Issue: Culture

Advice on Leadership and Self-Awareness

by Leo E. Strine, Jr
— We each have a very high likelihood of being on the bottom rung of society, in terms of wealth, connections and other social advantages. With that risk in mind, how would we want society to operate? Read more

On Hillary Clinton and the Obstacles All Women Face

— A lifelong feminist takes account — with some disappointment — of the startling lack of progress women have made and sees distressing indicators in the subtle but treacherous discrimination that arises with Hillary Clinton in the spotlight. Read more

American ‘Cultural Literacy,’ Historically Considered

by Aaron Hatley
— The first step to create a new American cultural literacy is agreeing that there are points where, no matter our background, we will find ourselves illiterate. But we cannot sit back and demand that others adapt. We all, together, have work to do. Read more

Our Enduring Incivility and the Promise of Aspen Seminars

by Todd Breyfogle, Ph.D.
— The habits of civility can not be taught, but they can be learned, if we have the space and time to listen, to reflect, and to challenge ourselves and others to pursue the never ending work of self-education in and towards a better society.  Read more

Principled Pluralism Requires the Courage for Difficult Conversations

by Meryl Justin Chertoff
— Our ability to accommodate religious diversity connects us to our founding era and to the principles embodied in our First Amendment. Although America is experiencing an all time high of religious diversity, religious literacy in the 21st century is net keeping pace, at a cost.  Read more

The Price of Genius

by Walter Isaacson
— Alan Turing was the seminal theorist behind the notion of a universal computer. He was part of the secret team that broke the German wartime codes, and he framed the most fundamental question of the computer age: Can machines think? Read more