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February 11, 2016
New York Times columnist David Brooks shares his thoughts on politics, parenting and his profession during the Aspen Ideas Festival. New York Times columnist David Brooks and Katie Couric of Yahoo News sat down to talk about “Love and Life in General” during the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Their conversation (one of the most popular sessions of the festival) ranged from Couric’s wedding to reading habits to where...
February 04, 2016
Dalia Mogahed is Research Director for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. She spoke on a panel at the 2015 Ideas Festival called "Dispatches from the Split Screen: Islam and the Media."  After the Charlie Hebdo attacks but prior to the larger Paris terrorist attack in November, three American Muslims took to the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival stage to discuss the portrayal of Islam in Western media. The...
January 28, 2016
 Innovations are often explored at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and at the 2015 Spotlight Health segment of the event, medical experts told an audience about one of the more promising and exciting advances in disease treatment to come along in decades. Neurosurgeon Kevin Tracey, a pioneer in the emerging field of bioelectronic medicine, explained how using the body’s own nervous system could revolutionize disease...
January 21, 2016
The Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute seeks outstanding high school juniors and educators for a powerful leadership development and scholarship opportunity to attend the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO.Here's what past scholars have learned:Deadline approaching:As the February 16th application deadline for this year’s Scholars approaches, Indianapolis-based educator and past Bezos Scholar Mel...
January 13, 2016
 What is it about people who have great moral depth and exemplary character, and how did they get there? New York Times columnist and author David Brooks wrote a book exploring The Road to Character, and at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, he spoke with Yahoo News global anchor Katie Couric about what he found out in the process. The book is basically about humility, said Brooks, who defines the word as...
January 07, 2016
 Having a medical app on your smartphone is not just a cute gadget anymore, according to Scripps cardiologist Eric Topol — it’s part of a revolution: the democratization of medicine. Topol spoke with Aspen Idea and Atlantic editor Corby Kummer during the Spotlight Health portion of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, demonstrating and discussing some of the best recent medical advances in smartphone technology. Now that...
December 11, 2015
While most Americans believe that money has too much influence on politics, much of the focus on this issue has been on increasingly expensive political campaigns, fueled by super-PACs, corporations, billionaires, and, in cases such as Donald Trump’s and Carly Fiorina’s, the candidates themselves. A session at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival delved deeper into the matter, exploring the influence of money on public...
December 07, 2015
The Paris terrorist attacks, carried out by several European Union citizens, and the mass shooting in San Bernardino have once again placed sharp focus on the issue of Western-bred jihadists. Maajid Nawaz, author of Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism, shed some light on the problem when he shared his own personal radicalization story at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. Born and raised in Essex, England,...
December 01, 2015
The Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute seeks outstanding high school juniors and educators for a powerful leadership development and scholarship opportunity to attend the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO. Applications must be submitted by February 16, 2016. Visit http://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/application to learn more and apply.Twelve high school juniors from across the US and one educator...
November 30, 2015
 With growing urgency and a lot of bottom-up action around the world, a solid and effective global agreement is needed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, which opened today, to keep the momentum going, and to achieve the necessary goals to slow global warming. That’s according to two experts who spoke at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, in a session called When Systems Collide: Health, People, and the...

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