Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak at the signature event at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30, the Aspen Institute announced Wednesday.
Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state who is foreseen as a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2016, will speak at an event called “Afternoon of Conversation” at the Benedict Music Tent at 2 p.m.
The “Afternoon of Conversation” is annually sandwiched between two multi-day sessions that make up the Aspen Ideas Festival, now in its 10th year. The conversations typically feature heavy hitters. This year’s lineup includes former Vice President Al Gore, former Prime Minister of Great Britain Tony Blair, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi and David Petraeus, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
There is no order set yet for the speakers, said Kitty Boone, a vice president of the Aspen Institute and director of the Aspen Ideas Festival. She said institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson would interview Clinton.
Tickets for “Afternoon of Conversation” are $100. The tent sells out, so video broadcasts at remote sites will be established, with details to come later, Boone said.
The Ideas Fest is an overwhelming smorgasbord of great doers and thinkers. There are roughly 375 presenters over the 10 days.
“We have a lot going on. That’s all I can say,” said Boone.
For the first time, the festival is divided into three sessions. A new opening session called Spotlight: Health will be held June 24-27.
“We decided to take one topic and blow it out over three days,” Boone said. Discussions will focus on global health and medicine issues.
Then the festival will be divided into its traditional sessions, with “Fest 1” running June 27-30 and “Fest 2” running June 30 to July 3.
Both fests will feature lectures, presentations, debates and panel discussions in economics, policy, environment, science, education, arts, global affairs and policy.
Festival passes are sold out, Boone said, but roughly 6,000 tickets are available for the public at large to various events. Some of them are free. Others start as low as $22.
The Aspen Institute is touting 10 free, public events to celebrate 10 years of the Aspen Ideas Festival. One free event will be held each day of fest, June 24 through July 3. Tickets are required because of limited seating in the venues. They must be picked up in person at the Wheeler Opera House starting Friday at 9 a.m.
“Topics for public events will touch on climate mitigation, social entrepreneurship, the challenges facing universities and college students, our economy, political dilemmas, heart health, robots versus workers, jazz — even an unofficial comedy night,” the Institute said in a news statement.
The 10 free events are:
•Aspen Med School 101: Women’s Health Research, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. with speaker Paula Johnson.
•Boots on the Ground: CDC’s Elite Disease Detectives, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. with speakers Jennifer McQuiston and Neil Vora with moderator Tom Frieden.
•The Power of the Arts to Heal, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. with speakers Arthur Bloom, Iva Fattorini, Jacques Sebisaho and moderator Andrew Revkin.
•Humans and Machines — Drones, Phones, and Robotic Friends: Where is Emergent Technology Taking Us? On June 27 at 8:30 p.m. with speakers Mary “Missy” Cummings, Ryan Calo, Ken Goldberg and moderator David Kirkpatrick.
•“Marketplace” Presents: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Numbers on June 28 at 8 p.m. with speakers Tony Fadell, Jennifer Pahlka, Beau Willimon and host Kai Ryssdal.
•Confronting Climate Change — Is There Still Room for Nature? On June 28 at 8:30 p.m. with speaker M. Sanjayan.
•Spent: Looking for Change, a film and discussion on June 29 at 8 p.m. with speakers Bill Bynum and Dan Schulman with moderator Derek Thompson.
•Aspen Ideas Stand-Up Review, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. with speakers Grover Norquist, Jon Lovett, Paul J. Zak, David Brooks and moderator Jeffrey Goldberg.
•Who Can Afford College (and Who Should)? July 2 at 5:30 p.m. with speakers Sandy Baum, Anthony P. Carnevale, David Leonhardt, Michael McPherson and moderator Josh Wyner.
•The Supreme Price, film and discussion, July 3 at 8 p.m. with speaker Joanna Lipper.
The other events with public tickets available will be listed Thursday at www.aspenideas.org/content/2014-public-events-schedule. They will go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. at www.aspenshowtix.com, in person at the Wheeler Opera House or by calling 970-920-5770.