On the opening day for the National Football League’s 2014 regular season, Native American youth across the country have one message for the NFL: it is time for Native and race-based mascots to go away. Native American youth see the offensive name “Red***” plastered on t-shirts, hats, and national stadiums — a word that was defined in the dictionary long ago as a racial slur.
Sep 03 2014
After a period of activity aimed at reforming New York’s schools under the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, many wondered how the transition to Mayor Bill de Blasio would affect the city’s students. Two Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows discuss the changes in New York City’s public schools and how communities around the country may be able to learn from New York’s experience.
Sep 02 2014
Over the last few months the world has reacted with outrage to the tragic stories of unaccompanied immigrant children — mostly from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — fleeing across the Mexico border into the US. We asked four Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellows, each with a different vantage point on this crisis, to answer the following question: From your perspective, what should be done to address the Central American child migrant crisis in the US?
Aug 29 2014
What's stopping companies from training their employees? Does social media censor, rather than spur debate? How dangerous is ISIS to the US? 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.
Aug 29 2014
In this country, we believe in the value of work. Hard work is a prerequisite to economic success, and it is also held up as a virtue in itself. The American ideal is that if you work hard and save then you should be able to pay your bills and take care of yourself and your family. In other words, you should not be poor. The ways in which we organize work, however, may work against that ideal.
Aug 28 2014
The discharge of American Dr. Kent Brantly from Liberia once he was stricken with Ebola and flown to the US and treated with an experimental drug — even as his colleague was being buried on the other side of the globe — illustrates that tackling the Ebola outbreak needs more than medication. Why would the drug work in America but not in Africa?
Aug 27 2014
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.
Aug 26 2014
By Barbara Dills, Guest Blogger
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.
Aug 25 2014
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.
Aug 22 2014
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.