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World Leaders in Politics, Business, Science, the Arts, and More to Speak during 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival


News Release


Contacts: Zach St. Louis The Aspen Institute (202) 736-3526 | [email protected]

Anna Bross

The Atlantic

(202) 266-7714 | [email protected]

World Leaders in Politics, Business, Science, the Arts, and

More to Speak during 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival

Speakers include Reddit CEO Steven Huffman, #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, Hip Hop Artist Kiari “Offset” Cephus, Former US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario

Washington, DC, May 1, 2018 — With cultural and political revolutions making waves at home, and watershed global events shaping America’s role abroad, more than 300 groundbreaking thinkers and leaders will gather at the 14th annual Aspen Ideas Festival to dissect the issues moving our world. Speakers joining the 2018 Festival include James R. Clapper, Former US Director of National Intelligence; Tarana Burke, Founder, #MeToo; Kiari “Offset” Cephus, Hip Hop Artist, Migos; Steven Huffman, CEO, Reddit; Rose Marcario, CEO, Patagonia; and many others.

This year’s Festival will run from June 24-30, 2018 in Aspen, CO, preceded by Spotlight Health from June 21-24, 2018. The Festival is presented by the Aspen Institute and co-hosted by The Atlantic.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A limited number of press passes are available. To apply, please fill out the form here: http://www.aspenideas.org/festival/press. The Festival can accommodate both print and broadcast media; and Festival staff can assist in facilitating interviews on-site.

The Aspen Ideas Festival is an experience for the curious: bringing together the people leading their industries for in-depth and often intimate conversations about today’s most critical issues. The Festival’s ten tracks will dive into such areas as freedom of speech, globalization, the art of justice, the sexes, music, the genius of animals, climate change, and more.

Speakers at the Aspen Ideas Festival are influencing global politics and society, advancing science, technology and exploration, pushing the boundaries of entertainment and the arts, and revolutionizing business.

Speakers will continue to be added in the coming weeks. A complete list is available at www.aspenideas.org/speakers. Among the featured speakers are:

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  • David Azerrad, Director, Heritage Foundation

  • Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post

  • Janine Benyus, Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8 + the Biomimicry Institute

  • Rachel Botsman, Founder, Collaborative Lab; Co-Author, What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise

    of Collaborative Consumption

  • Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics, Stanford

  • Carol Christ, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

  • Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer, Facebook

  • Ray Dalio, Founder, Bridgewater Associates

  • Michelle De La Isla, Mayor, Topeka, Kansas

  • Angela Duckworth, Founder & CEO, Character Lab

  • Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, Framework Convention on Climate Change,

    United Nations

  • Eileen Fisher, Founder, Eileen Fisher

  • Atul Gawande, Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Author, Being


  • Vijay Gupta, Artistic Director, Street Symphony; Violinist, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

  • Frank Gehry, Architect

  • Tristan Harris, Co-founder, Time Well Spent

  • Kevin Hassett, Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers

  • Sal Khan, founder Khan Academy

  • Khalid Latif, Executive Director and Chaplain, Islamic Center at NYU

  • Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative

  • Brock Long, FEMA Administrator

  • David Miliband, British Labour Party, CEO IRC

  • Anne Neuberger, Chief Risk Officer, National Security Agency

  • Kate Orff, Principal, SCAPE, MacArthur winner

  • Gaby Pacheco, Program Director, TheDream.US

  • Christina Paxon, President, Brown

  • Christian Picciolini, Author, White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most

    Violent Hate Movement--and How I Got Out

  • Danica Roem, Delegate, District 13, Virginia House of Delegates

  • Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia

  • Carl Safina, President, The Safina Center; Co-Founder, Blue Ocean Institute; Author,

    Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

  • Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology, Yale University

  • Kori Schake, Deputy-Director General of the International Institute of Strategic Studies

  • Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard


  • Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

The Festival, which will feature one-on-one interviews, panel conversations, film screenings, and more, is a seven-day event that will explore a wide array of issues. The 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival will delve into global affairs and the new world order, American values and freedom of speech, the arts and music, science and technology, and more. More about this year’s program can be found at http://www.aspenideas.org.

Over the course of the Ideas Festival, a robust and diverse audience is expected in Aspen, CO, but many more will be able to join the conversation online. The Atlantic will on report and produce video from the Ideas Festival in a special report at TheAtlantic.com. All video and audio clips of on-stage conversations will be on aspenideas.org and on TheAtlantic.com/live, and on the Aspen Institute’s YouTube channel. Regular updates from the Festival, in the run-up and during the event, will be on Facebook.com/aspenideas and on Twitter at @AspenIdeas, @TheAtlantic and @AtlanticLive, and with #AspenIdeas. Additionally, discussions can be followed all year on the Aspen Ideas Festival blog and on the Aspen Ideas To Go podcast.

Presenting underwriters for 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival are Allstate, Audi, Comcast NBCUniversal, Facebook, General Mills, Google, McKinsey & Company, Mount Sinai Health System, PayPal, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Southern Company, and Walton Family Foundation. Supporting underwriters are Koch Industries, Microsoft, Nestlé Waters North America, and the Paul E. Singer Foundation. PBS, Skoll Foundation, Standard Industries, and The Wonderful Company are contributing underwriters.

About The Atlantic:
Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest growing media platforms in the industry, The Atlantic has throughout its history championed the power of big ideas and continues to shape global debate across print, digital, events, and video platforms. With its award-winning digital presence TheAtlantic.com and CityLab.com on cities around the world, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic was the 2016 National Magazine of the Year. Bob Cohn is President of The Atlantic and Jeffrey Goldberg is Editor in Chief.

About the Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute
is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. 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 offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.


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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