On Wednesday, May 28, The Atlantic gathered an audience of high-level stakeholders for a special Atlantic Exchange book event featuring best-selling authors David Ignatius and Valerie Plame. Ignatius, a prize-winning columnist and author who has covered the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years, uses his own experiences in the often murky world of international politics to create stories of deceit and intrigue interwoven with the real-life players. Valerie Plame, a former CIA Covert Operations Officer, wraps her years as a CIA insider into her own stories of suspense, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. In a conversation moderated by The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons, the two authors discussed the future of spycraft in a post-Snowden era, while sharing anecdotes about the people and places that have inspired their novels. Directly following the discussion, attended to a networking reception where they had the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Ignatius’ newest book, The Director, and Plame’s novel, Blowback.
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Atlantic Exchange featuring
John Donvan and Caren Zucker
Our series of intimate interviews with prominent leaders continued as The Atlantic’s James Bennet hosted a conversation with John Donvan, Correspondent for ABC News' "Nightline," and Caren Zucker, Producer for ABC News and Co-Writer of the PBS series “Autism Now.”
The State of the Union and the Chance for Criminal Justice Reform
Our series of interviews with disruptive innovators and consequential political, community and business leaders continued with a discussion featuring Bob Goodlatte regarding the effort for bipartisan criminal justice reform.
Atlantic Exchange featuring Evan Burfield
Our series of intimate interviews with disruptive innovators and consequential political, community and business leaders continues with a discussion between Evan Burfield and Steve Clemons. This event is being presented in connection with the Washington Ideas Forum.
Confronting the Skills Gap: The Texas Experience
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Early Childhood Education: The San Antonio Experience
The Atlantic will host Early Childhood Education: The San Antonio Experience, a Next America forum bringing together local and national leaders for a wide-ranging discussion about expanded access to full day pre-kindergarten in San Antonio and its national implications.
City Makers Summit
The Atlantic will explore how technological growth contributes to – or curtails – workforce development in dense urban areas. The day’s conversations will cover topics like job training and education, inequality and the rise of Dallas entrepreneurship and corporate innovation.