New York Ideas 2015

May 20, 2015
New York City

Hosted in Partnership With

Aspen Institute

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The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute's fourth annual New York Ideas highlighted the biggest people, ideas and trends that will change the future. Exploring the possibilities that charm and challenge human intelligence and ingenuity, this year's festival investigated how today's questions become tomorrow's answers.

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Atlantic Live



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9:00 a.m.  Welcome Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

9:05 a.m.  Grading Success: How Will Charter Schools Change New York Education?

  • Eva Moskowitz, Founder and CEO, Success Academy Charter Schools
  • With Amanda Ripley, Author, The Smartest Kids In The World

9:25 a.m.  An Inside Look At The New Whitney

  • Adam Weinberg, Director, The Whitney Museum of American Art
  • With Nicolai Ouroussoff, Architectural Critic and Author

9:40 a.m.  Keeping Up With The Jetsons, a Robot In Every Home

  • Cynthia Breazeal, Founder and Chief Science Officer, Jibo, Inc and Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
  • Eric Horvitz, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Microsoft Redmond Research Lab
  • With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

10:05 a.m.  Will Nostalgia Give Detroit New Life, One Watch at a Time?

  • Steve Bock, CEO, Shinola Detroit
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

10:20 a.m. Ideas Out Loud: The False Gospel of Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Gabrielle Glaser, Author, Her Best‐Kept Secret

10:30 a.m.  Underwriter Perspective
   •   Michael Laskoff, Founder and CEO, AbilTo

10:35 a.m.  More Than Just a Hook Up App?

  • Sean Rad, Founder and President, Tinder
  • With James Bennet, Co-President and Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

10:55 a.m.  Quick Break

  • Check out MATA Festival in the New York Ideas Exchange
  • Book signing by Danial Lubetzky in the Bookstore

11:10 a.m.  Welcome Back

  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • Underwriter Remarks: Marc Sternberg, Director, K12 Education Program, The Walton Family Foundation

11:15 a.m.  A 20-Minute Pitstop on the Road to Character

  • David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times
  • With Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
  • Immediately following, book signing by David Brooks in the Bookstore

11:35 a.m.  They Call Him “The Undisputed King of Private Equity”

  • Stephen Schwarzman, Co‐Founder and Chairman, Blackstone
  • With Steven Rattner, Chairman, Willett Advisors LLC and Economic Analyst, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”

11:50 a.m. Forget Rose Colored. The World Just Looks Good From Here

  • Dave Gilboa, Co‐Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
  • With Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

12:05 p.m.  Ideas Out Loud: Can Starbucks Save the Middle Class?

  • Amanda Ripley, Author, The Smartest Kids in the World

12:20 p.m.  The New Faces of Hollywood [Via Skype]

  • Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker and Director, Selma
  • With Steve Clemons

12:30 p.m.  Lunch Time

  • Served on 2nd and 4th Floors and Rooftop
  • Book signings by Amanda Ripley and Larry Keeley in the Bookstore

1:25 p.m.  Welcome Back

  • Jamie Miller, Vice President and Director of Public Programs, The Aspen Institute
  • Underwriter Remarks: Larry Keeley, President and Co-Founder, Doblin

1:30 p.m.  Her World Is Stranger Than Fiction

  • Sheila Nevins, President of Documentary Films, HBO
  • With Willie Geist, Co-Host , MSNBC’s “Today” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”

1:55 p.m.  On Race In America—And What Made This Year Different

  • Ta‐Nehisi Coates, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
  • In Conversation With Michele Norris, Host and Special Correspondent, NPR

2:15 p.m.  On Policing In New York—And What Made This Year Different

  • William Bratton, Commissioner, New York Police Department
  • With James Bennet

2:40 p.m.  Seeing New York’s Invisible Children

  • Andrea Elliott, Author and Investigative Reporter, The New York Times
  • Faith Hester, Humanities Teacher, Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts
  • With Michele Norris

3:05 p.m.  Quick Break

  • Check out You Bred Raptors? in the New York Ideas Exchange

3:20 p.m.  What If Captain America Were Muslim and Female?

  • Sana Amanat, Director, Content and Character Development, Marvel Entertainment  
  • With Ta-Nehisi Coates

3:35 p.m.  She Fought Ebola in Three Countries. And Then She Came Home

  • Ella Watson‐Stryker, Health Promoter, Doctors Without Borders USA
  • With Mary Louise Kelly

3:50 p.m.  The Artist’s Dilemma: Have Crowds, Who Funds?

  • Stanley Nelson, Producer and Director
  • Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder and CEO, Kickstarter
  • With Hanna Rosin, National Correspondent, The Atlantic

4:10 p.m.  Engineering the Next Top 40

  • Ryan Leslie, Recording Artist, Co-founder and CEO, Disruptive Multimedia
  • Alex White, Co‐Founder and CEO, Next Big Sound
  • With Derek Thompson

4:35 p.m.  12 Tony Nominations, 3 Women and a Graphic Memoir on Stage

  • Alison Bechdel, Author, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
  • Lisa Kron, Lyrics and Book, “Fun Home: The Musical”
  • Jeanine Tesori, Music, “Fun Home: The Musical”
  • With Hanna Rosin

5:00 p.m.  Parting Thoughts

  • Margaret Low Smith

5:00-6:00 p.m.  Rooftop Reception

  • Book signing by Alison Bechdel in the Bookstore

New York Ideas Exchange
NYIE Sessions will be concurrent to third floor stage programming

10:05 a.m.  Kickoff Remarks

  • Host: Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

10:10 a.m.  Fashion Renegades: Building an Empire Online

  • Christene Barberich, Editor‐in‐Chief and Co-Founder, Refinery29
  • Piera Gelardi, Executive Creative Director and Co-Founder, Refinery29
  • With Jenni Avins, Lifestyle Reporter, Quartz

10:30 a.m.  Can Corporations Be Kind?

  • Daniel Lubetzky, Founder and CEO, KIND
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

10:50 a.m.  A Musical Showcase by the MATA Festival

11:10 a.m.  Ideas Out Loud: The New York Times’ Pete Seeger

  • Andy Revkin, Singer-Songwriter, Professor, Pace University and Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times

11:20 a.m.  Beyond the World’s Best Amateur Night

  • Jonelle Procope, President and CEO, The Apollo Theater
  • With Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

11:40 a.m.  The Bro Whisperer: Changing the Role of Men on Campus

  • Michael Kimmel, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, Stony Brook University
  • With Jessica Bennett, Journalist and Contributing Editor,

11:55 a.m.  Ideas Out Loud: Keeping the New York in New York

  • Vin Cipolla, Board President, Municipal Art Society of New York  
  • Carol Coletta, Vice President, Community and National Initiatives, Knight Foundation

12:10 p.m.  Ideas Out Loud: The Subjectivity of Taste, or, What Are You Drinking Tonight?

  • Antonio Galloni, Wine Critic and Founder, Vinous Media

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