The Atlantic Festival

September 24 – 26, 2019
Washington, DC

Experience The Atlantic.

The Atlantic was founded in 1857 to illustrate the American idea.

The Atlantic Festival—rooted in our award-winning journalism, analysis and storytelling—continues this mission. Through in-depth interviews with some of today’s biggest innovators and leaders in technology, politics, business and the arts, we will illuminate new ideas, and grapple with the most important issues of our time.

From September 24-26, 2019, The Atlantic Festival will take over multiple blocks of Washington, DC’s Penn Quarter. Anchored by our “Ideas Stage” at Sidney Harman Hall, our downtown campus will host headliner interviews, book talks, film screenings, networking receptions, performances, breakout lunches, and much more.

Presented by

Atlantic Live

Speakers

  • Questlove
    Questlove
  • Nancy Pelosi
    Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Bob Iger
    Bob Iger Chairman and CEO The Walt Disney Company
  • Susan Wojcicki
    Susan Wojcicki CEO YouTube
  • Yo-Yo Ma
    Yo-Yo Ma Cellist
  • Gen. Jim Mattis (Ret.)
    Gen. Jim Mattis (Ret.) Former Secretary of Defense; Author, "Call Sign Chaos"
  • Susan Rice
    Susan Rice Former National Security Adviser; Author, "Tough Love"
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger Former Governor California
  • Evan Spiegel
    Evan Spiegel Co-founder and CEO Snap
  • Maria Ressa
    Maria Ressa Executive Editor and CEO Rappler
  • Jeffrey Goldberg
    Jeffrey Goldberg Editor in Chief The Atlantic
  • Adam Silver
    Adam Silver Commissioner NBA
  • Jemele Hill
    Jemele Hill Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Franklin Leonard
    Franklin Leonard Founder The Black List
  • Sylvia Acevedo
    Sylvia Acevedo President and CEO Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
  • Philip Alberti*
    Philip Alberti* Senior Director, Health Equity Research and Policy AAMC
  • Ross Andersen
    Ross Andersen Deputy Editor The Atlantic
  • Binyamin Appelbaum
    Binyamin Appelbaum Author, "The Economists' Hour"
  • Yoni Appelbaum
    Yoni Appelbaum Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Tom Arseneault
    Tom Arseneault President and Chief Operating Officer BAE
  • Robert Atkinson
    Robert Atkinson Founder and President Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Rosemary Banks
    Rosemary Banks New Zealand's Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Joe Bauer
    Joe Bauer Child Life Professional Washington Children's National Hospital
  • Yara Bayoumy
    Yara Bayoumy Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Kamal Bell*
    Kamal Bell* Founder Sankofa Farms Agricultural Academy
  • Jada Benn Torres
    Jada Benn Torres Associate Professor Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University
  • Sue Biniaz
    Sue Biniaz Senior Fellow for Climate Change UN Foundation
  • Marsha Blackburn
    Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Senator
  • David Bradley
    David Bradley Chairman Atlantic Media
  • Jeff Brandes
    Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) Florida State Senator
  • Patrick O. Brown
    Patrick O. Brown CEO and Founder Impossible Foods
  • Ron Brownstein
    Ron Brownstein Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Earline Budd
    Earline Budd Executive Director Empowering the Transgender Community
  • Ron Busby
    Ron Busby Founder and CEO U.S. Black Chamber
  • Cheri Bustos
    Cheri Bustos (D-IL) Representative
  • Sana Chehimi
    Sana Chehimi Director of Policy and Advocacy Prevention Institute
  • Nicholas Clegg*
    Nicholas Clegg* Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications Facebook
  • Norah Coelho*
    Norah Coelho* Senior Director, Global Business Financing PayPal
  • Sidney Collie
    Sidney Collie The Bahamas' Ambassador to the U.S.
  • McKay Coppins
    McKay Coppins Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Tom Costello
    Tom Costello Correspondent NBC News
  • Ellen Cushing
    Ellen Cushing Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Karen Dahut*
    Karen Dahut* Executive Vice President, Global Defense Group Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Andrew Dana
    Andrew Dana Owner Call Your Mother Deli
  • Ethan Daniels*
    Ethan Daniels* Childhood Cancer Survivor
  • Alphonso David
    Alphonso David President Human Rights Campaign
  • Sherri Davis
    Sherri Davis Speaker Community Family Life Services
  • Edward-Isaac Dovere
    Edward-Isaac Dovere Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Richard Duke
    Richard Duke President Gigaton Strategies
  • Rick Driggers
    Rick Driggers Deputy Assistant Director for Cybersecurity Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Mike Endale
    Mike Endale Principal BLEN Corp
  • Karen Evans
    Karen Evans Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response Department of Energy
  • Malika Fair*
    Malika Fair* Senior Director, Health Equity Partnerships and Programs AAMC
  • Alice Fakir*
    Alice Fakir* Vice President Booz Allen Hamilton
  • James Fallows
    James Fallows Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Paula Fitzgerald
    Paula Fitzgerald Executive Director Ayuda
  • Caitlin Flanagan
    Caitlin Flanagan Contributing Writer The Atlantic
  • Michèle Flournoy
    Michèle Flournoy Co-founder and Managing Partner WestExec Advisors
  • Kimberly Foxx
    Kimberly Foxx State's Attorney Cook County
  • Kara Frederick
    Kara Frederick Associate Fellow, Technology & National Security Program Center for a New American Security
