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Wednesday, June 27
 

3:00pm

Exploring the Rational Middle: How Do We Stay There in the Natural Gas Debate?
Speakers
avatar for Russ Ford

Russ Ford

Russ Ford is executive vice president onshore for Shell Upstream Americas. He has responsibility for all onshore development and production of natural gas in North America. This includes subsurface engineering, drilling and completion operations, and producing operations, mainly centered... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Kallenberg

Gregory Kallenberg

Kallenberg is the director of the documentariesHaynesville: A Nation's Hunt for an Energy Future, which examines the discovery of a vast natural gas field in Louisiana, and Eating Levi, about the world tamale-eating champion. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, Texas... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Karolides

Alexis Karolides

Alexis Karolides is a principal at Rocky Mountain Institute. Throughout her 14 years at RMI, her work has spanned built environment, city sustainability, and both high-tech and heavy industrial consulting projects. Her clients have included the US Air Force, the grocery industry... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He’s the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. Madrigal co-founded Longshot Magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Paepcke Auditorium

3:00pm

What Fascinates Us about Each Other?
Speakers
avatar for Vishakha  Desai

Vishakha Desai

Vishakha Desai is president and CEO of Asia Society, a leading global organization committed to strengthening partnerships among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the US. Desai sets the direction for the society’s diverse sets of programs, ranging from major US–Asia... Read More →
avatar for Orville Schell

Orville Schell

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China... Read More →
avatar for Hu  Shuli

Hu Shuli

Hu Shuli is editor-in-chief of Caixin Media, editor-in-chief for the weekly magazine Caixin Century, and dean of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University. Internationally recognized for her achievements in journalism, Hu was listed on the Top 100 Influential... Read More →
avatar for Wu Tong

Wu Tong

Wu Tong is a musician and composer and has become his generation’s most visible proponent of traditional Chinese music. Wu has achieved an unparalleled following for Chinese music on three continents as a founding vocalist of the pioneering rock band Lunhui (Again), which merges... Read More →
avatar for Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel is the director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program. A former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Woetzel is also the artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival, the founding director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Program... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Greenwald Pavilion

3:00pm

What Is a Life Worth?
Speakers
avatar for Neal Conan

Neal Conan

Neal Conan is host of “Talk of the Nation,” the national news-talk call-in show from NPR News. He brings decades of news and radio experience to the program, which reaches 3.4 million listeners per week on more than 390 NPR member stations. Conan joined NPR in 1977 and worked... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Feinberg

Kenneth Feinberg

Kenneth Feinberg is an experienced mediator and managing partner of Feinberg Rozen, LLP in Washington, DC and New York City. He is the former administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility established by the Obama Administration and BP following the April 2010 oil rig explosion... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

5:00pm

Festival Opening and Welcome What's the Big Idea? OPENING RECEPTION IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
Speakers
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2012 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Greenwald Pavilion

7:30pm

Can We Afford to Be Healthy?
Speakers
avatar for Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and... Read More →
avatar for Joe Klein

Joe Klein

Joe Klein is a columnist and senior writer at TIME. He joined the magazine in 2003 to write a regular column, In the Arena, on national and international affairs. He is the author of The Natural: Bill Clinton’s Misunderstood Presidency and several other nonfiction books. As “Anonymous... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Malveaux

Suzanne Malveaux

Suzanne Malveaux is an anchor for CNN’s “Newsroom.” Malveaux, who has worked in CNN’s White House unit for nearly a decade, has played a key role as a member of the network’s Best Political Team on Television and as the primary substitute anchor for “The Situation Room... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Belly Up Aspen

8:00pm

"Rivers of Ice": Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya
Speakers
avatar for David  Breashears

David Breashears

David Breashears is executive director and founder of GlacierWorks. Since 1979, Breashears has combined his skills in mountaineering and photography to become an acclaimed adventure filmmaker, leading over 40 expeditions to the Himalayan region and working on dozens of documentary... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2012 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

8:00pm

City of Life and Death: A Film and Discussion (Language: Chinese with English subtitles)
Speakers
avatar for Melissa Chiu

Melissa Chiu

Melissa Chiu is director of the Asia Society Museum in New York and senior vice president for the Asia Society’s global arts programming. As the museum’s first curator of contemporary Asian and Asian American art, she has initiated a number of initiatives, including the launch... Read More →
avatar for Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan is considered one of the most talented young directors in China. Lu’s most recent film, City of Life and Death, won him great international renown. Cinema Without Borders of his directing: “Lu Chuan’s a master at choreographing action sequences. Like Kurosawa or Scorcese... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

8:30pm

Can We Solve the Debt Crisis?
Speakers
avatar for Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship and a professor of global economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a co-founder of The Baseline... Read More →
avatar for Kai Ryssdal

Kai Ryssdal

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of “Marketplace,” public radio’s most popular program on business and the economy. During his eleven years at American Public Media, “Marketplace” has broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange; Shanghai and Chongqing, China... Read More →
avatar for Vin Weber

Vin Weber

Vin Weber is co-chairman and partner of Mercury/Clark & Weinstock and Mercury in Washington, DC. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Weber has successfully advised numerous clients on matters... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2012 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
 
Thursday, June 28
 

7:45am

Where Is Knowledge?
Speakers
avatar for John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown, commonly referred to as “JSB,” is a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Prior to that, he was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and director... Read More →
avatar for David Weinberger

David Weinberger

David Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and is co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. He has written several books, primarily about the effect of the Internet on ideas. His latest book, Too Big to Know, looks at the... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Limelight Hotel

7:45am

Our Moral Imagination
Speakers
avatar for Jane Shaw

Jane Shaw

Jane Shaw is the dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The Very Reverend Shaw joined Grace Cathedral from the University of Oxford, where she was dean of divinity and fellow of New College, Oxford, and taught history and theology at the university for 16 years. Her books include... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

8:00am

CEO Series: An American Competitiveness Agenda with Honeywell CEO
Speakers
avatar for Dave Cote

Dave Cote

Dave Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell. He was elected president, CEO, and a member of Honeywell’s Board in February 2002, and named chairman of the Board shortly thereafter. Under Cote’s leadership over the past decade, Honeywell has delivered strong growth in sales, earnings... Read More →
avatar for Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland is editor of Thomson Reuters Digital. In this role, Freeland has editorial control of the company’s consumer online, mobile, and digital properties, including Reuters.com and its global suite of websites as well as the flagship NewsPro mobile news applications... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Paepcke Auditorium

8:00am

Investing in the Markets: Safe or Uncertain?
Speakers
avatar for Keith Banks

Keith Banks

Keith Banks is president of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, which provides integrated investment, trust, banking, and lending services to wealthy and ultra-wealthy clients. He also oversees BofA Global Capital Management, which offers money market funds, offshore... Read More →
avatar for William E. Mayer

William E. Mayer

William E. Mayer is chairman emeritus of the Aspen Institute. He is a partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm he founded in 1999. From 1992 to 1996, Mayer was a professor and dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

9:00am

Will the European Union Survive?
Speakers
avatar for Clive Crook

Clive Crook

Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist and editorial-board member at Bloomberg View. From 2007 to 2011, he was a Washington columnist and associate editor of the Financial Times. Before moving to live and work in the US, he worked for more than 20 years at... Read More →
avatar for Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States dedicated to the study of American foreign policy. Until June 2003, Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State as well as... Read More →
avatar for Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship and a professor of global economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a co-founder of The Baseline... Read More →
avatar for Beppe Severgnini

Beppe Severgnini

Beppe Severgnini is a columnist for the Financial Times and has been writing for the Corriere della Sera since 1995. His most recent book is Mamma Mia! Berlusconi’s Italy Explained to Posterity and Friends Abroad. Since 1998, Severgnini has been moderating the Italians blog. He... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Greenwald Pavilion

9:00am

The Population Challenge
Speakers
avatar for Joel Achenbach

Joel Achenbach

Staff Writer, The Washington Post; Author, A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea
Joel Achenbach has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990. He started the newsroom’s first online column in 1999 and the paper’s first blog, Achenblog, in 2005. Now assigned to the Post’s national desk, he writes on science and politics and helped cover the... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Dimick

Dennis Dimick

Dennis Dimick is National Geographic magazine’s executive editor for the environment. Formerly the magazine’s environment editor, he leads National Geographic’s coverage of environment, energy, and climate issues and has been key to shaping the magazine’s award-winning environmental... Read More →
avatar for Helene D. Gayle

Helene D. Gayle

Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on humanitarian issues, Gayle previously held senior positions with the Centers for Disease Control and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gayle serves on several boards, including those of the Rockefeller Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

9:00am

Will College Learning be Transformed by Technology?
Speakers
avatar for Rehema Ellis

Rehema Ellis

Rehema Ellis is an education correspondent for NBC News and was an integral part of NBC’s first annual Education Nation Summit that focused on the strengths and weaknesses of America’s education system. She joined NBC in 1994 as a general assignment correspondent, and her reports... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng

Director, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab
Bio: Andrew Ng is a Co-founder of Coursera, and a Computer Science faculty member at Stanford. He is also the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, the main AI research organization at Stanford. In 2011, he led the development of Stanford University's main MOOC (Massive... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Weiss

Joanne Weiss

Joanne Weiss is chief of staff to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. She joined the Education Department in 2009 to direct the Race to the Top Fund, its $4.35 billion program designed to encourage and reward states making system-wide, comprehensive education reforms. Prior to... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Paepcke Auditorium

10:30am

Culture and Conflict
Speakers
avatar for Pierre Dulaine

Pierre Dulaine

Pierre Dulaine is the founder of Dancing Classrooms, an arts and social development program which uses ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of more than 300,000 children and their families. He is a well-known dancer and dance instructor whose work is the subject of the... Read More →
avatar for Merlijn Twaalfhoven

Merlijn Twaalfhoven

Merlijn Twaalfhoven is a Dutch composer and the founder of La Vie Sur Terre, a nonprofit organization that produces large-scale projects on location with local artists and musicians. As a cultural entrepreneur, Twaalfhoven works to bridge contrasting cultures and mix unusual elements... Read More →
avatar for Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel is the director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program. A former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Woetzel is also the artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival, the founding director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Program... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Kresge Building, Hines Room

10:30am

Arab Spring: 18 Months Later, What's Ahead for Democracy?
Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns is director of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Strategy Group. He is also professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics and faculty chair for programs on the Middle East, India, and South Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School. Burns is a senior counselor... Read More →
avatar for Hala Gorani

Hala Gorani

Hala Gorani is an anchor on “International Desk” and correspondent for CNN International. In addition to her anchoring duties, Gorani often goes into the field to report on major breaking news stories. She was part of a small team of journalists allowed into Syria last summer... Read More →
avatar for David Rothkopf

David Rothkopf

David Rothkopf is CEO and editor at large of the FP Group, publishers of Foreign Policy magazine, a division of the Washington Post Company. He is also president and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm. Rothkopf is the internationally acclaimed author of a number... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Greenwald Pavilion

10:30am

Can We Compete?
Speakers
avatar for Marco Annunziata

Marco Annunziata

Marco Annunziata is chief economist and executive director of Global Market Insight at General Electric Co., where he is responsible for global economic, financial, and market analysis. He is a member of the ECB’s Shadow Council and of the European Council of Economists. His book... Read More →
avatar for Maria Bartiromo

Maria Bartiromo

Maria Bartiromo is anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell” and anchor and managing editor of the nationally syndicated “Wall Street Journal Report,” the most watched financial news program in America. In 1995, Bartiromo became the first journalist to report live from the floor of... Read More →
avatar for Fred P. Hochberg

Fred P. Hochberg

Fred P. Hochberg is chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and one of the highest-ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration. Under his leadership, in fiscal year 2010, Ex-Im Bank approved $24.5 billion in export financing, a 70 percent... Read More →
avatar for Christopher M. Hyzy

Christopher M. Hyzy

Christopher M. Hyzy is managing director and chief investment officer at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In this role, he develops, manages, and oversees the investment process; determines the investment view of the firm; and develops and manages its asset allocation... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

10:30am

Knowledge Exchange: the New Professional
Speakers
avatar for Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman is co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn Corporation and a partner at Greylock Partners. LinkedIn, which he led to profitability as its CEO and chairman, has more than 150 million members in 200 countries and territories around the world. Hoffman serves on several boards including those of Airbnb, Edmodo, Mozilla, and Zynga. Hoffman also leads the Greylock Disc... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Moore

Heidi Moore

Heidi N. Moore is the New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” where she reports and writes about the culture of banks, companies, financing, and markets. Prior to joining “Marketplace” in 2011, Moore was a reporter for... Read More →
avatar for Mark Penn

Mark Penn

Mark Penn is worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and public affairs agency, and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, a strategic research firm. He served as a key adviser in the 1996 re-election of Bill Clinton and as White House pollster for six years. He... Read More →
avatar for Susan Peters

Susan Peters

Susan P. Peters is vice president of executive development and chief learning officer for General Electric Company. In this capacity, she is responsible for talent identification, leadership development, training, performance management, and succession planning for all GE executives... Read More →
avatar for Deirdre Stanley

Deirdre Stanley

Deirdre Stanley is executive vice president and general counsel for Thomson Reuters. Stanley oversees all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and leads the day-to-day operations of the global legal department. Stanley is also a member of the Thomson Reuters Executive Committee... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

10:30am

The Geography of Progress: What Do Cities Look Like in a World of Seven Billion?
Speakers
avatar for Richard Florida

Richard Florida

Richard Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He is the author of several influential global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class, which 800-CEO-Read singled out as... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Paepcke Auditorium

10:30am

Artificial Intelligence: Radically Disrupting Genetic Science
Speakers
avatar for Ross D. King

Ross D. King

Ross D. King is professor of machine intelligence at the University of Manchester, UK. His research interests are in the interface between computer science and biology and chemistry. The research achievement he is most proud of is originating the idea of a “robot scientist,” using... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Lauder Room

10:30am

Competition: What's Fair Today?
Speakers
avatar for Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Jim Brown is President of TerrAlign Group. Jim joined TerrAlign in 1988. During his tenure at TerrAlign, he has served as principal consultant in various industries, including pharmaceuticals and consumer packaged goods, and he continues to lead TerrAlign’s consulting practice in... Read More →
avatar for William E. Mayer

William E. Mayer

William E. Mayer is chairman emeritus of the Aspen Institute. He is a partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm he founded in 1999. From 1992 to 1996, Mayer was a professor and dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland... Read More →
avatar for Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team. In his fourth season, Robinson led the Beavers to their best season in decades, winning more than 20 games for the first time since 1989-90. Prior to OSU, he led Brown University to their best... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Schaap

Jeremy Schaap

Jeremy Schapp is a reporter and host for ESPN. He has won six national Sports Emmy Awards and many other honors for his work. He is the author of Cinderella Man, a New York Times best-seller, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics. His best-known ESPN... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

12:00pm

The Road to Freedom
Speakers
avatar for Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute. Brooks came to AEI in early 2009 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he was the Louis A. Bantle professor of business and government policy. He is the author of... Read More →
avatar for Clive Crook

Clive Crook

Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist and editorial-board member at Bloomberg View. From 2007 to 2011, he was a Washington columnist and associate editor of the Financial Times. Before moving to live and work in the US, he worked for more than 20 years at... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Aspen Meadows Restaurant

12:00pm

White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You
Speakers
avatar for Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland is editor of Thomson Reuters Digital. In this role, Freeland has editorial control of the company’s consumer online, mobile, and digital properties, including Reuters.com and its global suite of websites as well as the flagship NewsPro mobile news applications... Read More →
avatar for Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship and a professor of global economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a co-founder of The Baseline... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Limelight Hotel

12:00pm

CEO Series: The Role of Business in Addressing the Nine Billion
Speakers
avatar for James Fallows

James Fallows

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has worked for the magazine for more than 30 years. In that time he has been based in various sites within the United States and in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He has written ten books, of which the latest... Read More →
avatar for Doug McMillon

Doug McMillon

Doug McMillon is president and CEO of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart's overall operations, with more than 5,000 stores and more than 730,000 associates in 26 countries outside the US. From 2006 to 2009, McMillon served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

12:00pm

The Messages of our Music
Speakers
avatar for Alan Fletcher

Alan Fletcher

Alan Fletcher is president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School and a respected composer. He has studied with distinguished composers such as Roger Sessions, Milton Babbitt, Edward T. Cone, and Paul Lansky, and pianists Robert Helps and Jacob Lateiner. He has won numerous... Read More →
avatar for Elliot Goldenthal

