AIF Blog

June 21, 2016
Ricardo Salvador is a senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Before coming to UCS, he was a program officer for food, health, and well-being with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Salvador was named a 2013 NBC Latino Innovator and received the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2014.He's speaking as part of the Future of Food: Our Planet, Our Plates...
June 16, 2016
Marty Klein has been a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist for 34 years. He is an award-winning author of seven books about sexuality. An expert on pornography, he is a founding editorial board member of the Journal of Porn Studies, contributor to the pornography section of the International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, and testifies on the subject in state, federal, and...
June 15, 2016
Sofia Caballero Stafford is a junior at Duke University double majoring in global health and cultural anthropology, focusing on disparities in adolescent girls’ health and development. She is southeast regional lead for Girl Up, where she was previously a teen advisor and helped start the coalition model.She will speak as part of The Child track at Spotlight Health.As a fourteen year old, I was exposed to stories of...
June 14, 2016
Every summer, writers, professors, artists, activists, and others deliver their “big ideas” at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The onstage advice celebrates the Festival itself, which brings together great thinkers to debate and discuss the most important and fascinating issues of our time. The Festival marks its twelfth year in late June. This episode features “big ideas” from as far back as 2007...
June 10, 2016
In the film Sonita, 18-year-old Sonita Alizadeh, an Afghan refugee in Iran, dreams of becoming a big-name rapper.Public tickets for films go on sale June 17. SPOTLIGHT HEALTH LINEUPBody Team 12Body Team 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet, despite the strain, they emerge as heroes while...
June 09, 2016
A budding “Rainforest to Table” movement will be featured at Spotlight Health. A group of innovative chefs involved in the effort will discuss how it can become a powerful new model for social and environmental change. Chefs Paulo Machado, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, Kamilla Seidler will join Michael Jenkins, CEO of Forest Trends, to discuss the effort. It's part of the Future of Food: The Hype, Our Health track.What...
June 07, 2016
Matt Barreto is co-founder of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions and a professor of political science and Chicano studies at UCLA. In 2015, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign hired Barreto to run polling and focus groups on Latino voters. He has overseen multistate election-eve polls, battleground tracking polls, and message-testing research and has briefed the White House and US Senate and...
June 07, 2016
Author and filmmaker Negin Farsad calls herself a social justice comedian. She works to prove that humor — just like activism — can effectively challenge deep-seated and sclerotic prejudices about race and religion. In her recent book, How to Make White People Laugh, she addresses the mistreatment and misperceptions of Muslims in the US after 9/11. In this episode, she’s joined by radio host Dean...
June 03, 2016
The Aspen Ideas Festival is proud to showcase the diverse writing of our speakers. Over 100 books will be featured in talks and at the campus bookstore. From the changing nature of work to an investigation of the modern American single women, the books cover a range of topics. Wondering what led to the discovery of gravitational waves? Or, how America’s shifting demographics will impact future elections?See the list...
June 02, 2016
Geoffrey Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at University of Chicago. He authored or co-authored many books on constitutional law, including Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime, and the forthcoming Sexing the Constitution. In 2014, Stone chaired a faculty committee that drafted a Statement on Free Expression for the University of Chicago, which has since been adopted by other...

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