Washington Ideas Forum 2015

September 30 – October 1, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Hosted in Partnership With

Aspen Institute

Hosted in partnership with the Aspen Institute, the Washington Ideas Forum has established itself as the D.C. event that identifies the year's most pressing issues and ideas of consequence. The program hosts an all-star lineup of speakers across two days, covering the biggest newsmaking topics of the moment.

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

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Presented by

Atlantic Live



Main-Stage Programming:

September 30

9:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. | Morning Session

Welcome Remarks
James Bennet, President and Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Bob Corker, Senator (R-TN)
With Susan Page, USA TODAY

Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, The White House
With Jeffrey Goldberg
, The Atlantic

Amanda Ripley
, The Atlantic

Colin L. Powell, General, U.S. Army (ret.) / Former Secretary of State
With Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aspen Institute

Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce
With Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media

David Rubenstein, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group
With Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg View

Theo Padnos, Journalist and Author, kidnapped in Syria, October 2012
Nancy Curtis, Mother of Theo Padnos
Amy Rosen, Cousin of Theo Padnos
Lawrence Wright, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
With James Bennet, The Atlantic

Opal Tometi, Co-Founder, #BlackLivesMatter / Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
With Scott Stossel, The Atlantic

Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

Mitt Romney, Former Governor, Massachusetts / Former Republican Presidential Nominee
With James Bennet, The Atlantic

Closing Remarks
Steve Clemons
, The Atlantic

Lunch Presentation and Disussion
With Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University

1:10 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. | Afternoon Session

Welcome Remarks
Elliot Gerson
, Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, The Aspen Institute

Edward Markey, Senator (D-MA)
Rev. John I. Jenkins, President, University of Notre Dame
With Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg View

Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH
Vanessa Kerry, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Seed Global Health
With Mary Louise Kelly, The Atlantic

Martine Rothblatt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, United Therapeutics / Founder, Sirius XM
With Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
With Andrea Mitchell, NBC News

Lonnie Bunch, Director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
With Helene Cooper, The New York Times

Jonathan Bush, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, athenahealth
With Felix Salmon, Fusion

Mark Warner, Senator (D-VA)
With Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

John McCain, Senator (R-AZ), Former Republican Presidential Nominee
With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic

Mick Ebeling
, Chief Executive Officer, Not Impossible Labs

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, The White House
With Andrea Mitchell, NBC News

Jason Furman, Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisors
Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Professor of Economics, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Douglas Hotlz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum
With Demetri Sevastopulo, Financial Times

Chris Murphy, Senator (D-CT)
With Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

Tom Cotton, Senator (R-AR)
Chris Coons, Senator (D-DE)
With Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker and Director, The Black Panthers: Vanguard and the Revolution
With James Bennet, The Atlantic

A Conversation With:
Molly Ball
, The Atlantic
Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker
Jamelle Bouie, Slate

Jonathan Allen, VOX
Maria Teresa Kumar, Vote Latino / Contributor, MSNBC
With Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

Glynn Washington
, Host of Snap Judgment
Alex Mandel

5:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. | Reception

7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. | The Blacklist Season 3 Premiere Screening

October 1

9:00 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. | Morning Sessions

Welcome Remarks
Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States and Democratic Presidential Nominee / Chairman, The Climate Reality Project
With James Fallows, The Atlantic

Elizabeth Warren, Senator (D-MA)
With Jake Tapper, CNN

Jeff Weiner, Chief Executive Officer, LinkedIn
With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Member (R-WA), United States House of Representatives
With Jonathan Karl, ABC News

Chris Matthews
, Host of Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC

Cory Booker, Senator (D-NJ)
Mike Lee, Senator (R-UT)
With Jonathan Karl, ABC News

Bran Ferren
Founder, Applied Minds

David Miliband, President, International Rescue Committee
With Molly Ball, The Atlantic

Julián Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
With Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC

Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State / Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
With James Fallows, The Atlantic

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
With Judy Woodruff, PBS

Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and Chief Executive Officer, New America / Author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family
With Mary Louise Kelly, The Atlantic

Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General
With Sam Stein, The Huffington Post

Loretta Lynch, Attorney General
With Chuck Todd, NBC News

Closing Remarks
Margaret Low Smith
, AtlanticLIVE

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