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Petitioners are getting signatures in an attempt to stop a hotel from being built in Aspen. As of last week, organizers have beyond the 680 signatures needed to get on the ballot for a public vote later this year. The question would be whether a hotel, called Base 2, should move forward.

Aspen Ideas Festival closes on a high note

Jul 4, 2015

 

The Greenwald Pavilion was nearly filled to capacity on Saturday as Aspen Ideas patrons watched Jon Batiste and Wynton Marsalis take the stage at the final discussion of the week-long festival.

 

 

  Batiste and Marsalis began the final discussion with a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”, followed by “America, the Beautiful”.

 

At other points, the duo played jazz and blues standards and discussed race.

 

    

Speakers: Goldie Hawn, Michael Eisner

Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Goldie Hawn joins Michael Eisner over lunch for a discussion about her career and the work she continues to support through the Hawn Foundation, which takes up as its mission the needs of children. Learn how the Foundation uses mindfulness to help young people develop social and emotional intelligence, and, in turn, reduce the distress and distraction within their educations that leads to increased rates of dropout.

Speakers: Jamie P. Merisotis, Joshua Wyner, Gene D. Block, Kevin Cary

The value of a college degree is at an all-time high. At the same time, the price of college is escalating while wages for working-class Americans stagnate. Whose responsibility is it to shoulder the increasing cost of higher education? Can Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other technology-driven education platforms drive costs down? Should community college be free, as is now the case in Tennessee and Chicago? Hear a dynamic panel of higher-education experts discuss the cost and value of a college education in an era of increasing demand for skilled labor and growing income inequality.

Sam Tanenhaus, Garry Wills, David Frum, Cory A. Booker, Jeffrey Rosen, Neal Katyal, Chris Coons, Alan Cooperman, Ken Davis and David Leonhardt discuss recent Supreme Court decisions. 

A Snowmass Town Councilman will likely face a felony charge for damaging infrastructure in the county jail after he was arrested for driving drunk.

In the United States, 25 percent of young adults under age 30 do not claim affiliation with any particular religion.  What does this new reality mean for communities of faith, and culture at large, as a generation of Americans increasingly turns away from such identity-forming institutions? 

David Petraeus - Chairman, KKR Global Institute; Visiting Professor, CUNY; Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Former CIA Director and Retired US Army General 

Peter Thiel Co-Founder, PayPal; Technology Entrepreneur and Investor, Founders Fund

Paul Ryan represents Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, serving his ninth term in Congress. 

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