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July 31, 2015
  From hedge fund manager to enemy of Vladimir Putin, Bill Browder’s autobiographical account of being an American financier in Russia has the eye-popping twists and heart-stopping thrills usually found in a novel. He shared his story, captured in his memoir Red Notice, and provided insights into the future of Russia at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.Browder’s connection to Russia began with his lineage. His...
July 22, 2015
 The recent Ebola outbreak brought infectious diseases back into the forefront of the public consciousness. However, in many parts of the world, infectious diseases are a constant threat to communities and cities. A panel of experts discussed the realities and hype around disease during Spotlight Health 2015.The group began the talk by providing basic definitions concerning disease. Anthony Fauci, director and chief...
July 20, 2015
 When it comes to addressing climate change, women play a significant role in sustaining the environment for future generations. Rachel Kyte is vice president and special envoy for climate change for the World Bank Group. Here Kyte defines climate resilience and explains how improving women's reproductive health choices and overall welfare can in turn protect our climate in the long term. 
July 10, 2015
 So far in 2015, nine Bible study participants have been killed in the middle of worship, debates about the Confederate flag take center stage, and several black churches have been set ablaze. What will it take to stop racism in America? Washington Post Columnist and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart shares his candid view of the race problem and possible solutions.
July 04, 2015
By Eric ChristensenIs violence a function of our culture? During a recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival session, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and Senior Editor and National Correspondent for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates explored this complex and provocative question.The session began by recounting some stark statistics: Since 1980, 630,000 Americans have been killed, a total greater than the number of Americans...
July 04, 2015
 Above, the five high school teams from Denver, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, who won this year’s Aspen Challenge, present their winning solutions to issues they face in their communities. By Guest Blogger Scarlett SinayScarlett Sinay is a senior at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California. She was a communications intern during the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO. Below, Sinay...
July 04, 2015
If there’s one thread that ran through the Aspen Ideas Festival’s signature event, the Afternoon of Conversation, it was about identity: what it means to be American, how identity intersects with racial perceptions and realities, current challenges and issues with American identity, how identity intersects with opportunity, and how American identity manifests itself around the world, in philanthropy, in trade, and...
July 03, 2015
Mark Oppenheimer writes the Beliefs column, about religion, for The New York Times and is an editor at large for the online magazine Tablet. He will be presenting at the Festival on July 2 in these sessions: Can the Pope Change the Catholic Church and Millennials Losing Faith. And on July 3 look for the session entitled Dispatches from the Split Screen: Islam and the Media.Who inspired you growing up? Alex P. Keaton...
July 03, 2015
Eli J. Finkel is a professor at Northwestern University with appointments in psychology and in the Kellogg School of Management. Most of his research revolves around two broad topics: romantic relationships and self-control. Look for his session, The Four Sources of Happiness on July 3 at Aspen Ideas.What’s your favorite bottle of wine?A 1982 bottle of Dom Perignon. On December 30th, 2006, my wife and I were cross-...
July 02, 2015
By Jordan Alam, Guest BloggerI was having trouble writing about healing work and ritual. Though I practice these things personally and in my work context, I felt overwhelmed by how much I had to say about it. And you know what they say: when you can do anything, you tend to do nothing. So I have organized this piece in the form of questions that I’ve gotten from others or that have been on my mind when I talk about...

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