AIF Blog

November 09, 2015
 Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates is considered one of the country’s foremost essayists on the subject of race, and his recently released book, Between the World and Me, continues to stir the discussion of what it’s like to be black in America. Taking up the intertwined subject of implicit bias—another very current issue—was a panel, including Coates, at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. “Implicit bias is...
October 30, 2015
During the largest transformation of the American economy in a century — one defined by rapid globalization and digitization — a recent study estimates that 47 percent of American jobs may be disrupted or lost by technology. But a panel of experts at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival see promise, not hopelessness, for workers in this globally connected world. And they’re figuring out how to adapt the American labor...
October 22, 2015
In the ongoing debate over policing in America, former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly, whose recently released memoir is titled Vigilance, has been making some headlines. A staunch champion of proactive policing and of police officers in general, Kelly, the city’s longest-serving commissioner at 13 years, sat down with journalist John Dickerson at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss whether...
October 16, 2015
 A recently released major study on women in the workplace shows that the gender gap continues to persist in corporate America, and for some heretofore unexplored reasons. Some of those nuances — and many other gender issues — were explored during a comprehensive discussion titled Women and Work at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. There’s good news and bad news about where women are in terms of equality, explained...
October 08, 2015
The future of well-being is a radical one, according to a panel at the 2015 Spotlight Health. It’s one in which individuals are empowered with the knowledge on how to attain their own personal well-being, one in which free information and mobile technology democratizes well-being, even one in which people have the tools to shape their genes in order to prevent or cure diseases. Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor and...
October 08, 2015
 Misty Copeland is the first female African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in New York. On the day of this historic announcement, Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel — a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet — explains Copeland's significance in ballet, what makes her stand out, and the future of this art form.
October 01, 2015
Pope Francis’s inaugural US visit was accompanied by wildly cheering crowds, rock star-level adulation, and praise from politicians on all points of the political spectrum. But why is the pontiff — and his messages of humanity and social justice — so popular? An expert panel discussed The Church of Pope Francis at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, sharing their insiders’ perspectives on perhaps the most influential...
September 21, 2015
 When California’s legislature passed the End of Life Option Act recently, it marked a major milestone in the journey of Dan Diaz, who has devoted himself to the right-to-die cause since his wife, Brittany Maynard, took her own life with physician-prescribed drugs in Oregon in November 2014. Diaz spoke about his and Maynard’s emotional journey and right-to-die efforts during a moving session at the 2015 Spotlight...
September 11, 2015
The Iran nuclear deal has been a political hot potato that, despite heavy Republican opposition in the US Congress, is headed toward becoming a reality. During the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival — after world powers negotiated the deal but before the political drama unfolded in the United States — discussion focused on the merits and drawbacks of the agreement as well as how it could shape the region.  And there was some...
September 05, 2015
It’s been the law of the land since June, but gay marriage still has its hurdles, most recently the events surrounding a Kentucky county clerk’s refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. During the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, the legal dream team that helped make same-sex marriage a reality gave their insiders’ account of its dramatic and fascinating journey, which for them started with the passage of...

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