Russia en A New Cold War with Russia? <p><strong>A New Cold War with Russia?</strong></p><p>US-Russian relations have reached one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War. Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia and author of such books as Russia’s Unfinished Revolution, will shed light on the tenuous relationship between Moscow and Washington. As Russia and the US face off over Ukraine, can they continue to cooperate on Syria and Iran?</p><p>Michael McFaul</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:46:16 +0000 Rob St. Mary 20962 at A New Cold War with Russia? Natural History Documentary Looks At Man's Relationship With Nature <p></p><p>A natural history film that looks at mankind’s relationship to the planet’s wild places airs on PBS next year and those attending the Aspen Ideas Festival got a sneak-peek over the weekend. <a href=""><em>Earth: A New Wild </em></a>was shot in 29 countries on six continents. It’s a five-part series produced in part by National Geographic. It’s hosted by Doctor M. Sanjayan, Senior Scientist at Conservation International.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:11 +0000 Marci Krivonen 20810 at Natural History Documentary Looks At Man's Relationship With Nature At the Debate, Questions of Ukraine and Old Russia <p>I spent most of today in classrooms judging debate rounds. Topics varied from the serious like should governments allow completely unfettered free speech to more social topics like should marijuana be legalized? It was a long day with 9 rounds of debates. By 4pm everyone was exhausted. The agenda, however, called for mandatory appearance in the assembly hall to hear Arnoldas Pranckeviciys speak. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:57:39 +0000 Helen Ward Obermeyer 17669 at At the Debate, Questions of Ukraine and Old Russia During a Conflict & Debate <p>My journalist friend Neil told me two things before leaving for Russia. First, it is often the best time to visit a country when we are embroiled in conflict. He is a war correspondent for the New York Times so he has a certain proclivity for conflict, but his point was that when tensions are escalating and both sides are being fed exaggerated points of view, remembering that we are all human and want essentially the same things; peace, prosperity, health, a better world for the next generation, beauty, poetry, music and dance -- is important. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:39:26 +0000 Helen Ward Obermeyer 17578 at During a Conflict & Debate A Rebuilt Palace, the Mall & the Museum <p>We have hit a streak of &nbsp;perfect spring weather which looks like it will last until we depart for Lithuania. We took advantage of summer weather to head 20 minutes out of the city to the summer residence of the Tsars, Catherine's Palace. One could yawn at this point from over exposure to gilt encrusted, lapis and onyx inlaid and pilastered rooms. Faberge and Sevres adorned furnishings appear mundanely in room after room and we have only visited three of the dozens of palaces. It would have been a shame to miss this one, however. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:50:28 +0000 Helen Ward Obermeyer 17463 at A Rebuilt Palace, the Mall & the Museum