Select videos from the 2016 Spotlight Health (June 23 - 26) and the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival (June 26 - July 2).
A healthy America requires a broad prosperity that goes beyond GDP statistics and stock-market valuations. More Americans need to hold jobs with growth in wages and the opportunity to build wealth; and more Americans need confidence that opportunity exists. But some argue that capitalism is broken for the vast majority of American workers. What are the facts? Why are we in this position?
Medicine is being disrupted from every angle, as the financing and organization of clinical care are overhauled and scientific knowledge grows increasingly sophisticated. Academic health centers are being asked to provide a more patient-centered approach, while meeting the challenges posed by the Affordable Care Act and the evolving demands of Medicaid and Medicare.
Featured Ideas Festival Scholars include Lashon Amado, María Teresa Kumar, Michael McAfee, and Eshauna Smith. Fueling today’s highly charged political environment is the growing sense that opportunity is elusive and inequality is rising because our national economic policies unfairly disadvantage the middle class. Millions of Americans believe they’re pawns in a game they can’t win—a sentiment familiar to generations of men and women living in poor urban and rural communities.
In just over a decade, John Hickenlooper has gone from a craft-brew entrepreneur to mayor of Denver to governor of Colorado. In conversation with Jane Harman about his new book, The Opposite of Woe, the maverick—and very funny—statesman tells his story of determination and daring. From bouncing back after personal loss to launching a remarkably successful business to landing in state office, Hickenlooper’s story is that of a true trailblazer. (Book signing to follow.)
Thinking about the far-off future isn’t just an exercise in intellectual curiosity. It’s a practical skill that, as new research reveals, has a direct neurological link to greater creativity, empathy, and optimism.
Secretary of State John Kerry at the Aspen Ideas Festival 2016
Modern campaigns combine psychology, data, analytics, and technology to persuade and mobilize voters. The smartest campaign teams try to be one step ahead of the voters they’re targeting, even as the 24-hour news cycle and the social media echo chamber move constantly to keep up with this unprecedented election. This session engages political scientists, experts, and campaign operatives with decades of combined experience to understand playmaking in the blood sport that is politics.
Stephen Colbert says, "Everybody should listen to the Slate 'Political Gabfest.'" Featuring Slate's Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, the Gabfest is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks. Join the show that iTunes listeners voted Favorite Political Podcast, live at the Aspen Ideas Festival, for the latest on the election, the Supreme Court term, and more.
Regardless the outcome of the 2016 election, a Trump or Clinton victory will transform the future of the Constitution, from affirmative action to campaign finance to voting rights and more.
There’s Santa Claus, Shakespeare, Mickey Mouse, the Bible, and then there’s…. Star Wars. In his fun but especially erudite exploration, renowned Harvard Law professor Cass R. Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion, and redemption, and how they apply—believe it or not—to constitutional law, economics, and political uprisings. (Book signing to follow.)
Roughly one in four students choose business as their undergraduate major in the US, making business the most popular academic pursuit. While business majors excel in the post-graduation job market, some studies suggest humanities majors actually fare better over the course of their careers. How do we retain the liberal arts in the face of demand for business credentials? How are today’s students thinking about their current academic choices and future professional roles?
As Michael Eric Dyson notes in the introduction to his 2016 book, “[President] Obama provoked great hope and fear about what a black presidency might mean to our democracy. White and black folk, and brown and beige ones, too have had their views of race and politics turned topsy-turvy.” Join Dyson and The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart for a look at how the politics of race have shaped Obama’s identity and groundbreaking presidency.
Crime is down in the United States, but incarceration has mushroomed. Some might argue this is proof of successful crime fighting. But more and more leaders and observers think the opposite: that these contrasting trends represent a critical disconnect and the failure of our justice system. Why has crime trended downwards, and what have we learned about the most effective strategies to prevent it? Why are so many people in prison? Who are they, and what landed them there?
Today more than 200 known types of cancers exist, many more than when President Nixon declared a war on cancer in 1971. In January 2016, President Obama announced a new effort in cancer: Cancer Moonshot. The initiative is led by Vice President Joe Biden and is intended to broaden the number of therapies available to patients, and find ways to prevent and detect cancer at an early stage.
In an age of cyber warfare, where weapons are simply Internet-connected devices, are we prepared to face the evolving threat posed by state and non-state actors who would do us harm? As a recent attack in Ukraine has shown, hackers can and will cripple critical infrastructure by accessing control systems inside utilities. And we’ve seen time and again what happens when intruders gain access to critical networks, personal data, and intellectual property.
Despite some frontline successes and territorial reclamations, the destruction of organizational assets, and the death of thousands of militants, the Islamic State’s ideology of jihad continues its spread from Baghdad to Brussels to Orlando. How can the United States and its allies fight an enemy that is as much idea as it is entity? What securities do ISIS provide recruits that civil societies are failing to?
The average annual cost of cancer drugs in the US now exceeds $100,000 and the price of more than 200 generic drugs doubled from 2013 to 2014. That puts them far out of reach for countess ailing people, including many with decent insurance.
In the United States today, nearly half of all children are born into families with low incomes. Bold leadership and unique solutions are required to not simply address this growing challenge, but to tap the inherent strengths of children and their parents in struggling communities. This conversation will focus on strategies that work, from early childhood to employment and family empowerment.
In this season of campus activism around race, inclusion, speech, and privilege, how can US colleges best cultivate—and reimagine—civic leadership? And in an age that rewards "gold stars" and visible achievement, how can universities best cultivate character and an ethic of intrinsic purpose among leaders?
Meet and talk with two women helping to lead the charge and empower parents, schools, and communities against gun violence — often without even using the word “gun.”