To prepare for our trip, especially for our low-tech group presentations and to help us focus our thoughts, our leaders have advised advanced readings. You’ll see below that readings are arranged by group number. Please read the articles for the group(s) you would most like to join and come to Asilomar prepared to answer your group’s topical question.

If you have a preference on which group you would like to join, please complete the form at the bottom of the page. Your traveling partner will not automatically be placed in your group, so make sure they complete the form if they have a preference, too. If you have no preference, or do not complete the form, Alumni Relations will assign you a group on January 16.

This is meant to be an informative and easy way to introduce you to our weekend together.

Group 1: How do US residents respond when faced with issues of public health abroad? How do US residents respond to a national health crisis?

Anup Shah. 2011. “Global Health Overview.”

Margarite Nathe. 2016. “10 Global Health Issues to Follow in 2016” (January 26).

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Gorik Ooms and Rachel Hammonds. 2014. “Right to Health and Global Public Health Research: From Tensions to Synergy?” Tropical Medicine and International Health 19:6 (June).

Group 2: How does global inequality affect US residents?

Jason Hickel. 2014. “Exposing The Great ‘Poverty Reduction’ Lie,” Aljazeera (August 21).

Jared Bernstein. 2016. “Don’t Blame the Robots! An Interview on Manufacturing, Automation, and Globalization with Susan Houseman.” The Washington Post (Oct. 18).

Jeffrey Rothfeder. 2015. “The Great Unraveling of Globalization,” The Washington Post (April 24). 

Group 3: How has climate change affected me/members in our working group?

2014. Bill McKibben, “Climate: Will We Lose the Endgame?” The New York Review of Books (July 10).

2015. Elizabeth Kolbert, “Unsafe Climates,” The New Yorker (December 7).

Group 4: How has war and the recent refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East changed the way we view our own nation?

Michael Ignatieff. 2015. “The Refugees and the New War,” The New York Review of Books (December 17).

David Miliband. 2016. “The Best Ways to Deal with the Refugee Crisis,” The New York Review of Books (October 10).

George Packer. 2015. “Powerful Gestures,” The New Yorker (November 9).

Group 5: How does the US public respond to the grievances aired by social movements? Under what conditions is social protest seen as legitimate?

Heather O’Connell. 2015. “When, Exactly, Do Protests Become Riots?” The Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University. (July 16).

Ned Resnikoff. 2014. “Think Riots have Never Caused Change in America? Think Again.” Al Jazeera (November 26).

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. 2014. “Going Too Far: The American Public’s Attitudes towards Protest Movements.” Cornell University (October 22).

Group 6: How do social movements strengthen (or weaken) democratic politics?

The Economist Intelligence Unit. 2013. “Rebels without a Cause: What the Upsurge in Protest Movements Means for Global Politics.”

Thomas L. Friedman. 2014. “The Square People, Part 2.” New York Times (May 17).

Malcolm Gladwell. 2010. “Why the Revolution will not be Tweeted.” New Yorker (October 4).

If you have a preference on which group you would like to join, please complete the following form by January 15. Any questions can be directed to Sarah Forster at