The Atlantic Meets The Pacific

The Atlantic Meets The Pacific

October 17 – 19, 2011
La Jolla, CA, California

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The Atlantic and the University of California, San Diego held three days of exploration and conversation on the future of energy, health, and technology. Through headline interviews and panel discussions, some of the country’s most fascinating thinkers tackled key questions within these terrains.

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Dates: October 17-19, 2011

  • Monday, October 17, 2011: 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2011: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011: 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Program Highlights:

  • Visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla, interviewed by James Fallows
  • Guru Dr. Deepak Chopra and physicist Dr. Leonard Mlodinow, co-authors of a new book debating the roles of science and spirituality in human origins, interviewed by James Bennet
  • Game design pioneer Will Wright, creator of Spore and Sims, on how games and alternative reality will increasingly penetrate our lives, interviewed by Alexis Madrigal
  • Entrepreneur and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams in a keynote interview on the future of technology’s increasing role in the development and evolution of the globalizing world
  • Environmental scientist, author, and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute Amory Lovins in a lunchtime interview on his upcoming book “Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions For the New Energy Era”
  • President and CEO of Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute John Reed, participating in the Future of Health panel
  • Steven Mayfield, Director, San Diego Center for Algae taking part in the energy panel discussion, with a forward-thinking look at biofuels

Custom laboratory tours, presented courtesy of:

  • The Salk Institute
  • The Scripps Research Institute
  • The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
  • UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center
  • UCSD’s Calit2 cutting-edge new media and science centers

See photos of the event on Atlantic Scene.


Presented by

Atlantic Live


  • Deepak Chopra
    Deepak Chopra New York Times Best Selling Author and Founder The Chopra Foundation
  • Carl Dieffenbach
    Carl Dieffenbach Director of the Division of AIDS National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • James Hildreth
    James Hildreth Dean and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology University of California at Davis
  • Joseph Holsinger
    Joseph Holsinger Managing Director Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Kristina Johnson
    Kristina Johnson CEO Enduring Energy
  • Peggy Johnson
    Peggy Johnson Executive Vice President and President, Global Market Development Qualcomm
  • Daniel Kammen
    Daniel Kammen Distinguished Professor of Energy University of California, Berkeley
  • Steven Koonin
    Steven Koonin Undersecretary for Science U.S. Department of Energy
  • Amory Lovins
    Amory Lovins Chairman and Chief Scientist Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Ira Magaziner
    Ira Magaziner Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Stephen Mayfield
    Stephen Mayfield John Dove Isaacs Professor of Natural Philosophy University of California, San Diego
  • Leonard Mlodinow
    Leonard Mlodinow New York Times Best Selling Author of The Drunkard’s Walk and Physicist California Institute of Technology
  • Elon Musk
    Elon Musk CEO and Product Architect Tesla Motors
  • John Reed
    John Reed CEO, Professor, and Donald Bren Executive Chair Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
  • Larry Smarr
    Larry Smarr Founding Director California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
  • Evan Williams
    Evan Williams Co-Founder Twitter
  • Will Wright
    Will Wright Game Designer Stupid Fun Club
  • Daniel  Yergin
    Daniel Yergin Author of The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World and Chairman IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates


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