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Hearing civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis speak about his experiences in Selma, Alabama, at lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee, and at the March on Washington is undeniably moving and inspiring. But hearing him describe the minute details of those seminal events — and his personal story that led him there — transported an Aspen Institute audience back to a time, not too long ago, that serves as a lingering reminder of why we should never forget the evils of discrimination and segregation.
Filed in Blog Topics: Rep. John Lewis, civil rights movement
You wouldn’t know it from the outrage triggered by the recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, but the majority decision clarified a hot legal question that has little to do with religious freedom.
Filed in Blog Topics: business and society program
The 2014 Aspen Security Forum, which takes place July 23-26 in Aspen, CO, will bring together high-ranking security and military officials and top experts to discuss some of the world's biggest conflicts of today, and the US' role in helping to solve these issues.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Security Forum
Recently, Society of Fellows members gathered at the Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, Colorado, for a special two-day symposium on composers Antonin Dvořák, Gustav Mahler, and the effect of their time in America on their lives and music.
Filed in Blog Topics: Society of Fellows
Two prominent constitutional law experts debated President Barack Obama’s use of executive orders — and the reaction to them — during the recent, spirited Susman Conversation on the Constitution and the Courts at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado.
Filed in Blog Topics: Susman conversation

When it comes to standardized testing, why don't low-income schools have access to the same resources? Why are so few American children in the "healthy fitness zone?" And how is talk about national service making its way into the business-heavy conversations in Sun Valley?

Filed in Blog Topics: What We're Reading
When it comes to the state of student testing in the US, College Board President and CEO David Coleman said, "We are building an iron wall of inequality today into the next century." At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Coleman, whose organization develops and administers standardized tests, such as the SAT, PSAT, and Advanced Placement exams, is also the architect of the hotly debated Common Core, discussed testing students as a measure of college preparedness, the issues of inequality and discrimination in the classroom, and the state of the US public education system.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival
Recently, Aspen Institute President and CEO, Walter Isaacson, welcomed over 160 Society of Fellows members to kick off the Institute's summer programming. In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the SOF, Isaacson thanked Fellows for their contributions, assured them that the Institute is currently in a “strong” state, and then launched into a discussion of the power of collaborative creativity, a topic of his recent research.
Filed in Blog Topics: Society of Fellows
A new tool enabling healthcare researchers to collaborate on a global scale. How doing nothing can be a leadership trait. The five best ideas of the day. 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
Climate change: you either believe it's happening or you don't. And when it comes to energy, the divisive perspective on whether the US shale boom is a good thing — and whether the Obama administration's all-of-the-above approach is the best one — is still up for debate.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

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