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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.”
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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.

Scroll down to see tweets from across the Institute this week about what's important 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.

The International Monetary Fund's First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton recently spoke about the global economy at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. We sat down with Lipton before the Washington Ideas Roundtables Series event, where he discussed income inequality and his big idea for addressing it at an international level.
Nigerian author and physician Uzodinma Iweala discusses Boko Haram, the missing Nigerian students, and the pathway forward for Nigeria in a time of political turmoil.
The Business & Society Program's new study, "Unpacking Corporate Purpose," now available online, is a continued dialogue on the role of the corporation in society, and how to build a business culture (values, supported by decisions, rules, and incentive systems) that is aligned with the health of the system on which the business depends.
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that states can ban racial preferences in admissions to public colleges and universities, it's possible that the days of affirmative action are numbered. In states that ban race-based admissions, selective colleges can still recruit and accept more low-income students as a way to expand economic opportunity and provide all students rich educational experiences. But that strategy will not ensure racial and ethnic diversity.

What are some of the most promising commencement speeches of the year? How is climate change impacting business? What led to the recent military coup in Thailand? 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.

Scroll down to see tweets from across the Institute this week about what's important 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.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, whose call for improved national service inspired the mission of the Aspen Institute Franklin Project, made several high-profile press appearances yesterday to promote The Franklin Project, which he hopes will encourage young people to "do more."
The international community has reacted with outrage to the news of the abduction of more than 200 girls in Nigeria by the extremist group Boko Haram. One month since the kidnappings, as the Nigerian government searches for the best course of action to “bring back our girls,” this tragedy continues to raise several questions. How could more than 200 hundred people go missing in a country as populous as Nigeria? Who are the Boko Haram? And what can be done in Nigeria to prevent the spread of violent extremism?
It has occurred to us, here at the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program, that the real threat to privacy we most need to worry about does not come from the National Security Agency and other government spying agencies, but from data aggregation by companies like Google and Facebook.

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