  • Lori Tremmel Freeman
    Lori Tremmel Freeman CEO National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • Uri Friedman
    Uri Friedman Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Alayne Gamache*
    Alayne Gamache* Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility Aflac
  • Megan Garber
    Megan Garber Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Michelle Garcia
    Michelle Garcia Director D.C. Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
  • Major Garrett
    Major Garrett Washington Correspondent CBS News
  • Mike Giglio
    Mike Giglio Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Bria Gillum*
    Bria Gillum* Program Officer, Criminal Justice The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Kathy Gilsinan
    Kathy Gilsinan Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Mandy Ginsberg
    Mandy Ginsberg CEO Match Group
  • Mike Gladstone*
    Mike Gladstone* Global President, Internal Medicine Pfizer
  • Simon Godwin
    Simon Godwin Artistic Director Shakespeare Theatre Company
  • Lance Gooden
    Lance Gooden (R-TX) Representative
  • Lori Gottlieb
    Lori Gottlieb "Dear Therapist" Columnist; Author, "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" The Atlantic
  • Garth Graham
    Garth Graham President, Aetna Foundation; Vice President, Community Health and Impact, CVS Health
  • Adrienne Green
    Adrienne Green Managing Editor The Atlantic
  • Emma Green
    Emma Green Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Jennifer Griffin*
    Jennifer Griffin* National Security Correspondent Fox News
  • Dr. Brian Hare
    Dr. Brian Hare Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology Duke University
  • Adam Harris
    Adam Harris Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Martin Heinrich
    Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Senator
  • John Hendrickson
    John Hendrickson Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Jerri Ann Henry
    Jerri Ann Henry Former President Log Cabin Republicans
  • Catherine Hernandez-Blades*
    Catherine Hernandez-Blades* Senior Vice President, Chief ESG and Communications Officer Aflac
  • DeAnna Hoskins*
    DeAnna Hoskins* President JustLeadershipUSA
  • Chrissy Houlahan
    Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) Representative
  • Kathy Hughes
    Kathy Hughes Managing Director Avalere
  • Emily Hund
    Emily Hund Research Fellow, Center on Digital Culture and Society University of Pennsylvania
  • Will Hurd
    Will Hurd (R-TX) Representative
  • Christian Irabién
    Christian Irabién Chef Amparo Fondita
  • Richie Jackson
    Richie Jackson Author "Gay Like Me"
  • Kamron Jackson*
    Kamron Jackson* Student Sankofa Farms Agricultural Academy
  • Cris Jacobs*
    Cris Jacobs* Singer-Songwriter
  • Dyanna Jaye
    Dyanna Jaye Co-founder and Organizing Director Sunrise Movement
  • Tiniesha Johnson
    Tiniesha Johnson Chapter & Membership Coordinator Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • Janis Searles Jones
    Janis Searles Jones CEO The Ocean Conservancy
  • Martha Jones
    Martha Jones Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History Johns Hopkins University
  • Kate Julian
    Kate Julian Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Quinta Jurecic
    Quinta Jurecic Managing Editor Lawfare
  • Josh Kallmer
    Josh Kallmer Executive Vice President, Policy Information Technology Industry Council
  • Alec Karakatsanis
    Alec Karakatsanis Founder and Executive Director Civil Rights Corps
  • Mary Louise Kelly
    Mary Louise Kelly Host, All Things Considered; Contributor, AtlanticLIVE
  • Nora Kelly
    Nora Kelly Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Ibram X. Kendi
    Ibram X. Kendi Author, "How to Be an Antiracist"; Director American University Antiracist Research and Policy Center
  • Olga Khazan
    Olga Khazan Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Kamoni King*
    Kamoni King* Student Sankofa Farms Agricultural Academy
  • Amy Klobuchar
    Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Senator
  • Kathleen Koch
    Kathleen Koch Author and Journalist
  • Kevin Kuhlman
    Kevin Kuhlman Senior Director of Federal Government Relations National Federation of Independent Business
  • Corby Kummer
    Corby Kummer Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Adrienne LaFrance
    Adrienne LaFrance Executive Editor The Atlantic
  • Ted Leonsis
    Ted Leonsis CEO Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Andrew Levy*
    Andrew Levy* President Chispa House
  • Helen Lewis
    Helen Lewis Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Avi Loeb
    Avi Loeb Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science Harvard University
  • Elaine Luria
    Elaine Luria (D-VA) Representative
  • Alexis Madrigal
    Alexis Madrigal Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • John Malcolm
    John Malcolm Vice President for the Institute for Constitutional Government Heritage Foundation
  • Jeanette Manfra
    Jeanette Manfra Assistant Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Department of Homeland Security
  • Aletha Maybank
    Aletha Maybank Chief Health Equity Officer American Medical Association
  • Anne McDonald Pritchett*
    Anne McDonald Pritchett* Senior Vice President, Policy & Research PhRMA
  • Amy McDonough
    Amy McDonough Senior Vice President and General Manager Fitbit Health Solutions
  • Rachel McEneny
