AIF Blog - U.S.A.

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 12, 2018
 Lisa Monaco, Dmitri Alperovitch, and Yasmin Green speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The news on the cybersecurity front doesn’t sound so good, especially if you listen to a panel of experts discussing “America’s Online Enemies” at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. Cyberthreats are “more diffuse, more sophisticated, and more dangerous” than they’ve ever been, according to Lisa Monaco, who was President Obama’s...
April 11, 2018
Author Luis Alberto Urrea talks about his book, "The House of Broken Angels" at an Aspen Words event in Aspen, Colorado.The author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Devil's Highway is out with a new work of fiction. Luis Alberto Urrea's The House of Broken Angels focuses on a Mexican-American family, but the complicated and loving relationships it highlights comprise every family, no matter...
April 05, 2018
 Spring is here, and Spotlight Health—the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival—is finalizing speakers, schedules, and curated programming. We’re gearing up for three-days of thought-provoking sessions led by healthcare pioneers and advocates. Please consider this a personal invitation to you and your colleagues to join us June 21-24 in Aspen, Colorado to participate in these important conversations....
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 23, 2018
 At a time that’s seen the greatest reduction in global poverty in history, for many people in the West it doesn’t feel like things are getting better economically. And that feeling of being left behind has fueled populist movements that have upended traditional political systems across the United States and Europe. Tackling this paradox, a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival panel discussed the merits and challenges of...
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 15, 2018
 Julia Ioffe, foreign policy reporter for The Atlantic, speaks with Russian journalists Galina Timchenko and Alexey Kovalev at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Galina Timchenko was editor in chief at Lenta.ru, the most popular news website in Russia, until she was fired in 2014. After being dismissed, her coworkers issued a statement saying she was sacked to make room for a new Kremlin-controlled editor in chief. They...
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...

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