen Institute’s campus.
Doerr-Hosier Center, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Free and open to everyone. 

Saturday, July 13
Hurst Lecture Series
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
In collaboration with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in honor of its 50th anniversary
Featuring 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
Fee: $25. Tickets on sale now at www.aspenshowtix.com.

For more information on events open to the public, please contact Zoe Brown at (970) 544-7935 or [email protected], call the information hotline at (970) 544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents.

This year, Aspen Community Programs is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Aspen Institute. ACP 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; Our Society Reimagined; Sharing Shakespeare; Teen Socrates; the McCloskey Speaker Series; the Hurst Lecture Series; and the Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series. 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 offer need-based scholarships to teens and adults to take part 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 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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