Madeleine Albright

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will be one of the featured speakers at the Aspen Institute's summer series.

Justice Stephen Breyer, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Secretary Madeleine Albright are just some of the speakers who will be presenting at the Aspen Institute’s summer series.

The Aspen Institute hosts three series during the summer: the McCloskey Speaker Series, the Hurst Lecture Series and the Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series. The speaker lineup was announced Wednesday morning in a press release. The summer lineup begins on Saturday, July 7 with “A Conversation with Justice Stephen Breyer” as part of the McCloskey Speaker Series. 

The series continues throughout the summer, featuring talks from bestselling authors, professors and CEOs about a variety of topics, before coming to an end in late September. Tickets for each event are $25 and are available two weeks beforehand at, by calling 970-920-5770 or at the Wheeler Opera House box office. Unsold and unclaimed tickets will be sold at the door, according to the press release.

For more information, visit events or call the Aspen Community Programs information hotline at (970) 544-7970

Here is the full list of events: 

  • Saturday, July 7
    A Conversation with Justice Stephen Breyer

    Greenwald Pavilion, 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11
    Reimagining How Cities Thrive

    Featuring the Honorable Eric Garcetti
    Greenwald Pavilion, 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 12
    Thinking Like a Child: What Children Can Teach Adults About Creativity

    Featuring Alison Gopnik
    Paepcke Auditorium, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14
    Designing the Next Energy Economy: A Reality Based Discussion on the Future of Energy

    Featuring Ernest Moniz
    Doerr-Hosier Center, 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 24
    The Future of Conservatism and the Republican Party in the Age of Trump

    Featuring assistant editor of at The Wall Street Journal Allysia Finley, senior editor of the National Review Jonah Goldberg and former lieutenant governor of Maryland and chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele
    Greenwald Pavilion, 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Monday, July 30
    How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

    Featuring Michael Pollan
    Paepcke Auditorium, 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 31
    Fascism: Its History and Signs of a Modern Resurgence

    Featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
    Greenwald Pavilion, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8
    Creating Economic Opportunity for More Americans

    Paepcke Auditorium, 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, August 10
    Democratic Governors Panel: Uniting a Divided Nation Starting with the States

    Greenwald Pavilion, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 20
    Improving WorkLife: The Keys to Making Work Better

    Featuring organizational psychologist Adam Grant
    Paepcke Auditorium, 4 – 5 p.m.