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The University of Chicago,
Gleacher Center

450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
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10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Welcome and Registration
150 Years of American Ideas Exhibit
6th Floor Lobby

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10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Can We Compete? America in the Global Marketplace
A Town Hall discussion moderated by Alan Murray
Rep. Melissa Bean
Rashad Abdel-Khalik
Luigi Zingales
Sponsored by Ernst & Young
Room 621

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11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Thank you for Smoking
Scott Stossel in conversation with Christopher Buckley on fiction to film and "the art" of political satire.
Book signing will follow.
Room 600

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Behind the Scenes with Antiques Roadshow
The Atlantic’s Corby Kummer and Antiques Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko discuss the ingredients involved in creating this iconic cultural brand in a crowded media landscape. The conversation will include two appraisers, David Rago and Gary Piattoni, from the program for a look at what goes on before, and after, the cameras roll.
Sponsored by PBS
Room 621

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The World in 2050: China the Superpower?
Is China's rise as the global superpower inevitable? What will be the socio-economic and political implications of China's emergence for the world in 2050? What will America and the rest of the world be like in China's economic shadow?
Moderator: James Bennet
Guy Alitto
Dali Yang
Madeline Zelin
Sponsored by British Airways
Room 600

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2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The War Tapes: Screening and Conversation
Private Screening of The War Tapes, 2006 Tribeca Film Festival Winner for Best Documentary. Followed by a conversation with producer Steve James and Sergeant Steve Pink, moderated by Atlantic Senior Editor Josh Green.
Room 621

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3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Novelist Roundtable: Narrative Lost?
With non-fiction popularity on the rise, Mona Simpson, author of novel-turned-motion picture Anywhere But Here and Off Keck-Road, winner of Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize, and Alex Kotlowitz, author of Never a City So Real and There Are No Children Here, join The Atlantic’s Ben Schwarz in discussion on the critical importance and place of narrative and storytelling in modern times.
Book signing will follow.
Room 600

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Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to session start times.

Please note programming is subject to change.

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