    Rachel McEneny Commissioner, Administrative Services City of Albany, New York
  • Jerry McNerney
    Jerry McNerney (D-CA) Representative
  • Tom McTague
    Tom McTague Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • John McWhorter
    John McWhorter Professor, Linguistics, Columbia University Host, Lexicon Valley, Slate
  • Michael Meit
    Michael Meit Co-Director NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
  • Jeanne Meserve
    Jeanne Meserve Journalist and Contributor AtlanticLIVE
  • Robinson Meyer
    Robinson Meyer Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Amanda Mull
    Amanda Mull Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Oscar Munoz
    Oscar Munoz CEO United Airlines
  • Priyamvada Natarajan
    Priyamvada Natarajan Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Physics; Author, "Mapping the Heavens" Yale University
  • Sara Nayeem
    Sara Nayeem Partner NEA
  • LaQuandra Nesbitt
    LaQuandra Nesbitt Director District of Columbia Department of Health
  • Vann R. Newkirk II
    Vann R. Newkirk II Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Peter Nicholas
    Peter Nicholas Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Karin Olofsdotter
    Karin Olofsdotter Sweden's Ambassador to the U.S.
  • George Packer
    George Packer Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • David Phillips
    David Phillips Vice Provost, Admissions and Financial Aid Johns Hopkins University
  • Megan Phelps-Roper
    Megan Phelps-Roper Author, "Unfollow"
  • Elaina Plott
    Elaina Plott White House Correspondent The Atlantic
  • Sam Pollard
    Sam Pollard Director, "Why We Hate"
  • Laurene Powell Jobs
    Laurene Powell Jobs Founder and President Emerson Collective
  • Stacey Price
    Stacey Price Co-founder and Chief Localist Shop Made in DC
  • Peter Prime
    Peter Prime Chef Cane
  • Roya Rahmani
    Roya Rahmani Afghanistan's Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Prashant Rao
    Prashant Rao Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Jimmy Rhee
    Jimmy Rhee Special Secretary Maryland Governor's Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs
  • Amy Richards*
    Amy Richards* Principal Research Associate, Rare and Neurologic Diseases Therapeutic Area Sanofi
  • Michele Roberts
    Michele Roberts Executive Director National Basketball Players Association
  • Mitt Romney
    Mitt Romney (R-UT) Senator
  • Becca Rosen
    Becca Rosen Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Jeffrey Rosen
    Jeffrey Rosen President and CEO National Constitution Center
  • Horacio Rozanski
    Horacio Rozanski President and CEO Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Brian Schatz
    Brian Schatz (D-HI) Senator
  • Adam Schiff
    Adam Schiff (D-CA) Representative
  • Heidi Schreck
    Heidi Schreck Playwright, "What the Constitution Means to Me"
  • Jeff Selingo
    Jeff Selingo Author, "There Is Life After College"
  • Adam Serwer
    Adam Serwer Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Jack Shanahan
    Jack Shanahan Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center Department of Defense
  • Sara Shepherd
    Sara Shepherd Performer, "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical"
  • Dia Simms
    Dia Simms President Combs Enterprises
  • Kostas Skordas
    Kostas Skordas Director of Research and Evaluation Appalachian Regional Commission
  • David Skorton*
    David Skorton* President AAMC
  • Abigail Spanberger
    Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) Representative
  • Ramesh Srinivasan
    Ramesh Srinivasan Director, Digital Cultures Lab; Author, "Beyond the Valley" University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bill Sternberg*
    Bill Sternberg* Editorial Page Editor USAToday
  • Gary Stevens
    Gary Stevens Executive Director, Information Security Policy and Strategy Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Alison Stewart
    Alison Stewart Host, "All of It," WNYC; Contributor Editor, AtlanticLIVE
  • Bhagwat Swaroop*
    Bhagwat Swaroop* Executive Vice President of Industry Solutions Proofpoint
  • Chris Thile
    Chris Thile Musician and Host, "Live from Here"
  • Derek Thompson
    Derek Thompson Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Matt Thompson
    Matt Thompson Contributing Writer, The Atlantic; Editor in Chief, Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Harper Jean Tobin
    Harper Jean Tobin Director of Policy National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Zeynep Tufekci
    Zeynep Tufekci Author, "Twitter and Tear Gas"
  • Tonya Ugoretz
    Tonya Ugoretz Cyber Division Deputy Assistant Director FBI
  • Neil Volz
    Neil Volz Deputy Director Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • Derek White*
    Derek White* Chief Digital Officer U.S. Bank
  • Gillian White
    Gillian White Deputy Editor The Atlantic
  • Kristi Whitfield
    Kristi Whitfield Director D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development
  • Tracey Wiley
    Tracey Wiley Director Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
  • Guang Yang
    Guang Yang Associate Partner McKinsey & Company
  • Ed Yong
    Ed Yong Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Mark Young*
    Mark Young* Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product, Digital Farming Division Bayer
  • Mohamed Younis*
    Mohamed Younis* Editor-in-Chief Gallup
  • Caitlin Zaloom
    Caitlin Zaloom Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis; Author, "Indebted" New York University

