AIF Blog - Education

March 14, 2017
Einstein biographer and Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Albert Einstein was no Einstein when he was a kid. He was slow to talk and was even dubbed “the dopey one.” But, Einstein said, slow development gave him time to wonder about things most people don’t spend time on and as a result, his imagination flourished. In this rebroadcast, Aspen Institute...
February 16, 2017
 David Rubenstein, National Constitution Center Trustee and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, gives a history lesson on the drafting of the Bill of Rights at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Congress ratified the Bill of Rights 225 years ago, on December 15, 1791. The document was a last-minute recommendation at the Constitutional Convention four years earlier. David Rubenstein, trustee at the National Constitution Center, says...
December 13, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was the greatest critic of big business and big government since Thomas Jefferson. He served in the early 20th century and was the Court’s first Jewish justice. In this lively conversation, Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, about Brandeis’s relevance in today’s political climate, and...
August 30, 2016
Is America turning its back on the humanities? The declining enrollment in disciplines including history, literature, language, philosophy and the arts, at colleges and universities across the country, signals a significant cultural shift. In this episode, Leon Wieseltier, contributing editor for The Atlantic, and Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust unpack why the diminished appeal of the humanities has...
August 09, 2016
The world doesn’t lack for creative ideas—it lacks people to champion them. Once you have an idea, how do you communicate it? In this episode, Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times bestselling author of Originals, shares insights on how to speak up without getting silenced, and how to find allies in unexpected places. The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is...
July 29, 2016
Drew Gilpin Faust and Leon Wieseltier at Aspen Ideas, discussing Do We Need to Rescue the Humanities?Earlier this month, the Washington Post journalist Jeff Guo wrote a detailed account of how he’d managed to maximize the efficiency of his cultural consumption. “I have a habit that horrifies most people,” he wrote. “I watch television and films in fast forward … the time savings are enormous. Four episodes of ...
June 30, 2016
Shawn Lee is a student at Rio Salado College in Arizona, who was motivated to return to school and finish his degree after the birth of his son. (Photo Credit: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)President of the United States Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allan Golston, leads the foundation’s efforts to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas...
June 15, 2016
Sofia Caballero Stafford is a junior at Duke University double majoring in global health and cultural anthropology, focusing on disparities in adolescent girls’ health and development. She is southeast regional lead for Girl Up, where she was previously a teen advisor and helped start the coalition model.She will speak as part of The Child track at Spotlight Health.As a fourteen year old, I was exposed to stories of...
June 14, 2016
Every summer, writers, professors, artists, activists, and others deliver their “big ideas” at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The onstage advice celebrates the Festival itself, which brings together great thinkers to debate and discuss the most important and fascinating issues of our time. The Festival marks its twelfth year in late June. This episode features “big ideas” from as far back as 2007...
May 26, 2016
Ann Cooper is director of food services for Boulder Valley School District and founder and president of the Chef Ann Foundation. The Foundation focuses on solutions to the school food crisis. Her decades-long career includes 15 years in school food programs and chef positions with Holland America Cruises, Radisson Hotels, Telluride Ski Resort, and the Putney Inn in Vermont. Cooper will speak at Spotlight Health as...

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