AIF Blog - U.S.A.

December 13, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was the greatest critic of big business and big government since Thomas Jefferson. He served in the early 20th century and was the Court’s first Jewish justice. In this lively conversation, Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, about Brandeis’s relevance in today’s political climate, and...
July 02, 2014
At Facebook and Google, there are thousands of requests to remove content each day, whether it is through a system of flagging something deemed “inappropriate” or at the order of a government. But at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Facebook Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert and Google Vice President of Legal Nicole Alston shared that they have different views of where free speech will be in 10 years.“I’...
July 01, 2014
What will America look like in 10 years? In recent news, groundbreaking legislation including the leglization of gay marriage in many states and the Hobby Lobby contraception ruling may give some citizens pause and others, hope. The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, in conjuction with Burson-Marsteller and consulting-firm Penn Schoen Berland conducted an online study to find out exactly what America thinks lies...
September 17, 2013
Will the latest mass shooting, which killed 12 at Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard on Monday, spark a fresh debate about gun laws? Some say that with the skirmish over Syria, and his other substantial political challenges, President Obama doesn't have the stomach for it right now. And yet, Monday's shooting reportedly prompted a new round of calls for action from lawmakers.This summer, at Aspen Ideas, The Atlantic's...
June 23, 2013
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September 20, 2011
The Aspen Ideas Festival congratulates Roland Fryer Jr. and Kay Ryan who are among the 22 new fellows named by the MacArthur Foundation.According to the foundation's website: "They will each receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations or reporting requirements and offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and...
June 28, 2011
Aspen Ideas Festival speakers will be visiting with genConnect throughout the week to check in and preview some of the conversations on the agenda. GenConnect caught up with Festival speaker and TIME columnist Joe Klein, who previews his talks on Tuesday.To see more video interviews, go to genConnect's Aspen Ideas page.
May 05, 2011
As we approach the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 — and with the death of Osama Bin Laden — it is an important time to reflect not only on the collective loss of our country but also on our actions following the attacks. Has the coalition response promoted or hindered democracy? What impact did the attacks, and our response, have on societies around the world? Are we safer?We’ll address critical big-picture...
March 15, 2011
Here’s a preview of books by upcoming Festival Speakers. Add them to your reading list.A Chance to Make History As Teach for America turns 20, founder Wendy Kopp’s view on school reform is well summed up in the subtitle: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All. Festival Track: The Learning LandscapeAmerican Grace Written by Harvard professor and AIF speaker Robert D. Putnam and David...
March 01, 2011
The Aspen Ideas Festival mourns the loss of the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who graced us with his presence numerous times and died on Feb. 28. With his trademark blend of humor, wisdom, and intellectual curiosity, he challenged us to take our ideas out into the world and do good with them.Gomes was the Plumer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, The Memorial Church, Harvard University...

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