Aspen Institute unveils summer events schedule |

Aspen Institute unveils summer events schedule

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen Institute released the schedule Monday for its three public summer forums in 2012.

The Aspen Environment Forum will be held June 22 through 25. The Aspen Ideas Festival will be held June 27 through July 3. The Aspen Security Forum will be held July 25 through 28. Registration is open for each of the events.

The Environment Forum, entering its fifth year, is co-hosted by National Geographic magazine. The forum brings in top environmentalists, scientists and business leaders to explore the challenges of having finite resources as the global population soars.

The event always features an impressive lineup of speakers but rarely a large crowd. The Aspen Institute has shuffled the time slot throughout the event’s five years, trying to find an audience that fits the lineup of presenters. The forum moved from March to midsummer and now to June, when it precedes the Aspen Ideas Festival by less than one week.

More information will be available soon on the 2012 event at

The Aspen Ideas Festival has become a summer fixture right before the Fourth of July. It is co-hosted by The Atlantic.

“Entering its eighth year, the Aspen Ideas Festival will gather some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the U.S. and abroad to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them and their ideas,” according to the festival’s website.

The topics are explored through a number of lectures, debates, panel discussions and performances. The event is divided into two four-day sessions. Each session has five of the same program tracks: “American Agenda: The Choice 2012”; “Jobs and the Economy: Is the Crisis Permanent?”; “World Affairs: Democracy on Trial”; “Arts and Culture: Art Matters”; and “Our Planet: Life in a World of Seven Billion.” Three other program tracks will be unique to each of the sessions.

The cost is $2,750 per session for adults and $1,375 per session for students. More about the festival can be found at

The Aspen Security Forum will be presented for the third year by the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program in partnership with The New York Times. The event features top-level present and former officials from the homeland security and counterterrorism agencies. Industry leaders, top thinkers and nationally noted journalists also participate.

So far for 2012, the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. has been confirmed as a speaker, as has Ambassador Marc Grossman, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A general forum pass is $1,500. More information can be found at

All three events will be held at the Aspen Meadows campus.


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