AIF Blog

April 27, 2018
 Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Nadine Burke Harris, Sarah Watamura, and Jacqueline Jodl speak at Spotlight Health. Just as neuroscience has been revealing plenty of barriers to learning, it can also greatly influence the practice of education in positive ways. A panel of neuroscientists and educators at Spotlight Health 2017 shared some of the latest knowledge about how what happens in the...
April 25, 2018
NCSC Director William Evanina speaks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about cybersecurity at the Aspen Institute.As our lives become increasingly tech driven, we’re more vulnerable to cyberattacks, and our workplaces and government are too. William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), says it takes a whole-of-nation counterintelligence and security effort to keep...
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 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 06, 2018
 Danile Kraft, Deborah DiSanzo, and James Hamblin talk about technology and health at Spotlight Health 2017. If the concept of artificial intelligence revolutionizing medicine conjures up a future of robot doctors and nurses, a pair of health tech experts at Spotlight Health dispelled that bleak, impersonal outlook. From interpreting compounding amounts of personal health data to serving as a physician...
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...

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