As regular readers will know, my submissions from many conferences, and especially Aspen Ideas Festival, are intended to summarize the spirit of the conference and to try to give you the essence of the sessions I attend. Sometimes, I race between two and even three sessions seeking to accomplish this, without disrupting them of course.
This year, with 175 sessions and some blocks sporting half a dozen and more simultaneously, I am finding even less time to file between sessions as in prior years. So you will find some direct reporting of sessions like the panel with Gen. Colin Powell and Sen. Sam Nunn, already posted, and a Charlie Rose interview with JP Morgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon and Tom Friedman's ringing account of his upcoming book, which will appear reasonably soon.
There will also be pieces integrating sessions over the six days on issues such as the environment and national security. Aspen Institute and the Atlantic, who jointly produce this sensational gathering around America's most patriotic holiday, also have created three 7-day tracks (Arts and Culture, American Experience and Global Dynamics) plus eight 4-day tracks and one "Bonus theme" [the 'Get Engaged' series on civic participation]. Details can be found on the conference website.
Meantime, there is of course very excellent running reporting on the Atlantic's website. They're co-producers, after all, and they are bristling with excellent journalists and editors. The Aspen Times and the Aspen Daily News online also have daily coverage, if a bit more spartan than in past years.
Fora TV is also making available interviews of prominent speakers with perennial Aspen Institute attendee, Henry Crown Fellow and Socrates Seminar uber-participant Peter Hirshberg, a master of multimedia.
Local real-time coverage of some sessions are available on Aspen Public Radio.