Agenda

  • Tuesday, September 24
  • 7:00 a.m.Festival Registration-
  • 8:00 a.m.Military Readiness in the Age of AIThe military’s needs are changing, from hardware to software, from tanks to drones, from artillery to artificial intelligence. The Atlantic will convene experts in the modern military, international affairs, and technology, to assess United States military strategy—where it’s going and where it’s falling behind.

    Watch the event videos here.

    Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • 8:45 a.m.Our Shared PlanetRising sea levels. Furious storms. Scorching summers. For decades, scientists have warned about climate change, urging the federal government to step up its response. Absent a federal solution, business leaders, local governments, and activists have stepped forward. What can be done to ensure that the Earth remains habitable for generations to come?

    Watch the event videos here.
  • 9:00 a.m.Community Partner Experience: Private Curator Tour of "Americans" ExhibitPatron passholders will get the experts’ view of Americans, a major exhibition highlighting how American Indians have been part of the nation’s history, pop culture, and identity since before the country began, led by exhibition curators Paul Chaat Smith and Cécile Ganteaume.

    This experience is programmed by the National Museum of the American Indian and not The Atlantic's editorial team.
  • 10:00 a.m.Book Talk: "Twitter and Tear Gas"Atlantic contributor Zeynep Tufekci writes about the possibilities and perils of modern protest movements that are increasingly rooted in online media.

    Speakers: Zeynep Tufekci, Author, "Twitter and Tear Gas" & Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
  • 10:00 a.m.Community Partner Experience: Spy Museum VisitsPatron passholders have the opportunity to visit the new International Spy Museum at L'Enfant Plaza. Details are forthcoming from the Patron Concierge.

