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It’s an exciting, yet complicated week in Brazil. As soccer fans all over the world turn their attention to the 2014 World Cup, the host nation is plagued by construction delays and demonstrations in the streets. What do the large scale protests tell us about the feelings of everyday Brazilians? How does Latin America’s largest economy climb out of the economic stagnation of the past few years? We spoke to Eduardo Wurzmann, Henry Crown Fellow and co-founder of Grupo Ibmec, a leading provider of postsecondary education in Brazil. Wurzmann traces the current resentment as more of a reflection of the underlying anxiety among Brazilians about the direction of their country than an outgrowth of frustration over World Cup preparations.
Filed in Blog Topics: World Cup, Brazil, AGLN
On June 17, the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet will release its findings and recommendations in a report entitled Learner at the Center of a Networked World. The public is invited to hear the five essential principles and action steps from A to Z at the Aspen Institute headquarters in Washington, DC.
What role does overeducation play in underemployment? During a time of peak interest, what's slowing down the national service movement? And what does a classified report reveal about the recently rescued Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl? 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.
Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins is known for making poetry accessible to everyone. He can also be a very funny man. In 2007, he read three poems onstage at the Aspen Ideas Festival, charming the audience with humor, tenderness, and insight. This month, Collins joins other literary luminaries including Meg Wolitzer, Andre Dubus III, Julia Glass, Bernard Cooper, and Melissa Bank, as well as a host of esteemed agents and editors, at Aspen Summer Words, the annual literary event produced by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation and one of the most respected such writers’ gatherings in the country.
This past May, Aspen Institute Vice President and the Ascend at the Aspen Institute Program Executive Director Anne Mosle delivered the 2014 commencement speech to graduates of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. Endicott College is led by Ascend Fellow Dr. Richard Wylie.
From today’s news that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation for a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama, to the unprecedented attendance of Pakistan’s Prime Minister at Modi’s swearing in, India’s recent change in leadership has signaled possible improvements in key foreign policy relationships as well. Does the new Prime Minister signal a change in India’s relationship with the US and its neighbors in the region? How much should other leaders consider his association with the riots in the state of Gujarat in 2002 in their interactions with him?
Each year, the Resolve Award is presented to country governments for their leadership and innovative reproductive health policy development and service delivery at a ceremony during the annual Geneva Policy Dialogue Series for Reproductive Health event held at the time of the World Health Assembly. Given by the Aspen Institute Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC), this year’s Award went to Tanzania and Peru to honor those countries’ work to meet the needs of adolescent girls. Afghanistan and Cambodia received special mentions for their efforts.
From June 4 to 6, the Aspen Institute Franklin Project will host a summit on national service in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, bringing together a list of high-profile leaders from across US public, private, and civic institutions.
Bending on my right knee at her side, I made every effort to meet her eye to eye in her wheelchair. “Stand, Eric. Do not bow,” she implored. “Do not bow or kneel to any man. Remember that! I know all about you. I know your story. I know where you have come from. You have traveled too far from Montgomery to bow. We all have traveled too far from Montgomery to ever bow again.”
Filed in Blog Topics: Maya Angelou

What's the role climate change plays in making some of our produce less nutritious? How can vacations make you more productive at work? Why is Square changing the game for small businesses needing access to capital? 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.

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