Saturday, February 08, 2014

For the fifth year, the Community Foundation is bringing key sessions from the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado to Shreveport-Bossier City.  

The Aspen Ideas Mini-Fest, sponsored by the Robinson Film Center, The Times and the Community Foundation, will be held Feb. 6, 13 and 20 at the Robinson Film Center. Each July, the Aspen Institute in Colorado holds its Ideas Festival, a conference that unites international leaders to discuss critical global issues.

Paula Hickman, Community Foundation executive director, said in a news release, “We want to give our citizens and our leading experts the chance to share ideas on matters that affect our community. I fully expect us to re-create the ambitious exchange of ideas that happens in Aspen here in our own community.”

Topics will include the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, higher education and health care.

Feb.13: “Will Massively Open Courses Transform the Way We Learn?” with panelists Jim Henderson, David Rowe, Paul Sisson and Darlene Williams.
Feb. 20: “Can We Afford Our Health?” with panelists William Lunn, Janet Mente.
Admission is free. Sessions will be held at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St., Shreveport starting at 5pm.

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