AIF Blog - Society

April 18, 2018
Stanford political science professor Rob Reich talks about philanthropy and democracy at Aspen Ideas 2017.Sizable donations to philanthropic foundations and institutions can tackle problems that the government and private sector can't address. But large gifts can also be a threat to democracy. Philanthropic organizations are oddities in a democracy. The large gifts they take in come with little accountability,...
April 13, 2018
 High School students in Philadelphia celebrate after learning they earned a trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival. Students from the School District of Philadelphia’s John Bartram High School are headed to this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival after claiming first place in the Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia competition at Drexel University on April 11. A team comprised of eight students and two educator-coaches came up with a...
April 03, 2018
Liz Dozier and Corey Brooks sit on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival focused on violence in Chicago.In rallies from coast to coast, students across the United States are calling for tighter gun control. The deadly Parkland, Florida shooting resurfaced the conversation but the issue of gun violence is all too familiar for people in Chicago. For residents in certain neighborhoods, shootings are frustratingly...
March 29, 2018
 Students react after top prizes are announced at the Aspen Challenge in Dallas. Three winning high school teams will travel to the Aspen Ideas Festival. High school students from three Dallas schools are heading to the Aspen Ideas Festival! The students, from Independent School District’s (Dallas ISD) Emmett J. Conrad, Moisés E. Molina, and Sunset High Schools, claimed top prizes in the Aspen Challenge: Dallas...
March 21, 2018
Rob Reich leads a discussion about morality with David Brooks, Michele Moody-Adams, and Larissa MacFarquhar.Where can we take lessons on how to live morally? Does religion have the answers? Maybe the great philosophers? Or, democracy? With 30-plus years of teaching under her belt, Columbia political philosophy professor Michele Moody-Adams says her own life has taught her, "Philosophical theories and the kind...
March 13, 2018
Students Jahari Shelton and Camille Allen talk about how they speak up for causes they believe in. They spoke at the Aspen Institute's Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. Throughout history, young people have been at the center of activism: the Civil Rights movement, Black Lives Matter, the labor movement, and now gun violence. What barriers do young people have to overcome to get adults to listen? What...
March 06, 2018
Journalist Graeme Wood sits alongside psychologist Paul Bloom at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2017.Why do people do evil things? We hear from Yale psychologist Paul Bloom and journalist Graeme Wood about the nature of evil. Bloom studies morality in babies, children, and adults. Wood immersed himself in ISIS, readings the terror group’s propaganda and conversing with its members, in order to write the book...
February 21, 2018
 In her lengthy career in broadcasting, Pat Mitchell says that two topics were never reported on because of their sheer divisiveness: abortion and peace in the Middle East. Recounting that anecdote at a panel on reproductive health she moderated at Spotlight Health 2017, the veteran media executive, formerly of PBS and CNN (among others), asked her fellow panelists how they approach the touchy subject of...
February 07, 2018
Journalist Michele Norris speaks with philanthropists Jeff Raikes and Darren Walker at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.Jeff Raikes, former CEO of the Gates Foundation, says the key to real social justice in America is to have tough conversations about race. He's the first to admit he's the product of privilege. "I was born white, male, in the United States, and I was born heterosexual," he says....
January 24, 2018
 Mickey Edwards speaks with Julie Fedorchak, Amanda Edwards, and Ashley Swearengin at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Whether they’re from a big, sprawling city or one of the most rural states in the country, Americans are concerned about a lot of the same issues, economic sustainability for their families and education chief among them. And, according to a panel of young local and regional leaders at the 2017 Aspen Ideas...

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