AIF BLOG - March 2011

March 15, 2011
Here’s a preview of books by upcoming Festival Speakers. Add them to your reading list.A Chance to Make History As Teach for America turns 20, founder Wendy Kopp’s view on school reform is well summed up in the subtitle: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All. Festival Track: The Learning LandscapeAmerican Grace Written by Harvard professor and AIF speaker Robert D. Putnam and David...
March 11, 2011
In our turbulent world of uprisings and natural disasters, social and mobile media are playing a vital role in connecting people. From protesters using Twitter to organize and Facebook posts serving as a way for friends and family to spread the word about the tsunami in Japan (see FB map here), the impact and utility of both are staggering. Even the US State Department used Twitter last week to inform Americans how...
March 01, 2011
The Aspen Ideas Festival mourns the loss of the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who graced us with his presence numerous times and died on Feb. 28. With his trademark blend of humor, wisdom, and intellectual curiosity, he challenged us to take our ideas out into the world and do good with them.Gomes was the Plumer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, The Memorial Church, Harvard University...