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Jun 16, 2011
Watch the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival on FORA.TV

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 16, 2011

--Top online destination for conference and event videos to offer exclusive, live and on-demand viewing of this sold-out special event

FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world's best conferences and events, today announced that it will offer exclusive, live and on-demand viewing of the sold-out 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival taking place from June 27 through July 3. Early bird online event passes are available now for $199. After June 20 online event passes will be available for $249.

"We're delighted to work with the world-renowned Aspen Ideas Festival to help bring important and provocative ideas from the world's top thinkers to a global audience," said Blaise Zerega, CEO of FORA.tv. "In this time of fast-moving news cycles and sound-bite journalism, the Festival serves a vital role in encouraging public discourse and debate on the important stories of the day."

"FORA.tv is a terrific online partner to help us reach a large audience beyond the boundaries of Aspen, Colorado -- an audience defined not by geography and time zone, but by interest, passion, and a genuine desire to engage with important issues and ideas," said Kitty Boone, vice president of public programs at the Aspen Institute. "FORA.tv's devotion to critical thinking and the open exchange of ideas complements the Festival's mission."

The 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival gathers more than 250 leaders from around the world in the fields of arts, science, culture, technology, religion, philosophy, business, economics, and politics to exchange ideas that matter. The public discourse -- exciting, provocative, entertaining and educational -- will take place over seven days before a festival audience of nearly 2,000. The Festival is presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.

Speakers currently confirmed to attend include: Senior Campaign Strategist and Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama David Axelrod; US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; New York Times Columnist David Brooks; US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu; DC Central Kitchen CEO Mike Curtin; US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Green for All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins; Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad; America Now & Here Founder, President, and Lead Curator Eric Fischl; Architect Frank Gehry; Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass; Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes; US EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; Teach for America Co-Founder and CEO Wendy Kopp; Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew; Israel Leader of the Opposition Tzipi Livni; RISD President John Maeda; Musician Wynton Marsalis; Pulitzer Prize-winning author and cancer researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee; former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers; former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson; Conductor Robert Spano; Los Angeles, CA Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa; and US Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack.

Alongside leading journalists such as Mike Allen, Maria Bartiromo, James Bennet, Richard Besser, Ronald Brownstein, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Neal Conan, James Fallows, Tom Friedman, Jeffrey Goldberg, Arianna Huffington, Gwen Ifill, Joe Klein, David Leonhardt, Alexis Madrigal, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, David Rohde, Hanna Rosin, Kai Ryssdal, Erik Schatzker, and Ray Suarez, presenters will discuss their ideas in plenary sessions, tutorials, and other sessions on program tracks including The Learning Landscape; Food Fights; Global Economics; What Is Happiness?; Ten Years After: Our Post-9/11 World; Arts and Design in American Culture; Our Digital Universe; Frontiers of Medicine; Music on the Edge; and The Environment: Green Tech to Clean Tech. (A full list of all 12 program tracks is available at http://www.aifestival.org.)

FORA.tv will feature Festival programs taking place at the Aspen Institute's Paepcke Auditorium. To register, please visit: aspenideas.fora.tv.

About FORA.tv

FORA.tv is the leading online provider of video programs from conferences, summits, public forums, university debates and think tanks. With more than 10,000 free and fee-based videos, FORA.tv has the has web’s largest collection of programs that feature the people, issues, and ideas changing the world. FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, New Yorker Festival, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand their marketing and audience reach and further monetize their conference and event offerings. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is funded by a select group of investors led by William R. Hearst III and is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://fora.tv.

About the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners. For more information, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org.

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Jennifer Myers, The Aspen Institute

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