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Turning Ideas Into Action at the Aspen Ideas Festival

The ninth annual Aspen Ideas Festival gathered many of today's most fascinating thinkers, artists, and leaders to discuss the issues that inspire them. The Festival took place from June 26 to July 2 on the breathtaking campus of the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic's longtime partner. 

Highlights of the weeklong program ranged from former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords launching the "Rights and Responsibilities" tour to actress Anna Deavere Smith performing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (first published in June 1963, soon after republished for a national readership in the July 1963 issue of The Atlanticwith cellist Yo-Yo Ma. View additional highlights below, or visit AtlanticLIVE for more information.

Innovators From Legend to Schmidt Partake in New York Ideas

Industry innovators, political game changers, and cultural influencers took the stage at the second annual New York Ideas forum on May 7. 

Hosted in partnership with the Aspen Institute at the New-York Historical Society, the event convened Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, musician John Legend, and other high-profile innovators to discuss how their work is driving change. In the kick-off interview, Mayor Cory Booker, who, according to TechCrunch, has "redefined what it means to hold executive office in the age of social media," unofficially announced his bid for the Senate.

To see additional highlights from the event, view the gallery below or visit AtlanticLIVE.

Obama, Celebrities Gather for WHCD 2013

This April, The Atlantic celebrated the star-studded White House Correspondents Weekend with a series of celebrity-filled moments and events.  

Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley and his wife, Katherine, kicked it off Friday night with a dinner at their Embassy Row home, where the likes of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and co-founder of AOL Steve Case mingled. 

Continuing into the night, The Bumbys, an anonymous performance-art duo, gave unbiased fashion critiques to A-list guests and party-goers at our "Making News Party," co-hosted with National Journal and Our Time

The following evening, our annual Washington Hilton pre-dinner reception, co-hosted with National Journal and CBS News, included a who's who of Hollywood and Washington--gathering the likes of Ed Helms to Kevin Spacey and Nationals baseball player Ryan Zimmerman. 

To see what other celebrities and politicians joined us throughout the weekend, view our slideshow below. And to learn more about the weekend, visit AtlanticLIVE.

Start-Up City: Miami Inspires Entrepreneurialism

Miami has seen a surge in entrepreneurialism, but there is still much to be done. On February 13, AtlanticLIVE, the Knight Foundation, and the Creative Class Group convened influential guests and speakers, such as Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, for Start-Up City: Miami--a daylong event that explored the future of this vibrant hub of innovation. Speakers addressed vital questions, such as how to build a tech ecosystem with a digital divide and how the best ideas come to fruition. To learn more, view the slideshow below and visit AtlanticLIVE

New York Influentials Gather to Watch Obama's 4th State of the Union

Each year, the president's State of the Union address inspires a moment of national reflection on the questions facing our country. On February 12, AtlanticLIVE, Quartz, Boykin Curry, and Celerie Kemble commemorated the occasion with an evening of celebratory dining and lively discussion at the Monkey Bar in New York. Leaders in business, media, the arts, non-profits, academia, and entertainment gathered to watch the address followed by insightful and spirited commentary from Atlantic editor and former presidential speechwriter James Fallows.

Leading Minds Discuss World Issues at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Over the past eight years, The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute have brought some of the world's most inspiring and provocative minds together for the Aspen Ideas Festival. This year was no different. 

2012's roster of speakers included designer Tory Burch, model and activist Lauren Bush, BET CEO Debra Lee, retired General Stanley A. Chrystal, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Charlie Rose, Anne Marie Slaughter, Moby, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and Barbara Streisand. Speakers and Festival-goers discussed proposals--ranging from the big to modest--for making the world a better place. 

To see more highlights from the seven days of idea-driven dialogue, view our slideshow below. And to learn more about the Festival, visit AtlanticLIVE.

Hollywood Comes to Washington

The Atlantic brought together a dash of celebrity and glamour for a series of star-studded events surrounding the White House Correspondents' Dinner April 28 and 29.

On Friday, Atlantic Media Company owner David Bradley kicked off the celebration by inviting partygoers, media figures, and politicos, such as Sex and the City's Darren Star and Governor Jerry Brown, to experience a meal inspired by African cuisine at his Washington home. The event was curated by Corby Kummer, an award-winning food critic and Atlantic senior editor. 

Later that evening, Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Tony Romo, Chase Crawford of Gossip Girl, Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family, and other luminaries lounged in the VIP section of our annual First Amendment Party, co-produced by Funny or Die, IMPACT ARTS + Film Fund, and National Journal.

