Filed in Blog Topics: Justice and Society

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from The Birmingham City Jail” has been a pivotal part of the Aspen Seminar's iconic mission to promote responsible leadership and timeless values for nearly 50 years. Join our President and CEO Walter Isaacson at the Washington National Cathedral on Feb. 24th at 7:30pm as he engages with US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter, American Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond, and dean of the Washington National Cathedral Rev. Gary Hall on the letter's significance and relevance to today's issues. 

Here, Aspen Institute Managing Director and Vice President of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program, Dr. Eric Motley, as the program's organizer, reflects on the letter's message.

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Roaring Fork High School student Haley Ameral performs on stage at the Aspen Writers' Foundation poetry slam event in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo Credit: Garrett Edquist)

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From how violence against women impacts the society at large to how school grades are impacted by household income, Aspen Institute programs have been scouring their respective issue areas to find and share the most insightful and informative links with their Twitter followers.

Scroll down to see tweets from across the Institute with links to 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.

Above, Henry Crown Fellow Thelma Golden moderates a discussion on innovation in art and space at the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival.

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The Aspen Challenge — launched by the Aspen Institute and the Bezos Family Foundation — provides a platform, inspiration, and tools for young people to design solutions to some of the world's most critical problems by engaging with leading global visionaries, artists, and en

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How do we adjust to an increasingly diverse classroom, with students from myriad social, economic, and cultural backgrounds? In the video above, author Amanda Ripley said it's hard to distinguish between "real challenges, and low expectations and bias" in teaching in a diverse school.

Education reporter and author Amanda Ripley recently spoke at the Aspen Institute as part of the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, where she discussed her new book "The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way." Ripley spent one year following three American students living in Finland, South Korea, and Poland to compare the education practices there to those in the US. Her real-world findings and comparative examples are detailed in her book.

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Filed in Blog Topics: Global Alliances Program

Ascend at the Aspen Institute recently hosted a webinar on ways to help the youngest students save for a future that includes college, and teach them and their parents the benefits of depositing their money in a real bank. 

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“Memoir is not autobiography,” author Dani Shapiro wrote in a January 2014 open letter on

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