AIF Blog - Society

October 17, 2018
Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of the Aspen Skiing Company, speaks with organizational psychologist Adam Grant in Aspen, Colorado in September. Adam Grant is exploring “how to make work suck less.” For his podcast WorkLife, he visited unconventional companies to discover how to improve the work experience. Grant, who authored Give and Take and teaches at the Wharton School, thinks we should be leading more creative...
October 15, 2018
Rebecca Blumenstein is the highest-ranked female employee at The New York Times. In our podcast, she explains the biggest challenges facing the media today.Will 2018 be another 'year of the woman?' The phrase first emerged in 1992 when women increased their representation in Congress following the Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas hearings. This year, more women are running for office, speaking up about sexual...
October 02, 2018
Rebecca Blumenstein, Mona Charen, Shannon Van Sant, Adrienne Green, Katie Couric, and Susan Page discuss women in the media and #MeToo at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 28. News reporters have covered the #MeToo movement since it gained ground one year ago. But journalists haven’t just written about the movement, some have experienced sexual harassment and violence themselves. In this episode, a group...
September 11, 2018
Adam Hamilton pastors the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. At Aspen Ideas 2017, he talked about the role faith plays in bringing people together.Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist Church in the United States. Within his congregation of 20,000 in Kansas, he works to mitigate deep divisions. Some of those divides, he says, are happening everywhere and are tearing at the...
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 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...

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