AIF BLOG - March 2018

March 29, 2018
 Students react after top prizes are announced at the Aspen Challenge in Dallas. Three winning high school teams will travel to the Aspen Ideas Festival. High school students from three Dallas schools are heading to the Aspen Ideas Festival! The students, from Independent School District’s (Dallas ISD) Emmett J. Conrad, Moisés E. Molina, and Sunset High Schools, claimed top prizes in the Aspen Challenge: Dallas...
March 27, 2018
Author Erica Armstrong Dunbar speaks with journalist Michele Norris at the Aspen Institute in February.When Ona "Oney" Judge was 22 years old, she ran away to freedom. Judge was First Lady Martha Washington's favorite slave and had lived with the First Family at Mt. Vernon and in Philadelphia. She escaped the President's Philadelphia mansion in 1796 after working as a seamstress for the Washingtons...
March 23, 2018
 At a time that’s seen the greatest reduction in global poverty in history, for many people in the West it doesn’t feel like things are getting better economically. And that feeling of being left behind has fueled populist movements that have upended traditional political systems across the United States and Europe. Tackling this paradox, a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival panel discussed the merits and challenges of...
March 21, 2018
Rob Reich leads a discussion about morality with David Brooks, Michele Moody-Adams, and Larissa MacFarquhar.Where can we take lessons on how to live morally? Does religion have the answers? Maybe the great philosophers? Or, democracy? With 30-plus years of teaching under her belt, Columbia political philosophy professor Michele Moody-Adams says her own life has taught her, "Philosophical theories and the kind...
March 15, 2018
 Julia Ioffe, foreign policy reporter for The Atlantic, speaks with Russian journalists Galina Timchenko and Alexey Kovalev at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Galina Timchenko was editor in chief at Lenta.ru, the most popular news website in Russia, until she was fired in 2014. After being dismissed, her coworkers issued a statement saying she was sacked to make room for a new Kremlin-controlled editor in chief. They...
March 13, 2018
Students Jahari Shelton and Camille Allen talk about how they speak up for causes they believe in. They spoke at the Aspen Institute's Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. Throughout history, young people have been at the center of activism: the Civil Rights movement, Black Lives Matter, the labor movement, and now gun violence. What barriers do young people have to overcome to get adults to listen? What...
March 08, 2018
Presenters left to right, top row: Vanessa Mason, Ted Koppel, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, Atul Gawande, Karen DeSalvo, Mark Smolinski Presenters left to right, bottom row: Larry Smarr, Kwanele Asante, Gary Reedy, Jerome Adams, Tollulah Oni, Larry MerloIt’s a busy time behind the scenes of Spotlight Health. Each day, we hear from the world’s most inspiring and knowledgeable leaders in health, medicine, and science,...
March 06, 2018
Journalist Graeme Wood sits alongside psychologist Paul Bloom at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2017.Why do people do evil things? We hear from Yale psychologist Paul Bloom and journalist Graeme Wood about the nature of evil. Bloom studies morality in babies, children, and adults. Wood immersed himself in ISIS, readings the terror group’s propaganda and conversing with its members, in order to write the book...