Elliot Goldenthal

Elliot Goldenthal is a composer who creates works for orchestra, theater, opera, ballet, and film. Most recently, he scored Julie Taymor’s 2010 film version of The Tempest. In 2006, Goldenthal’s original two-act opera Grendel, directed by Taymor, premiered at the Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Wu Tong

Wu Tong

Wu Tong is a musician and composer and has become his generation’s most visible proponent of traditional Chinese music. Wu has achieved an unparalleled following for Chinese music on three continents as a founding vocalist of the pioneering rock band Lunhui (Again), which merges... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

12:00pm

NPR's "Talk of the Nation" 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Doors open, lunch served 12:00 - 2:00 PM Live Show Hour 1: Exporting Democracy Ender: What Do We Believe and Why? Hour 2: Making Work Work Ender: The Stories Behind Photographs
Speakers
avatar for Neal Conan

Neal Conan

Neal Conan is host of “Talk of the Nation,” the national news-talk call-in show from NPR News. He brings decades of news and radio experience to the program, which reaches 3.4 million listeners per week on more than 390 NPR member stations. Conan joined NPR in 1977 and worked... Read More →
avatar for Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan is a senior fellow in foreign policy at Brookings Institution and the author of several books, including his most recent The World America Made. Kagan serves as a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign affairs policy board and is co-chairman of the bipartisan... Read More →
avatar for Moby

Moby

moby was born in new york city, but grew up in connecticut, where he started making music when he was 9 years old. he started out playing classical guitar and studied music theory, and then went on to play with seminal connecticut hardcore punk group 'the vatican commandoes' when... Read More →
avatar for Mark Penn

Mark Penn

Mark Penn is worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and public affairs agency, and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, a strategic research firm. He served as a key adviser in the 1996 re-election of Bill Clinton and as White House pollster for six years. He... Read More →
avatar for Richard A. Pildes

Richard A. Pildes

Richard H. Pildes is a professor of constitutional law at New York University School of Law. His scholarship focuses on legal issues concerning the design of democratic processes and government, as well as constitutional law and theory. His major recent academic articles include “Why... Read More →
avatar for Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR. The focus of his reporting is on human behavior and how social science research can prompt listeners to think about the news in unusual and interesting ways. Before joining NPR in 2011, Vedantam spent ten years as a reporter at... Read More →
avatar for Ben Waber

Ben Waber

Ben Waber is a senior researcher at Harvard Business School and a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab. He is also the president and CEO of Sociometric Solutions, a management consulting firm that uses social-sensing technology to understand and improve organizations. He received... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

12:10pm

Special Session: Today's Supreme Court Ruling on President Obama's 2010 Health Care Law
Speakers
avatar for David Brooks

David Brooks

David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003. Previously, he was an editor at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic. Currently a commentator on PBS’s “The NewsHour with... Read More →
avatar for Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle is a senior policy advisor in DLA Piper’s Government Affairs practice and serves as a member of the DLA Pipers Global Board. He is a former US senator (D-SD) and served as Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2005. In 2007, Daschle joined with former majority leaders... Read More →
avatar for Joe Klein

Joe Klein

Joe Klein is a columnist and senior writer at TIME. He joined the magazine in 2003 to write a regular column, In the Arena, on national and international affairs. He is the author of The Natural: Bill Clinton’s Misunderstood Presidency and several other nonfiction books. As “Anonymous... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Malveaux

Suzanne Malveaux

Suzanne Malveaux is an anchor for CNN’s “Newsroom.” Malveaux, who has worked in CNN’s White House unit for nearly a decade, has played a key role as a member of the network’s Best Political Team on Television and as the primary substitute anchor for “The Situation Room... Read More →
avatar for Vin Weber

Vin Weber

Vin Weber is co-chairman and partner of Mercury/Clark & Weinstock and Mercury in Washington, DC. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Weber has successfully advised numerous clients on matters... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

1:15pm

US and Mexico
Speakers
avatar for Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States dedicated to the study of American foreign policy. Until June 2003, Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State as well as... Read More →
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →
avatar for Ricardo Salinas

Ricardo Salinas

Ricardo Salinas is president and CEO of Grupo Salinas. The venture owns media, retail, and banking operations and has grown exponentially under Salinas’s guidance. With over 50,000 employees in operations in ten countries, and a multinational bank, today the group is Latin America’s... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

1:15pm

How Will We Feed Nine Billion of Us?
Speakers
avatar for Lauren Bush

Lauren Bush

Lauren Bush is the CEO, creative director, and co-founder of FEED projects. She also serves as the chairman of the board for the FEED Foundation. In 2004, Bush became and honorary spokesperson for the UN World Food Program (WFP). As honorary spokesperson, Bush has traveled to eight... Read More →
avatar for Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle is a senior policy advisor in DLA Piper’s Government Affairs practice and serves as a member of the DLA Pipers Global Board. He is a former US senator (D-SD) and served as Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2005. In 2007, Daschle joined with former majority leaders... Read More →
avatar for Helene D. Gayle

Helene D. Gayle

Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on humanitarian issues, Gayle previously held senior positions with the Centers for Disease Control and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gayle serves on several boards, including those of the Rockefeller Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive... Read More →
avatar for Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman

Daniel R. Glickman is vice president of the Aspen Institute and executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, a nonpartisan public policy education and civility building program for members of Congress. Glickman served as the US secretary of agriculture from 1995... Read More →
avatar for Beth Sauerhaft

Beth Sauerhaft

Beth Sauerhaft is the director of global environmental sustainability in Pepsico’s global health and agriculture division, where she drives policies and programs to enable sustainability for PepsiCo. Before joining PepsiCo in 2007, she worked for the US Environmental Protection... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Greenwald Pavilion

1:15pm

College Sports at a Crossroads: Entertainment or Education?
Speakers
avatar for Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989... Read More →
avatar for Tom Farrey

Tom Farrey

Tom Farrey is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ESPN and the author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children. He was honored in 2007 as one the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport at the University... Read More →
avatar for Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera is an op-ed columnist at The New York Times. Before joining the opinion pages in 2011, he wrote the Talking Business column and was a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. He also serves as a regular business commentator for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Before... Read More →
avatar for Wallace Renfro

Wallace Renfro

Wallace Renfro is vice president and chief policy advisor for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He has worked more than four decades in the communications and public relations field, including nearly 40 years at the NCAA. He has served in various public relations functions... Read More →
avatar for Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team. In his fourth season, Robinson led the Beavers to their best season in decades, winning more than 20 games for the first time since 1989-90. Prior to OSU, he led Brown University to their best... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Paepcke Auditorium

1:15pm

Visualizing Our Future through the Lens of Big Data
Speakers
avatar for David McConville

David McConville

David McConville is president of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, a nonprofit organization facilitating convergences across design, art, science, and technology to identify and cultivate whole systems strategies for addressing complex global challenges. McConville is a media artist... Read More →
avatar for Ed Parsons

Ed Parsons

Ed Parsons is the geospatial technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelizing Google’s mission to organize the world’s information using geography and tools, including Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Maps for Mobile. In this role, he also maintains links with... Read More →
avatar for Linda Tischler

Linda Tischler

Linda Tischler is a senior editor at Fast Company, where she writes about the intersection of business and design. For the past several years, she has been responsible for the magazine’s Masters of Design issue, which celebrates people in the forefront of design thinking. She also... Read More →
avatar for Kenji Williams

Kenji Williams

Kenji Williams is the founder and director of Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth) and an award-winning filmmaker, music producer, theatrical show director, and classically trained violinist. Williams explores the nexus of art and science through collaborations as diverse as NASA scientists... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

1:15pm

Telling Our Stories through Film
Speakers
avatar for Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan is considered one of the most talented young directors in China. Lu’s most recent film, City of Life and Death, won him great international renown. Cinema Without Borders of his directing: “Lu Chuan’s a master at choreographing action sequences. Like Kurosawa or Scorcese... Read More →
avatar for Philip Kennicott

Philip Kennicott

Philip Kennicott is the art and architecture critic of The Washington Post, which he joined in 1999. He has served as chief classical music critic for the Detroit News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he also worked for two years as an editorial writer. In 2006, he was an Emmy... Read More →
avatar for Fan Lixin

Fan Lixin

Fan Lixen is a film director and journalist. His debut feature documentary Last Train Home deals with the world’s largest human migration by millions of factory workers every year during the Chinese New Year. Last Train Home won the 2009 Joris Ivens Award, was selected in the world... Read More →
avatar for Louie Psihoyos

Louie Psihoyos

Louie Psihoyos is executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society and director of The Cove. The documentary film has won over 70 awards globally from festivals and critics, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2009. Psihoyos is widely regarded as one... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

1:15pm

Confucianism: If Not a Religion, What Is It?
Speakers
avatar for Annping Chin

Annping Chin

Annping Chin is a senior lecturer in the history department at Yale University. She is the author of The Authentic Confucius: A Life of Thought and Politics and Children of China: Voices from Recent Years, based on interviews with Chinese children living in the People’s Republic... Read More →
avatar for Orville Schell

Orville Schell

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Koch Building, Lauder Room

2:40pm

Congress's Fall from Grace: Can We Reverse It?
Speakers
avatar for Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and... Read More →
avatar for Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle is a senior policy advisor in DLA Piper’s Government Affairs practice and serves as a member of the DLA Pipers Global Board. He is a former US senator (D-SD) and served as Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2005. In 2007, Daschle joined with former majority leaders... Read More →
avatar for Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards is vice president and director of the Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at the Aspen Institute. Before joining the Institute, Edwards taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International... Read More →
avatar for Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman

Daniel R. Glickman is vice president of the Aspen Institute and executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, a nonpartisan public policy education and civility building program for members of Congress. Glickman served as the US secretary of agriculture from 1995... Read More →
avatar for Jane Harman

Jane Harman

Jane Harman is president, CEO, and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is a former US representative (D-CA). Representing the aerospace center of California during nine terms in Congress, she served on all of the major security committees: six years... Read More →
avatar for Vin Weber

Vin Weber

Vin Weber is co-chairman and partner of Mercury/Clark & Weinstock and Mercury in Washington, DC. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Weber has successfully advised numerous clients on matters... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Paepcke Auditorium

2:40pm

Ideas for the Future: Art, Media, and Race
Speakers
avatar for Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History, and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. He is a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State... Read More →
avatar for Adam Lerner

Adam Lerner

Adam Lerner is director and chief animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver). In 2004, he founded The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar (The Lab) to explore the changing nature of art and museums and, in 2009, The Lab merged with MCA Denver when Lerner took... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He’s the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. Madrigal co-founded Longshot Magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Michel

Amanda Michel

Amanda Michel is open editor for the Guardian US and a co-founder of SparkCamp. Recently she worked at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, where she was awarded a Knight-Batten Special Distinction Award for her crowdsourcing projects. New York Magazine named Michel one... Read More →
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Sarah Rich

Sarah Rich is a writer and digital-media strategist. She is the editor of Smithsonian Magazine’s Design Decoded column, former senior editor of Dwell, and co-founder of the award-winning Longshot Magazine. In 2006, Rich co-authored the best-selling book Worldchanging: A User’s... Read More →
avatar for Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is the editorial product manager at NPR, where he helps craft digital and editorial strategies, working on everything from creating the ethics handbook to training member stations. Thompson has been a prominent voice in digital journalism since 2004, when he co-created... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

4:00pm

Book Signings
Speakers
avatar for Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan is a senior fellow in foreign policy at Brookings Institution and the author of several books, including his most recent The World America Made. Kagan serves as a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign affairs policy board and is co-chairman of the bipartisan... Read More →
avatar for David Weinberger

David Weinberger

David Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and is co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. He has written several books, primarily about the effect of the Internet on ideas. His latest book, Too Big to Know, looks at the... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Paepcke Tent

4:00pm

Collective Impact: Communities Moving the Needle on Big Challenges
Speakers
avatar for Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes served as assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 to January 2012. Prior to her work in the White House, Barnes served as senior domestic policy advisor to the Obama for America campaign. Prior to joining the campaign... Read More →
avatar for Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for Policy and Public Programs and relations with international partners. The Institute’s policy programs focus on important domestic and international issues and improve decision-making by providing... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

4:00pm

Art: "Coal + Ice," Art Exhibit Tour
Speakers
avatar for David  Breashears

David Breashears

David Breashears is executive director and founder of GlacierWorks. Since 1979, Breashears has combined his skills in mountaineering and photography to become an acclaimed adventure filmmaker, leading over 40 expeditions to the Himalayan region and working on dozens of documentary... Read More →
avatar for Orville Schell

Orville Schell

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Doerr-Hosier Center, Resnick Gallery

5:00pm

Can the Federal Reserve Stimulate the Economy?
Speakers
avatar for Maria Bartiromo

Maria Bartiromo

Maria Bartiromo is anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell” and anchor and managing editor of the nationally syndicated “Wall Street Journal Report,” the most watched financial news program in America. In 1995, Bartiromo became the first journalist to report live from the floor of... Read More →
avatar for Richard W. Fisher

Richard W. Fisher

Richard W. Fisher is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, a post he’s held since 2005, and chairman of the Conference of Federal Reserve Bank Presidents. Fisher has served on numerous corporate and charitable boards and is a fellow of the American Academy of... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

5:00pm

The Character Code
Speakers
avatar for David Brooks

David Brooks

David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003. Previously, he was an editor at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic. Currently a commentator on PBS’s “The NewsHour with... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Greenwald Pavilion

5:00pm

Head Games: Can Football Be Saved From Itself? Discussion Followed by a Screening of American Man
Speakers
avatar for Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Jim Brown is President of TerrAlign Group. Jim joined TerrAlign in 1988. During his tenure at TerrAlign, he has served as principal consultant in various industries, including pharmaceuticals and consumer packaged goods, and he continues to lead TerrAlign’s consulting practice in... Read More →
avatar for Tom Farrey

Tom Farrey

Tom Farrey is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ESPN and the author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children. He was honored in 2007 as one the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport at the University... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Garza

Daniel Garza

Daniel Garza is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and emergency medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He serves as the associate director of the Lacob Family Sports Medicine Center and is a team physician for many intercollegiate sports at Stanford. Garza... Read More →
avatar for Chris Nowinski

Chris Nowinski

Chris Nowinski is co-director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and the co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis. A former Harvard football player and... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner is founder of the Kevin Turner Foundation. He played eight brutal seasons in the NFL. As a fullback in the ’90s for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, he delivered countless punishing hits on defenders and absorbed thousands of bone-rattling collisions. For... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

7:30pm

Hearts, Minds, and the 2012 Election
Speakers
avatar for Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and... Read More →
avatar for Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards is vice president and director of the Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at the Aspen Institute. Before joining the Institute, Edwards taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International... Read More →
avatar for E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring... Read More →
avatar for Debra Lee

Debra Lee

Debra L. Lee is chairman and CEO of BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc., the leading provider of entertainment for the African American audience and consumers of black culture globally. Lee has led the company’s successful reinvigorated brand and programming vision that has created... Read More →
avatar for Mark Penn

Mark Penn

Mark Penn is worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and public affairs agency, and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, a strategic research firm. He served as a key adviser in the 1996 re-election of Bill Clinton and as White House pollster for six years. He... Read More →
avatar for Mark Preston

Mark Preston

Mark Preston is political director for CNN. He is responsible for overseeing the network’s “America’s Choice 2012” coverage across all platforms, helping set the editorial direction for election-night programming, organizing presidential debates and forums, and serving as... Read More →
avatar for Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer is an actor and comic. He is best known for his role in co-creating and co-starring in the 1984 film This is Spinal Tap and for creating and performing more than a dozen characters on Fox’s “The Simpsons.” His internationally syndicated weekly radio hour “Le... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Belly Up Aspen

7:30pm

What is a Legacy Worth? Leaving an Impact Beyond the Game
Speakers
avatar for David  Breashears

David Breashears

David Breashears is executive director and founder of GlacierWorks. Since 1979, Breashears has combined his skills in mountaineering and photography to become an acclaimed adventure filmmaker, leading over 40 expeditions to the Himalayan region and working on dozens of documentary... Read More →
avatar for Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Jim Brown is President of TerrAlign Group. Jim joined TerrAlign in 1988. During his tenure at TerrAlign, he has served as principal consultant in various industries, including pharmaceuticals and consumer packaged goods, and he continues to lead TerrAlign’s consulting practice in... Read More →
avatar for Chris Heilmann

