AIF Blog - U.S.A.

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...
February 11, 2011
Last summer, John Fetterman brought down the house at the Ideas Festival. The mayor of the small Pennsylvania town of Braddock told his inspiring story about how the arts would affect social change in his poverty-stricken town. Read about his audacious story of urban renewal here in the The New York Times."Thrust into the national spotlight, Fetterman has become something of a folk hero, a Paul Bunyan of hipster...
January 25, 2011
As the 2011 Festival takes shape, we will periodically share titles from some of the speakers presenting as well as books about the topics we’ll be discussing this summer. We hope you’ll be inspired to read them and join the discussion in Aspen.Please visit our Bookstore to purchase.The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized MedicineThomas Goetz, executive editor of WIRED...

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