Aspen Institute and The Atlantic to host Aspen Ideas Festival

By: Steve Wednesday May 30, 2012 0 comments Tags: Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Institute


ASPEN - The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic will host the eighth annual 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen from June 27 through July 3.

More than 250 thinkers and leaders from around the nation and world will gather to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them and their ideas.

Topics will include science and technology, the environment, the arts, the economy, global affairs and the 2012 presidential election.

Speakers confirmed to attend include Ehud Barak, Israeli minister of defense; Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman; George Mitchell, former special envoy for Middle East Peace; Eric Schmidt, Google executive chairman; Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO; and Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistan president.

National-level journalists planning to cover the event include Katie Couric, Gwen Ifill, Steve Inskeep, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Schieffer, Michele Norris and Charlie Rose.

"My hope with the festival is to bring leaders, problem solvers, deep thinkers and enthused champions to inspire us to imagine the possibilities of change and progress," said Kitty Boone, Aspen Institute vice president of public programs.

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