AIF BLOG - April 2017

April 25, 2017
Science Friday host Ira Flatow and Janna Levin, author of Black Hole Blues, on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Why do human beings explore? And, why are the most adventurous explorers drawn to outer space? Naturalist and astronomer David Aguilar explains why the drive for adventure fades after childhood, and how we can regain it as adults. Also, a group of physicists dig into what the universe is made of. Janna...
April 20, 2017
  Elizabeth Lesser is co-founder of Omega Institute, and the author of three books. She will speak as part of the Caregiving track at Spotlight Health. (Photo: "Nurse Maggie," credit: Elizabeth Lesser) My younger sister Maggie was a renaissance woman—a no-nonsense nurse practitioner in a rural Vermont community, an accomplished artist, a mother and farmer and beekeeper and maple syrup producer. And she also was my...
April 18, 2017
David Ignatius, Michael Hayden, and John McLaughlin speak in Washington DC about the intelligence community's relationship with President Trump.Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump made combative and accusatory remarks on Twitter about the intelligence community for a report on Russian connections. Are his messages undermining the legitimacy of the intelligence community? If so, will the agencies...
April 11, 2017
Meryl Chertoff, Mark Wolf, and Deborah Connor discuss government corruption.Kleptocracy presents a growing threat to US national security and international peace, as money laundering and other forms of public “grand corruption” increasingly undermine democracy, cripple development, weaken Western soft power, and accelerate state collapse. Can an International Anti-Corruption Court, modeled on the...
April 04, 2017
Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures," signs a book for Michele Norris, director of the Aspen Institute program The Bridge. Shetterly spoke with Norris in February at the University of Minnesota.Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures, says “It’s one thing to tell your own story, it’s another thing to take responsibility to tell someone else’s life.” Her book...
April 25, 2017
 Bayard Winthrop founded the made-in-the-USA apparel company American Giant. With a sister company, it employs more than 200 people and uses facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and California to make clothing. Winthrop will speak as part of the Making it in the USA track at the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer. The American Giant website says that the company is “striving to make the best...
April 18, 2017
 Pamela Reeves, Sally Osberg, Latondra Newton, and Amy Klobuchar on stage at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival. How are leaders, particularly women, reimagining globalization in this era of great change? The forces of globalization have left entire population segments on the margins, and in some cases, suffering and miserable. How can we rethink societal values so that they reflect a more inclusive future?...