Washington Ideas Food for Thought Lunches

September 27, 2017
Washington, DC

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Location: The Loft at 600 F, 3rd Floor

Underwritten by: America’s Biopharmaceutical Companies

Food culture is evolving. Americans today spend more money eating out than they do on groceries. Now, more than ever, eating a meal has become an experience, an adventure and a shareable moment. In this conversation about food, we’ll explore the latest trends in our dining and food culture.

  • Michael Lastoria, CEO, &Pizza

  • Ann Yang, Co-Founder, MISFIT Juicery

  • Tim Ma, Chef, Kyirisan

  • With Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic


Location: Ideas HQ, Rosa Mexicano

Underwritten by: Inova

Donald Trump has changed Washington and the Presidency. How will he work with Congress? What parts of his agenda will get passed?  How will his first year in office impact next year’s elections and beyond?

  • Norm Ornstein, Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

  • Michelle Cottle, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

  • McKay Coppins, Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • With Yoni Appelbaum, Senior Editor, The Atlantic


Location: Hill Country BBQ, Upper Level

Underwritten by: Booz Allen Hamilton

The world is at an inflection point. How we react to hostility in North Korea, Russia, China and the Middle East will define our foreign policy for years to come. In this conversation, we’ll examine these global conflicts and identify American responses to help ensure a safe and secure world.

  • Josh Rogin, Columnist, Washington Post

  • Samantha Vinograd, Global Public Policy Lead, Stripe

  • With Kathy Gilsinan, Senior Editor, The Atlantic


Location: Hill Country BBQ, Lower Level

Underwritten by: Pfizer

Many of today’s newest technologies - artificial intelligence, robotics, genomics, autonomous vehicles, and more - are poised to transform our lives, business and society in the near future. What breakthroughs are on the horizon? And how will this disruption reshape our world?

  • Hakeem Oluseyi, Astrophysicist and Assistant Professor of Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology; Contributor, Science Channel

  • Ashley Llorens, Chief, Intelligent Systems Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

  • Sarah Stewart Johnson, Assistant Professor of Planetary Science, Georgetown University

  • With Ross Andersen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic


Location: The Loft 600 F, 2nd Floor

Underwritten by: Allstate

Although unemployment is down and our financial markets have hit record highs, many economists worry about the long-term health of our economy and workforce. Average wages have not kept up with economic growth. Millions of jobs are unfilled. And lines of code jeopardize blue and white collar jobs in the near future. Where is our economy going, and what does it mean for our workforce and society?

  • Annie Lowrey, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

  • Alastair Fitzpayne, Executive Director, Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute

  • Susan Lund, MGI Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • With Gillian White, Senior Associate Editor The Atlantic


Location: The Forum at Sidney Harman Hall

As the debate over our history, memorials and public art continues to simmer, a question arises: How will our experiences today and the various technologies we use to record them stand the test of time? In this discussion, we’ll examine how we remember our past and how this could change in the future.

  • Kim Sajet, Director, National Portrait Gallery

  • Sheldon Scott, Artist

  • With Megan Garber, Staff Writer, The Atlantic and Vann Newkirk, Staff Writer,  The Atlantic

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