AIF Blog - Society

June 09, 2017
 Heidi Beirich leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which publishes the award-winning Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. She is an expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist, and neo-Confederate movements as well as racism in academia. She will speak in The America I Know track at the Aspen Ideas Festival.  You oversee the Southern Poverty Law...
June 08, 2017
 New Voices Fellow Adebisi Alimi visits with Caitlyn Jenner after a Spotlight Health session in 2016. New Voices Fellow Adebisi Alimi attended the Aspen Ideas Festival in both 2014 and 2016. He's the executive director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, which advocates for sexual and gender minorities in Nigeria. Alimi spoke alongside Mona Eltahawy, Paula Johnson, and Buzz Bissinger for the 2016 Spotlight Health session...
June 06, 2017
Jane McGonigal, author of Super Better, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.Thinking about the far-off future isn’t just an exercise in intellectual curiosity. It’s a practical skill that, as new research reveals, has a direct neurological link to greater creativity, empathy, and optimism. In this session from master game designer and acclaimed futurist Jane McGonigal, you’ll learn three...
June 02, 2017
 With the Millennial Pass, attend discussions, film screenings, and hear from today's global innovators and inspiring leaders. We're making available a limited number of Millennial Passes to members of the public, ages 18 to 35. The offering, new this year, is meant to provide young adults access to the Aspen Ideas Festival public events at a price unlike any offer we've ever provided. The Pass is just $99. We are...
May 09, 2017
Michele Norris, Amy Hinojosa, Adam Foss, and Khizr Khan speak at the Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America. It was held in April. While the subject of race and racism will likely continue to be a contentious topic for years to come, it is a discussion that is imperative for civil society. How does the dialogue on race continue? Will protests in the streets and boycotts become the new mode of...
May 02, 2017
Spoken word poet Elizabeth Acevedo at the 2017 Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity.When poet Elizabeth Acevedo taught creative writing to young women of color in a detention center, she recognized their trauma and avoided the teacher-as-savior mentality. Acevedo spoke at the Aspen Institute’s Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. The Summit brings together policymakers, thought leaders, and...
March 28, 2017
Dan Gilbert, psychology professor at Harvard, discusses the future and happiness at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Renowned Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and...
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...
March 07, 2017
Mitch Landrieu, Randi Weingarten, and David Gergen speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.Everything—from the country’s place in the world to the social contract between citizens, government, and the private sector—seems to be knotted in hard, uncompromising debates. In this episode, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, American...
February 21, 2017
Helen Fisher, chief scientific advisor for Match.com, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Thanks to technology, we are more connected than ever—digitally. But at what cost? How have technologies, like online dating sites and apps like Tinder, changed attitudes and behaviors? How do we choose a partner and stay interested when we have an almost infinite world of choices at our fingertips? Will marriage become a...

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