AIF Blog

May 23, 2018
John Brennan, Lisa Monaco, and James Clapper speak with NBC's Nicolle Wallace about Iran, Russia, and North Korea at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.News from around the globe is dominating US headlines. President Trump plans to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un in June, Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing his probe into Russian meddling. Former...
May 21, 2018
 The 2017 Bezos Scholars pose with Movement Art Is (M.A.I.) co-founders Charles "Lil Buck" Riley and Jon Boogz after a conversation at Aspen Ideas about dance as a platform for social justice. This June, the Bezos Scholars Program celebrates its 14th year at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Each year, 30 exceptional high school students and educators from across the US and the African Leadership Academy are selected as...
May 17, 2018
 Kitty Boone is the director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which starts with Spotlight Health on June 21. What We’ve Been Up ToIt's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-...
May 16, 2018
Katie Couric speaks with Madeline Levine and Lori Gottlieb. The discussion about over-parenting was held at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival.As parents, if we step in to combat every discomfort our child faces, give up our own lives to become deeply ingrained in theirs, and take on the role of friend, are we over-parenting? Some psychologists say yes, but there's a spectrum. In this episode, psychologists Polly...
May 11, 2018
 A local woman in a slum of Kampala (iStock). Agnes Igoye is Uganda’s deputy national coordinator for the prevention of trafficking in persons and heads Uganda’s Immigration Training Academy. She will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at Spotlight Health. She's a member of the 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellowship class.  What led you to work on eradicating human trafficking?Do you have time?! There are...
May 08, 2018
Joanne Lipman and Ruth Marcus speak at the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute.Parity between men and women in the workplace is uneven in America. Ninety-five percent of Fortune 500 chief executives are men, and just seventeen percent of women hold seats on corporate boards. For companies with more women in leadership positions, the financial picture is better, creativity is boosted, and...
May 04, 2018
 Kati Marton is a best-selling author, journalist, and human rights advocate. She will speak as part of the Seismic Shifts track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below, she talks about her latest project: a biography on Angela Merkel. You’re working on a biography about Angela Merkel. Why did you decide to write about the German Chancellor?Chancellor Merkel is by any measure the most powerful woman leader in the world...
May 02, 2018
Former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.Snow removal, trash collection, and drinkable water — these are the issues members of a city council might address. Michael Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia, says tackling problems that impact the community is satisfying work because you can see the progress. He thinks...
May 01, 2018
 Each year, Aspen Ideas Festival attendees gather to hear cutting-edge thinking from today's leaders. The Festival is held in Aspen, Colorado. With cultural and political revolutions making waves at home, and watershed global events shaping America’s role abroad, more than 300 groundbreaking thinkers and leaders will gather at the 14th annual Aspen Ideas Festival to dissect the issues moving our world. Speakers...
April 27, 2018
 Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Nadine Burke Harris, Sarah Watamura, and Jacqueline Jodl speak at Spotlight Health. Just as neuroscience has been revealing plenty of barriers to learning, it can also greatly influence the practice of education in positive ways. A panel of neuroscientists and educators at Spotlight Health 2017 shared some of the latest knowledge about how what happens in the...

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