Aspen Ideas: Public events available Wednesday |

Aspen Ideas: Public events available Wednesday

A look at the public events for Wednesday that have tickets (available at the Wheeler Opera House box office or

What: The People vs. Democracy (Book Talk)

Where: Hotel Jerome Ballroom

When: 7:50 a.m.

Cost: $45 (with breakfast)

From Italy to Turkey, and from Hungary to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power. As a result, political scientist and author Yascha Mounk argues that democracy itself may now be at risk. How did we get here, and what do we need to do now?

What: The Supreme Court Now: The Most Recent Decisions, the Deciders, and What to Expect Next

Where: St. Regis Ballroom

When: 7:50 a.m.

Cost: $45 (with breakfast)

From same-sex wedding cakes and voting rights to gerrymandered congressional districts and public unions, the latest Supreme Court term was full of newsmaking decisions, even when they decided not to decide. Join Ideas Festival legal and policy experts for a lively and informative roundup, where they’ll parse the most consequential opinions, emerging trends, and what these decisions tell us about the future of the highest court in the land.

What: With Honor: Can Veterans Help Bridge Our Political Divides?

Where: St. Regis Ballroom

When: Noon

Cost: $55 (with lunch)

America is at a critical and potentially existential moment. Tribal polarization is at an all-time high. Yet veteran representation in Congress is at an all-time low. Veterans know how to work together and get things done in tough places. Can a surge of next-generation, principled veterans who have pledged to form a cross-partisan coalition win in November, break down divisions, and get Congress working again?

What: “The Sentence” (film & discussion)

Where: Paepcke Auditorium

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $12

Ever wondered why mandatory minimum sentences are so controversial? Pay a visit through film to the family of Cindy Shank, mother of three, who is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. Captured by Shank’s brother, this intimate portrait of the devastating consequences of mandatory minimum drug sentencing follows her and her family over the course of 10 years.

What: Yeethoven: How Kanye West and Beethoven Collide

Where: Hotel Jerome Ballroom

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

On his last two albums, Kanye West’s music departed dramatically from traditional pop song structures, launching into a more symphonic approach. Ludwig van Beethoven — similarly controversial in his time — wrought havoc on existing musical forms and alienated many in the process. Join Yuga Cohler and Stephen “Johan” Feigenbaum as they explore these similarities during a discussion of their orchestral concert Yeethoven, which sold out Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall this past January. An eleven-piece classical ensemble will illustrate their arguments with live musical excerpts.