Security to be tight for Aspen Ideas Festival

Staff report

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry are among the notable speakers who will appear at the Aspen Ideas Festival which runs June 23-July 2 on the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus. For the 12th year, the Festival will feature scientists, artists, politicians, historians, educators and community leaders to discuss current ideas and issues. A full schedule of speakers and sessions can be found at

The arrival of the Vice President, the Secretary of State, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and other cabinet members and world leaders in Aspen for the Ideas Festival will require additional security measures. Therefore, the Secret Service and other agencies will be securing the Aspen Meadows campus and have asked that it be open only to pass-holders for the duration of the Festival. Anyone without a pass will not be allowed on campus during this time. There will also be some traffic disruptions on the morning of July 2 when the Vice President visits, causing potential disruptions for those in the Aspen area.

“I want to apologize in advance for some inconveniences that may occur,” said Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. “We have been working very hard with the Secret Service and our great local law enforcement officials to do all that they possibly can to minimize any delays. I sincerely hope you will take part in some aspect of the festival, whether in person at an event in town or by watching online.”

Select tickets still available

There are 85 Festival sessions with 9,000 tickets open to the Aspen community. Tickets are available through and at the Wheeler Box Office.

The Institute will provide a free, live feed from the campus to the Hotel Jerome ballroom for the sessions listed below. These sessions are free and open to the public and do not require advance ticketing.

• June 28, 9:20 a.m.

Secretary of State John Kerry

• June 29, 2 to 5 p.m.

Afternoon of Conversation. Speakers include Christine LaGarde, Yuri Milner, Satya Nadella, Mitt Romney and others.

• July 2, 1:45 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden

The following major sessions will be available for live viewing online at

• June 23, 5 p.m.

Spotlight Health Opening Ceremony

• June 26, 10:15 a.m.

Spotlight Health Closing Ceremony with Buzz Bissinger, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Jeffrey Goldberg, Caitlyn Jenner, Anna Deavere Smith

• June 26, 5 p.m.

Aspen Ideas Festival Opening Ceremony

• June 28, 9:20 a.m.

Secretary of State John Kerry

• June 29, 2 to 5 p.m.

Afternoon of Conversation, speakers include Christine LaGarde, Yuri Milner, Satya Nadella, Mitt Romney and others.

• July 2, 1:45 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden

Dozens of videos of other select sessions will be recorded and available to view on within 24 hours of each event. There will also be extensive social media coverage of the Festival, as described below:

● Twitter: Follow @AspenIdeas and @Atlantic_LIVE, and tweet your thoughts using #SpotlightHealth and #AspenIdeas. (Spotlight Health will run from June 23-26 and the Aspen Ideas Festival will take place June 26-July 2.)

● Facebook: Like the and pages, and follow and

● Instagram: See behind-the-scenes photos and videos, plus add your point of view using #SpotlightHealth and #AspenIdeas, at and

● Snapchat at “aspeninstitute” for behind-the-scenes, exclusive video content.

● YouTube: Subscribe to watch highlights from your favorite discussions or catch full sessions you missed. and

● LinkedIn: Get advice from speakers, hear from leading Institute experts, and more on the official LinkedIn Aspen Ideas Festival channel:

● Reddit: Ask speakers anything during AMAs with Festival speakers. Look for notifications of AMAs on Twitter @AspenIdeas

● Periscope: Follow the Aspen Institute and Atlantic Live for behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with speakers throughout the week by downloading the Periscope app on your mobile device.

● Podcasts: Listen to memorable moments from the Festival with the Aspen Ideas To Go podcast.

● Websites: Video, audio, and transcripts from Aspen Ideas can be viewed at and select sessions will also be made available on

Other media outlets currently planning audio and video broadcasts from the Festival include the following (watch for local listings and airtimes): CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” Bloomberg TV, PBS’s “Point Taken” with Carlos Watson, Sirius XM’s “Stand Up! with Pete Dominick” on channel 121, “The Perri Peltz Show” on channel 109, and “Aspen Institute Radio” on channel 121, CCTV America, Minnesota Public Radio and Aspen Public Radio.


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