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July 06, 2016
The Aspen Institute/Photo by Nick Tininenko.Over the past year, Donald Trump has alleged that Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists, called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and stated that a Mexican American judge presiding over a Trump University lawsuit was “biased” because of his heritage. In June, House Speaker Paul Ryan describedTrump’s criticism of the judge as “the textbook definition...
July 02, 2016
 What is your outlook on the future of the United States? Are you optimistic? What are your thoughts on the current state of politics and the economy? How big a role do activism and education play in today's culture? Aspen Ideas brings together the most inspired and innovative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers, and others to address the issues most on the minds of Americans. The mission of the...
July 01, 2016
(Photo Credit: istockphoto)Christopher Livaccari is an educator who is currently Chinese program director and elementary school principal at International School of the Peninsula and the senior advisor for China Learning Initiatives at Asia Society. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival on July 1st on a panel called “You Can Learn Anything—Mandarin Chinese!”We caught up with Livaccari to learn more about the...
July 01, 2016
(Photo Credit: White Light Exposure)Sam Killermann is a multi-disciplinary artist and director of creativity for Hues, which works toward the goal of global justice. He spoke at the Festival on July 1st on a panel called “How to Talk about Gender.” We caught up with Killermann to learn more about his full exploration of gender from a social justice perspective.How did you end up getting into this hybrid field of...
July 01, 2016
To watch the full conversation with United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch.United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch isn’t explicitly calling her private meeting with Bill Clinton earlier this week a mistake. She won’t say that she should have kicked the former president off her plane when he boarded it for a brief chat at the Phoenix airport, even though her department is leading an investigation into...
June 30, 2016
Andy Stern is a senior fellow at Columbia University and former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30th on a panel called "Deep Dive: Why 'Inclusive Capitalism' Is Critical to Our Economic Success."We caught up with Stern to learn more about the tech revolution's impact on jobs, and why a universal basic income could be the solution to a...
June 30, 2016
Shawn Lee is a student at Rio Salado College in Arizona, who was motivated to return to school and finish his degree after the birth of his son. (Photo Credit: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)President of the United States Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allan Golston, leads the foundation’s efforts to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas...
June 30, 2016
(Photo Credit: istockphoto)Nancy Cantor is chancellor of Rutgers University. She speaks at the Festival on June 30th on a panel called “Myth or Reality: If You Want a College Education, You Can Get One.”Read below for her insights about freedom of speech in college campuses.Why is it that when it comes to the social world, not all speech is deemed equally worthy of protecting? That is a question that has been...
June 30, 2016
(Photo Credit: istockphoto)Sean Decatur is president of Kenyon College, a position he has held since July 2013. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30th on a panel called "Myth or Reality: If You Want a College Education, You Can Get One."Below, Decatur describes the benefits of a liberal arts education.News headlines and political debates paint a bleak picture of the state of American colleges and...
June 30, 2016
(Photo Credit: istockphoto)Jason Van Genderen is a director and producer, known for “Mankind Is No Island," “The Unspoken” and “Chocolate.” He spoke at the Festival on June 30th on a event called “Smartphone Storytelling in 60 Minutes.”We caught up with van Genderen to learn more about his passion for smartphone storytelling.What inspired you to take the phone out of your pocket and start using it professionally...

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