Festival Updates

Oct 18, 2013
After a 16-day standoff and government shutdown, Congress and President Obama reached an agreement to raise the nation’s debt limit. While the current crisis is averted, it is but a temporary solution since the new deal only carries the country through until mid February. Rewind to the summer of 2011 when our government was grappling with the threat of shutdown and debt limits. Then, the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson asked Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the federal reserve,...
Oct 10, 2013
Malala Yousafzai’s campaign to educate girls continues to gain momentum globally. Within months of being gunned down on her school bus, the Pakistani activist founded the Malala Fund and returned to spreading her message. Watch this short video of the Nobel Peace Prize contender speaking to the Aspen Ideas Festival audience. “If we educate one girl, it means we educate the whole society,” she says. Today is United Nation’s International Day of the Girl, established...
Sep 27, 2013
With the threat of a government shutdown dominating Washington all week, the Affordable Care Act remains front and center to the spending debate. Former treasury secretary Robert Rubin, Peter Orszag (former director of OMB) and Ken Davis (president and CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center) convened at Aspen Ideas to ask: Can We Afford Our Health? All agree that fixing the crippling costs of health care is massively complex. Davis, also a physician, says we must ask what a human life is worth...
Sep 19, 2013
  While it’s unclear that the gun legislation that failed to pass last April would have prevented the latest mass shooting which killed 12 at Washington's Navy Yard on Monday, the tragedy does renew the debate about gun laws. How was Congress able to act against 90 percent of the American public and get away with it? The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg sat down with Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, at Aspen Ideas. Among the many complex...
Sep 11, 2013
The U.S. Economy: As we near the close of the third quarter, what will the growth numbers have in store? It is unlikely we will see a jump of more than 2.5 percent in GDP growth anytime soon, says Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Washington bureau chief of The New York Times David Leonhardt asks Lew at Aspen Ideas if this is the "new normal," or will the United States ever soar to the 4-percent growth numbers experienced in the nineties. The core economy is stronger than...
Sep 05, 2013
Today, one in four children in the United States is growing up in poverty. Oftentimes living in poverty goes hand in hand with exposure to violence, chronic insecurity, loss, hardship, and disruption. Pamela Cantor, founder of Turnaround for Children, underscores how living in scarcity inflicts a traumatic form of stress on kids’ developing brains — interfering with learning and impacting behavior. Watch now (1:44) to hear Cantor describe the new scientific research that...
Aug 22, 2013
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic speech. But many don't realize that even though King’s “I Have a Dream” speech marked a defining moment in the Civil Rights Movement, it did not have a significant impact on legislation. At Aspen Ideas, David Rubenstein illuminates the speech’s historic significance and discusses why it is hailed as a masterpiece of rhetoric and how it stacks up to other speeches...
Aug 14, 2013
As children around the country head back to school, a majority of educators are adjusting curriculum to meet the Common Core State Standards, a near-universal set of academic criteria inspired by standards from the world’s highest performing countries. Adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, some argue that the CCSS amounts to a federal takeover of education. Former chancellor of NYC’s department of education Joel Klein says, in the clip above, that no matter the...
Aug 07, 2013
Do creative projects need a gatekeeper? Has crowdsourcing changed what we call "art" for the better or worse? Perry Chen, CEO of Kickstarter, discusses the matter here with Walter Isaacson. Watch the entire session here.Watch Full SessionsAs always, there are many full sessions available to watch on our website from the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival (and Festivals past). Following is a list of full-length videos now available.Principled Pluralism: Report of the Inclusive America Project...
Aug 01, 2013
brightcove.createExperiences(); Does the growing economy discredit the Republican economic model of lower taxes and less regulation? Elaine L. Chao, 24th secretary of labor, says no. Chao disputes that the economy is actually coming back. The questions we should be asking, according to Chao: Why hasn't the economy bounced back faster? What is holding back the full recovery? Watch the entire session here.Watch Full...

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