AIF BLOG - May 2015

May 29, 2015
Public tickets for films go on sale June 19.SPOTLIGHT HEALTH LINEUPHow to Dance in OhioA first kiss, a first dance. These are the rites of passage of American youth that hold the promise of magic, romance and initiation into adulthood. For kids from all walks of life, these first steps toward intimacy are at once exciting and terrifying. For some teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum, the transition can...
May 29, 2015
 Want insight into the topics we'll be covering at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health? Over the next few weeks, we'll share articles that have caught our attention, as related to each thematic track. Some are by Festival and Spotlight speakers, others stand out because they go in-depth on a topic that will be featured.Happy reading!The Endangered American DreamStarbucks and Arizona State are...
May 29, 2015
 Americans are not the can-do optimists they were in the past, a poll commissioned for and discussed at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival found. In fact, with the exception of technology and their children, many of the 2,000 online respondents of the America Looks to 2024 Survey were downright pessimistic when asked about where they thought the country and their lives are heading in the next decade. Just one-third of...
May 15, 2015
("SMAC" by Club S+S, photo courtesy of Jonathan Ferrara Gallery)Guns In The Hands of Artists is a community-based social activist artistic project that involves taking guns off the streets and transforming them into works of art that comment on the issue of guns and gun violence in American society. This exhibit is organized and curated by Jonathan Ferrara and will be displayed at the Aspen Meadows campus during the...
May 14, 2015
The idea behind the first-ever Aspen Ideas Award was simple: provide funding to a meaningful project that would have a lasting impact on a local or global community. The Aspen Ideas Festival would put out a call to action to all Festival presenters and scholars asking for their best ideas. A group of judges would then evaluate all submissions until five finalists were chosen to take the stage, live, at the Festival...
May 12, 2015
 As the US Supreme Court mulls over the marriage equality case, following the oral arguments delivered on April 28, it’s worth revisiting a session with ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Entitled “Civil Liberties: 2024,” the talk between Romero and the Aspen Institute’s Elliot Gerson covered a wide range of issues and how Romero thought they would play out in the following...
May 03, 2015
  Researcher Danah Boyd has been called the “teen whisperer.” The author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens has focused her research for the past decade on how young people use social media as part of everyday life. A data whiz with a knack for getting teens to talk honestly, Boyd regularly busts myths about teens and technology — as she did during her conversation with The Atlantic’s Hanna...