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Here's Who's Coming to the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival

By Etta Meyer | May 15, 2019 | Culture

Celebrating 15 festivals this year, Aspen Ideas is back with a big line-up for 2019. The festival will run from June 23-29, preceded by Aspen Ideas: Health from June 20-23.


Organized around 10 concept “tracks,” the confab will tackle topics such as division and renewal in America, the future of conservatism, the next world order, solutions for climate change, innovation in design, the art of storytelling, the limits of human performance and understanding emotion.

Among the featured speakers are:

  • Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Jon Batiste, Artistic Director at Large, Pianist, and Bandleader, National Jazz Museum in Harlem
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran minister and public theologian; Author, Shameless: A Sexual Reformation
  • Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
  • Common, Musician
  • Bob Corker, Former Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee; Former US Senator, Tennessee (R)
  • Mary Daly, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Nigel Kim Darroch, British Ambassador to the United States
  • Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico
  • Masha Gessen, American-Russian Journalist
  • Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund
  • Fatima Goss Graves, President & CEO, National Women's Law Center
  • Lori Gottlieb, Psychotherapist; Columnist, The Atlantic; Author, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
  • Heidi Heitkamp, Former US Senator, North Dakota (D)
  • Alex Honnold, Professional Rock Climber; Author, Alone on the Wall
  • Walter Isaacson, Professor, Tulane University
  • Jeh Johnson, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
  • Kevin Love, Player, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President & CEO, The Boeing Company
  • Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines
  • Craig Newmark, Founder,
  • Rob Reich, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
  • Paul Romer, 2018 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics
  • Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, George W. Bush White House
  • Matt Ryan, Quarterback and Team Captain, Atlanta Falcons
  • Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology and Director, Comparative Cognition Laboratory, Yale University
  • Dani Shapiro, Author, Inheritance
  • Ed Stack, CEO, Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
  • Tara Westover, Author, Educated

A complete list is available at

Tickets are still available, but if unable to attend, there are many outlets to view and participate online. All video and audio clips of on-stage conversations will be on, which has been redesigned for 2019, on, and on the Aspen Institute’s YouTube channel. Regular updates from the festival, in the run-up and during the event, will be on and on Twitter at @AspenIdeas, @TheAtlantic and @AtlanticLive, and with #AspenIdeas. Additionally, discussions can be followed all year on the Aspen Ideas Festival articles page and on the Aspen Ideas To Go podcast.

Photography by: Courtesy of the Aspen Ideas Festival