AIF BLOG - January 2019

January 29, 2019
 Nadine Strossen, professor at New York Law School, talks about using free speech to combat hate speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival. She was interviewed by Conor Friedersdorf, founding editor of The Best of Journalism. Should rules govern demeaning, disparaging, and degrading speech directed at certain groups? How can we resist hate while protecting free speech? Nadine Strossen, longtime president of...
January 22, 2019
Linguists Deborah Tannen and John McWhorter talk about the evolution of the English language at Aspen Ideas.Young people tend to say “LOL” and “like” a lot. Business jargon — such as “What’s the ask?”— is surfacing in boardrooms. Is the English language deteriorating before our ears? Linguist and author John McWhorter pushes back, saying these modern terms are...
January 16, 2019
Mountaineer and Backbone Media founder Penn Newhard interviews Tommy Caldwell, author of the book, "The Push" about his historic climb up Yosemite's Dawn Wall. Their conversation was held by Aspen Words.What does it take to rock climb one of the world’s hardest routes at night in the bitter cold? Tommy Caldwell, an accomplished climber, says he summoned focus, drive, and endurance to summit...
January 10, 2019
 John McWhorter is a professor of English, comparative literature, and linguistics at Columbia University, and author of the book "Words on the Move." He spoke with Georgetown linguistics professor Deborah Tannen at Aspen Ideas. In his posthumous treatise on language, Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “Language can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses,...
January 08, 2019
 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses her latest book with Kitty Boone, director of the Aspen Ideas Festival. What qualities make a good leader? Are leaders born with these attributes or can they be learned? In her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin writes about the lives of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D...