Chris Heilmann

Chris Heilmann is managing director and chief fiduciary executive at U.S. Trust. He also serves as chairman of the bank’s fiduciary and risk oversight committee. In this role, Heilmann is responsible for leading the trust, tax, estate, philanthropic, and fiduciary organization for... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in US history. From 1995 to 2005, Kwan dominated the sport winning an unprecedented 43 championships, including five World Championships, eight consecutive and nine overall US National Championships and two Olympic medals. In the nearly... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

8:00pm

Finding North: A Film and Discussion
Speakers
avatar for Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman

Daniel R. Glickman is vice president of the Aspen Institute and executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, a nonpartisan public policy education and civility building program for members of Congress. Glickman served as the US secretary of agriculture from 1995... Read More →
avatar for Kristi Jacobson

Kristi Jacobson

Kristi Jacobson is the director of Finding North. She is an award-winning director and producer of non-fiction films and television. Jacobson’s 2007 film, TOOTS, a portrait of larger-than-life New York saloonkeeper and personality Toots Shor, garnered several nominations and awards... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

8:30pm

Entrepreneurship 2012
Speakers
avatar for Kevin  Delaney

Kevin Delaney

Kevin Delaney is editor in chief of Quartz, a new global digital business brand from Atlantic Media to launch later this year. (Quartz is online at qz.com.) Delaney came to Atlantic Media this year from The Wall Street Journal, where he was most recently managing editor of The Wall... Read More →
avatar for Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is president and co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. She is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, This Week with Christiane... Read More →
avatar for Michael Lopp

Michael Lopp

Michael Lopp is a director at Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley software company dedicated to radicalizing the way the world interacts with data.  Before joining Palantir, Lopp was part of the senior leadership team at Apple for nine years where he led essential parts of the... Read More →
avatar for Joe Muscat

Joe Muscat

Joe Muscat is Partner and director of Ernst & Young’s Americas Cleantech Network, a multidisciplinary team of professionals across the US, Canada, Israel and Brazil serving biofuel, solar, energy efficiency, battery, water, and other cleantech organizations. The Network was established... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2012 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
 
Friday, June 29
 

7:45am

The Real Romney
Speakers
avatar for Michael Kranish

Michael Kranish

Michael Kranish is the Washington bureau deputy chief for The Boston Globe. Kranish is co-author of The Real Romney, a biography of Mitt Romney produced by the Globe. He is also the co-author of John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography and Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at... Read More →
avatar for Mark Preston

Mark Preston

Mark Preston is political director for CNN. He is responsible for overseeing the network’s “America’s Choice 2012” coverage across all platforms, helping set the editorial direction for election-night programming, organizing presidential debates and forums, and serving as... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Limelight Hotel

7:45am

The Kinect Effect and Beyond: Evolving the Interface Between Mankind and Machines
Speakers
avatar for Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He’s the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. Madrigal co-founded Longshot Magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

8:00am

Can Teacher Unions Be Partners in Reforming Schools in the 21st Century?
Speakers
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →
avatar for Randi Weingarten

Randi Weingarten

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other health care professionals; local, state, and federal employees... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

8:00am

CEO Series: The Next Seismic Shift: Understanding Big Data
Speakers
avatar for Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for Policy and Public Programs and relations with international partners. The Institute’s policy programs focus on important domestic and international issues and improve decision-making by providing... Read More →
avatar for Michael Lopp

Michael Lopp

Michael Lopp is a director at Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley software company dedicated to radicalizing the way the world interacts with data.  Before joining Palantir, Lopp was part of the senior leadership team at Apple for nine years where he led essential parts of the... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Paepcke Auditorium

9:00am

9:00am

Where Should the US Go Next with its Foreign Policy?
Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns is director of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Strategy Group. He is also professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics and faculty chair for programs on the Middle East, India, and South Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School. Burns is a senior counselor... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent of The Atlantic. Before joining the magazine in 2007, he was Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine. He has... Read More →
avatar for Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan is a senior fellow in foreign policy at Brookings Institution and the author of several books, including his most recent The World America Made. Kagan serves as a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign affairs policy board and is co-chairman of the bipartisan... Read More →
avatar for James Steinberg

James Steinberg

James Steinberg is dean of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law. Prior to becoming dean in 2011, he served as deputy secretary of state, serving as the principal deputy to Secretary Clinton. From 2005... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

9:00am

Reversing the Middle Class Jobs Deficit
Speakers
avatar for Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland is editor of Thomson Reuters Digital. In this role, Freeland has editorial control of the company’s consumer online, mobile, and digital properties, including Reuters.com and its global suite of websites as well as the flagship NewsPro mobile news applications... Read More →
avatar for Alan B. Krueger

Alan B. Krueger

Alan B. Krueger is the chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the Cabinet. Previously, Krueger served as assistant secretary for Economic Policy and chief economist at the US Department of the Treasury. He is currently on leave from Princeton... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Greenwald Pavilion

9:00am

The Evolution of Design
Speakers
avatar for Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, a global design- and innovation-consulting firm. Ranked independently among the 20 most innovative companies in the world, IDEO has contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Bank of America’s “Keep... Read More →
avatar for James Fallows

James Fallows

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has worked for the magazine for more than 30 years. In that time he has been based in various sites within the United States and in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He has written ten books, of which the latest... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Paepcke Auditorium

10:30am

America's Domestic Outlook
Speakers
avatar for Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes served as assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 to January 2012. Prior to her work in the White House, Barnes served as senior domestic policy advisor to the Obama for America campaign. Prior to joining the campaign... Read More →
avatar for Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer is the chief Washington correspondent of CBS News, a post he has held since 1982, and moderator of “Face the Nation” since 1991. This year marks Schieffer’s 55th year as a reporter and his 43rd year at CBS News. He is one of the few broadcast or print journalists... Read More →
avatar for Vin Weber

Vin Weber

Vin Weber is co-chairman and partner of Mercury/Clark & Weinstock and Mercury in Washington, DC. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Weber has successfully advised numerous clients on matters... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

10:30am

US and Democracy
Speakers
avatar for Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for Policy and Public Programs and relations with international partners. The Institute’s policy programs focus on important domestic and international issues and improve decision-making by providing... Read More →
avatar for E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring... Read More →
avatar for David Rothkopf

David Rothkopf

David Rothkopf is CEO and editor at large of the FP Group, publishers of Foreign Policy magazine, a division of the Washington Post Company. He is also president and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm. Rothkopf is the internationally acclaimed author of a number... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Kresge Building, Hines Room

10:30am

What Are the World's Crisis Spots?
Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns is director of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Strategy Group. He is also professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics and faculty chair for programs on the Middle East, India, and South Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School. Burns is a senior counselor... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent of The Atlantic. Before joining the magazine in 2007, he was Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine. He has... Read More →
avatar for Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States dedicated to the study of American foreign policy. Until June 2003, Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State as well as... Read More →
avatar for Jane Harman

Jane Harman

Jane Harman is president, CEO, and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is a former US representative (D-CA). Representing the aerospace center of California during nine terms in Congress, she served on all of the major security committees: six years... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Greenwald Pavilion

10:30am

The Earth in 2050: What Is the Stress Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water?
Speakers
avatar for Joel Achenbach

Joel Achenbach

Staff Writer, The Washington Post; Author, A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea
Joel Achenbach has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990. He started the newsroom’s first online column in 1999 and the paper’s first blog, Achenblog, in 2005. Now assigned to the Post’s national desk, he writes on science and politics and helped cover the... Read More →
avatar for Marvin Odum

Marvin Odum

Marvin E. Odum is president of Shell Oil Company and director of upstream of Royal Dutch Shell’s subsidiary companies in the Americas. He is charged with establishing and advocating innovative, industry-leading solutions to the challenge of securing safe, secure, and sustainable... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

10:30am

Co-Presented with NBC News' "Education Nation" Will Technology Disrupt the Way We Learn? Part I
Speakers
avatar for Rehema Ellis

Rehema Ellis

Rehema Ellis is an education correspondent for NBC News and was an integral part of NBC’s first annual Education Nation Summit that focused on the strengths and weaknesses of America’s education system. She joined NBC in 1994 as a general assignment correspondent, and her reports... Read More →
avatar for Miles Gilburne

Miles Gilburne

Miles Gilburne is chairman and CEO of ePals, a K-12 education company connecting approximately 800,000 classrooms in 200 countries into a global community of online learners. Gilburne has been active for more than 25 years as a venture capitalist focused on the media, communications... Read More →
avatar for Ted  Mitchell

Ted Mitchell

Ted Mitchell is president and CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization committed to improving public education, especially for the underserved. From 2008 to 2010, he served as president of the California State Board of Education. Prior to taking the... Read More →
avatar for Randi Weingarten

Randi Weingarten

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other health care professionals; local, state, and federal employees... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Weiss

Joanne Weiss

Joanne Weiss is chief of staff to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. She joined the Education Department in 2009 to direct the Race to the Top Fund, its $4.35 billion program designed to encourage and reward states making system-wide, comprehensive education reforms. Prior to... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Paepcke Auditorium

10:30am

Reimagining Space
Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Diller

Elizabeth Diller

Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and a professor of architectural design at Princeton University. DS+R is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Its projects include the Lincoln Center... Read More →
avatar for Philip Kennicott

Philip Kennicott

Philip Kennicott is the art and architecture critic of The Washington Post, which he joined in 1999. He has served as chief classical music critic for the Detroit News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he also worked for two years as an editorial writer. In 2006, he was an Emmy... Read More →
avatar for Ou Ning

Ou Ning

Ou Ning is chief editor of Chutzpah Magazine, a literary bimonthly created in China. His cultural practices encompass multiple disciplines. As a curator, he initiated the biennale exhibition “Get It Louder,” curated the 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Lauder Room

10:30am

What Is "Values-Based Leadership"?
Speakers
avatar for Leigh G. Hafrey

Leigh G. Hafrey

Leigh Hafrey is a senior lecturer in the Behavioral and Policy Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. His 2005 book The Story of Success delves into how people use story to articulate ethical norms. Since the mid-1990s, Hafrey has moderated... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

12:00pm

BBC World Service's "The Forum": America's Role in the World
Speakers
avatar for David Brooks

David Brooks

David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003. Previously, he was an editor at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic. Currently a commentator on PBS’s “The NewsHour with... Read More →
avatar for Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States dedicated to the study of American foreign policy. Until June 2003, Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State as well as... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Kendall

Bridget Kendall

Bridget Kendall is BBC diplomatic correspondent, covering major international developments, with a particular interest in Russia. She is also host of “The Forum,” the flagship ideas program for the BBC World Service. Her awards include the James Cameron Award for distinguished... Read More →
avatar for Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the first woman director of policy planning for the US State Department. Slaughter was dean of Princeton’s Woodrow... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

12:00pm

Best Practices in Sustaining a Legacy of Values across Generations
Speakers
avatar for Chris Heilmann

Chris Heilmann

Chris Heilmann is managing director and chief fiduciary executive at U.S. Trust. He also serves as chairman of the bank’s fiduciary and risk oversight committee. In this role, Heilmann is responsible for leading the trust, tax, estate, philanthropic, and fiduciary organization for... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Limelight Hotel

12:00pm

The Start Up of You
Speakers
avatar for Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman is co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn Corporation and a partner at Greylock Partners. LinkedIn, which he led to profitability as its CEO and chairman, has more than 150 million members in 200 countries and territories around the world. Hoffman serves on several boards including those of Airbnb, Edmodo, Mozilla, and Zynga. Hoffman also leads the Greylock Disc... Read More →
avatar for Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito is director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. He is chair of Creative Commons, on the board of the MacArthur Foundation, on the board of trustees of the Knight Foundation, and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage, an Internet company in Japan... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Aspen Meadows Restaurant

12:00pm

The Aspen Institute/Atlantic American Values Survey
Speakers
avatar for Don Baer

Don Baer

Don Baer is worldwide vice chairman and chief strategy officer of the strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller, chairman of research firm Penn Schoen Berland, and founder and chairman of Pa Pdes Media Ventures, a public affairs and news media development company. The firms... Read More →
avatar for James Bennet

James Bennet

James Bennet has been editor in chief of The Atlantic since 2006. Before joining the Atlantic staff, Bennet was the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times. During his three years in Israel, his coverage of the Middle East conflict was widely acclaimed for its balance and sensitivity... Read More →
avatar for Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for Policy and Public Programs and relations with international partners. The Institute’s policy programs focus on important domestic and international issues and improve decision-making by providing... Read More →
avatar for Mark Penn

Mark Penn

Mark Penn is worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and public affairs agency, and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, a strategic research firm. He served as a key adviser in the 1996 re-election of Bill Clinton and as White House pollster for six years. He... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

1:15pm

Requiem for the American Dream? Unequal opportunity in America
Speakers
avatar for Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting professor at University of Manchester (UK). His most recent book, American Grace, co-authored with David Campbell, focuses on the... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Koch Building, Lauder Room

1:15pm

Knowledge Exchange: Cracking the Genetic Code
Speakers
avatar for Brian Fiske

Brian Fiske

Brian Fiske is the vice president of research programs at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He joined the foundation in 2004, following his post as an editor for the prestigious scientific journal Nature Neuroscience, where he helped evaluate and review cutting-edge... Read More →
avatar for Chris Kibarian

Chris Kibarian

Chris Kibarian is president of the Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business of Thomson Reuters. The division employs 3,700 people in 26 countries and is comprised of scientific, life sciences, and IP solutions businesses. It is a global organization that enables the discovery... Read More →
avatar for John Quackenbush

John Quackenbush

John Quackenbush is a professor of biostatistics, computational biology, and cancer biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also serves as director of the Center for Cancer... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

1:15pm

London Calling: What's Our Olympic Legacy?
Speakers
avatar for Christine Brennan

Christine Brennan

Christine Brennan is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator on ABC News, CNN, and National Public Radio, a best-selling author and a nationally known speaker. Twice named one of the country’s top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in US history. From 1995 to 2005, Kwan dominated the sport winning an unprecedented 43 championships, including five World Championships, eight consecutive and nine overall US National Championships and two Olympic medals. In the nearly... Read More →
avatar for Tom McMillen

Tom McMillen

Tom McMillen is chairman of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He has served as the chairman and CEO of Homeland Security Capital Corporation since 2005. He is a former US representative (D-MD) and served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Schaap

Jeremy Schaap

Jeremy Schapp is a reporter and host for ESPN. He has won six national Sports Emmy Awards and many other honors for his work. He is the author of Cinderella Man, a New York Times best-seller, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics. His best-known ESPN... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

1:15pm

Digital Media in the Middle East
Speakers
avatar for Noura Al Kaabi

Noura Al Kaabi

Noura Al Kaabi is CEO of twofour54, an initiative by the Abu Dhabi government to foster the growth of the Arabic media entertainment industry. Prior to attaining the top post this year, Al Kaabi has served several roles at twofour54, including head of human development, a management... Read More →
avatar for Linda Tischler

Linda Tischler

Linda Tischler is a senior editor at Fast Company, where she writes about the intersection of business and design. For the past several years, she has been responsible for the magazine’s Masters of Design issue, which celebrates people in the forefront of design thinking. She also... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

1:15pm

Will Technology Disrupt the Way We Learn? Part II
Speakers
avatar for John Danner

John Danner

John Danner is co-founder and CEO of Rocketship Education, a national network of high-performing K-5 charter schools with a mission of eliminating the achievement gap. Danner’s prior experience includes: chairman of the Charter School Resource Center of Tennessee, founding director... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen McCartney

Kathleen McCartney

Kathleen McCartney is the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development and dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a position she has held since 2006. In collaboration with a dedicated faculty and administrative team, she has implemented a strategic plan to... Read More →
avatar for Karl Wendt

Karl Wendt

Karl Wendt is a Rothenberg doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. His research has focused on systems and practices that could improve public education. Prior to becoming an educator, he earned several patents for innovations in product design and... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Greenwald Pavilion

1:15pm

What Sustains Us?
Speakers
avatar for Diana Eck

Diana Eck

Diana L. Eck is a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and the Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. Her work has a dual focus on India and America — both challenging, multi-religious democracies. She has written several... Read More →
avatar for Steven Z. Leder

Steven Z. Leder

Steven Z. Leder is the senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a large and prestigious synagogue in Los Angeles with three campuses and 2,500 member families. He is currently leading a $150 million campaign to expand Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s historic campus. He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of the New York Times best-seller Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, published in March 2012. Her other books on the history of religion include... Read More →
avatar for Jane Shaw