    This experience is programmed by the International Spy Museum and not The Atlantic's editorial team.
  • 11:30 a.m.Unfinished Business: The LGBTQ SummitThe LGBTQ community has come a long way since the first brick was thrown at a bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1969. But advocates are focusing on issues beyond same-sex marriage, including the military’s ban on transgender troops, and the lack of a federal law banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Atlantic explored the next frontier of LGBTQ civil rights.

    Watch the event videos here.
  • 11:30 a.m.Women of Washington2018 was a watershed year for women in government, as more women were elected to office than ever before. But parity is still far away. At the third installment of the Women of Washington series at the Festival, The Atlantic will gather leaders in government, international affairs, and media to highlight advances toward equality and the challenges that still remain. Follow the conversation at #AtlanticWOW.
    Lunch will be served.

    Watch the event video here.

    Underwritten by ExxonMobil.
  • 2:00 p.m.Ideas Stage ProgrammingIn-depth interviews with some of the most fascinating people in the world. Expect to be challenged. Expect to be entertained. Expect the unexpected.

    Watch the event videos here.
  • 4:00 p.m.U.S. Bank Presents: The Command CenterVisit the U.S. Bank Command Center to learn what it takes to defend against cyber threats in today’s fast-paced, digital world. Join the conversation, test your knowledge, and get a sense of how cybersecurity professionals are working 24/7 to protect customers.

    Underwritten by U.S. Bank
  • 5:00 p.m.A Conversation with Jemele HillAtlantic staff writer Jemele Hill explores the intersection of sports, politics, music, culture, and identity through her commentary and reporting. At this evening event, she’ll dive into the stories that have captured her attention and driven the country’s cultural conversation. Atlantic Subscribers and Atlantic Premium Members receive priority access to this event.

    Watch the event video here.
  • 5:00 p.m.A Toast to the DistrictConnect with other attendees and continue the day’s conversation over drinks.
    Reception food and drink will be served. If you don't have a Festival pass and would like to attend this session, please email RSVP@TheAtlanticFestival.com.

    Underwritten by the Government of the District of Columbia
  • 5:00 p.m.Facebook Exchange Stage Opening ReceptionConnect with other attendees and continue the day’s conversation over cocktails.
    Reception food and drink will be served.

    Underwritten by Facebook.
  • 7:00 p.m.Community Partner Experience: She Lied: Carolyn Bryant and The Murder of Emmett TillWhen Carolyn Bryant Dunham admitted to historian Timothy Tyson that she fabricated the story that incited her husband and brother-in-law to kidnap and kill 14-year old Emmet Till in Mississippi in 1955, few were surprised. But many questions remain, about the historical roots of white roots of white supremacist thinking, and their impact today. Moderated by Tina Chen, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, this scholarly discussion will also feature a performance from dancer and actor Isryel "Tales" Jules.

    This experience is programmed by the March on Washington Film Festival and not The Atlantic's editorial team.
  • 7:30 p.m.“Why We Hate,” and What to Do About ItOscar award-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney have joined forces to produce “Why We Hate,” a six-part series for Discovery Channel exploring the human capacity for hatred—and how we can overcome it. The Atlantic will host an advance screening of the first episode of the documentary series, followed by a behind-the-scenes discussion with producers, directors, and others involved in the series. The series premieres in October.

    Watch the event video here.
  • Wednesday, September 25
  • 7:00 a.m.Festival Registration-
  • 7:30 a.m.Book Talk: "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride"CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett brings to life the twists and turns of covering the Trump White House.

    Watch the event video here.
  • 8:00 a.m.Community Partner Experience: Private Curator Tour of "Americans" ExhibitRising Star passholders will get the experts’ view of Americans, a major exhibition highlighting how American Indians have been part of the nation’s history, pop culture, and identity since before the country began, led by exhibition curators Paul Chaat Smith and Cécile Ganteaume.

    This experience is programmed by the National Museum of the American Indian and not The Atlantic's editorial team.
  • 8:00 a.m.Community Partner Experience: BASH Boxing ClassEnjoy 45 fast-flying minutes of boxing conditioning in a private Atlantic Festival class at BASH Boxing Rosslyn.

    This experience is provided by BASH Boxing and not The Atlantic's events team.
  • 9:30 a.m.Ideas Stage ProgrammingIn-depth interviews with some of the most fascinating people in the world. Expect to be challenged. Expect to be entertained. Expect the unexpected.

