AIF Blog

September 18, 2018
Writer Jose Antonio Vargas speaks with David Brooks, an executive director at the Aspen Institute, at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Vargas has lived as an undocumented immigrant in America for more than two decades.When Jose Antonio Vargas took a job as a journalist at the Washington Post after college, he was nervous. He was just starting his career—but that wasn't the cause of his concern. He was...
September 13, 2018
 Dr. Leana Wen talked about curing violence at Spotlight Health in 2015. This week, Wen became president of Planned Parenthood. Leana Wen, the newly-announced president of Planned Parenthood, was Baltimore City Health Commissioner in 2015. That was the year riots broke out following the death of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, grew up in an impoverished Baltimore neighborhood was arrested after he ran from police...
September 11, 2018
Adam Hamilton pastors the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. At Aspen Ideas 2017, he talked about the role faith plays in bringing people together.Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist Church in the United States. Within his congregation of 20,000 in Kansas, he works to mitigate deep divisions. Some of those divides, he says, are happening everywhere and are tearing at the...
September 04, 2018
After more than 15 years of conflict in Iraq, and even longer in Afghanistan, what are the paths to peace? This talk features individuals who were deeply involved in both conflicts. David Petraeus, former CIA director, led the 101st Airborne Division in the invasion of Iraq. Douglas Lute was US ambassador to NATO and Ryan Crocker served as ambassador in six countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Dan Senor was...
August 29, 2018
 Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for the Washington Post, interviews Florida superintendent Robert Runcie on June 30 at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Broward County School District Superintendent Robert Runcie remembers clearly the events of February 14, 2018. That’s the day a gunman killed seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In this conversation with the...
August 28, 2018
Sal Khan speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. He created Khan Academy, which is used by students in elementary school through college.Sal Khan’s career journey took him from finance to the classroom. The former hedge fund manager now runs the nonprofit Khan Academy, which provides free online education. He says online learning is changing the way students learn and instructors teach. For classrooms that...
August 24, 2018
Jeff Goodell speaks with Christiana Figueres about optimism around climate change: a seemingly impossible challenge. They spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres led the global adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and continues to fight for the climate today in her work with Mission 2020. Working to reduce greenhouse gases globally can be frustrating, she admits, but...
August 21, 2018
Steve Clemons speaks with David Miliband at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 26th. David Miliband leads the International Rescue Committee and believes there are solutions to today's devastating refugee crisis. More than 65 million people around the globe are either refugees, asylum seekers, or displaced within their own countries. It’s the largest number of people forced to flee their homes since...
August 19, 2018
Aspen Institute President Dan Porterfield speaks with Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, about her new book, "Fascism: A Warning."How do we save ourselves from repeating errors of our past? Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright poses this question in her new book, Fascism: A Warning. She thinks fascism now presents a greater threat to peace than at any time since the end of WWII. In this...
August 14, 2018
 Dan Porterfield, Paula Johnson, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay talk about the university's role in student health at Spotlight Health. Across the US, students are heading back to college for the start of the school year. Many will wrestle with mental health challenges. Campus counseling offices are busier than ever and peer-run mental health clubs are popping up. Colleges are working to keep up as students...

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