Jane Shaw

Jane Shaw is the dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The Very Reverend Shaw joined Grace Cathedral from the University of Oxford, where she was dean of divinity and fellow of New College, Oxford, and taught history and theology at the university for 16 years. Her books include... Read More →
avatar for Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress and playwright who is said to have created a new theater form. She is a University Professor at New York University and founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works, which supports artists from around the world whose work addresses issues of social... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Paepcke Auditorium

2:30pm

"Marketplace" Live
Speakers
avatar for David  Breashears

David Breashears

David Breashears is executive director and founder of GlacierWorks. Since 1979, Breashears has combined his skills in mountaineering and photography to become an acclaimed adventure filmmaker, leading over 40 expeditions to the Himalayan region and working on dozens of documentary... Read More →
avatar for Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Tory Burch is CEO and designer of the luxury lifestyle brand Tory Burch, which she launched in 2004 as a retail concept with multiple product categories. The collection is available at 67 boutiques, online, and in more than 1,000 select department and specialty stores worldwide. Burch... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Moore

Heidi Moore

Heidi N. Moore is the New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” where she reports and writes about the culture of banks, companies, financing, and markets. Prior to joining “Marketplace” in 2011, Moore was a reporter for... Read More →
avatar for Kai Ryssdal

Kai Ryssdal

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of “Marketplace,” public radio’s most popular program on business and the economy. During his eleven years at American Public Media, “Marketplace” has broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange; Shanghai and Chongqing, China... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Belly Up Aspen

2:40pm

In Conversation: Julie Taymor
Speakers
avatar for Michael Eisner

Michael Eisner

Michael Eisner is founder of The Tornante Company, a privately held company that makes investments in and incubates companies and opportunities in the media and entertainment space. Through Tornante, Eisner founded Vuguru, an independent studio that develops and finances scripted... Read More →
avatar for Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor is a Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated director whose productions range from musicals and plays to classical operas and films. Hailed as one of the most imaginative and provocative directors and designers working in the arts today, Taymor’s work includes... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Greenwald Pavilion

2:40pm

Designs for the Future: Kids and Robots, Superior Medical Devices, Politics for Everyman Presenting from the Stanford d. school
Speakers
avatar for Elaine Chang

Elaine Chang

Elaine Chang is the founder of Social Teeth, an organization committed to amplifying citizen voices. Social Teeth provides a platform for citizens and grassroots organizations to launch their own campaigns into the mass media. Prior to Social Teeth, Chang was a battery technologist... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Chi

Kevin Chi

Kevin Chi is a co-founder of CombatIV. He graduated from Harvard where he studied molecular biology and international health. Currently, he is a medical student at Stanford University, pursuing a bioengineering track in medical device design. Inspired by innovation, Chi believes that... Read More →
avatar for Myung Sun Choi

Myung Sun Choi

Myung Sun Choi is a designer on the CompactCath team. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University and then went on to help open up a new branch of C2 Education Centers in Westchester, NY, serving as its first director and instructor until mid-2010. She... Read More →
avatar for Jason Chua

Jason Chua

Jason Chua is a founding member of SparkTruck, an educational build-mobile that helps students create tangible examples of their creative potential. Through fun, hands-on workshops using 21st century maker tools like 3D printers and laser cutters, SparkTruck is bringing a buildy confidence... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Frenz

Jacob Frenz

Jake Frenz is a co-founder of CombatIV. He is an executive MBA candidate at University of California Los Angeles and is a project director at WellPoint. Prior to Combat IV, Frenz served for five years in the US Marine Corps with 3RD Battalion, 5TH Marines where he completed two... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Hong

Daniel Hong

Daniel Wei-Chen Hong is a visiting assistant professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University. In 2011, he co-founded CompactCath, a revolutionary urinary catheter solution. Hong completed his neurosurgeon training in Taiwan in 2006, and since then he applied the endoscopic surgery... Read More →
avatar for David  Janka

David Janka

David Janka is a member of the CompactCath team from Stanford University. Previously, he spent a year in Kampala, Uganda as a Doris Duke fellow. Having explored infectious diseases research and HIV clinical trials, he discovered the power of design thinking while taking courses at... Read More →
avatar for Kathayoon Khalil

Kathayoon Khalil

Kathayoon Khalil is a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences and Technology Design program at the Stanford University School of Education and a member of the Spark Truck team. Khalil received her master’s degree in environmental science from the Yale School of Forestry and... Read More →
avatar for Eugene Korsunskiy

Eugene Korsunskiy

Eugene Korsunskiy is a designer and a founding member of Spark Truck, an educational build-mobile that helps students create tangible examples of their creative potential. Through fun, hands-on workshops using 21st century maker tools like 3D printers and laser cutters, Spark Truck... Read More →
avatar for Seth Norman

Seth Norman

Seth Norman is a co-founder of CombatIV. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley before joining the US Army as a second lieutenant in the 1st Armored Division. Norman served two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a security platoon leader and a... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Peck

Aaron Peck

Aaron Peck is a founding member of SparkTruck, an educational build-mobile that helps students create tangible examples of their creative potential. Through fun, hands-on workshops using 21st century maker tools like 3D printers and laser cutters, SparkTruck is bringing a “buildy... Read More →
avatar for Naama Stauber

Naama Stauber

Naama Stauber is a designer of the CompactCath team from Stanford University. Combining technology and design thinking principals in the medical device space at Stanford Design School, Stauber co-founded CompactCath, a revolutionary urinary catheter solution. Stauber was born and... Read More →
avatar for Kat M. Steele

Kat M. Steele

Kat M. Steele is a mechanical engineer and a designer on the CompactCath team from Stanford University. Combining technology and design-thinking principals in the medical device space at Stanford d.school, CompactCath team created a revolutionary urinary catheter solution. Steele... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Tilleard

Matthew Tilleard

Matt Tilleard is a co-founder of CombatIV. He has worked on both private- and public-sector solutions to poverty and humanitarian issues in Afghanistan, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, and in the Executive Office of the Secretary General at the United Nations in New York. He began... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

2:40pm

What's the Role of Sports in Society?
Speakers
avatar for Christine Brennan

Christine Brennan

Christine Brennan is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator on ABC News, CNN, and National Public Radio, a best-selling author and a nationally known speaker. Twice named one of the country’s top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors... Read More →
avatar for Beth Brooke

Beth Brooke

Beth A. Brooke is global vice chair of public policy at Ernst & Young and is a member of the firm’s global executive board. Brooke has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 140 countries and interacts frequently with regulators, policymakers, and capital market... Read More →
avatar for Tom Farrey

Tom Farrey

Tom Farrey is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ESPN and the author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children. He was honored in 2007 as one the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport at the University... Read More →
avatar for Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte is a sports and city columnist for the The New York Times. He is the author of sixteen books, including his recent memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter. Lipsyte has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” and “NBC Nightly News.” He won Columbia University’s... Read More →
avatar for John Walsh

John Walsh

Irish Research Staff Association Dr. John Walsh is Ussher Lecturer in Higher Education, with the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. He is the President of the Irish Research Staff Association (2011-12), the representative organisation serving the interests of contract... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Paepcke Auditorium

4:00pm

Ballroom Dancing
Speakers
avatar for Pierre Dulaine

Pierre Dulaine

Pierre Dulaine is the founder of Dancing Classrooms, an arts and social development program which uses ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of more than 300,000 children and their families. He is a well-known dancer and dance instructor whose work is the subject of the... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Greenwald Pavilion

4:00pm

Starting a Movement to Kickstart Jobs
Speakers
avatar for Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is president and co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. She is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, This Week with Christiane... Read More →
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

4:00pm

Book Signings
Speakers
avatar for E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kranish

Michael Kranish

Michael Kranish is the Washington bureau deputy chief for The Boston Globe. Kranish is co-author of The Real Romney, a biography of Mitt Romney produced by the Globe. He is also the co-author of John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography and Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at... Read More →
avatar for Charles Murray

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is the author of several books, including his most recent, Coming Apart, which describes an unprecedented divergence in American social? classes over the last half century. He is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Murray first came to national... Read More →
avatar for Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of the New York Times best-seller Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, published in March 2012. Her other books on the history of religion include... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Paepcke Tent

4:00pm

4:00pm

Bella Gaia Beautiful Earth Performance
Speakers
avatar for Kenji Williams

Kenji Williams

Kenji Williams is the founder and director of Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth) and an award-winning filmmaker, music producer, theatrical show director, and classically trained violinist. Williams explores the nexus of art and science through collaborations as diverse as NASA scientists... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Paepcke Auditorium

5:00pm

Technology and Democracy
Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent of The Atlantic. Before joining the magazine in 2007, he was Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine. He has... Read More →
avatar for Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Eric E. Schmidt is executive chairman of Google. Since joining the startup in 2001, Schmidt has helped grow the company to be a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Greenwald Pavilion

5:00pm

Advice for the Mega City
Speakers
avatar for Richard M. Daley

Richard M. Daley

Richard M. Daley is a former mayor of Chicago. Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and reelected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. At 22 years, he was the longest-serving Chicago mayor, surpassing the tenure of his father, Richard J. Daley. In 1997, Daley was named Municipal Leader... Read More →
avatar for Richard Florida

Richard Florida

Richard Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He is the author of several influential global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class, which 800-CEO-Read singled out as... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

5:30pm

Can We Design Our Way Out Of Poverty?
Speakers
avatar for Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, a global design- and innovation-consulting firm. Ranked independently among the 20 most innovative companies in the world, IDEO has contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Bank of America’s “Keep... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Limelight Hotel

5:30pm

Is College Sports the Canary In the Coal Mine?
Speakers
avatar for Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989... Read More →
avatar for Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress and playwright who is said to have created a new theater form. She is a University Professor at New York University and founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works, which supports artists from around the world whose work addresses issues of social... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hotel Jerome Antler Bar

7:30pm

In Conversation with Moby
Speakers
avatar for Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, a global design- and innovation-consulting firm. Ranked independently among the 20 most innovative companies in the world, IDEO has contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Bank of America’s “Keep... Read More →
avatar for Moby

Moby

moby was born in new york city, but grew up in connecticut, where he started making music when he was 9 years old. he started out playing classical guitar and studied music theory, and then went on to play with seminal connecticut hardcore punk group 'the vatican commandoes' when... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Belly Up Aspen

8:00pm

NPR Onstage Presents "A Fish Tale": Is Lying OK?
Speakers
avatar for Jon Hamilton

Jon Hamilton

Jon Hamilton is a correspondent on the science desk for NPR News, focused on neuroscience, health risks, and extreme weather. Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Hamilton was part of NPR’s team of science reporters and editors who went to Japan to cover the crisis... Read More →
avatar for Alix Spiegel

Alix Spiegel

Alix Spiegel is a correspondent for NPR’s science desk, covering psychology. Since arriving at NPR in 2003, much of Spiegel’s reporting has been on the subject of mental health. She has reported on everything from the psychological impact of killing another person to the emotional... Read More →
avatar for Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR. The focus of his reporting is on human behavior and how social science research can prompt listeners to think about the news in unusual and interesting ways. Before joining NPR in 2011, Vedantam spent ten years as a reporter at... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

8:00pm

Detropia: A Film and Discussion
Speakers
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Heidi Ewing

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady are co-directors of Detropia and co-owners of Loki Films. The filmmaking duo has been lauded for gaining unprecedented access in to unknown worlds and taking an intimate approach to their subject matter. In 2007, Ewing and Grady were nominated for an Academy... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Firestone

Charlie Firestone

Charlie Firestone is executive director of the Communications and Society Program at the Aspen Institute. The program has focused on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership; the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic, and social institutions... Read More →
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Rachel Grady

Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing are co-directors of Detropia and co-owners of Loki Films. The filmmaking duo has been lauded for gaining unprecedented access in to unknown worlds and taking an intimate approach to their subject matter. In 2007, Grady and Ewing were nominated for an Academy... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

9:00pm

What Does It Take to Be an Effective President?
Speakers
avatar for Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and... Read More →
avatar for David Gergen

David Gergen

David Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and contributes to Parade Magazine. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to presidents... Read More →
avatar for Joe Klein

Joe Klein

Joe Klein is a columnist and senior writer at TIME. He joined the magazine in 2003 to write a regular column, In the Arena, on national and international affairs. He is the author of The Natural: Bill Clinton’s Misunderstood Presidency and several other nonfiction books. As “Anonymous... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kranish

Michael Kranish

Michael Kranish is the Washington bureau deputy chief for The Boston Globe. Kranish is co-author of The Real Romney, a biography of Mitt Romney produced by the Globe. He is also the co-author of John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography and Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell is NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and the host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” She currently covers foreign policy, intelligence, and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for all NBC News... Read More →
avatar for George Mitchell

George Mitchell

George J. Mitchell served as US special envoy for Middle East peace from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that he had a distinguished career in public service. He was appointed to the US Senate (D-ME) in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of senator Edmund S. Muskie and went on to win elections... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
 
Saturday, June 30
 

7:45am

An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir
Speakers
avatar for Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte is a sports and city columnist for the The New York Times. He is the author of sixteen books, including his recent memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter. Lipsyte has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” and “NBC Nightly News.” He won Columbia University’s... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Schaap

Jeremy Schaap

Jeremy Schapp is a reporter and host for ESPN. He has won six national Sports Emmy Awards and many other honors for his work. He is the author of Cinderella Man, a New York Times best-seller, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics. His best-known ESPN... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Limelight Hotel

7:45am

The Art and Science of Human Inventiveness
Speakers
avatar for John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown, commonly referred to as “JSB,” is a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Prior to that, he was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and director... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer is author of New York Times best-seller Imagine: How Creativity Works and a contributing editor at Wired. Lehrer also wrote How We Decide and Proust Was A Neuroscientist. Lehrer is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and WNYC’s “Radiolab.” He writes the Head... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

8:00am

Making Cities Sing
Speakers
avatar for Richard Florida

Richard Florida

Richard Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He is the author of several influential global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class, which 800-CEO-Read singled out as... Read More →
avatar for Rocco Landesman

Rocco Landesman

Rocco Landesman is the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to his post at the NEA, Landesman was a longtime theater producer. As president of Jujamcyn, which owns and operates five Broadway theaters, Landesman produced most notably The Producers, which won... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Scholl

Dennis Scholl

Dennis Scholl is the vice president of arts for the Knight Foundation. He oversees the foundation’s national arts program, including the Knight Arts Challenge and Random Acts of Culture. Scholl is also the founder of a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary... Read More →
avatar for Darren Walker

Darren Walker

Darren Walker is vice president of education, creativity, and free expression at the Ford Foundation. Walker leads one of the foundation’s three major programs, overseeing grantmaking in public education reform, higher education, arts and culture, media, sexuality and reproductive... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

8:00am

The Uncertain Return: How Is the 21st Century Veteran Doing?
Speakers
avatar for Roger Cressey

Roger Cressey

Rocco Landesman is the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to his post at the NEA, Landesman was a longtime theater producer. As president of Jujamcyn, which owns and operates five Broadway theaters, Landesman produced most notably The Producers, which won... Read More →
avatar for Joe Klein

Joe Klein

Joe Klein is a columnist and senior writer at TIME. He joined the magazine in 2003 to write a regular column, In the Arena, on national and international affairs. He is the author of The Natural: Bill Clinton’s Misunderstood Presidency and several other nonfiction books. As “Anonymous... Read More →
avatar for Paul Rieckhoff

Paul Rieckhoff

Paul Rieckhoff is founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), America’s first and largest organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Rieckhoff was among the first responders to the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Paepcke Auditorium

9:00am

Charlie Rose: The Interview
Speakers
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose is executive editor and anchor of “Charlie Rose,” the nightly one-hour interview program that engages in one-on-one in-depth conversation and roundtable discussions about important issues and ideas of our time. He is co-anchor of the daily morning television program... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

9:00am

CEO Series: Can Corporate Values Drive Shareholder Value?
Speakers
avatar for Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera is an op-ed columnist at The New York Times. Before joining the opinion pages in 2011, he wrote the Talking Business column and was a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. He also serves as a regular business commentator for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Before... Read More →
avatar for Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company. He purchased Starbucks in 1987 with the help of local investors in Seattle. He was originally drawn to Seattle and its extraordinary coffee culture in 1982 when he moved from his native... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Paepcke Auditorium

9:00am

Are We Really Coming Apart?
Speakers
avatar for David Gergen

David Gergen

David Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and contributes to Parade Magazine. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to presidents... Read More →
avatar for Charles Murray

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is the author of several books, including his most recent, Coming Apart, which describes an unprecedented divergence in American social? classes over the last half century. He is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Murray first came to national... Read More →
avatar for Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting professor at University of Manchester (UK). His most recent book, American Grace, co-authored with David Campbell, focuses on the... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Greenwald Pavilion

10:30am

Can We Be Energy Independent?
Speakers
avatar for Thomas A. Fanning

Thomas A. Fanning

Thomas A. Fanning is chairman, president, and CEO of Southern Company, one of America’s largest utilities. The company is leading the nuclear renaissance with the construction of the first nuclear units in more than 30 years. Southern Company partnered with Ted Turner and Turner... Read More →
avatar for Mitch Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu is the 61st Mayor of New Orleans, and was sworn into that position in May of 2010. Prior to that, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010, where he served as an executive, managing a $127 million budget and 800 employees. He was a member of the... Read More →
avatar for Peter Orszag

Peter Orszag

Peter R. Orszag is vice chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup, Inc. He is also a contributing columnist at Bloomberg View and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to joining Citigroup in 2011, he served as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Council... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a financial columnist for The New York Times and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” He is the founder and editor-at-large of DealBook, a long-running online daily financial report. In 2011, HBO made Sorkin’s best-selling book Too Big to Fail into a film... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

10:30am

Co-Presented with NBC News' "Education Nation" Is College for Everyone?
Speakers
avatar for Jamie Merisotis

Jamie Merisotis

Jamie P. Merisotis is president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college. Under his leadership, Lumina employs a strategic, outcomes-based approach in pursuing its mission of expanding... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell is NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and the host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” She currently covers foreign policy, intelligence, and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for all NBC News... Read More →
avatar for Eduardo Padron

Eduardo Padron

Eduardo J. Padrón has served as president of Miami Dade College since 1995. The college is recognized as a national model of student achievement and is the largest institution of higher education in America, with more than 174,000 students. TIME magazine has included Padrón among... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Kresge Building, Hines Room

10:30am

Regulation: Helping or Hurting the Economy?
Speakers
avatar for Beth Brooke

Beth Brooke

Beth A. Brooke is global vice chair of public policy at Ernst & Young and is a member of the firm’s global executive board. Brooke has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 140 countries and interacts frequently with regulators, policymakers, and capital market... Read More →
avatar for Clive Crook

Clive Crook

Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist and editorial-board member at Bloomberg View. From 2007 to 2011, he was a Washington columnist and associate editor of the Financial Times. Before moving to live and work in the US, he worked for more than 20 years at... Read More →
avatar for William E. Mayer

William E. Mayer

William E. Mayer is chairman emeritus of the Aspen Institute. He is a partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm he founded in 1999. From 1992 to 1996, Mayer was a professor and dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Greenwald Pavilion

10:30am

How Can We Create "Smart" Transportation?
Speakers
avatar for Richard Florida

Richard Florida

Richard Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He is the author of several influential global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class, which 800-CEO-Read singled out as... Read More →
avatar for Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood became the 16th US secretary of transportation in January 2009. As secretary, LaHood leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation missions. Before his appointment, LaHood served for 14 years... Read More →
avatar for Peter Trick

Peter Trick

Peter Trick is a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, serving clients in the firm’s civil infrastructure business. He is an environmental attorney and senior policy analyst with more than 30 years of consulting experience focused primarily on water pollution, natural resources... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Lauder Room

10:30am

More Than a Privilege: Should Sports Be a Right?
Speakers
avatar for Bob Harper

Bob Harper

Bob Harper is a lifestyle coach at Quaker Oats. As a fitness expert, television star, and author, Harper is one of the most successful fitness and lifestyle experts in the world. His meteoric rise as the heart of NBC’s worldwide hit “The Biggest Loser,” now in its twelfth season... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Healton

Cheryl Healton

Cheryl G. Healton is the founding president and CEO of the American Legacy Foundation and has worked for over a decade to further the foundation’s ambitious mission: to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. She has guided the highly acclaimed, national... Read More →
avatar for Tom McMillen

Tom McMillen

Tom McMillen is chairman of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He has served as the chairman and CEO of Homeland Security Capital Corporation since 2005. He is a former US representative (D-MD) and served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

10:30am

Games, Learning, and Society
Speakers
avatar for John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown, commonly referred to as “JSB,” is a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Prior to that, he was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and director... Read More →
avatar for Constance Steinkuehler Squire

Constance Steinkuehler Squire

Constance Steinkuehler Squire is a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is currently on temporary leave from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she is an assistant professor in the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) group in the... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

10:30am

Will They Trust Us Again?
Speakers
avatar for Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and... Read More →
avatar for Steven Z. Leder

Steven Z. Leder

Steven Z. Leder is the senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a large and prestigious synagogue in Los Angeles with three campuses and 2,500 member families. He is currently leading a $150 million campaign to expand Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s historic campus. He is the author... Read More →
avatar for George Mitchell

George Mitchell

George J. Mitchell served as US special envoy for Middle East peace from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that he had a distinguished career in public service. He was appointed to the US Senate (D-ME) in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of senator Edmund S. Muskie and went on to win elections... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson

Thomas J. Wilson is chairman, president, and CEO of The Allstate Corporation and Allstate Insurance Company. Wilson has served as president and CEO of Allstate since 2007. He became chairman of The Allstate Corporation’s board of directors in 2008. From 2002 to 2006, Wilson was... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Paepcke Auditorium

12:00pm

Six Degrees of Separation: How Do Our Connections Improve Our Lives?
Speakers
avatar for David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt is the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. Previously, he wrote the paper’s Economic Scene column, focusing on the housing bubble, the economic downturn, the budget deficit, health care reform, and education. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished... Read More →
avatar for Anne Mosle

Anne Mosle

Anne Mosle is executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ascend is a hub for breakthrough ideas and proven strategies that move parents, especially women, and their children beyond poverty. Mosle most recently served as a vice president and officer of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting professor at University of Manchester (UK). His most recent book, American Grace, co-authored with David Campbell, focuses on the... Read More →
avatar for Mario Small

Mario Small

Mario Luis Small is professor and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Chicago. Small’s research has focused on urban poverty, social capital, and inequality and culture. His latest book, Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life, which... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

12:00pm

Future of Health 2012
Speakers
avatar for David Agus

David Agus

David Agus is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering and heads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading cancer... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Greenwald Pavilion

12:00pm

The Genius of Steve Jobs (An Event for Patron Passholders and Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars)
Speakers
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →
avatar for David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein

David M. Rubenstein is a co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group. Prior to forming the firm in 1987, Rubenstein practiced law in Washington, DC. From 1977 to 1981, during the Carter administration, Rubenstein was deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy. From 1975... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Aspen Meadows Restaurant

12:00pm

Markets and Morals: What Money Can't Buy
Speakers
avatar for Michael J. Sandel

Michael J. Sandel

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His latest book is What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. Sandel’s other books include Justice: What’s the Right... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

2:00pm

Afternoon of Conversation
Speakers
avatar for Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak, chairman of the Israel Labor Party, became Israel’s minister of defense for the second time second time in 2007. He previously served as Israel’s 10th prime minister and minister of defense from 1999 to 2001. Barak served as minister of the interior and then as foreign... Read More →
avatar for Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times, which appears twice a week, reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflict, international economics, the environment, biodiversity... Read More →
avatar for Brian Greene

Brian Greene

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books are widely read: The Elegant Universe was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has sold more than... Read More →
avatar for Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of PBS’s “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour.” She is also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Ifill reports on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs... Read More →
VJ

Valerie Jarrett

Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to President Obama and oversees four departments: the offices of Public Engagement, Intergovernmental Affairs, Olympic Paralympic and Youth Sports, and the White House Office of Urban Affairs. She chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls... Read More →
avatar for Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf is the former president of Pakistan. He occupied what TIME magazine described as “the most dangerous job in the world,” playing a crucial role in fighting the global war on terrorism. He played this role with incredible courage, surviving more than a few assassination... Read More →
avatar for Michele Norris

Michele Norris

Michele Norris is host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” For the year leading up to the 2012 presidential election, Norris has recused herself from hosting duties while her husband takes a position as a senior advisor on the Obama campaign. During this time, she is focusing... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose is executive editor and anchor of “Charlie Rose,” the nightly one-hour interview program that engages in one-on-one in-depth conversation and roundtable discussions about important issues and ideas of our time. He is co-anchor of the daily morning television program... Read More →
avatar for Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer is the chief Washington correspondent of CBS News, a post he has held since 1982, and moderator of “Face the Nation” since 1991. This year marks Schieffer’s 55th year as a reporter and his 43rd year at CBS News. He is one of the few broadcast or print journalists... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, where he is also president emeritus. During the past two decades, he has served in a series of senior policy positions, including vice president of development economics and chief economist of... Read More →
avatar for Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett is the US managing editor of the Financial Times, where she leads the editorial development of the paper’s US edition and of US news on FT.com. During her nearly 20 years at the publication, she has served in a number of capacities, including capital markets editor... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Benedict Music Tent

5:30pm

7:30pm

America the Post-Superpower
Speakers
avatar for Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor in chief of AtlanticLIVE. At AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s premium events division, Clemons develops concepts and editorial content and leads programs as an interviewer, moderator, and host. Clemons is currently... Read More →
avatar for Meghan O'Sullivan

Meghan O'Sullivan

Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick professor of the Practice of International Affairs and director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Between 2004 and 2007, she was special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy national... Read More →
avatar for Bret  Stephens

Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens is the foreign-affairs columnist of The Wall Street Journal and the deputy editor responsible for the editorial pages of the paper’s sister editions in Asia and Europe. Previously he was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at age 28. He is... Read More →
avatar for Dina Temple-Raston

Dina Temple-Raston

Dina Temple-Raston is a counterterrorism correspondent for NPR News. She joined NPR in 2007. A long-time foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia, Temple-Raston opened Bloomberg’s Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, working for both Bloomberg’s financial wire and radio operations... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Belly Up Aspen

8:00pm

In the Zone: What Does Peak Performance Require?
Speakers
avatar for Jon Frankel

Jon Frankel

Jon Frankel is the director, producer, and camera operator for American Man, his second feature-length documentary. Hellfighters premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and was featured on ESPN. Since 2006, Frankel has been a correspondent on HBO’s “REAL Sports with Bryant... Read More →
avatar for Bob Harper

Bob Harper

Bob Harper is a lifestyle coach at Quaker Oats. As a fitness expert, television star, and author, Harper is one of the most successful fitness and lifestyle experts in the world. His meteoric rise as the heart of NBC’s worldwide hit “The Biggest Loser,” now in its twelfth season... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. (Her having her right leg amputated at age five.) In recognition of... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Yep

Gregory Yep

Gregory Yep is the senior vice president of long-term research at PepsiCo. He has responsibility for long-term science-based strategies for core ingredients and their impact on food, flavor, metabolism, and nutrition to drive breakthrough innovation for growth in all PepsiCo products... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

8:00pm

Last Train Home: A Film and Discussion (Language: Chinese, English Subtitles)
Speakers
avatar for James Fallows

James Fallows

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has worked for the magazine for more than 30 years. In that time he has been based in various sites within the United States and in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He has written ten books, of which the latest... Read More →
avatar for Fan Lixin

Fan Lixin

Fan Lixen is a film director and journalist. His debut feature documentary Last Train Home deals with the world’s largest human migration by millions of factory workers every year during the Chinese New Year. Last Train Home won the 2009 Joris Ivens Award, was selected in the world... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

10:00pm

In Conversation with Stanley Tucci
Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent of The Atlantic. Before joining the magazine in 2007, he was Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine. He has... Read More →
avatar for Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci is an actor and filmmaker. His diverse work in the fields of theatre, film, and television has garnered him much recognition, including Golden Globe and Emmy Awards as well as an Oscar and a Tony nomination. He is best known for his work in such films as Julie & Julia... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
 
Sunday, July 1
 

7:45am

The Tiger Mother Tells All
Speakers
avatar for Amy Chua

Amy Chua

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an international best-seller and has been translated into 30 languages. In 2011, Chua was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people, and she received... Read More →
avatar for Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the New York Times best-selling author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, a surprising look at modern love, marriage, and what really matters for romantic happiness. A New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, the book... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

8:00am

CEO Series: The Creative Economy
Speakers
avatar for Shelly Lazarus

Shelly Lazarus

Shelly Lazarus is chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, a global advertising agency. She has been on the forefront of the advertising industry since the 1970s. Her trademarks—clear branding and building close client relationships—have attracted some of the world’s most respected brands... Read More →
avatar for Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett is the US managing editor of the Financial Times, where she leads the editorial development of the paper’s US edition and of US news on FT.com. During her nearly 20 years at the publication, she has served in a number of capacities, including capital markets editor... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Paepcke Auditorium

9:00am

Does Maximizing Shareholder Value Endanger America's Great Companies?
Speakers
avatar for Thomas Donaldson

Thomas Donaldson

Thomas Donaldson is the Mark O. Winkelman Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as director of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research. He has written broadly in the area of business ethics, values, and corporate governance... Read More →
avatar for Shelly Lazarus

Shelly Lazarus

Shelly Lazarus is chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, a global advertising agency. She has been on the forefront of the advertising industry since the 1970s. Her trademarks—clear branding and building close client relationships—have attracted some of the world’s most respected brands... Read More →
avatar for Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera is an op-ed columnist at The New York Times. Before joining the opinion pages in 2011, he wrote the Talking Business column and was a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. He also serves as a regular business commentator for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Before... Read More →
avatar for Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company. He purchased Starbucks in 1987 with the help of local investors in Seattle. He was originally drawn to Seattle and its extraordinary coffee culture in 1982 when he moved from his native... Read More →
avatar for Lynn A. Stout

Lynn A. Stout

Lynn A. Stout is the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law in the Clarke Business Law Institute at Cornell Law School. Stout is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Greenwald Pavilion

9:00am

The MIT Media Lab @ Aspen Ideas: Seeding Innovation (Featuring an Exclusive Announcement)
Speakers
avatar for Micah Eckhardt

Micah Eckhardt

Micah Eckhardt is a Ph.D. candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Group. Eckhardt has a diverse technological background in areas of machine learning, machine vision, robotics, and interaction design that informs his... Read More →
avatar for Todd Farrell

Todd Farrell

Todd Farrell is a doctoral student in the biomechatronics group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. Farrell’s main research interest is in the control of robotic prosthetics using myoelectric signal processing and machine learning. Outside of research, he is... Read More →
avatar for Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito is director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. He is chair of Creative Commons, on the board of the MacArthur Foundation, on the board of trustees of the Knight Foundation, and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage, an Internet company in Japan... Read More →
avatar for Coco Krumme

Coco Krumme

Coco Krumme is a research assistant in eRationality with MIT Media Lab’s Human Dynamics Group. She studies behavioral economics and human habits through the lens of big data. She is a member of the American Association of Wine Economists.   
avatar for Daniel McDuff

Daniel McDuff

Daniel McDuff is a research assistant in the Affective Computing Group at MIT Media Lab. Prior to joining the Media Lab, he worked for the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) in the United Kingdom. He is interested in using computer vision and machine learning to enable... Read More →
avatar for Nadya Peek

Nadya Peek

Nadya Peek is a research assistant in the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT Media Lab. She works on digital fabrication, networking protocols for machine control, digital materials, machines that make machines, and rapid prototyping. In her spare time, she volunteers at Fab Lab (Fabrication... Read More →
avatar for Eric Rosenbaum

Eric Rosenbaum

Eric Rosenbaum is a research assistant in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab. His current research focuses on the intersection of music, improvisation, play, and learning. His master’s thesis explores reflective learning in the Scratch programming environment for children... Read More →
avatar for Ben Waber

Ben Waber

Ben Waber is a senior researcher at Harvard Business School and a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab. He is also the president and CEO of Sociometric Solutions, a management consulting firm that uses social-sensing technology to understand and improve organizations. He received... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

9:00am

Can Women Have It All?
Speakers
avatar for Katie Couric

Katie Couric

Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author. In September 2006, after completing a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today Show,” Couric became the first female solo anchor of an evening... Read More →
avatar for Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the first woman director of policy planning for the US State Department. Slaughter was dean of Princeton’s Woodrow... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Paepcke Auditorium

10:30am

Radical Creative Spaces
Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Diller

Elizabeth Diller

Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and a professor of architectural design at Princeton University. DS+R is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Its projects include the Lincoln Center... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Paepcke Auditorium

