Aspen Ideas Festival announces slate of speakers |

Aspen Ideas Festival announces slate of speakers

The presidents of two organizations in the center of the U.S. gun-control debate are among the speakers at the ninth annual Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Institute and the Atlantic announced Tuesday.

The list of confirmed speakers includes National Rifle Association President David A. Keene and Dan Gross, president of Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The festival is June 26 through July 2. More than 300 “insightful speakers and leaders from around the country and beyond” will present their ideas, according to the sponsors.

“The week’s programming will cover a variety of important issues including the economy, the Middle East, energy, space, mobility, and design, among other topics,” said a news release from the Aspen Institute.

An audience of about 4,000 is expected to attend part or all of the seven-day festival at the Aspen Meadows.

Speakers currently confirmed to attend include: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan; Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih; Twitter CEO Dick Costolo; U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor; Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein; cellist and the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Harman-Eisner artist in residence Yo-Yo Ma; Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Lab Director Andrew Ng; United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice; edX President Anant Agarwal; fuseproject founder and CEO Yves Behar; National Resource Defense Council President Frances Beinecke; Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP Managing Partner David Boies; Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Thomas Campbell; Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow Elaine Chao; Stanford University professor of psychology Carol S. Dweck; MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald DePinho; Harvard Law School professor of Law Noah Feldman; “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” author Ben Fountain; Aramex founder and former CEO Fadi Ghandour; Studio Museum in Harlem Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden; U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg; HBO’s “Girls” Executive Story Editor Sarah Heyward; CEO Tony Hsieh; Harvard Business School Chairwoman of Business Administration Nancy Koehn; U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; SING Campaign founder, singer and activist Annie Lennox; photographer Zanele Muholi; Acumen Fund Inc. founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz; Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian; former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson; former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican presidential candidate and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable; Republican political consultant and policy advisor Karl Rove; Red Rooster chef and owner Marcus Samuelsson; Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; and Executive Director Jocelyn Wyatt.

Details on the program tracks, confirmed speakers and passes are available at

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