Individual tickets available to Aspen Ideas public sessions |

Individual tickets available to Aspen Ideas public sessions

Aspen Ideas Festival from Monday, June 25, 2018. | Aspen Times file photo

Public tickets are available to attend more than 20 sessions at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which kicks off its second installment today.

Sessions will take place on the Aspen Meadows Campus and the Hotel Jerome Ballroom. For tickets, locations, and the full agenda, visit or the Wheeler Box Office. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Additionally, to celebrate the opening of the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies, the Ideas Festival will put on a free screening of the documentary “The New Bauhaus” at 5 p.m. Sunday at Paepcke Auditorium. A conversation with the film’s director, Alysa Nahmias, and James Merle Thomas, the executive director of the Bayer Center, will follow the screening. Registration is required in advance at — enter the code BAUHAUS at checkout for a free ticket.

Here’s the lineup sample of sessions accessible through individual tickets for the second session and third session, which starts Tuesday.

— Sunday, 7 p.m., Olympian Eileen Gu and WNBA Washington Mystics team owner Shelia Johnson will discuss the Title IX law that remade sports with Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institutes’ Sports & Society program.

— Sunday, 8 p.m., Janna Levin, astrophysicist and author, will give a visually guided tour of black holes and the role they play in our past and our future.

— Monday, 7 p.m., NPR’s Mary Louise Kelley speaks to those willing to hold power to account, with Hermitage Capital Management CEO Bill Browder, and the founders of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Paul Raduand and Drew Sullivan.

— Tuesday, 3 p.m., The “Afternoon of Conversation” will include NBCUniversal Chairman César Conde, journalist Katie Couric, NPR’s Mary Louise-Kelly, and guests yet-to-be-announced.

— Tuesday, 7 p.m., National Parks Service director Chuck Sams, and Tompkins Conservation president and former Patagonia CEO Kristine Tompkins speak to NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz about how wilderness transforms the planet.

—   Thursday, 7 p.m., Selma Blair: from Hollywood ingenue to Mean Baby memoirist. The “Cruel Intentions” and “Legally Blond” actress discusses her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and commitment to advocacy with Sheinelle Jones of NBC’s “Today.”

New this year is the Aspen Ideas Digital Passes that allows access to a curated sample of in-person sessions from June 27-30, and live, virtual-only Q&A sessions with speakers. Cost is $50. Learn more at


  • Aspen Ideas Digital Pass: New for 2022 and building on successful online Aspen Ideas programming in 2020 and 2021, Aspen Ideas is introducing an accessible digital pass for only $50. The pass will present the best of the in-person Festival from June 27-30, giving attendees access to a curated sample of in-person sessions and live, virtual-only Q&A sessions with distinguished speakers. Learn more at


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