Time to Start Talking




Here’s a conversation starter: Why don’t we talk to each other anymore? Author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over 30 years and has ample evidence that our screen-centric lifestyle is a major culprit in our collective breakdown in communication. She gave a powerful Aspen Lecture on the subject at the Festival. “Conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do,” Turkle said. “We are not doing enough of it because our technology is kind of taking us elsewhere.” Watch the lecture Who Do We Become when We Talk to Machines and read her recent — and widely shared— op-ed “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.” Turkle's latest book, Reclaiming Conversation, comes out next week.

Join Us Next Summer in Aspen

Here's what you need to know about dates and registration:

Spotlight Health: June 23 – 26

Festival 1: June 26 – 29

Festival 2: June 29 – July 2 

Society of Fellows Registration opens November 12. 

General Registration opens November 19.

Stay tuned... Program details will be announced later this month.

‘Unfinished Business’

Anne-Marie Slaughter provides a sneak peek of her new book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family. Inspired by her 2012 article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” one of the most-read pieces in the history of The Atlantic, Slaughter has refined her vision for what true equality between men and women really means and how we can get there. Listen to the podcast.