    Watch event videos here.
  • 10:00 a.m.Community Partner Experience: Spy Museum VisitsPatron passholders have the opportunity to visit the new International Spy Museum at L'Enfant Plaza. Details are forthcoming from the Patron Concierge.

    This experience is programmed by the International Spy Museum and not The Atlantic's editorial team.
  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: Brexit, Boris, and the Future of BritainAtlantic reporters and editors share perspectives on the power transition, political upheaval, and future of the United Kingdom as the country hurtles toward an October 31 Brexit deadline. Where will British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “do or die” pledge leave his country, Europe, and the United States?
  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone with Lori GottliebWhat happens when a therapist needs a therapist? Lori Gottlieb, a practicing psychotherapist, has what is called a “presenting problem”—a breakup—and finds herself on the couch.

    In her book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Gottlieb explores the role of patient and clinician. What stories do we tell about ourselves? What do we hide? And what stories do we not see? Gottlieb, who also writes The Atlantic’s “Dear Therapist” column, will talk about her book, what she has learned from her patients, and what she has discovered about herself.

    Watch the event video here.

    Underwritten by PhRMA
  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: The Future of FactEvery day, the border between information and misinformation is becoming more difficult to navigate. How are the rise of artificial intelligence, the sophisticated digital manipulation of video, and other technological leaps changing the nature of “facts?” What is the responsibility—and ability—of traditional media, social media, and technology companies to stem the spread of misinformation?

    Watch the event video here.
  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: The New Food DistrictFood culture is evolving in cities across the country and right here in our nation’s capital. Now, more than ever, Washington, D.C. is at the forefront of new trends, exciting openings, and innovative thinking in the area of food and drink. The Atlantic will explore our evolving food scene, and the latest in Washington’s culinary arts, with some of the chefs and proprietors who are shaping it.

    Watch the event video here.
  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: The Race for the White HouseFrom the 2020 debate stage to President Trump on the world stage. From growing concerns over white nationalism to deepening ideological divides. The Atlantic’s leading observers of politics and power explore this moment in American history with an eye toward how the coming presidential election will shape the country’s trajectory in the years ahead.

    Watch the event video here.

    Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: What Animals Teach UsFor centuries, humans have had a special relationship with animals. Today that connection is embodied by everything from conservation efforts, to veganism, to a fascination with the possibility of animal consciousness. Atlantic science experts will delve into the mysteries of the animal world and explore the responsibilities humans have to protect it.

    Watch the event video here.

    Underwritten by Allstate.
  • 2:00 p.m.Ideas Stage ProgrammingIn-depth interviews with some of the most fascinating people in the world. Expect to be challenged. Expect to be entertained. Expect the unexpected.

    Watch the event videos here.
  • 4:00 p.m.U.S. Bank Presents: The Command CenterVisit the U.S. Bank Command Center to learn what it takes to defend against cyber threats in today’s fast-paced, digital world. Join the conversation, test your knowledge, and get a sense of how cybersecurity professionals are working 24/7 to protect customers.

    Sponsored by U.S. Bank
  • 5:00 p.m.Making the Grade: The Future of Higher EdThe first step is getting in. The next: how to pay for it. Colleges are getting more selective and competition to get in is becoming more fierce. And for the lucky few who do get in, many are finding it impossible to even afford to go. These challenges have caused many to wonder: what can be done to ensure a college education is accessible for everyone who wants to go? And should college education be essential for everyone to succeed?

    Watch the event videos here.
  • 5:00 p.m.The Global Race for Medical BreakthroughsThe United States has long pioneered biomedical research, which has led to breakthroughs in life-saving treatments and medicines. But other global powers are investing more heavily in R&D. What is the state of federal funding and investment in science and medicine? How are new global competitors challenging the U.S.? And is the United States at risk of losing its status as the biomedical leader of the world?

    Reception food and drink will be served.

    Watch the event videos here.

    Underwritten by PhRMA
  • 5:00 p.m.Aflac Presents: The World Premiere of "Moments of Joy"“Your child has cancer.” This single sentence initiates an incomprehensible whirlwind of emotions in the families of pediatric cancer patients. Moments of Joy, a documentary by Chispa House, provides a window into the emotional challenges and triumphs of pediatric cancer through the children, families, and caregivers on the front lines, with the help of a robotic duck—an unlikely and most endearing hero.

    This session is produced by our underwriter, Aflac, and not by The Atlantic’s editorial team. Reception food and drink will be served.

