AIF BLOG - June 2018

June 30, 2018
Aspen Ideas Festival (including Fests 1 and 2, and the fantastic Spotlight Health session that kicked it off) included 387 sessions — and produced untold hours of video and audio, thousands of tweets and posts, millions of impressions, live broadcasts, and probably a fruitful conversation or two.Attendees will be talking about their experiences at the festival at board meetings, dinner parties, and bus stops in the...
June 30, 2018
By Megan Garber, The Atlantic.Here are some of the complaints that have been made about the #MeToo movement as it has expanded and become a subject of debate: It is irrational. It is overly angry. It is insufficiently orderly, insufficiently tidy, insufficiently complacent. It takes up too much space. It does not know its place.In short, many of the criticisms of #MeToo—and many of the demands critics have made of...
June 30, 2018
By Megan Garber, The AtlanticHere are, in no particular order, some of the things that are happening in America right now: The Supreme Court has upheld President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. The Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to public-sector unions and the labor movement. Anthony Kennedy has announced a retirement that will drastically change the Court’s makeup. A 28-year-old Democratic Socialist has...
June 29, 2018
By Alia Wong, The AtlanticLast summer, Charlottesville, Virginia, became the site of a multi-day white-supremacist march and rally that left one woman, a counter-protester, dead, setting off a wave of emotions and accusations that shook the city and the country. Charlottesville has still not come to terms with that event, said Melody Barnes, former President Barack Obama’s chief domestic policy adviser, late Monday...
June 29, 2018
By David A. Graham, The Atlantic. For years, pundits have fixated on what the influx of Millennial voters will mean for American democracy. But now they’re getting old. Not the takes—though those are getting old, too—but the Millennials themselves. As that cohort ages into maturity and becomes the nation’s largest voting bloc, the next generation of voters will become important to watch. That could be especially...
June 29, 2018
Alexandra Horowitz is a scientist studying dog cognition and adjunct associate professor teaching psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University. She's speaking a part of the Genius of Animals track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below she answered our questions on the relationship between dogs, humans, and the sense of smell.Your book, Being a Dog, explores the powerful sense of smell that dogs possess. How...
June 27, 2018
There’s a lot of bad news out there lately. And here at Aspen Ideas Festival, you’ll see a lot of analysis of that bad news, as well as frequent sessions about fractious politics, global-scale catastrophe, and technological apocalypse. We’re trying to solve all of that stuff, but we won’t pretend it’s not a little bit of a bummer here in the meantime.But there’s another side to Ideas Fest, one full of positivity and...
June 27, 2018
Karol V. Mason is the first African-American and first female President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. As United States Assistant Attorney General, she was a leader in the Obama Administration on juvenile justice issues, bail reform, and re-entry for individuals leaving prison. She will speak as part of the Our Imperfect Union track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. When a parent looks down at their newborn...
June 27, 2018
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks with Alison Kodjak at Spotlight Health in June.As the nation’s top doctor, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has pledged to lead with science and collaborate with local entities to tackle national health crises. In this episode, he speaks with NPR’s Alison Kodjak about children being separated from their parents at the southern US border, the opioid crisis, gun...
June 27, 2018
Steve Case is co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Revolution, an investment firm that partners with entrepreneurs to build “built-to-last” businesses, and chairman of the Case Foundation, which he established with his wife, Jean, in 1997. He co-founded America Online in 1985 and became its CEO and chairman, retiring as chairman of AOL Time Warner in 2003. He will speak as part of the Globalization Revisited track at...

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