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Recently, cellist and 2013 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Yo-Yo Ma and dancer and Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel visited Detroit Public Schools’ Spain Elementary-Middle School to stage an Arts Strike, a dialogue between artists and communities first piloted in 2010 by Woetzel and Ma.
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What keeps many academically successful, low-income students from going to college? (Hint: It's not the cost.) What can Disney Pixar teach us about creativity in the workplace? How will climate change impact global food security? 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.

Scroll down to see tweets from across the Institute this week about what's topical right now. Follow our @AspenInstitute list on Twitter for updates and to keep up with each program's events, video, and experts, and let us know what you're reading in the comments section below.

Henry Crown Fellow and former Aspen Strategy Group member Sylvia Mathews Burwell was nominated by President Barack Obama today to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed, she will become the fourth Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellow serving in the United States Cabinet.
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Experts say that almost all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math.
"So much has happened," remarked former Interview magazine editor and Vanity Fair contributor Bob Colacello when he was asked to update his 1990 biography of friend and former employer Andy Warhol.
As race continues to be a part of the larger conversation about the changing US society, the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in association with the Comcast Corporation, hosted its annual Symposium on the State of Race in America at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
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Author Maria Semple interviewed by her brother, columnist Lo Semple, at an Aspen Writer's Foundation Winter Words event.

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The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday in the McCutcheon case was another huge blow to American democracy. With this decision, the US no longer has any meaningful way of controlling the flow of money into politics.

On March 28, the White House released the Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions in response to President Barack Obama’s call for action on climate change. Included in the Administration’s new methane strategy is the work of 2009 Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and 2013 Aspen Action Forum participant Erin Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is the senior vice president of sustainability for the Innovation Center for US Dairy. She has been a driving force behind the organization’s industry-wide effort to engage the value-chain and create a more sustainable dairy industry while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks in part to Fitzgerald’s leadership, the dairy industry voluntarily has made a commitment to reduce emissions 25 percent by 2020 domestically.
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