    Presented by Aflac
  • 5:30 p.m.Patron ReceptionIn celebration of The Atlantic Festival, Patron passholders are invited to join staff writer Edward-Isaac Dovere and presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) for a live taping of Radio Atlantic. Reception food and drink will be served.
  • 5:30 p.m.The Battle for the ConstitutionSince its beginnings, the Constitution has been the subject of intense debate, over issues including executive power, freedom of speech, privacy, and voting rights. How do we interpret, protect, and build on its doctrines, now in 2019? Follow the conversation at #AtlanticxNCC.

    This event was held in association with Gallup.

    Watch the event videos here.

    In partnership with National Constitution Center
  • 7:00 p.m.Yo-Yo & Friends: An Evening of Music and ConversationWorld-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma teams up with some special guests to discuss how culture builds bridges, not walls.
  • Thursday, September 26
  • 7:00 a.m.Festival Registration-
  • 7:30 a.m.Book Talk: "How to Be an Antiracist"Atlantic contributing editor Ibram X. Kendi discusses his book, How to Be an Antiracist, shining a light on the state of racism in America and what we can do about it.

    Watch the event video here.
  • 7:30 a.m.Book Talk: "Our Man"Atlantic staff writer George Packer discusses his book, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century and the state of American foreign policy today.  

    Watch the event video here.
  • 9:30 a.m.Ideas Stage ProgrammingIn-depth interviews with some of the most fascinating people in the world. Expect to be challenged. Expect to be entertained. Expect the unexpected.

    Watch the event videos here.
  • 10:00 a.m.Community Partner Experience: Spy Museum VisitsPatron passholders have the opportunity to visit the new International Spy Museum at L'Enfant Plaza. Details are forthcoming from the Patron Concierge.

    This experience is programmed by the International Spy Museum and not The Atlantic's editorial team.
  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: #MeToo, The Next ChapterSince 2017, the #MeToo movement has forced a reckoning. From clear-cut cases of assault, harassment, and misogyny to poor communication, bad dates, and uncomfortable situations—Americans continue to wrestle with what gender and power mean in the workplace and in personal relationships. What fundamental changes, if any, have happened over the last two years? What is the next chapter of the movement?

    Watch the event video here.
  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: Hot Spots: Syria, Iran, and North KoreaTensions between Western nations and Iran are at a boiling point. Despite President Trump’s assertions that the Islamic State has been defeated, there are renewed concerns about an ISIS resurgence in Syria. And half a world away, North Korea continues its nuclear sabre-rattling. Members of The Atlantic’s national security team offer their latest reporting and insights on what’s next for America’s allies and adversaries around the globe.
  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: Inside the Trump White HouseThe Trump White House. It’s one of the most covered—and most enigmatic—places in Washington. The Atlantic’s White House correspondents unpack the latest news coming out of the West Wing, the case the president is making to voters this election season, and what a second Trump term might look like if he prevails in November 2020.

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  • 12:00 p.m.Food for Thought: “The Economists’ Hour” and Forecasting our FutureJournalist Binyamin Appelbaum brings years of experience covering business and finance and a sharp eye for the sweep of economic history to his recent book, The Economists' Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society. He will connect his work spotlighting economists who have shaped—for better or worse—today’s financial system to the latest news from Wall Street and the overall health of the American economy.

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  • 12:00 p.m.Health Equity in AmericaWhere you were born, where you grew up, and where you live determine your health, medical care, and life expectancy. How can policymakers, business leaders, and public health advocates make sure everyone has a healthy future—no matter their race, income, or hometown? What will it take to achieve health equity for all?

    Lunch will be served.

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    Underwritten by AAMC
  • 12:00 p.m.Protecting Our Digital FutureStealing financial information. Blackmailing city governments. Corrupting voting machines. Cyber threats are emerging all the time, threatening the very foundations of our civic life. How can government officials—in federal agencies and city halls—secure our digital futures?

    Lunch will be served.

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    Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton
  • 2:00 p.m.Community Partner Experience: 19th Amendment Centennial TourMarking 100 years since ratification of the 19th Amendment, Patron passholders can explore the history of women's suffrage movement in a private guided tour of the more than 250 artifacts and archival materials at the historic Women's Equality National Monument.

