AIF Blog - Society

November 09, 2017
 The 2017 Bezos Scholars pose for a picture in Aspen, Colorado, where the Aspen Ideas Festival is held. The Bezos Scholars Program is now accepting applications for its 2018 cohort. Eligible public high school juniors apply with the support of the school. Bezos Scholars participate in a powerful, year-long leadership development opportunity that includes an all-expenses paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival! Each...
November 07, 2017
Haris Tarin, senior policy advisor at the Dept. of Homeland Security, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Muslim Americans — especially those who work in government or in other ways to counter radicalism and terrorism — feel caught in the middle. Much of American society questions their patriotism, while their own communities question their loyalty. The Department of Homeland Security’...
October 31, 2017
Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival. If James Madison, a founding father and America's fourth president, were to run for office today, he would struggle to get elected. Author of a new biography on Madison, Noah Feldman, says he was a deeply serious person who hated speaking in front of crowds and loathed asking people to vote for him. His skill of analyzing problems in a...
October 24, 2017
Cass Sunstein speaks to attendees at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. If you Google "impeachment" today, the links and news stories that appear detail efforts and comments to impeach President Trump. California billionaire Tom Steyer is urging impeachment with a $10 million campaign. Local elected officials in San Francisco are supporting the idea. On Twitter, there's even a handle "Impeach...
October 19, 2017
 Walter Isaacson speaks with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the Aspen Ideas Festival. How far have we come since Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963? What do the events in Charlottesville, Virginia tell us about race relations in America today?  Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, sat down with Aspen...
October 17, 2017
David Rubenstein speaks with Aspen Institute CEO and author Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Biographer Walter Isaacson says Leonardo da Vinci, the subject of his latest book, was much more than a famous artist. Sure, da Vinci is best known for the two most famous paintings in history: the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. But, Isaacson says, da Vinci also thought of himself as a scientist and engineer...
October 10, 2017
Hanna Rosin speaks with Esther Perel at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Couples therapist Esther Perel says relationships are crumbling under modern expectations. "We are asking one person to give us what once an entire village used to provide," she says. Are these heightened expectations combined with our pursuit of happiness to blame for infidelity? In Perel's latest book The State of...
August 18, 2017
Author David Brooks speaks with Reverend Adam Hamilton at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.What role does faith play in bringing people together? Reverend Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist church in America. Within his Kansas congregation, he observes deep divisions that reflect the larger disunity in our nation. These divisions, he thinks, are tearing at our social fabric. His plan: to get people...
August 15, 2017
New York Times op-ed contributor Wajahat Ali speaks on a panel about hate at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Hate groups are growing and the number of hate-fueled incidents is spiking in America. The latest incident was in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists violently clashed with anti-fascist groups and other protesters. In the first month after Donald Trump won the presidency, the Southern Poverty Law...
August 09, 2017
As Aspen Ideas Festival attendees, you engaged in deep and inquisitive discussions on meaningful topics. Back in June, you connected with leaders from around the globe. You laughed. You cried. Maybe you even enjoyed a hotdog under the azure Aspen sky. Now what? How can you continue the energy of Aspen Ideas outside of Aspen? What is something tangible you can do to influence positive change in your own community? We...

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