Big-brained lectures and book talks on the calendar in Aspen this week
So, you’ve made your new year’s resolutions, and you want to get outside more, spend more time with family, and eat more vegetables.
Or maybe you want to get a little smarter. In that case, you can get started this week with a slew of book talks and big-brained lectures on the calendar in Aspen.
On Wednesday, the Aspen Center for Physics kicks off the 2023 DeWolf Foundation winter lecture series with a talk by Stanford University’s Manu Prakash at 5:30 p.m.
Prakash is a professor, physical biologist and inventor who will present a lecture on “Recreational Biology: Topological Puzzles at Cellular Scales.” He’ll also speak on “the role of curiosity as an engine for discovery in life sciences,” according to the Aspen Center for Physics.
If political activism is more your speed, Explore Booksellers hosts David Fenton, author of “The Activist’s Media Handbook,” Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Fenton’s career includes work with Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Bruce Springsteen, Abbie Hoffman and Al Gore.
On Thursday at 5 p.m., author Ted Conover will speak with Aspen Journalism’s Curtis Wackerle at Aspen Meadows about Conover’s new book, “Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America’s Edge.” That event is at capacity but you can sign up for the waitlist online.
And on Sunday, physicist Amory Lovins swings by Explore Booksellers at 4:30 p.m. to talk about the future of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport and his new nonprofit, Aspen Fly Right.
The Old Snowmass resident co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute (now called RMI), and Explore calls him “one of the country’s preeminent intellectuals.”