Immediately preceding Saturday evening's Dinner, Claire Danes, John Legend, Kevin Spacey, Mary J. Blige, Rep. Eric Cantor, Rick Santorum, and even Uggie, the dog from The Artist, mingled at our yearly Washington Hilton cocktail reception, co-hosted with National Journal and CBS News.

To see more highlights from D.C.'s glitziest weekend, view our slideshow below. And to learn more about the weekend, visit AtlanticLIVE.

New York Ideas Convenes Top Leaders and Thinkers

Provocative thinkers and leaders, such as Grover Norquist, Peter Orszag, and Randi Weingarten, tackled the most pressing issues facing America at home and abroad during the inaugural New York Ideas -- a day-and-a-half long forum hosted by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the New-York Historical Society - on April 16 and 17. The Atlantic's leading editorial voices; Walter Isaacson; and Anna Deavere Smith, professor and actress best known for her role in Showtime's Nurse Jackie, asked thought-provoking questions that stirred debates and inspired the panelists and audience. To watch the series of panel discussions, visit AtlanticLIVE.

The Atlantic's Cover Story Dinner: Fallows on Obama

Darren Aronofsky, Alec Baldwin, Arianna Huffington, James Bennet, James Fallows, and other luminaries gathered for fine food and stimulating conversation at our inaugural Cover Story Dinner on February 13. Over dinner at New York City's Eleven Madison Park, the eclectic group shared thoughts on the conflicting narratives of Obama's presidency--the topic of Fallows' provocative cover story in The Atlantic's March issue.

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific

This October, The Atlantic partnered with the University of California, San Diego to explore the next frontiers of technology, innovation and science. Against the stunning backdrop of the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California, guests ventured into the worlds' leading research centers, theaters, and labs to connect with the people and ideas shaping our future. Learn more about the event at AtlanticLIVE.

             

Washington Ideas Forum

Heads turned towards Washington on October 4th-6th to hear insights from some of the biggest names in media, government, and academia. Valerie Jarrett, Tom Brokaw, and Henry Kissinger were among the heavy-hitters who inspired the crowd with their newsworthy interviews and group discussions. Other thought leaders met offstage for action-oriented working sessions and intimate roundtable meals. Learn more about the event at AtlanticLIVE.

2011 Aspen Ideas Festival

Hosted by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute, the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival convened hundreds of leaders from around the globe for a week of idea-sharing on the the most important issues of our time. The event attracted over 2,000 luminaries to Aspen, Colorado, where guests embraced the breathtaking views, fresh dialogue, and fascinating exchanges that have come to define this annual event. Learn more about the event at AtlanticLIVE.

The 2011 Nantucket Film Festival

On June 22-26, The Atlantic celebrated film and the cerebral art of screenwriting by sponsoring the 16th-annual Nantucket Film Festival. Filmmakers, actors, and vacationers from around the world gathered on the breathtaking island to enjoy five days of preview screenings, celebrity panels, and celebratory tributes. One of the Festival's most popular moments was the Late Night Storytelling event hosted by Glee's Mike O'Malley and famed comedian Anne Meara, which gathered celebrities to tell their tales--live and unscripted.

A Conversation with Joel Klein

On May 10, a cross-section of New York City's intelligentsia gathered for cocktails, dinner, and a live conversation between Editor-in-Chief James Bennet and former New York City chancellor and author Joel Klein. Inspired by Klein's just-released Atlantic article, "Scenes from the Class Struggle," the two discussed the twisted politics of New York City education and Klein's ideas to rethink the American education system.

The Imperialists are Still Alive! LA Screening

On April 19, The Atlantic hosted a screening of the film The Imperialists are Still Alive! at the trendy Soho House in West Hollywood. The director, Zeina Durra, and the cast conversed with Atlantic editor Conor Friedersdorf about creativity, inspiration, and the film's important themes before an audience of celebrities, press, and LA's culturati.


White House Correspondents' Pre-Dinner Cocktail Party

On April 30, The Atlantic invited esteemed guests of the White House Correspondents' Dinner to kick off the evening's programming with cocktails and conversation. Held poolside at the Washington Hilton, the site of the dinner itself, the event gathered celebrity press, Washington notables, entertainment figures, and other Atlantic Media VIPs.

Third Annual IMPACT First Amendment Party

On April 29, the evening before the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner, IMPACT ARTS + Film Fund teamed up with The Atlantic, National Journal, and Funny or Die to host a celebrity-studded late-night bash. The party gathered Hollywood celebrities and inside-the-beltway media influentials to kick off the weekend in style.

Powering the Dream Book Party

On April 14, The Atlantic raised a glass to toast the debut of Powering the Dream, the inaugural novel of Technology Editor Alexis Madrigal. A cross-section of New York City notables and friends of The Atlantic showed up to celebrate.