AIF Blog

July 14, 2017
An audience member asks a question at an Aspen Ideas Festival panel featuring journalists James Fallows, Joshua Johnson, Melissa Block, and Charles Sykes.Over the past year, the United States has been described as profoundly divided. But are these divisions as deep and hopeless as we think? The journalists in today’s show have made careers out of asking questions and listening to American voices. What have...
July 11, 2017
Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Known as the “land of lousy options,” North Korea has posed problems for the US for decades. But now, the country is testing its missiles regularly and the situation is increasingly dire. What are the best solutions for dealing with this escalating crisis? In this episode, speakers at the Aspen Ideas...
July 11, 2017
By Krishnadev Calamur, The AtlanticManufacturing’s share of U.S. employment has been on a steady decline since the end of World War II. In May, the figure touched 8.48 percent, the lowest level since the Labor Department first began keeping records in 1940. The decline has been linked to the growth in income inequality, the weakening of the American middle class, and the rise of populist politics. But as the country...
July 10, 2017
By David A. Graham, The AtlanticIt’s hard to find defenders of impeachment—or at least, it’s hard to find good faith, consistent defenders of impeachment.Just look at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who once voted to impeach President Bill Clinton for obstruction of justice, only to recently assert that it’s impossible for a president, and in particular Donald Trump, whom he supports, to obstruct justice. Most...
July 07, 2017
Abdullah Antepli is chief representative of Muslim affairs at Duke University and teaches courses on Islam and Muslim cultures at Duke Divinity School. He agreed to answer some of our questions before speaking at The America I Know track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. What can faith communities do to promote understanding in these divisive times?They can and must do a lot, as often they are part of the problem. One of...
June 30, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health. Every year toward the end of the festival, I search for a grand theme. It’s usually a word or phrase that has been voiced in seemingly unrelated sessions: a buzzword, an existential modifier, a validation. In my head, I imagine a video supercut of the kind that sometimes shows up on social...
June 30, 2017
Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League. He is speaking about the rise in hate online and in our communities at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. Fifty years ago, extremists were hiding behind hoods and burning crosses. Today, they’re hiding behind avatars and burning up Twitter.At the Anti-Defamation League, we’ve fought anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry for more than...
June 29, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health. Here are a few things I have learned over the past few days:Arati Prabhakar is a technologist you should be listening to whenever you have the chance.Any session with David Rothkopf is going to be insightful and hopeful.Any lunch session at the Hotel Jerome is going to have some incredible...
June 29, 2017
Brett Perlman is a fellow at the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where his work focuses on the intersection of climate change, energy policy, and technology innovation. He agreed to answer a few questions before he speaks at the Feeling The Heat track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. In 1999, you were appointed the Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas by...
June 29, 2017
Tina Seelig is a professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She will speak at the Inside Creativity track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of...

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