    This experience is programmed by the National Woman's Party and not The Atlantic's editorial team.
  • 2:00 p.m.Community Partner Experience: 2020 Election PreviewJoin the Pew Research Center as it ramps up for the 2020 election. Pew's researchers will preview their efforts to better understand how people are getting information about the election, and the role of polling for journalists and the public. They will also provide an exclusive first look at the Center's Compass 2020 project—an interactive tool for uncovering how today's information environment impacts what people know and believe.

    Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take policy positions. The Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Charitable Trusts partner with individuals and institutions to amplify their philanthropy and solve today’s most challenging problems.

    This experience is programmed by The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Pew Research Center, and not by The Atlantic's editorial team.
  • 2:00 p.m.Race + JusticeNational and local efforts are underway to reform the criminal justice system, which affects more than two million Americans currently incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers. What behaviors should be criminalized? Should punitive systems be reformed to be more restorative and rehabilitative? And what is the next frontier of criminal justice reform? Follow the conversation at #RaceJusticeDC.

    This event was held in association with Gallup.

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    With support from The Safety + Justice Challenge
  • 2:30 p.m.Wellness: What Does it Really Mean?Wellness has become a big business, upending our notions of health, fitness, and nutrition. But wellness is more than just a bunch of products promising chiseled abs and glowing skin; it wants to ease our anxieties and offer consumers a sense of community and spirituality. With Atlantic staff writer Amanda Mull, we'll explore what the wellness industry tells us about ourselves.
  • 3:00 p.m.Community Partner Experience: Penn Quarter Farmer's MarketThe FRESHFARM Penn Quarter Market area was historically the Center Market neighborhood where for more than 100 years Washingtonians shopped for their fruits and vegetables. FRESHFARM takes the neighborhood back to its roots, offering a weekly market with conventional and organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats and pastured eggs, farmstead sheep cheeses, soups, fresh pastas and sauces, cut flowers, prepared foods, local beer and spirits, and more.

    This experience is programmed by FRESHFARM and not The Atlantic's editorial team.
  • 3:30 p.m.The Small Business Agenda: 2020 and BeyondSmall businesses fuel the United States economy by creating jobs, investing in local communities, driving technological advancement, and offering new opportunities for growth. What does the future look like for the small business sector?

    Reception food and drink will be served.

    Watch the event videos here.

    Underwritten by PayPal
  • 4:00 p.m.Beyond Science: Exploring the UnknownThe wonders of the galaxy. The secrets of the natural world. The puzzles of the human body. Over millennia, humankind has tried to unravel the mysteries of life. What new advancements are changing our understanding of the world? And what do these discoveries reveal about the human condition?

    Watch the event videos here.

    Underwritten by John Templeton Foundation
  • 5:00 p.m.Horizon Presents: Evening Reception—#RAREis Healing through MusicThe rare disease patient journey will come to life through song at this afternoon reception featuring Rolling Stone’s Top 10 New Country artist Cris Jacobs. Join other attendees for an inspiring #RAREis Playlist performance, in partnership with Sing Me a Story, followed by cocktails and conversation.

    This session is produced by our underwriter, Horizon Therapeutics, and not by The Atlantic’s editorial team.Reception food and drink will be served.

    Presented by Horizon Therapeutics
  • 7:15 p.m.Pop-Up MagazinePop-Up Magazine is a live magazine, created for a stage, a screen, and a live audience. Contributors tell vivid, new, multimedia stories accompanied by illustration, animation, photography, and an original score performed onstage by our musical collaborators, Magik*Magik Orchestra.

    Contributors to Pop-Up Magazine at the Atlantic Festival include The Atlantic staff writer Ed Yong, award-winning writer Daniel Alarcón (At Night We Walk In Circles), documentary filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison, audio producers Stephanie Foo (This American Life) and Robin Amer (USA Today’s The City) and opera singer Emily Birsan. The show will explore a story of survival in the Congo; revisit a friendship amid the 1992 LA riots; feature a drunk voicemail or two; and more.

    We end the night gathered around the bar, performers and audience together. And nothing goes online after—you have to be there to see it.
  • 10:00 p.m.Community Partner Experience: #MarchOnCafePassholders can cap off the week with late night comedy, music, spoken word poetry, featuring performers Franqi French, Shep Kelly, and Amina Imani.

    This experience is programmed by the March on Washington Film Festival and not The Atlantic's editorial team.

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