Washington Ideas Forum 2014

October 29 - 30, 2014


Wednesday, October 29

9:00 am EDT Interview: Penny Pritzker, U.S. Department of Commerce     Watch On-Demand
Penny Pritzker, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
9:15 am EDT Conversation: Senators John Barrasso and Jack Markell     Watch On-Demand
  • John Barrasso, Senator, State of Wyoming
  • Joseph Manchin, III, Senator, State of West Virginia
  • Jack Markell, Governor, State of Delaware
  • Chris Van Hollen, Representative, Maryland's 8th Congressional District
11:45 am EDT Conversation: Lesa Kennedy and Rita Benson LeBlanc     Watch On-Demand
  • Lesa Kennedy, Vice Chairperson, NASCAR; Chief Executive Officer, International Speedway Corporation
  • Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner and Vice Chairman, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans
3:00 pm EDT Conversation: Anant Agarwal and Jim McKelvey     Watch On-Demand
  • Anant Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, edX
  • Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder, Square; Co-Founder, Launch Code
3:35 pm EDT Conversation: Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA     Watch On-Demand
  • Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA Research & Development Corp.
4:15 pm EDT Conversation: Walter Isaacson and Steve Crocker     Watch On-Demand
  • Walter Isaacson, President, Aspen Institute
  • Steve Case, Founder and Partner, Revolution
  • Steve Crocker, CEO and Co-Founder, Shinkuro, Inc.
4:35 pm EDT Conversation: Shane Smith and Jay Carney     Watch On-Demand
  • Shane Smith, CEO, VICE
  • Jay Carney, Former Press Secretary, The White House
4:55 pm EDT Conversation: Joseph O'Neill and Gary Shteyngart     Watch On-Demand
  • Joseph O'Neill, Author, Netherland
  • Gary Shteyngart, Author, Little Failure

Thursday, October 30

8:45 am EDT Tribute to Ben Bradlee     Watch On-Demand
Shelby Coffey and Bo Jones remember long-time editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee.
9:15 am EDT Conversation: Dmitri Alperovitch and Morgan Marquis-Boire     Watch On-Demand
  • Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO and Co-Founder, CrowdStrike
  • Morgan Marquis-Boire, Director of Security, First Look Media
11:15 am EDT Interview: Anthony Fauci     Watch On-Demand
  • Anthony Fauci, Director, NIAID
  • David Nabarro, Senior UN Systems Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, United Nations
11:50 am EDT Interview: Jacopo Annese and Allan Jones     Watch On-Demand
  • Jacopo Annese, Founder and CEO, Institute for Brain and Society
  • Allan Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science
12:45 pm EDT Conversation: Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic     Watch On-Demand
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
  • Alex Kotlowitz

About this conference

Now in its sixth year and hosted in partnership with the Aspen Institute, the Washington Ideas Forum has developed a reputation for fostering creative thinking about the critical issues affecting our national identity, politics, and core values. This year, we will be relaunching our flagship program at the stunning Harman Center of the Arts. A mix of programming on multiple stages, preview sessions, and custom events will cover topics ranging from energy and technology to health care and urban renewal.

*Agenda & speakers are subject to change

About The Atlantic

Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on theatlantic.com, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

For more information, visit: http://theatlantic.com