AIF BLOG - March 2015

March 20, 2015
 A panel of international experts at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival was asked to predict the most dangerous place in the world in 2024. Here’s what they came up with: Former deputy secretary of state James Steinberg picked the South and East China Sea, where a long-simmering dispute between China and Japan over a few tiny uninhabited islands may be approaching the boiling point.  It’s about a lot more than the...
March 18, 2015
 Neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen has been breaking new ground with her research into the brain and creativity for decades. Author of one of the first studies on the connection between creativity and mental illness, Andreasen’s most recent study delves intensively into the brains of some of today’s most famous scientists and artists, including Pulitzer Prize winners and six Nobel laureates, to better understand what...
March 13, 2015
 On March 7, 1965, 25-year-old John Lewis was beaten by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Trained in nonviolent protest, the young civil rights leader was at the head of a peaceful march advocating for voting rights for blacks when law enforcement officials brutally attacked the 600 activists with weapons and tear gas.  Fifty years later, Lewis, the only “Big Six” civil rights leader still alive...
March 11, 2015
The US Justice Department’s recent findings of widespread racial discrimination in Ferguson, Missouri’s police force and court system may seem like a straightforward condemnation of deeply embedded racist practices, but the department’s same-day announcement that it would not bring civil rights charges against the white officer who killed Michael Brown shows how nuanced and complex the issue of racism can be. These...
March 09, 2015
An accident leads a life-long workaholic to examine what’s important in her life.The Aspen Ideas Festival teamed up with "The Moth" to produce a Main Stage event as part of 2014's Art of Storytelling track. Three Festival speakers, including Arianna Huffington, worked with Moth producers to refine their stories for a live audience.Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media...