Aspen Institute Announces Ideas Fest Lineup

More than 300 speakers and thinkers will descend upon Aspen in late June to engage an audience of more than 4,000 over seven days during the Aspen Ideas Festival. Hosted by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, in its ninth year Ideas Fest is a public dialogue between the luminaries of our time about the world’s most pressing issues. This year, they’ll tackle the economy, the Middle East, energy, space, mobility and design from June 26 through July 2 at the Institute campus in Colorado.

Speakers currently confirmed to attend include: US Supreme Court Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan; Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih; Twitter CEO Dick Costolo; Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA); Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence President Dan Gross; National Rifle Association of America President David A. Keene; Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein; Cellist and the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Yo-Yo Ma; Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Lab Director Andrew Ng; United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice; edX President Anant Agarwal; fuseproject Founder and CEO Yves Behar; National Resource Defense Council President Frances Beinecke; Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP Managing Partner David Boies; The Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Thomas Campbell; The Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow Elaine Chao; Stanford University Professor of Psychology Carol S. Dweck; MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald DePinho; Harvard Law School Professor of Law Noah Feldman; Billy Lynns’ Long Halftime Walk Author Ben Fountain; Aramex Founder and Former CEO Fadi Ghandour; The Studio Museum in Harlem Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden; US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg; HBO’s “Girls” Executive Story Editor Sarah Heyward; CEO Tony Hsieh; Harvard Business School Chair of Business Administration Nancy Koehn; US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; The SING Campaign Founder, Singer, and Activist Annie Lennox; Photographer Zanele Muholi; Acumen Fund, Inc. Founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz; Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian; Former Secretary of the US Treasury Department Henry Paulson; Former Governor (R-MN) and Republican Presidential Candidate and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable Tim Pawlenty; Republican Political Consultant and Policy Advisor Karl Rove; Red Rooster Chef and Owner Marcus Samuelsson; Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; and Executive Director Jocelyn Wyatt.

Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein is slated to speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer.