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Every year, The Aspen Ideas Festival celebrates the life of the mind by inviting some of the country's premier thinkers to stimulate thought and spark national conversations. This year was no different, as several Royce Carlton speakers joined the festival to present the cutting-edge ideas that are changing the world.
Brian Greene — Author of The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge concepts. Millions understand and appreciate science because of Greene. Watch his speech What's the Big Idea?
Anne-Marie Slaughter — Creating a work/life balance isn't easy. Foreign Policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America, vocalizes these challenges in her upcoming book Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family. Watch her on panel Women and Work.
Elizabeth Alexander — Poet and author (The Light of the World) Elizabeth Alexander has been contributing to ongoing conversations about race, immigration, and social justice throughout her career. To her, art is a critical element of civic dialogue. Watch her discuss these ideas in Poetry, Justice, and Alienation.
Evan Osnos — National Book Award winner and New Yorker correspondent, Evan Osnos has shown people the real China, from the countryside to the boardroom to the center of politics, in his columns and book, Age of Ambition. Watch him on panel in Can the Next Generation in China and AmericaShare the Future?
Bill Browder — One of the world's most successful hedge fund managers turned political activist, Bill Browder has helped pass legislation against Human Rights violators in Russia and beyond. He tells his gripping story in his book Red Notice and speech How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy.
Anna Deavere Smith — MacArthur Fellow, playwright, and Award-winning actor has shown audiences around America how art can transform communities, highlighting issues of politics, character, and diversity in America. Watch her in conversation What Sustains Us.