10:30am

Is Water the Next Global Security Threat?
Speakers
avatar for Joel Achenbach

Joel Achenbach

Staff Writer, The Washington Post; Author, A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea
Joel Achenbach has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990. He started the newsroom’s first online column in 1999 and the paper’s first blog, Achenblog, in 2005. Now assigned to the Post’s national desk, he writes on science and politics and helped cover the... Read More →
avatar for Sylvia Lee

Sylvia Lee

Sylvia Lee is the water manager for Skoll Global Threats. She has over a decade of experience in the water sector and most recently worked as a water resources specialist for the South Asia Region of the World Bank based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her work at the World Bank focused on... Read More →
avatar for Steven McCormick

Steven McCormick

Steven J. McCormick is the president and a trustee of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He was previously president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where he served in that capacity from 2001 to 2007. As president, he led the organization into becoming a truly global... Read More →
avatar for Gary White

Gary White

Gary White is co-founder and CEO of Water.org. His entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed for the poor. White pioneered Water.org’s WaterCredit initiative, blending microfinance with water and sanitation... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

10:30am

Will Technology Make Us Healthier?
Speakers
avatar for Nicholas A. Christakis

Nicholas A. Christakis

Nicholas A. Christakis is a professor and director of the Human Nature Lab at Harvard University. He conducts research at the intersection of the natural and social sciences, in the field of biosocial science. Christakis’s work examines the emergence of cooperation and innovation... Read More →
avatar for Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the Center of Digital Business at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects business. His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves... Read More →
avatar for Eric Topol

Eric Topol

Eric Topol has been director and chief academic officer of Scripps Translational Science Institute and Scripps Health since 2006. In addition to his continued role as a cardiologist, Topol is a pioneer of genomic and wireless digital innovative technologies. Before his post at Scripps... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

10:30am

Raising Boys, Engaging Guys, and Educating Men: What Works?
Speakers
avatar for Chris Howard

Chris Howard

Chris Howard is the president of Hampden-Sydney College near Richmond, VA, and one of the youngest college presidents in the US. He previously served as a vice president at the University of Oklahoma and with GE’s Corporate Initiatives Group. He serves on the board of trustees... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel is a professor of sociology at Stony Brook University. He is the author of the best-sellers Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men and Manhood in America in addition to 20 other books. Kimmel is the founder and editor of Men and Masculinities, the field’s... Read More →
avatar for Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 500 schools across the US, as well as in international schools in Central American, Europe, and Asia... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Lauder Room

10:30am

The Lost Generation?
Speakers
avatar for Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman is a professor of law at Georgetown Law Center. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government. During President Clinton’s first term, he was counselor to health and human services secretary Donna Shalala and then assistant secretary... Read More →
avatar for Anne Mosle

Anne Mosle

Anne Mosle is executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ascend is a hub for breakthrough ideas and proven strategies that move parents, especially women, and their children beyond poverty. Mosle most recently served as a vice president and officer of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tough

Paul Tough

Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Rethinking Character and Intelligence, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. He has written about... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

10:30am

Does the United States Have a Responsibility to Protect?
Speakers
avatar for Michael Abramowitz

Michael Abramowitz

Mike Abramowitz is the director of the Committee on Conscience, the genocide-prevention program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which seeks to raise awareness among the public and policymakers about the challenges of preventing genocide today. Among its activities... Read More →
avatar for Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. A prolific writer who has published seven critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama, during the... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent of The Atlantic. Before joining the magazine in 2007, he was Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine. He has... Read More →
avatar for Dele Olojede

Dele Olojede

Dele Olojede is the publisher of NEXT and 234NEXT.com, which provide news and informed opinion primarily for a Nigerian audience to further the common good. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former foreign editor at New York Newsday, he is chairman of the Global Network Initiative... Read More →
avatar for Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the first woman director of policy planning for the US State Department. Slaughter was dean of Princeton’s Woodrow... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Greenwald Pavilion

12:00pm

Lessons in Education
Speakers
avatar for Eli Broad

Eli Broad

Eli Broad is founder of the Broad Foundations and a renowned business leader who built two Fortune 500 companies, SunAmerica and KB Home, from the ground up. Today, he and his wife, Edythe, are devoted to philanthropy through foundations, which they established to advance entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times, which appears twice a week, reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflict, international economics, the environment, biodiversity... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

12:00pm

Why We Don’t Want Everyone to Go to Harvard
Speakers
avatar for Ellen Alberding

Ellen Alberding

Ellen Alberding is president of the Joyce Foundation, which has assets of $800 million and makes grants of $40 million per year for projects to improve quality of life in the Great Lakes region. Foundation priorities include advancing water and air quality, improving educational outcomes... Read More →
avatar for Eduardo Padron

Eduardo Padron

Eduardo J. Padrón has served as president of Miami Dade College since 1995. The college is recognized as a national model of student achievement and is the largest institution of higher education in America, with more than 174,000 students. TIME magazine has included Padrón among... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Aspen Meadows Restaurant

12:00pm

Women Philanthropists: Doing It Differently
Speakers
avatar for Jackie Bezos

Jackie Bezos

Jackie Bezos is co-director of the Bezos Family Foundation. She loves the intersection between a big idea and passion, what she refers to as the sweet spot of philanthropy. For the Bezos Family Foundation, that sweet spot is the field of education from birth through 12th grade. Through... Read More →
avatar for Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Tory Burch is CEO and designer of the luxury lifestyle brand Tory Burch, which she launched in 2004 as a retail concept with multiple product categories. The collection is available at 67 boutiques, online, and in more than 1,000 select department and specialty stores worldwide. Burch... Read More →
avatar for Merle Chambers

Merle Chambers

Merle Chambers is founder and president of Chambers Family Fund. She founded and operated an oil and gas company and is the first and only woman inducted into the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Hall of Fame. Chambers created the Chambers Family Fund to provide philanthropic support for... Read More →
avatar for Katie Couric

Katie Couric

Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author. In September 2006, after completing a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today Show,” Couric became the first female solo anchor of an evening... Read More →
avatar for Ann B. Friedman

Ann B. Friedman

Ann B. Friedman is board chair of the SEED Foundation, the parent organization of the nation’s first inner-city, college-prep, public boarding schools. She also serves on the boards of Conservation International, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Institute, Aspen Music... Read More →
avatar for Anne Mosle

Anne Mosle

Anne Mosle is executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ascend is a hub for breakthrough ideas and proven strategies that move parents, especially women, and their children beyond poverty. Mosle most recently served as a vice president and officer of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Tisch

Laurie Tisch

Laurie M. Tisch is president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, a charitable enterprise that builds on a longstanding commitment to enable more New Yorkers to take advantage of the rich opportunities that the city has to offer. Tisch was the founding chair of the Center for... Read More →
avatar for Monique Villa

Monique Villa

Monique Villa is CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a post she was appointed to in 2008. She has since transformed it into a strategic, high-impact, and truly global foundation that reflects the company’s expertise and business acumen. With the strong belief that information... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Greenwald Pavilion

12:00pm

BBC World Service's "The Forum": How is Technology Changing the Way We Live Our Lives?
Speakers
avatar for Michael Gallagher

Michael Gallagher

Michael D. Gallagher is president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association representing US computer and video game publishers. Under his leadership, the ESA engages in activities that demonstrate the influence of entertainment software on areas... Read More →
avatar for Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito is director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. He is chair of Creative Commons, on the board of the MacArthur Foundation, on the board of trustees of the Knight Foundation, and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage, an Internet company in Japan... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Kendall

Bridget Kendall

Bridget Kendall is BBC diplomatic correspondent, covering major international developments, with a particular interest in Russia. She is also host of “The Forum,” the flagship ideas program for the BBC World Service. Her awards include the James Cameron Award for distinguished... Read More →
avatar for Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor is a Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated director whose productions range from musicals and plays to classical operas and films. Hailed as one of the most imaginative and provocative directors and designers working in the arts today, Taymor’s work includes... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

12:00pm

All In: The Education of General David Petraeus
Speakers
avatar for Paula Broadwell

Paula Broadwell

Paula Broadwell is the author of the New York Times best-seller All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. Her book was named by Foreign Policy magazine as a “best read of 2012.” Broadwell has served over 15 years in intelligence, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency... Read More →
avatar for Michael O'Hanlon

Michael O'Hanlon

Michael O’Hanlon is director of research and a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in US defense strategy, the use of military force, homeland security, and American foreign policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Limelight Hotel

1:15pm

What Is Democracy? Does It Work?
Speakers
avatar for David Gergen

David Gergen

David Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and contributes to Parade Magazine. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to presidents... Read More →
avatar for David Kennedy

David Kennedy

David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than four decades. His book, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War... Read More →
avatar for Sanford V. Levinson

Sanford V. Levinson

Sanford Levinson is the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair and a professor of government at the University of Texas. He has been teaching law and government at UT since 1980, following a teaching position at Princeton University. His specialty is the... Read More →
avatar for Russell Muirhead

Russell Muirhead

Russell Muirhead is the Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on American political thought and philosophic foundations of constitutional democracy. He is currently finishing a book called A Defense of Party Spirit... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Greenwald Pavilion

1:15pm

Health and the US Economy
Speakers
avatar for Martin Gaynor

Martin Gaynor

Martin Gaynor is the E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Health Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University and chair of the governing board of the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent nonprofit dedicated to advancing knowledge about the determinants of US health... Read More →
avatar for Jimmy Henry

Jimmy Henry

Jimmy Henry is an executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton responsible for the firm’s civil government business. He leads client work for agencies in sectors such as health, energy, environment, finance, homeland security, and transportation and oversees the firm’s growing... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Nabel

Elizabeth Nabel

Elizabeth G. Nabel is president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She leads a premier academic integrated health delivery system focused on health care reform. In her prior position as director of the National Institutes of Health’s... Read More →
avatar for Peter Orszag

Peter Orszag

Peter R. Orszag is vice chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup, Inc. He is also a contributing columnist at Bloomberg View and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to joining Citigroup in 2011, he served as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Council... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Koch Building, Lauder Room

1:15pm

Personalized Medicine Is a Myth
Speakers
avatar for Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Hamburg

Margaret Hamburg

Margaret A. Hamburg was confirmed as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in May 2009. Undertaking major efforts to streamline and modernize the FDA, Hamburg has advanced regulatory science, medical product innovation, and globalization of the agency while also implementing... Read More →
avatar for Eric Topol

Eric Topol

Eric Topol has been director and chief academic officer of Scripps Translational Science Institute and Scripps Health since 2006. In addition to his continued role as a cardiologist, Topol is a pioneer of genomic and wireless digital innovative technologies. Before his post at Scripps... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Kresge Building, Hines Room

1:15pm

Will All This Data Make Us Better?
Speakers
avatar for Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He’s the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. Madrigal co-founded Longshot Magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →
avatar for James Powell

James Powell

James T. Powell is chief technology officer of Thomson Reuters. In this role, he oversees the company’s technology initiatives and strategy, including the application of newly emerging technologies to advance the development and delivery of intelligent information. Previously he... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

1:15pm

Co-Presented with NBC News' "Education Nation" Can Character Be Taught?
Speakers
avatar for Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell is NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and the host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” She currently covers foreign policy, intelligence, and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for all NBC News... Read More →
avatar for Dominic Randolph

Dominic Randolph

Dominic Randolph became the sixth head of the Riverdale Country School in 2007, the school’s centennial year. Riverdale is a pre-K through grade 12 independent school of 1,100 students in New York City. Previously, Randolf served in the capacity of assistant headmaster at the... Read More →
avatar for Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw is the head of Georgetown Day School, which was founded in 1945 as the first integrated school in Washington, DC. GDS is a nationally recognized K–12 institution, known for its quality education and as a leader in social justice, equity, and diversity curriculum. Shaw... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tough

Paul Tough

Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Rethinking Character and Intelligence, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. He has written about... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

1:15pm

Technology of War: What Does the War of the Future Look Like?
Speakers
avatar for Steve Inskeep

Steve Inskeep

Steve Inskeep is co-host of “Morning Edition,” the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. Inskeep’s career as a correspondent has taken him to the changing neighborhoods of American cities, the first presidential campaign of George W. Bush, the wars in Afghanistan... Read More →
avatar for Mary Legere

Mary Legere

Mary A. Legere is a lieutenant general and the senior Army intelligence officer in the Pentagon. Legere has served for 30 years in positions of increasing responsibility and leadership. She has commanded at all levels, from company command in Korea to the Commanding General of the... Read More →
avatar for Mike McConnell

Mike McConnell

Mike McConnell is vice chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, where his primary roles include serving on the firm’s leadership team and leading Booz Allen’s rapidly expanding cyber business. After retiring from the Navy in 1996 as a vice admiral, McConnell joined Booz Allen and led... Read More →
avatar for Peter W. Singer

Peter W. Singer

Peter W. Singer is director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative and a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. One of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare, he was named by President Obama to the US military’s Transformation Advisory... Read More →
avatar for James Steinberg

James Steinberg

James Steinberg is dean of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law. Prior to becoming dean in 2011, he served as deputy secretary of state, serving as the principal deputy to Secretary Clinton. From 2005... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

2:40pm

Science and Our Future
Speakers
avatar for Brian Greene

Brian Greene

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books are widely read: The Elegant Universe was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has sold more than... Read More →
avatar for Michael S. Turner

Michael S. Turner

Michael S. Turner is a theoretical astrophysicist and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago, which he helped to establish, and is president-elect of the... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

2:40pm

The Truth about Cancer: A Filmed Discussion for an Upcoming Documentary
Speakers
avatar for Donald Abrams

Donald Abrams

Donald Abrams is chief of hematology-oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing an integrative medicine fellowship from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, he... Read More →
avatar for David Agus

David Agus

David Agus is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering and heads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading cancer... Read More →
avatar for Ralph Moss

Ralph Moss

Ralph W. Moss is the author of twelve books and three documentaries about cancer. His most recent book, Customized Cancer Treatment, is the first study of chemosensitivity and resistance assays. His articles have recently appeared in the journals Immunbiology, Lancet online, and Pharmacological... Read More →
avatar for Niven R. Narain

Niven R. Narain

Niven R. Narain is co-founder, president, and chief technology officer of Berg Pharma, which focuses its research on understanding how alterations in metabolism relate to disease onset. His passion is innovation that drives patient care and the generation of actionable biological... Read More →
avatar for Michele Norris

Michele Norris

Michele Norris is host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” For the year leading up to the 2012 presidential election, Norris has recused herself from hosting duties while her husband takes a position as a senior advisor on the Obama campaign. During this time, she is focusing... Read More →
avatar for Shimon Slavin

Shimon Slavin

Shimon Slavin is professor of medicine and medical and scientific director of the International Center for Cell Therapy and Cancer Immunotherapy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Slavin pioneered the use of immunotherapy mediated by donor lymphocytes and innovative methods for stem cell transplantation... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 2:40pm - 4:15pm
Paepcke Auditorium

4:00pm

Our Divided Political Heart
Speakers
avatar for Molly Ball

Molly Ball

Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic. She joined The Atlantic in September 2011 from Politico, where she covered the fight for the 2012 GOP nomination, the 2010 midterm elections, and the national political landscape. Prior to joining Politico in... Read More →
avatar for E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

4:00pm

Book Signings
Speakers
avatar for David Agus

David Agus

David Agus is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering and heads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading cancer... Read More →
avatar for Paula Broadwell

Paula Broadwell

Paula Broadwell is the author of the New York Times best-seller All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. Her book was named by Foreign Policy magazine as a “best read of 2012.” Broadwell has served over 15 years in intelligence, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency... Read More →
avatar for Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of numerous books, including The New York Times best-selling The Great Stagnation and his most recent book An Economist Gets Lunch. He writes frequently for many publications... Read More →
avatar for Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman is a professor of law at Georgetown Law Center. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government. During President Clinton’s first term, he was counselor to health and human services secretary Donna Shalala and then assistant secretary... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer is author of New York Times best-seller Imagine: How Creativity Works and a contributing editor at Wired. Lehrer also wrote How We Decide and Proust Was A Neuroscientist. Lehrer is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and WNYC’s “Radiolab.” He writes the Head... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Paepcke Tent

4:00pm

Who Wrote the Book of Revelation--and Why Do People Still Read It?
Speakers
avatar for Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of the New York Times best-seller Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, published in March 2012. Her other books on the history of religion include... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Koch Building, Lauder Room

5:00pm

Theater That Matters
Speakers
avatar for Oskar Eustis

Oskar Eustis

Oskar Eustis is artistic director of The Public Theater and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and artistic director for theaters around the country. He has directed the world premieres of Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise and Compulsion; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches... Read More →
avatar for Rocco Landesman

