AIF Blog

May 19, 2017
 A group of scholars gathers on the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado during Spotlight Health 2016. The Aspen Institute, through the generosity of our patrons and sponsoring organizations, will bring a diverse group of 300 leaders from across the US and 30 countries to the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. They're scholars nominated by senior members of the Institute's staff, Festival advisors, past scholars, and...
May 18, 2017
 Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, will speak at Spotlight Health this summer. Prior to joining KHN in 2014, she spent 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR. You’ve been covering efforts by republicans to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. What are the forces at play that keep the GOP and President Trump fighting for changes to the health care law? Republicans have been...
May 16, 2017
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal speaks with Joanne Kenen, executive editor of health care for Politico. Their conversation was part of the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute.Elisabeth Rosenthal writes about our broken healthcare system in her new book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back. She says the system, comprised of hospitals, doctors,...
May 11, 2017
 Christina Agapakis is Creative Director at Ginkgo Bioworks, a biological design company growing cultured products for partners across many industries. Agapakis also writes about biology, technology, and culture for numerous outlets. She will speak as part of The Genetics Revolution track at Aspen Ideas. What’s synthetic biology, and how is the company you work for, Ginkgo Bioworks, using it to create consumer...
May 10, 2017
 The Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health are held on the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado. This year's Festival takes place June 22 - July 1. The 13th annual Aspen Ideas Festival will focus on building civil discourse around the pressing issues America is facing both domestically and internationally. The 10-day Festival gets underway on June 22 with Spotlight Health. Discussions and presentations this...
May 09, 2017
Michele Norris, Amy Hinojosa, Adam Foss, and Khizr Khan speak at the Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America. It was held in April. While the subject of race and racism will likely continue to be a contentious topic for years to come, it is a discussion that is imperative for civil society. How does the dialogue on race continue? Will protests in the streets and boycotts become the new mode of...
May 04, 2017
 Amy Whitaker is the author of "Art Thinking" and an assistant professor at New York University Steinhardt School. As part of the Inside Creativity program track, she'll give a workshop at the Festival based on the core tenets of art thinking. You teach and write at the intersection of business, creativity, and everyday life. What made you explore similarities between these seemingly disparate facets? In the early...
May 02, 2017
Spoken word poet Elizabeth Acevedo at the 2017 Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity.When poet Elizabeth Acevedo taught creative writing to young women of color in a detention center, she recognized their trauma and avoided the teacher-as-savior mentality. Acevedo spoke at the Aspen Institute’s Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. The Summit brings together policymakers, thought leaders, and...
April 27, 2017
 Bayard Winthrop founded the made-in-the-USA apparel company American Giant. With a sister company, it employs more than 200 people and uses facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and California to make clothing. Winthrop will speak as part of the Making it in the USA track at the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer. The American Giant website says that the company is “striving to make the best...
April 25, 2017
Science Friday host Ira Flatow and Janna Levin, author of Black Hole Blues, on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Why do human beings explore? And, why are the most adventurous explorers drawn to outer space? Naturalist and astronomer David Aguilar explains why the drive for adventure fades after childhood, and how we can regain it as adults. Also, a group of physicists dig into what the universe is made of. Janna...

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