Festival Updates

Feb 10, 2017
 Jeffrey Rosin, Neal Katyal, and Nancy Gertner at the Aspen Ideas Festival in summer 2016. The beauty of the justice system in America is that an attorney without a big law firm and volumes of law books can win a case, if he has a good argument. But Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general and Georgetown law professor, thinks young lawyers are losing trust in the court’s ability to resolve problems. His strongly-held belief in the rule of law springs, in part, from the first...
Jan 30, 2017
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Ideas Festival.How is today’s digital disruption different from other major historical shifts in the US economy? It’s happening much faster. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, posits that when the country transitioned from an agrarian economy to an industrial economy, it was a generational change. “In the past there was enough time for the person being displaced to retire, so that...
Jan 06, 2017
Author Andrew Zolli at Spotlight Health 2016. He works on issues at the intersection of innovation, social change, and resilience.  The smiley faces you use to adorn friends’ Facebook posts are more than just cute cartoon icons. Scientists are using them for psychological research. In 2013, researchers at UC Berkeley partnered with Facebook to create a set of emojis that represent humans’ complex emotions. With help from a Pixar animator, the emoticons showed sympathy,...
Dec 09, 2016
Michael Froman, Steven Rattner, and Gillian Tett at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.President-elect Donald Trump has delivered ideas on how to help the working class: restrictions on immigration, tax cuts, and renegotiating trade deals. At the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, economic experts also weighed in. For families dealing with stagnating wages, a decline in manufacturing jobs, and the impact of trade, what can be done? “There has been a drop in the absolute number of...
Oct 28, 2016
Oversimplification is “poisonous in democracy,” says Stephen Carter, Yale law professor and Aspen Institute Trustee. He recalls the prescient words of historian Richard Hofstadter: “Democracy cannot survive when major parties believe that elections should be reduced to applause lines, slogans, emotional appeals, and lists of people to hate.” And while that statement reads like it could have appeared in an op-ed last week, it’s from Hofstadter’s 1964 work...
Oct 07, 2016
Sathya Raghu, Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Matthew Dillon, Edward Mabaya, Inge Kauer, and former US Senator Thomas Daschle at Spotlight Health 2016.The nutrition babies receive in the first two years of life is critical. Unicef reports, if the child’s mother isn’t getting the right nutrients, stunted growth and undernutrition may result, putting the child at greater risk of dying from common infections.Lindiwe Majele Sibanda runs the Food, Agriculture, and...
Sep 23, 2016
The Smithsonian’s 19th and newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opens to the public this weekend in Washington, DC. Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton says its creation has been in the works since 1915 when American Civil War veterans wanted a tribute on the National Mall recognizing the African American influence. In 1929 President Coolidge assigned a commission to study building a museum. But plans didn’t take off until 2003 when...
Sep 09, 2016
 “We’re squarely in the digital age of media communication,” says Michael Dimock, president of the Pew Research Center. He provided insight into modern news consumption at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “Ninety percent of Americans get news from digital devices,” and more people are choosing to consume news via mobile rather than a personal computer. Many news consumers, particularly young people, get their information on social media, where hard news, soft...
Aug 25, 2016
 Five million of 29 million US households with school-age children don’t have the internet at home. And seven in ten teachers assign homework that requires internet access, according to Jessica Rosenworcel, commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. “When I was doing homework, all it took was paper, a pencil, and my brother leaving me alone. But today that’s no longer true,” she tells an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival. She coined the term the...
Aug 15, 2016
Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-OK), and former US Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Aspen Ideas 2016.The Affordable Care Act isn’t going anywhere. That’s the consensus of a panel of politicians and former federal administrators who spoke at Spotlight Health in June. This election, the presidential nominees are at odds about the law. Donald Trump says he will repeal it and Hillary Clinton says she will ...

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