Aspen Ideas: Public events available Thursday

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

What: What Is It Like to Be Inside the American Immigration System Today?

Where: Hotel Jerome Ballroom

When: 7:50 a.m.

While Congress looks less and less likely to take on any meaningful move on comprehensive immigration reform, hundreds of thousands of people live in limbo every day. Many of them face daily trials, ranging from inconveniences to crippling uncertainty to, in some communities, hatred and outright danger. What’s it like to be at the mercy of our immigration system today?


What: The Whale and the Wind Turbine: Innovation Inspired by Animals

Where: Hotel Jerome Ballroom

When: Noon

Luckily for us, a truly sustainable world already exists. Life on Earth had been in perfect balance for 3.8 billion years, and the secrets to that sustainability are still all around us. Biomimicry is the emulation of nature’s genius in design, engineering, even business. Today, biomimics are learning to repel bacteria like a shark, gather fog like a desert beetle, and circulate resources like a forest.


What: Hip-Hop Collision: Music, Race, and the Law

Where: Hotel Jerome Ballroom

When: 5:30 p.m.

Atlanta-based defense attorney and #BillionDollarLawyer Drew Findling shares the stage with his client, international hip-hop star Kiari Cephus — known onstage as Offset, one third of the music trio Migos — to discuss the intersection of criminal justice, race, and hip-hop.


What: Keeping Bots in Check

Where: Wheeler Opera House Bar

When: 5:30 p.m.

Bots — accounts with no human oversight — rule Twitter. According to a Pew Research analysis of more than 1.2 million public tweets, an astounding 66 percent of links tweeted are shared from bots. Enter accidental tech superheroes. Hear how two 20-year-olds are changing the way we see news and filter out propaganda.


What: After #METOO: The Way Forward for Women in the Media

Where: Hotel Jerome Ballroom

When: 9:30 p.m.

A group of leading female journalists reflects on conditions that might have led to the scandals we watched unfold, and discuss what, if anything, has changed at work.


What: The Photo Ark: Documenting the Endangered

Where: St. Regis Ballroom

When: 8:30 p.m.

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every animal species in human care. Ten years later, he’s documented 8,000 animals.


Aspen City Council puts breaks on Old Powerhouse Preservation Project

With many lingering questions still surrounding the fate of Aspen’s historic Old Powerhouse, City Council decided during Monday’s work session to hold off on providing staff direction on moving the preservation project forward until more information can be presented.

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