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As the fall season approaches and Congress is back in session, the Aspen Institute is gearing up for a busy season of events on myriad topics affecting our lives today. We invite you to join us — by watching live online — to witness and participate in these conversations.
The Journal features a curated collection of essays, conversations, and opinions from the thought leaders of the Institute community. The Journal aims to capture the Institute’s mission of fostering critical conversation within its online pages.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Journal of Ideas
Decades from now, historians and others will look back at 2015 as the year humans suddenly became self-aware of their planet. I say 2015 because we are not quite there yet — we are still pre-aware. However, next year, or very soon thereafter, the United States will finally join the rest of the world in becoming both aware of and responsible for our part in adding to the world's production of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and ensuing climate change.
Filed in Blog Topics: Energy and Environment Program
Here are five of many takeaways about writing — and life — that sprang from panel discussions during Aspen Summer Words, in the words of the writers themselves.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Summer Words, Aspen Writer's Foundation
Who runs for political office? Does walking result in improved writing and thinking? And how will today's foreign policy challenges test President Barack Obama's military doctrine?
Filed in Blog Topics: What We're Reading
Times of crisis are opportunities to unite this country and press forward to address the structural deficiencies that are at the heart of our social and economic decay.
Filed in Blog Topics: Congressional Program
The Aspen Institute is pleased to name 10 community college finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, College Excellence Program
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.
Filed in Blog Topics: Center for Native American Youth
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.
Filed in Blog Topics: Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows, aspen global leadership network
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?
Filed in Blog Topics: aspen global leadership network

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