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Nearly 100 years later, an early victory for the rights of those accused of crimes in a racially-charged atmosphere continues to resonate. The St. Louis County community should allow the judicial process to proceed without coercion. Equal justice under the law means that no court should be asked to perform its duties in the teeth of an angry crowd demanding a particular result.
Filed in Blog Topics: Ferguson, Mike Brown, Justice and Society program
Award-winning author and editor Hannah Tinti just concluded three weeks as the August Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Writer in Residence. Tinti spent her residency in Aspen, CO, polishing the final draft of her latest novel, whose working title is "The Twelve Bullets of Samuel Holly." While in Aspen, Tinti read a chapter from that draft and shared details about her experience as a resident writer.
Filed in Blog Topics: aspen writers' foundation, Hannah Tinti
As the summer comes to an end and children return to school, we've gone through our archives to share four perspectives on education. Watch the video clips, featuring some of the country's education leaders and experts, as they discuss the US education system now and in the future, what's lacking, and the importance of cultural education.
Filed in Blog Topics: Education
What can we learn about ourselves from being rated? What can be done to address the hunger crisis in America's colleges? Should the US go to war with the Islamic State? Programs at the Aspen Institute have been scouring their respective issue areas to find and share the most insightful and informative links to answer these questions, and more.
Filed in Blog Topics: What We're Reading
"Nobody is born smart, we all start at zero," said Khan Academy founder and newly appointed Institute Trustee Sal Khan in a video aimed at dispelling the notion that intelligence is an innate trait. The video is part of the Khan's #YouCanLearnAnything campaign, which also features experts sharing research and tips on increasing your intelligence, as well as personal stories of success after setbacks and rejections.
Filed in Blog Topics: Khan Academy, you can learn anything
Far from being a regional business story, the fate of this feuding family's grocery store empire offers up a compelling case study about the purpose of business, the potential to rethink the sclerotic state of labor-management relations, and the obligations of family members and insiders to their employees when considering whether to "sell out" to private equity.
Filed in Blog Topics: business and society program, Market Basket
What is the way forward to bring a peaceful resolution to the conflicts in the Middle East region? How should the US get involved — or should we get involved at all? 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival panelists, including Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Vice President of Studies Marwan Muasher, New America President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter, and former Sen. George Mitchell tackled this topic and shared their persepctives on how to once and for all end the violence in the Middle East.
Filed in Blog Topics: Middle East
If poverty stunts brain growth, what does it mean for impoverished kids' futures? What impact does #iftheygunnedmedown and other hashtag activism have on society? And is it possible to be a good parent & a good CEO? Programs at the Aspen Institute have been scouring their respective issue areas to find and share the most insightful and informative links to answer these questions, and more.
Filed in Blog Topics: What We're Reading
“The root cause of our fiscal situation in this country, and a lot of our cultural problems, is the size, the scope... all the intrusions of the federal government in our lives,” said Johnson.
Filed in Blog Topics: Hurst Lecture Series, Sen. Ron Johnson
Foreign policy expert and Brookings Institute President Strobe Talbott and former US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter joined the Fellows to offer their thoughts on the situation. Both Talbott and Carter seemed confident that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a predictably expansionist approach regarding Ukraine and remains entangled in misguided perceptions about what’s best for Russia’s modern society.
Filed in Blog Topics: Society of Fellows, Ukraine

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