AIF BLOG - August 2018

August 29, 2018
 Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for the Washington Post, interviews Florida superintendent Robert Runcie on June 30 at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Broward County School District Superintendent Robert Runcie remembers clearly the events of February 14, 2018. That’s the day a gunman killed seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In this conversation with the...
August 28, 2018
Sal Khan speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. He created Khan Academy, which is used by students in elementary school through college.Sal Khan’s career journey took him from finance to the classroom. The former hedge fund manager now runs the nonprofit Khan Academy, which provides free online education. He says online learning is changing the way students learn and instructors teach. For classrooms that...
August 24, 2018
Jeff Goodell speaks with Christiana Figueres about optimism around climate change: a seemingly impossible challenge. They spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres led the global adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and continues to fight for the climate today in her work with Mission 2020. Working to reduce greenhouse gases globally can be frustrating, she admits, but...
August 21, 2018
Steve Clemons speaks with David Miliband at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 26th. David Miliband leads the International Rescue Committee and believes there are solutions to today's devastating refugee crisis. More than 65 million people around the globe are either refugees, asylum seekers, or displaced within their own countries. It’s the largest number of people forced to flee their homes since...
August 19, 2018
Aspen Institute President Dan Porterfield speaks with Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, about her new book, "Fascism: A Warning."How do we save ourselves from repeating errors of our past? Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright poses this question in her new book, Fascism: A Warning. She thinks fascism now presents a greater threat to peace than at any time since the end of WWII. In this...
August 14, 2018
 Dan Porterfield, Paula Johnson, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay talk about the university's role in student health at Spotlight Health. Across the US, students are heading back to college for the start of the school year. Many will wrestle with mental health challenges. Campus counseling offices are busier than ever and peer-run mental health clubs are popping up. Colleges are working to keep up as students...
August 12, 2018
Amy Walter, Reihan Salam, Celinda Lake, and Jamelle Bouie talk about democrats and the midterm elections.Midterms are often seen as the first nationwide referendum on a first-term president. Donald Trump’s ratings have ranged from low to medium-low, but a “blue wave” of victories is far from guaranteed this fall. Where Democrats strive for inclusiveness with regard to race, gender, and immigration...
August 09, 2018
 Christian Picciolini is the author of "White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement - and How I Got Out." He was a white supremacist leader until the people he thought he hated showed him compassion. Christian Picciolini was 14 years old when a white supremacist with a shaved head and big boots approached him in a Chicago alley. “He pulled a joint from...
August 08, 2018
Jamelle Bouie, Michael Signer, Melody Barnes, and Leslie Greene Bowman share thoughts on how Charlottesville is working to recover one year after hate rallies were held there. One year after a deadly hate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city continues to heal. White supremacists gathered at the University of Virginia and then in downtown Charlottesville in mid-August last year. Protesters clashed and a...
August 03, 2018
Bill Browder speaks with Suzanne Malveaux on July 27, shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin singled out Browder at a press conference with President Trump in Helsinki. Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, singled out American-born businessman Bill Browder at a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland. Putin, standing alongside President Trump, named Browder and his business dealings. Browder...

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