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Aspen Ideas Festival announces slate of speakers

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AP file photoFormer U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be among the speakers at this summer's Aspen Ideas Festival

ASPEN ” The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic magazine on Monday unveiled details of the upcoming Aspen Ideas Festival, scheduled June 29 through July 5.

Speakers currently confirmed to attend include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Google CEO Eric Schmidt; Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and former colleague Sandra Day O’Connor; British Ambassador to the United States Nigel Sheinwald; former U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice, James Baker, and Madeleine Albright; former John McCain adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin; former Hillary Clinton campaign senior strategist Mark Penn; D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee; former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff; economist Hernando de Soto; neuroscientist Antonio Damasio; Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Washington Post Media CEO Katharine Weymouth; former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan; and photorealist painter Chuck Close, who will also serve as the Institute’s 2009 Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence.

Alongside journalists such as Andrea Mitchell, Jim Lehrer, Bob Schieffer, David Gregory, Maria Bartiromo, James Fallows, Michael Kinsley, Andrew Sullivan, David Brooks and Linda Wertheimer, presenters will discuss their ideas in plenary sessions, tutorials, and other sessions on program tracks, including Rebuilding the American Economy, Media Crack-Up, World Affairs and the Global Economy, Managing Planet Earth, Arts and Culture, Living Digitally, The Middle East and Innovations in Education.

“What’s exciting about the Aspen Ideas Festival is the convening of truly remarkable minds across so many disciplines,” said Kitty Boone, vice president, Public Programs at the Aspen Institute, in a prepared statement. “Our hope is that people on and off our campus, in person and online, will be spellbound by both the issues and the solutions that are presented here ” we have a wonderful opportunity to share sheer genius and at the same time, offer intelligent solutions to some of our most pressing problems.”

The Atlantic will extend the dialogue from Aspen to a global audience with a six week-long Ideas Special Report at Running from June 16 to July 24, content will include one-on-one video interviews with Aspen Ideas Festival speakers, an ongoing Idea Blog and an Idea of the Day. The Ideas Special Report coincides with July/August Ideas issue of The Atlantic in print and online, focused on “Ideas to Save the World.” Additionally, daily video highlights from the Ideas Festival will be posted at, and event updates will be featured at and

For a list of currently confirmed speakers, program tracks, and pass-holder information, visit

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