Rocco Landesman

Rocco Landesman is the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to his post at the NEA, Landesman was a longtime theater producer. As president of Jujamcyn, which owns and operates five Broadway theaters, Landesman produced most notably The Producers, which won... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Mosher

Gregory Mosher

Gregory Mosher is a professor at Columbia University, where one of his classes is devoted to finding new producing models for the 21st century. He is the former director of the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres and is the producer or director of nearly 200 plays at those theatres... Read More →
avatar for Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress and playwright who is said to have created a new theater form. She is a University Professor at New York University and founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works, which supports artists from around the world whose work addresses issues of social... Read More →
avatar for Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor is a Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated director whose productions range from musicals and plays to classical operas and films. Hailed as one of the most imaginative and provocative directors and designers working in the arts today, Taymor’s work includes... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

5:00pm

What Does It Mean to Be a Military Superpower?
Speakers
avatar for Steve Inskeep

Steve Inskeep

Steve Inskeep is co-host of “Morning Edition,” the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. Inskeep’s career as a correspondent has taken him to the changing neighborhoods of American cities, the first presidential campaign of George W. Bush, the wars in Afghanistan... Read More →
avatar for Mike Mullen

Mike Mullen

Mike Mullen is a retired US Navy admiral. He served as the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president’s principal military advisor, from 2007 until 2011. From 2005 to 2007, Mullen was the 28th chief of naval operations, the Navy’s highest-ranking officer. As chairman... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Greenwald Pavilion

7:00pm

Intelligence Squared Debate: No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom Is Doing More Harm Than Good
Speakers
avatar for John Donvan

John Donvan

John Donvan is the moderator for Intelligence Squared US. He is an author and correspondent for ABC News. He has hosted Nightline, World News, Good Morning America, and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” in addition to producing “My Generation” for PBS. He has also served as ABC’s... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Goldberg

Deborah Goldberg

Deborah Goldberg is a managing attorney at Earthjustice, the world’s first and largest nonprofit environmental law firm, where she focuses on legal advocacy and litigation related to global warming and environmental health. Earthjustice provides free legal representation to more... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Hudson

Katherine Hudson

Katherine Hudson is the Watershed Program director at Riverkeeper, a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. Riverkeeper is led by President Paul... Read More →
avatar for Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera is an op-ed columnist at The New York Times. Before joining the opinion pages in 2011, he wrote the Talking Business column and was a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. He also serves as a regular business commentator for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Before... Read More →
avatar for Sue Tierney

Sue Tierney

Sue Tierney is a managing principal at Analysis Group, where she is an expert on energy economics and environmental issues, focusing on the electric and gas industries. She consults to businesses, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, Indian tribes, and others. Tierney... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Aspen District Theater

7:30pm

Media and the Election: Prognosticating Campaign 2012
Speakers
avatar for Molly Ball

Molly Ball

Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic. She joined The Atlantic in September 2011 from Politico, where she covered the fight for the 2012 GOP nomination, the 2010 midterm elections, and the national political landscape. Prior to joining Politico in... Read More →
avatar for Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Cook

Charlie Cook

Charlie Cook is publisher of The Cook Political Report and political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and its CongressDailyAM. He also writes a regular column for the Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic... Read More →
avatar for Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of PBS’s “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour.” She is also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Ifill reports on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Belly Up Aspen

8:00pm

Joe Papp in Five Acts: A Film and Discussion
Speakers
avatar for Oskar Eustis

Oskar Eustis

Oskar Eustis is artistic director of The Public Theater and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and artistic director for theaters around the country. He has directed the world premieres of Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise and Compulsion; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches... Read More →
avatar for Tracie Holder

Tracie Holder

Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, fundraiser, and consultant for Women Make Movies and for Active Voice. She recently directed, produced, and wrote (with Karen Thorsen) Joe Papp in Five Acts, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Papp is the fruit of Holder’s personal passion... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium
 
Monday, July 2
 

7:45am

How Economics Helps Us Understand and Improve Modern Family Life
Speakers
avatar for David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt is the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. Previously, he wrote the paper’s Economic Scene column, focusing on the housing bubble, the economic downturn, the budget deficit, health care reform, and education. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished... Read More →
avatar for Betsey Stevenson

Betsey Stevenson

Betsey Stevenson is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She was chief Labor Department economist in the Obama administration in 2010–2011. Stevenson publishes in leading economics journals about the impact of public policy on people’s lives... Read More →
avatar for Justin Wolfers

Justin Wolfers

Justin Wolfers is an associate professor of economics in the Business and Public Policy Department at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting professor of economics at Princeton University. He is a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, co-editor... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

7:45am

Talking Back to Facebook
Speakers
avatar for James P. Steyer

James P. Steyer

James P. Steyer is founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for kids and media. He is a founding board member of the Center for the Next Generation, a nonpartisan organization supporting programs and policies that benefit the next generation... Read More →
avatar for Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel is editor of The Atlantic magazine and the author of the award-winning Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver, which The Boston Globe called an “extraordinary achievement” and which Publisher’s Weekly described as “a superbly researched, immensely readable... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Limelight Hotel

8:00am

Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day on July 4? It Really Should Be July 2.
Speakers
avatar for David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein

David M. Rubenstein is a co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group. Prior to forming the firm in 1987, Rubenstein practiced law in Washington, DC. From 1977 to 1981, during the Carter administration, Rubenstein was deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy. From 1975... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Koch Building, Lauder Room

8:00am

CEO Series: Pharma Leader Anthony Coles, Onyx
Speakers
avatar for Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a financial columnist for The New York Times and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” He is the founder and editor-at-large of DealBook, a long-running online daily financial report. In 2011, HBO made Sorkin’s best-selling book Too Big to Fail into a film... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Paepcke Auditorium

8:00am

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Speakers
avatar for Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. A prolific writer who has published seven critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama, during the... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

9:00am

What Will It Take to Renew Our Cities?
Speakers
avatar for Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson is administrator of the US Environment Protection Agency. Since being appointed to President Obama’s cabinet in 2009, she has been named one of Newsweek’s Most Important People in 2010, featured on TIME magazine’s 2010 and 2011 lists of the 100 Most Influential... Read More →
avatar for Mitch Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu is the 61st Mayor of New Orleans, and was sworn into that position in May of 2010. Prior to that, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010, where he served as an executive, managing a $127 million budget and 800 employees. He was a member of the... Read More →
avatar for Michele Norris

Michele Norris

Michele Norris is host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” For the year leading up to the 2012 presidential election, Norris has recused herself from hosting duties while her husband takes a position as a senior advisor on the Obama campaign. During this time, she is focusing... Read More →
avatar for Annise Parker

Annise Parker

 Annise Parker is mayor of Houston, where she is a second-generation native. Sworn in to her first term in 2010, she is Houston’s 61st mayor, one of only two women to hold the city’s highest elected office. As the city’s chief executive officer, she is responsible for all aspects... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio R. Villaraigosa is the 41st mayor of Los Angeles and has held the office since 2005. During his first term, Villaraigosa built the police force to its largest size in history, oversaw the steepest reduction in crime since the 1950s, and developed LA’s first comprehensive... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

9:00am

What Is the Goal of Parenting?
Speakers
avatar for Erika Christakis

Erika Christakis

Erika Christakis is an early childhood educator and Harvard College administrator. Her professional life is rooted at the intersection of schools, families, and communities, where for many years she has worked as a teacher, preschool director, public health advocate, and educational... Read More →
avatar for Amy Chua

Amy Chua

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an international best-seller and has been translated into 30 languages. In 2011, Chua was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people, and she received... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence J. Cohen

Lawrence J. Cohen

Lawrence J. Cohen is a psychologist and author of Playful Parenting, an award-winning book about nurturing close connections, solving behavior problems, and encouraging children’s confidence. Cohen also co-authored The Art of Roughhousing; Mom, They’re Teasing Me; and Best Friends... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky is co-founder and president of Families and Work Institute (FWI), where she co-directs the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive nationally representative study of the US workforce. She co-directs When Work Works, a project on workplace flexibility... Read More →
avatar for Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the New York Times best-selling author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, a surprising look at modern love, marriage, and what really matters for romantic happiness. A New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, the book... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Paepcke Auditorium

10:30am

What Will It Take to Govern in This Highly Polarized Environment?
Speakers
avatar for Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards is vice president and director of the Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at the Aspen Institute. Before joining the Institute, Edwards taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International... Read More →
avatar for Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of PBS’s “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour.” She is also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Ifill reports on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs... Read More →
avatar for Norman  Ornstein

Norman Ornstein

Norman Ornstein writes a weekly column for Roll Call called Congress Inside Out and is an election-eve analyst for CBS News. He is the author of several books, most recently the New York Times best-seller It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

10:30am

Community and the Arts: All Art Is Local
Speakers
avatar for Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates is founder and president of the Rebuild Foundation and director of arts program development at the University of Chicago. He is an artist, musician, and “cultural planner.” In his performances, installations, and urban interventions, Gates transforms spaces, institutions... Read More →
avatar for Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel is the director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program. A former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Woetzel is also the artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival, the founding director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Program... Read More →
avatar for Laura Zabel

Laura Zabel

Laura Zabel is executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic development organization for artists in the upper Midwest and beyond. One of Springboard’s newest initiatives is Community Supported Art, which connects artists directly with patrons through a three-month... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

10:30am

Our Constitution at a Crossroads: Does the System Need Reform?
Speakers
avatar for Pamela S. Karlan

Pamela S. Karlan

Pamela S. Karlan is Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School and co-directs its Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Karlan has worked on over 70 cases at the US Supreme Court and has argued seven cases. Karlan clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun... Read More →
avatar for Sanford V. Levinson

Sanford V. Levinson

Sanford Levinson is the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair and a professor of government at the University of Texas. He has been teaching law and government at UT since 1980, following a teaching position at Princeton University. His specialty is the... Read More →
avatar for Richard A. Pildes

Richard A. Pildes

Richard H. Pildes is a professor of constitutional law at New York University School of Law. His scholarship focuses on legal issues concerning the design of democratic processes and government, as well as constitutional law and theory. His major recent academic articles include “Why... Read More →
avatar for Jed Rubenfeld

Jed Rubenfeld

Jed Rubenfeld is the Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is the author of Freedom and Time and Revolution by Judiciary, as well as the million-copy worldwide best-selling novel, The Interpretation of Murder, and last year’s The Death Instinct. Rubenfeld is... Read More →
avatar for Richard Wilhelm

Richard Wilhelm

Richard Wilhelm is an executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and leads the firm’s intelligence business. Prior to joining Booz Allen in 1998, Wilhelm had a 29-year career in government as a military intelligence officer and civilian appointee, including serving as executive... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Paepcke Auditorium

10:30am

A Child's First 2,000 Days: What's the Brain Got to Do with It?
Speakers
avatar for Patricia Kuhl

Patricia Kuhl

Patricia K. Kuhl holds the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning and is co-director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. She is the director of UW’s National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center and a professor... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Lauder Room

10:30am

Knowledge Exchange: Information's Beautiful Future
Speakers
avatar for James Powell

James Powell

James T. Powell is chief technology officer of Thomson Reuters. In this role, he oversees the company’s technology initiatives and strategy, including the application of newly emerging technologies to advance the development and delivery of intelligent information. Previously he... Read More →
avatar for Edwin Schlossberg

Edwin Schlossberg

Edwin Schlossberg is founder and principal designer of ESI Design. He is an internationally recognized designer of collaborative public experiences, knowledge-sharing networks, and communications platforms for a variety of companies and institutions. Schlossberg’s designs include... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wigley

Mark Wigley

Mark Wigley is dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is one of the foremost architectural theorists and critics of his generation and has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture. In 2005, Wigley co-founded... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

10:30am

What Is America's Future Military Role in the World?
Speakers
avatar for Jane Harman

Jane Harman

Jane Harman is president, CEO, and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is a former US representative (D-CA). Representing the aerospace center of California during nine terms in Congress, she served on all of the major security committees: six years... Read More →
avatar for Craig Nixon

Craig Nixon

Craig Nixon is a partner at McChrystal Group. He retired as a brigadier general in the US Army in 2011. In his more than 29-year Army career, his assignments included seven tours in special operations units and three tours in Korea. Nixon participated in a number of combat operations... Read More →
avatar for Michael O'Hanlon

Michael O'Hanlon

Michael O’Hanlon is director of research and a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in US defense strategy, the use of military force, homeland security, and American foreign policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University... Read More →
avatar for James Steinberg

James Steinberg

James Steinberg is dean of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law. Prior to becoming dean in 2011, he served as deputy secretary of state, serving as the principal deputy to Secretary Clinton. From 2005... Read More →
avatar for Dina Temple-Raston

Dina Temple-Raston

Dina Temple-Raston is a counterterrorism correspondent for NPR News. She joined NPR in 2007. A long-time foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia, Temple-Raston opened Bloomberg’s Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, working for both Bloomberg’s financial wire and radio operations... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Greenwald Pavilion

12:00pm

Why We’ll Remain Preeminent
Speakers
avatar for Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson

Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for Policy and Public Programs and relations with international partners. The Institute’s policy programs focus on important domestic and international issues and improve decision-making by providing... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, where he is also president emeritus. During the past two decades, he has served in a series of senior policy positions, including vice president of development economics and chief economist of... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

12:00pm

Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change around the World
Speakers
avatar for Laura Alonso

Laura Alonso

Laura Alonso is a national representative in Argentina’s Congress, having been elected by the City of Buenos Aires in 2009. She is a member of the Constitutional Affairs and Foreign Affairs Committees. She is also a member of the global women leaders network of Vital Voices Global... Read More →
avatar for Alyse Nelson

Alyse Nelson

Alyse Nelson is president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A co-founder of Vital Voices, Nelson has worked for the organization for 15 years. In that time, she has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international forums in over 140 countries. Nelson... Read More →
avatar for Kah Walla

Kah Walla

Kah Walla is managing director of STRATEGIES!, an international consultancy firm. For over 25 years, Walla has been an activist focused on good governance, the rights of women and youth, and the rule of law. She has worked with civil society in Cameroon and throughout Africa, developing... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

12:00pm

Learning with New Orleans
Speakers
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →
avatar for Mitch Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu is the 61st Mayor of New Orleans, and was sworn into that position in May of 2010. Prior to that, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010, where he served as an executive, managing a $127 million budget and 800 employees. He was a member of the... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

12:00pm

Hear the Voices of the Future
Speakers
avatar for Rayonna Hall

Rayonna Hall

Rayonna Hall is the first graduate of Gateway to College at Durham Technical Community College. She transplanted to North Carolina from the inner city of Jamaica Queens, New York. She became a mother at the age of 13 and quickly became overwhelmed trying to juggle school and... Read More →
avatar for Xavier Jennings

Xavier Jennings

Xavier Jennings, 21, from East Denver was the youngest of 5 children raised by a single mother. At the age of 13 he began dealing drugs, joined a gang and became involved in the street life and court system. He dropped out of school at 17. At 18 he found YouthBuild at Mile High Youth... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Patrick

Stephen Patrick

Stephen Patrick is a senior program officer on the Postsecondary Success Team with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His work at the foundation focuses on student supports and on developing supportive pathways through college for low-income young adults, with a particular emphasis... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Aspen Meadows Restaurant

12:00pm

Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World
Speakers
avatar for Billy Parish

Billy Parish

Billy Parish is co-founder and president of Solar Mosaic, and co-author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World. In 2002, Parish dropped out of Yale to found the Energy Action Coalition and grew it into the largest youth advocacy organization in the... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Limelight Hotel

1:15pm

Co-Presented with NBC News' "Education Nation" Arts in Education
Speakers
avatar for Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, Gardner is... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer is author of New York Times best-seller Imagine: How Creativity Works and a contributing editor at Wired. Lehrer also wrote How We Decide and Proust Was A Neuroscientist. Lehrer is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and WNYC’s “Radiolab.” He writes the Head... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell is NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and the host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” She currently covers foreign policy, intelligence, and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for all NBC News... Read More →
avatar for Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel is the director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program. A former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Woetzel is also the artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival, the founding director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Program... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Greenwald Pavilion

1:15pm

China and Democracy
Speakers
avatar for James Fallows

James Fallows

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has worked for the magazine for more than 30 years. In that time he has been based in various sites within the United States and in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He has written ten books, of which the latest... Read More →
avatar for Eric X. Li

