AIF Blog

June 28, 2017
Molly Hemstreet is the founder and general manager of Opportunity Threads. She’ll be discussing issues in rural communities at the Aspen Ideas Festival.What led you to start Opportunity Threads?I grew up and still live in Western North Carolina — the heart of the southern textile and furniture industries. I have seen the arc of our communities’ economic life go from booming with manufacturing, to massive lay-offs,...
June 27, 2017
By Emma Green, The AtlanticIn the future, when a couple wants to reproduce, “they will not make a baby in a bed or in the backseat or a car, or under a ‘Keep Off the Grass’ sign,” says Henry Greely, the director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.Instead, they will go to a clinic. Using stem cells from the couple’s skin or other non-reproductive organs, scientists will be able to make...
June 27, 2017
By Emma Green, The AtlanticSally Yates said on Tuesday that “folks ought to have tremendous confidence” in Bob Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Yates, the former acting attorney general who was fired by President Trump in January, said Mueller “is the consummate professional. He is going to call it like he sees it...
June 27, 2017
Wajahat Ali is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a lawyer, a playwright, and a former TV host. Recently, he was creative director of Affinis Labs, working with Facebook and Google on social entrepreneurship initiatives that have a positive impact for marginalized communities. He will be speaking in The America I Know and Global Conflicts tracks at the Aspen Ideas Festival....
June 26, 2017
Pastor Corey B. Brooks is the Executive Director of Project H.O.O.D. and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago. He’ll be speaking on the America I Know track at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The most consequential right afforded each and every American is that we are entitled to the equal protection of the law. I wish that more people woke up every day appreciating this most...
June 26, 2017
Dr. Clarence B. Jones is currently the First Diversity Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco and a scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Stanford University, and Palo Alto, California. He served as counsel, political adviser, and speechwriter for Dr. King. He’ll be speaking about what lawmakers today can learn from King at the Aspen Ideas...
June 26, 2017
The 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival will run from June 22 to July 1, but even if you’re not in Aspen you can still watch events and stay engaged with our speakers and the wider audience through online channels. Read below for a list of ways to join the Festival from anywhere in the world.Engage in the conversationFacebook: Watch exclusive conversations and engage with speakers on Facebook Live! Make sure to like us to be...
June 26, 2017
Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the America Law Institute, the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He’ll be discussing truthtelling and the rule of law at the Aspen Ideas Festival.In my new book...
June 26, 2017
Liz Dozier is the managing director of Chicago Beyond, a philanthropic venture fund that seeks to create positive, transformational change for the most marginalized young people in Chicago and beyond. A former educator and high school principal, Dozier may be best known for her work to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban public education. She’ll be speaking at the Aspen Ideas...
June 26, 2017
Aimée Eubanks Davis is the founder at CEO of Braven, which works to ensure underrepresented college students develop the skills, mindsets, and networks to get strong first jobs after graduation. She will be speaking at the Viewpoints track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. What are the most important things that you think college students need in order to be prepared for graduation and the workforce?Our country’s...

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