AIF Blog - Society

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...
July 30, 2018
 Ashley Nickloes, Christine Matthews, and Rebecca Traister speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June about a surge of women running for office. Since 2016, we’ve watched women rack up unprecedented wins in statehouses, city halls, and even Congress — and thousands more are throwing their hats into the ring. How did factors like Donald Trump’s win and #MeToo influence this wave, and why...
July 12, 2018
 Journalist Maria Hinojosa on stage at the Young Adult Forum at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. The third annual Young Adult Forum in June began with emcee, Pete Dominick roving the room and questioning attendees at random. He asked them to state the issues they're most passionate about. As topics like Immigration reform and racism were said aloud, it was clear Dominick’s ice breaker underscored this crowd's...
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 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
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 20, 2018
What makes two people click? What does it really mean to say, “we have chemistry”? The Atlantic's Olga Khazan talks to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher about the four styles of thought and behavior that Fisher has identified through brain scans that help explain the biological underpinnings of romantic love, love addiction, adultery, and divorce. Based on data collected from 35,000 single...
June 14, 2018
 Anote Tong, former president of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, prepares to speak in Paris on the future of his nation and rising sea levels. He appears in filmmaker Matthieu Rytz's new film Anote's Ark, which will be shown at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The films screened at Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health are open to the public. Public tickets for films go on sale 9am (MST) June 15. ...
June 14, 2018
Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. She will speak as part of the Globalization Revisited track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below she discusses challenges to liberal democracies in the era of Trump and Brexit. Across the world, democracy is under siege.Political discourse tends to focus on the shortcomings of blatantly non-democratic countries such...

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