Eric X. Li

Eric X. Li is founder and managing director of Chengwei Capital, which invests in entrepreneurial companies in the global Chinese economy. Chengwei’s portfolio includes over 20 companies operating in a wide range of industries such as manufacturing, consumer goods, education, the... Read More →
avatar for Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and the director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. His research focuses on democratization in developing countries, governance in China, and US–China relations... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Paepcke Auditorium

1:15pm

Are We Truly Innovative?
Speakers
avatar for Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of numerous books, including The New York Times best-selling The Great Stagnation and his most recent book An Economist Gets Lunch. He writes frequently for many publications... Read More →
avatar for Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the Center of Digital Business at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects business. His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a financial columnist for The New York Times and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” He is the founder and editor-at-large of DealBook, a long-running online daily financial report. In 2011, HBO made Sorkin’s best-selling book Too Big to Fail into a film... Read More →
avatar for Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

1:15pm

The Politics of Sex
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Elias

Christopher Elias

President of Global Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leads the foundation’s efforts in integrated and innovative delivery, finding creative new ways to ensure solutions and products get into the hands of people in developing countries... Read More →
avatar for Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and... Read More →
avatar for Musimbi Kanyoro

Musimbi Kanyoro

Musimbi Kanyoro is the president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women and has been a passionate advocate for the health, development, and human rights of women, girls, and minority groups throughout her life. The Global Fund for Women is the largest public grantmaking foundation that... Read More →
avatar for Monique Villa

Monique Villa

Monique Villa is CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a post she was appointed to in 2008. She has since transformed it into a strategic, high-impact, and truly global foundation that reflects the company’s expertise and business acumen. With the strong belief that information... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Koch Building, Lauder Room

1:15pm

Our Genes and Our Addictions
Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Healton

Cheryl Healton

Cheryl G. Healton is the founding president and CEO of the American Legacy Foundation and has worked for over a decade to further the foundation’s ambitious mission: to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. She has guided the highly acclaimed, national... Read More →
avatar for Amir Levine

Amir Levine

Amir Levine is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at Columbia University. He is currently a principal investigator on a research project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health about the epigenetics of addiction. Levine is co-author of Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment... Read More →
avatar for Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel is editor of The Atlantic magazine and the author of the award-winning Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver, which The Boston Globe called an “extraordinary achievement” and which Publisher’s Weekly described as “a superbly researched, immensely readable... Read More →
avatar for Nora D. Volkow

Nora D. Volkow

Nora D. Volkow is director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at National Institutes of Health. She pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the effects of drugs in the human brain and has demonstrated that drug addiction is a brain disease. She has published more than... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

1:15pm

The Ethics of War
Speakers
avatar for Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. A prolific writer who has published seven critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama, during the... Read More →
avatar for Leigh G. Hafrey

Leigh G. Hafrey

Leigh Hafrey is a senior lecturer in the Behavioral and Policy Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. His 2005 book The Story of Success delves into how people use story to articulate ethical norms. Since the mid-1990s, Hafrey has moderated... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Kresge Building, Hines Room

1:15pm

Women In the Military: Embracing Opportunities and Challenges
Speakers
avatar for Paula Broadwell

Paula Broadwell

Paula Broadwell is the author of the New York Times best-seller All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. Her book was named by Foreign Policy magazine as a “best read of 2012.” Broadwell has served over 15 years in intelligence, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown is a retired vice admiral in the US Navy. She most recently served as director of command, control, communications, and computer systems (C4) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She has served as an outside director of systematic software; is on the Armed Forces Communications... Read More →
avatar for Mary Legere

Mary Legere

Mary A. Legere is a lieutenant general and the senior Army intelligence officer in the Pentagon. Legere has served for 30 years in positions of increasing responsibility and leadership. She has commanded at all levels, from company command in Korea to the Commanding General of the... Read More →
avatar for Angela Messer

Angela Messer

Angela Messer is a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and leads the firm’s army business. Messer’s areas of expertise include information technology, cyber, cloud computing, data and business intelligence, and systems engineering and integration. A former US Army officer... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

2:40pm

The Health Care Decision
Speakers
avatar for Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of numerous books, including The New York Times best-selling The Great Stagnation and his most recent book An Economist Gets Lunch. He writes frequently for many publications... Read More →
avatar for Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and... Read More →
avatar for David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt is the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. Previously, he wrote the paper’s Economic Scene column, focusing on the housing bubble, the economic downturn, the budget deficit, health care reform, and education. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Greenwald Pavilion

2:40pm

How Do We See The World?
Speakers
avatar for Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer is the vice president of location and local services at Google. She oversees product management, engineering, design, and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search... Read More →
avatar for Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Paepcke Auditorium

4:00pm

Book Signings
Speakers
avatar for Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is the author of three novels, True Believers, Heyday, and Turn of the Century, as well as the nonfiction books Reset and The Real Thing. He also writes short fiction, screenplays, and work for the theater. In addition, Andersen is host of “Studio 360,” the Peabody... Read More →
avatar for Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. A prolific writer who has published seven critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama, during the... Read More →
avatar for Alyse Nelson

Alyse Nelson

Alyse Nelson is president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A co-founder of Vital Voices, Nelson has worked for the organization for 15 years. In that time, she has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international forums in over 140 countries. Nelson... Read More →
avatar for Norman  Ornstein

Norman Ornstein

Norman Ornstein writes a weekly column for Roll Call called Congress Inside Out and is an election-eve analyst for CBS News. He is the author of several books, most recently the New York Times best-seller It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided... Read More →
avatar for James P. Steyer

James P. Steyer

James P. Steyer is founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for kids and media. He is a founding board member of the Center for the Next Generation, a nonpartisan organization supporting programs and policies that benefit the next generation... Read More →
avatar for Lynn A. Stout

Lynn A. Stout

Lynn A. Stout is the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law in the Clarke Business Law Institute at Cornell Law School. Stout is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Paepcke Tent

4:00pm

Rebuilding Community: Finding Lost Hills
Speakers
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →
avatar for Lynda Resnick

Lynda Resnick

Lynda Resnick is vice chairman of Roll Global. Dubbed the “POM Queen,” Resnick is behind the marketing success of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice. She and her husband, Stewart, also own Paramount Farms and Paramount Citrus Companies — making them the nation’s largest farmers... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Koch Building, Lauder Room

4:00pm

5:00pm

Coding the Next Chapter of American History
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which works with talented web professionals and cities around the country to promote public service and reboot government. Government Technology magazine named her one of 2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

5:00pm

Ideas for the Future: Work, Food, and Cities
Speakers
avatar for Allison Carruth

Allison Carruth

Allison Carruth is an assistant professor of English at UCLA, starting this fall, and has served most recently as the associate director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research examines the intersections... Read More →
avatar for Leila Janah

Leila Janah

Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, an award-winning | social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork—small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. She serves on the boards of OneLeap and TechSoup Global and... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He’s the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. Madrigal co-founded Longshot Magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →
avatar for Geoff Manaugh

Geoff Manaugh

Geoff Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book, former senior editor of Dwell magazine, and a contributing editor at Wired UK. He is co-director of Studio-X NYC, an off-campus event space run by the architecture department at Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia... Read More →
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Sarah Rich

Sarah Rich is a writer and digital-media strategist. She is the editor of Smithsonian Magazine’s Design Decoded column, former senior editor of Dwell, and co-founder of the award-winning Longshot Magazine. In 2006, Rich co-authored the best-selling book Worldchanging: A User’s... Read More →
avatar for Nicola Twilley

Nicola Twilley

Nicola Twilley is author of the blog Edible Geography and co-director of Studio-X NYC, part of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities. She is curator... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

5:30pm

5:30pm

7:30pm

Steve Jobs's Design Genius
Speakers
avatar for Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is the author of three novels, True Believers, Heyday, and Turn of the Century, as well as the nonfiction books Reset and The Real Thing. He also writes short fiction, screenplays, and work for the theater. In addition, Andersen is host of “Studio 360,” the Peabody... Read More →
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Belly Up Aspen

8:00pm

Chasing Ice: A Film and Discussion
Speakers
avatar for James Balog

James Balog

James Balog is an internationally renowned environmental photographer and the founder of the Extreme Ice Survey—the subject of his film, Chasing Ice. The documentary tracks his exhibitions to the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. For... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Paepcke Auditorium

8:30pm

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy: Overparenting and Its Perils
Speakers
avatar for Katie Couric

Katie Couric

Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author. In September 2006, after completing a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today Show,” Couric became the first female solo anchor of an evening... Read More →
avatar for Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the New York Times best-selling author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, a surprising look at modern love, marriage, and what really matters for romantic happiness. A New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, the book... Read More →
avatar for Madeline  Levine

Madeline Levine

Madeline Levine is a psychologist and frequent lecturer on child and adolescent issues. She is the author of the forthcoming Teach Your Children Well, due out this summer from Harper. This latest book by Levine outlines how our culture’s current narrow definition of success unnecessarily... Read More →
avatar for Polly Young-Eisendrath

Polly Young-Eisendrath

Polly Young-Eisendrath is a Jungian analyst, psychologist, author, and speaker. In these capacities and as a mindfulness meditation teacher, Young-Eisendrath combines knowledge and imagination in her contact with audiences. As a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University... Read More →


Monday July 2, 2012 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Hotel Jerome Ballroom
 
Tuesday, July 3
 

7:45am

It's Not Your Grandfather's Army: The History and Future of America's Armed Forces
Speakers
avatar for David Kennedy

David Kennedy

David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than four decades. His book, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 7:45am - 8:45am
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

8:00am

8:00am

What Will Fuel the Automobile of the Future?
Speakers
avatar for Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson is administrator of the US Environment Protection Agency. Since being appointed to President Obama’s cabinet in 2009, she has been named one of Newsweek’s Most Important People in 2010, featured on TIME magazine’s 2010 and 2011 lists of the 100 Most Influential... Read More →
avatar for Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood became the 16th US secretary of transportation in January 2009. As secretary, LaHood leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation missions. Before his appointment, LaHood served for 14 years... Read More →
avatar for Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:00am - 8:50am
Paepcke Auditorium

9:00am

Our Economy: Optimism, Pessimism, and Reality Check
Speakers
avatar for David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein

David M. Rubenstein is a co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group. Prior to forming the firm in 1987, Rubenstein practiced law in Washington, DC. From 1977 to 1981, during the Carter administration, Rubenstein was deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy. From 1975... Read More →
avatar for Mortimer B. Zuckerman

Mortimer B. Zuckerman

Mortimer B. Zuckerman Zuckerman is also owner, chairman, and editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report and owner and publisher of the New York Daily News. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of Boston Properties and has been a director since 1997. He co-founded the company... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Paepcke Auditorium

9:00am

The Next Internet
Speakers
avatar for Eric Feng

Eric Feng

Eric Feng is founder and CEO of Erly, a new social platform for organizing and sharing personal content. Prior to starting Erly, Feng was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he focused on green tech and digital media investments. Before joining KPCB, Feng was chief... Read More →
avatar for Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer is the vice president of location and local services at Google. She oversees product management, engineering, design, and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search... Read More →
avatar for Dave Morin

Dave Morin

Dave Morin is co-founder and CEO of Path, the smart journal that helps users share life with friends and loved ones. Previously, as an original member of the Facebook team, Morin played a variety of product, marketing, strategy, and management roles in expanding the Facebook ecosystem... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Murdock

Jerry Murdock

Jerry Murdock is a co-founder and managing director of Insight Venture Partners, a leading global private equity and venture capital firm. Since its inception in 1995, Insight has invested over $5 billion in more than 160 growth-stage software, eCommerce, Internet, and data-services... Read More →
avatar for Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O’Reilly is founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly also hosts conferences, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata Online Conference, and Tools of Change for Publishing Conference... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 9:00am - 10:10am
Greenwald Pavilion

10:30am

A 360 Degree View of Campaign 2012
Speakers
avatar for Molly Ball

Molly Ball

Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic. She joined The Atlantic in September 2011 from Politico, where she covered the fight for the 2012 GOP nomination, the 2010 midterm elections, and the national political landscape. Prior to joining Politico in... Read More →
avatar for Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Cook

Charlie Cook

Charlie Cook is publisher of The Cook Political Report and political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and its CongressDailyAM. He also writes a regular column for the Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic... Read More →
avatar for David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt is the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. Previously, he wrote the paper’s Economic Scene column, focusing on the housing bubble, the economic downturn, the budget deficit, health care reform, and education. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

10:30am

True Believers: A New Novel About Secret Lives, the 60s and the Way We Live Now
Speakers
avatar for Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is the author of three novels, True Believers, Heyday, and Turn of the Century, as well as the nonfiction books Reset and The Real Thing. He also writes short fiction, screenplays, and work for the theater. In addition, Andersen is host of “Studio 360,” the Peabody... Read More →
avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He is co-author of... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room

10:30am

Women and the Struggle for Democracy
Speakers
avatar for Laura Alonso

Laura Alonso

Laura Alonso is a national representative in Argentina’s Congress, having been elected by the City of Buenos Aires in 2009. She is a member of the Constitutional Affairs and Foreign Affairs Committees. She is also a member of the global women leaders network of Vital Voices Global... Read More →
avatar for Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor in chief of AtlanticLIVE. At AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s premium events division, Clemons develops concepts and editorial content and leads programs as an interviewer, moderator, and host. Clemons is currently... Read More →
avatar for Kah Walla

Kah Walla

Kah Walla is managing director of STRATEGIES!, an international consultancy firm. For over 25 years, Walla has been an activist focused on good governance, the rights of women and youth, and the rule of law. She has worked with civil society in Cameroon and throughout Africa, developing... Read More →
avatar for Amira Yahyaoui

Amira Yahyaoui

Amira Yahyaoui is a Tunisian peace activist and founder of Al Bawsala, an NGO that monitors the constitutional assembly and Parliament to protect the free expression of the Tunisian people and advocate or human rights. Yahyaoui has been a tireless advocate for freedom of expression... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Paepcke Auditorium

10:30am

Is Technology Finally Destroying More Jobs Than It's Creating?
Speakers
avatar for Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the Center of Digital Business at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects business. His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Kresge Building, Hines Room

10:30am

Sustainability Redux: Radical Changemakers
Speakers
avatar for Peggy Clark

Peggy Clark

Peggy Clark is vice president of policy programs and executive director of Global Health and Development at the Aspen Institute. In her role as vice president, Clark provides strategic oversight and guidance to the Institute’s 26 policy programs. As executive director, Clark leads... Read More →
avatar for Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson is administrator of the US Environment Protection Agency. Since being appointed to President Obama’s cabinet in 2009, she has been named one of Newsweek’s Most Important People in 2010, featured on TIME magazine’s 2010 and 2011 lists of the 100 Most Influential... Read More →
avatar for Musimbi Kanyoro

Musimbi Kanyoro

Musimbi Kanyoro is the president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women and has been a passionate advocate for the health, development, and human rights of women, girls, and minority groups throughout her life. The Global Fund for Women is the largest public grantmaking foundation that... Read More →
avatar for Billy Parish

Billy Parish

Billy Parish is co-founder and president of Solar Mosaic, and co-author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World. In 2002, Parish dropped out of Yale to found the Energy Action Coalition and grew it into the largest youth advocacy organization in the... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Greenwald Pavilion

10:30am

Screen Time: Technology and Our Kids
Speakers
avatar for Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, Gardner is... Read More →
avatar for James P. Steyer

James P. Steyer

James P. Steyer is founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for kids and media. He is a founding board member of the Center for the Next Generation, a nonpartisan organization supporting programs and policies that benefit the next generation... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:40am
Koch Building, Lauder Room

12:00pm

Need, Speed, and Greed
Speakers
avatar for Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room

12:00pm

The United States and Europe: the Drags on Global Growth
Speakers
avatar for Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan is president of Greenspan Associates, LLC and was the 13th chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, a position he held for more than 18 years. From 1974 to 1977, Greenspan was chairman of President Gerald Ford’s Council of Economic Advisers; and from 1981 to 1983, he... Read More →
avatar for David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt is the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. Previously, he wrote the paper’s Economic Scene column, focusing on the housing bubble, the economic downturn, the budget deficit, health care reform, and education. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room

12:00pm

How We Hope: Lessons from the Gallup Poll
Speakers
avatar for Shane Lopez

Shane Lopez

Shane J. Lopez is the Gallup senior scientist in residence and research director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. As chief architect of the Gallup Student Poll, he has measured hope in over one million people. His mission is to help people of all ages exercise some control over... Read More →


Tuesday July 3, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Aspen Meadows Restaurant

1:15pm

Closing Session
Tuesday July 3, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Greenwald Pavilion