Public tickets for Ideas, Health festivals on sale

Aspen Ideas Festival from June 2018.
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There are several ways to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Ideas: Health, including individual tickets that the public can purchase, as well as passes.

The festival will be held from June 22 to July 1 and will bring together hundreds of leaders and innovators at the Aspen Institute for days of discussions on issues including politics, business, health, science, arts, education and more.

There are several options for experiencing the festival, either in Aspen or remotely. A limited number of general admission passes are available for purchase online at the Aspen Ideas Festival website.

The festival is divided into three segments, beginning with Aspen Ideas: Health (June 22-25); followed by Festival 1 (June 25-28); and Festival 2 (June 28-July 1).

Special rates are available for members of the Society of Fellows, those under 46, new participants or full-time students. Call 970-544-7955 for more information.

Individual tickets will go on sale Friday for more than 20 paid sessions taking place on the Aspen Meadows campus and the Jerome Hotel Ballroom.

For tickets, venues and the full agenda, visit, or head to the Wheeler box office. Tickets will not be available at the door; they must be purchased in advance.

Events scheduled with individual tickets include the following:

• June 22, 7:30 pm — Reducing Gun Violence Through Public Health: Alan Weil of Health Affairs interviews former US Surgeon General Jerome Adams; AFFIRM to Aspen Institute Director Christopher Barsotti; and Megan Ranney, academic dean at Brown University’s School of Public Health.

• June 23, 8 pm — The Power of Psychedelics: Rachel Yehuda, Director of the Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Andrew Penn, psychiatric nurse practitioner at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); and Jeeshan Chowdhury, co-founder and CEO of Journey Colab, are interviewed by TED Health podcast host Shoshana Ungerleider.

• June 24, 8 p.m. — Art as Medicine: NPR Science Correspondent Jon Hamilton leads a conversation with the President’s Acting Science Advisor, Francis Collins; acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming; and Sheila Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, and co-founder of Black Entertainment Television.

• June 25, 8 pm — Janna Levin, astrophysicist and author, will take a visual tour of black holes and the role they play in our past and our future.

• June 26, 7:00 p.m. — Olympian Eileen Gu and WNBA Washington Mystics owner Shelia Johnson will discuss Title IX with Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Sports & Society Program at the Aspen Institute.

• June 27, 7 pm — Black money and the globalization of corruption. NPR’s Mary Louise Kelley speaks to those who want to hold power to account, along with Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, and the founders of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Paul Radu and Drew Sullivan.

• June 28, 3:00 p.m. — “Afternoon Conversation” will include NBCUniversal President César Conde; journalist Katie Couric, NPR’s Mary Louise-Kelly and many special guests who have yet to be announced.

• June 28, 7 p.m. — How wilderness transforms people and the planet: Chuck Sams, Director of the National Parks Service, and Kristine Tompkins, President of Tompkins Conservation and former CEO of Patagonia, speak with the NBC News correspondent , Gadi Schwartz.

• June 29, 7 p.m. — “Tell Me More” with Kelly Corrigan. Join Corrigan for a live double taping of his popular PBS show with Katie Couric and constitutional legal expert Neal Katyal.

• June 30, 7 pm — Selma Blair: from Hollywood ingenue to Mean Baby memoirist. The ‘Cruel Intentions’ and ‘Legally Blond’ actress discusses her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and commitment to advocacy with NBC’s ‘Today’ Sheinelle Jones.

Aspen Ideas Digital Pass is new this year and builds on Aspen Ideas online programming in 2020 and 2021.

The digital pass costs $50 and will showcase the best of the festival in person from June 27-30, giving attendees access to a curated sample of sessions and live, virtual-only Q&A sessions with distinguished speakers. . Learn more at

To celebrate the opening of the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies, the Aspen Ideas Festival is hosting a free screening of the documentary, The New Bauhaus, at 5 p.m. on June 26 at Paepcke Auditorium.

A conversation with the film’s director, Alysa Nahmias and James Merle Thomas, the executive director of the Bayer Center, will follow the screening. Registration is required in advance at Enter code BAUHAUS at checkout for a free ticket.

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