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October 29 – 30, 2014 Washington, District of Columbia

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. Celebrating our six-year anniversary, we relaunched our flagship program at the stunning Harman Center of the Arts. A mix of programming on multiple stages, preview sessions, and custom events covered topics ranging from energy and technology to health care and urban renewal.

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Harman Center for the Arts
610 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

To see photos from the event, visit our Facebook page.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29

8:55 a.m.   OPENING REMARKS

  • Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE, Margaret Low Smith

9:00 a.m.     

  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker
  • Interviewer: Chief Washington Correspondent, CNBC, and Political Writer, The New York Times, John Harwood

9:15 a.m.     

  • U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Delaware Governor Jack Markell
  • U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, III (D-WV)
  • U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
  • Interviewer: National Editor, The Cook Political Report, Amy Walter

9:40 a.m.

  • Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson
  • Interviewer: National Correspondent, The Atlantic, James Fallows

10:00 a.m.     

  • Editor, The Onion, Cole Bolton
  • Interviewer: Chief National Correspondent, New York Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich

10:20 a.m.     

  • U.S. Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen
  • Interviewer: Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, Steve Clemons

10:40 a.m.

  • NRG President and CEO David Crane
  • Interviewer: Energy Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Amy Harder

10:55 a.m.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
  • Interviewer: National Correspondent, The Atlantic, James Fallows

11:15 a.m.     

  • White House Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith
  • Interviewer: Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed, Ben Smith

11:35 a.m.     IDEAS OUT LOUD

  • Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Co-CEO David Rubenstein

11:45 a.m.     

  • International Speedway Corporation CEO and NASCAR Vice Chairperson Lesa Kennedy
  • New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner and Vice Chairman Rita Benson LeBlanc
  • Interviewer: Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News, Jonathan Allen

12:05 p.m.     

  • Cakelove Owner Warren Brown
  • Interviewer: Senior Editor, The Atlantic, Corby Kummer

12:15 p.m.    

  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Interviewer: Opinion Writer, The Washington Post, and Contributor, MSNBC, Jonathan Capehart

12:35 p.m.     

  • White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice
  • Interviewer: Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal, Jerry Seib

12:55 p.m.   CLOSING REMARKS

  • Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE, Margaret Low Smith

BREAK FOR LUNCH

2:00 p.m.   OPENING REMARKS

  • Aspen Institute Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs and International Partners Elliot Gerson

2:05 p.m.    

  • J. Craig Venter Institute Founder, Chairman, and CEO J. Craig Venter
  • Interviewer: Science Correspondent, NPR, Robert Krulwich

2:20 p.m.     

  • BP Capital Management Chairman T. Boone Pickens
  • Interviewer: National Correspondent, The Atlantic, James Fallows

2:40 p.m.    

  • Flipboard CEO Mike McCue  
  • Interviewer: Editor-in-Chief and Co-President, Quartz, Kevin Delaney

3:00 p.m.     

  • edX CEO Anant Agarwal
  • Square Co-Founder and Launch Code Co-Founder Jim McKelvey
  • Interviewer: Executive Producer, CNN, Michelle Jaconi

3:20 p.m.     

  • Incoming Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Cornell University President David Skorton
  • Interviewer: Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post, Philip Kennicott

3:35 p.m.     

  • DEKA Research and Development Corporation Founder Dean Kamen
  • Interviewer: Senior Editor, The Atlantic, Rebecca Rosen

3:55 p.m.     

  • PayPal Co-Founder and Palantir Chairman Peter Thiel
  • Interviewer: Senior Editor, The Atlantic, David Frum

4:15 p.m.     IDEAS OUT LOUD

  • Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson
  • Revolution Founder and Partner Steve Case
  • Shinkuro, Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Steve Crocker

4:35 p.m.     IDEAS OUT LOUD

  • VICE CEO Shane Smith
  • Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

4:55 p.m.   

  • “Netherland” Author Joseph O’Neill
  • “Super Sad True Love Story” Author Gary Shteyngart
  • Interviewer: Editor, The Atlantic, Scott Stossel

5:15 p.m.   CLOSING REMARKS

  • Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE, Margaret Low Smith

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30

8:40 a.m.     OPENING REMARKS

  • Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE, Margaret Low Smith

8:45 a.m.     REMEMBERING BEN BRADLEE: A TRIBUTE

  • Vice Chairman, Newseum, Shelby Coffey
  • Former Vice Chairman, The Washington Post, Bo Jones

8:55 a.m.

  • U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Interviewer: Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, Steve Clemons

9:05 a.m.     

  • Mayor of Houston, Texas Annise Parker
  • Interviewer: Contributing Editor, The Atlantic, Peter Beinart

9:20 a.m.     

  • CrowdStrike CTO and Co-Founder Dmitri Alperovitch
  • First Look Media Director of Security Morgan Marquis-Boire
  • Interviewer: Contributing Editor, AtlanticLIVE, Mary Louise Kelly

9:35 a.m.     

  • Yelp! Inc. CEO Jeremy Stoppelman
  • Interviewer: Washington Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News, Jonathan Allen

9:50 a.m.     IDEAS OUT LOUD

  • Host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” MSNBC, Chris Matthews

10:00 a.m.     

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
  • Interviewer: Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, Steve Clemons

10:20 a.m.     

  • U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
  • Interviewer: Washington Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News, Jonathan Allen

10:35 a.m.     

  • Southern Company Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas Fanning
  • Interviewer: Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, Steve Clemons

10:50 a.m.     IDEAS OUT LOUD

  • Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report, Charlie Cook

11:00 a.m.     

  • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman
  • Interviewer: Washington Columnist, The Financial Times, Edward Luce

11:15 a.m.     

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci
  • Interviewer: Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times, David Brooks

11:35 a.m.    IDEAS OUT LOUD

  • Not Impossible Labs CEO and Founder Mick Ebeling

11:50 a.m.     

  • Institute for Brain and Society Founder and CEO Jacopo Annese
  • Allen Institute for Brain Science CEO Allan Jones
  • Interviewer: Senior Editor, The Atlantic, James Hamblin

12:10 p.m.    

  • “Americanah” Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Interviewer: Founding Director, The Race Card Project, and Host and Special Correspondent, NPR, Michele Norris

12:25 p.m.     

  • Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb
  • Interviewer: Senior Editor, The Atlantic, Corby Kummer

12:45 p.m.     IDEAS OUT LOUD

  • National Correspondent, The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • “There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America” Author Alex Kotlowitz

1:00 p.m.    IDEAS OUT LOUD

  • Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times, David Brooks

1:10 p.m.     CLOSING REMARKS

  • Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE, Margaret Low Smith

Also in this Series

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  • Washington Ideas Forum 2012

    The Washington Ideas Forum is D.C.’s premier gathering of U.S. policymakers, industry innovators, and top media personalities, presented by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum.
  • Washington Ideas Forum 2011

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  • Washington Ideas Forum 2010

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