Festival Updates

Dec 09, 2016
Michael Froman, Steven Rattner, and Gillian Tett at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.President-elect Donald Trump has delivered ideas on how to help the working class: restrictions on immigration, tax cuts, and renegotiating trade deals. At the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, economic experts also weighed in. For families dealing with stagnating wages, a decline in manufacturing jobs, and the impact of trade, what can be done? “There has been a drop in the absolute number of...
Oct 28, 2016
Oversimplification is “poisonous in democracy,” says Stephen Carter, Yale law professor and Aspen Institute Trustee. He recalls the prescient words of historian Richard Hofstadter: “Democracy cannot survive when major parties believe that elections should be reduced to applause lines, slogans, emotional appeals, and lists of people to hate.” And while that statement reads like it could have appeared in an op-ed last week, it’s from Hofstadter’s 1964 work...
Oct 07, 2016
Sathya Raghu, Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Matthew Dillon, Edward Mabaya, Inge Kauer, and former US Senator Thomas Daschle at Spotlight Health 2016.The nutrition babies receive in the first two years of life is critical. Unicef reports, if the child’s mother isn’t getting the right nutrients, stunted growth and undernutrition may result, putting the child at greater risk of dying from common infections.Lindiwe Majele Sibanda runs the Food, Agriculture, and...
Sep 23, 2016
The Smithsonian’s 19th and newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opens to the public this weekend in Washington, DC. Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton says its creation has been in the works since 1915 when American Civil War veterans wanted a tribute on the National Mall recognizing the African American influence. In 1929 President Coolidge assigned a commission to study building a museum. But plans didn’t take off until 2003 when...
Sep 09, 2016
 “We’re squarely in the digital age of media communication,” says Michael Dimock, president of the Pew Research Center. He provided insight into modern news consumption at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “Ninety percent of Americans get news from digital devices,” and more people are choosing to consume news via mobile rather than a personal computer. Many news consumers, particularly young people, get their information on social media, where hard news, soft...
Aug 25, 2016
 Five million of 29 million US households with school-age children don’t have the internet at home. And seven in ten teachers assign homework that requires internet access, according to Jessica Rosenworcel, commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. “When I was doing homework, all it took was paper, a pencil, and my brother leaving me alone. But today that’s no longer true,” she tells an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival. She coined the term the...
Aug 15, 2016
Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-OK), and former US Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Aspen Ideas 2016.The Affordable Care Act isn’t going anywhere. That’s the consensus of a panel of politicians and former federal administrators who spoke at Spotlight Health in June. This election, the presidential nominees are at odds about the law. Donald Trump says he will repeal it and Hillary Clinton says she will ...
Jul 28, 2016
With the Republican National Convention barely in the rearview mirror, and the Democratic National Convention just wrapping up, the nominees are now gearing up for debates and the countdown to November. At Aspen Ideas, our program track The Choice 2016 covered the candidates, the issues, and the voters. In the context of the election, the track looked at prospects for economic growth, budgets and deficits, health and safety, foreign policy, education, and energy and the environment. And the...
Jul 18, 2016
Aspen Ideas 2016 brought thoughtful discussion and unique perspective to the questions and issues facing the world today. Over the course of 10 jam-packed days, experts in health, politics, education, technology, science, the arts, and more, came together for meaningful dialogue. All of these discussions were recorded and many can be found on our website. (More will be added over the coming weeks, so check back often.) In addition, dozens of guest posts from AIF speakers are available on...
Jul 02, 2016
Schedule Changes and Security Information:Due to necessary security measures for this afternoon's In Conversation with Vice President Joe Biden, the Koch Building will be closed until 11:30 am. This has necessitated several changes to the Saturday, July 2 schedule. Sessions formerly scheduled in that building have been moved to other locations on campus. Please consult the Festival app for the most up-to-date times and locations.To enter the Greenwald Pavilion, Secret Service will screen...

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