Full Agenda Announced for the 8th Annual Washington Ideas Forum, September 28 & 29; Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Speakers include: House Speaker Paul Ryan - CIA Director John Brennan - Secretaries Burwell, Foxx, Johnson, Moniz, Perez, Vilsack - Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - NIAID Director Anthony Fauci - National Museum of African American History and Culture Director Lonnie Bunch - GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt - Plus Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust & Georgetown President John J. DeGioia in conversation with The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates

Washington, D.C. (September 22, 2016)—Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, CIA Director John Brennan, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, and former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf will join dozens of other newsmakers at the eighth annual Washington Ideas Forum, presented by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute, on September 28 & 29 at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

National security, race and justice, advancements in healthcare and cancer research, and technology will take center stage at the annual Forum, which is the cornerstone of the expanded Washington Ideas Week. Among the conversations: Ta-Nehisi Coates will lead a discussion between Harvard and Georgetown University presidents Drew Gilpin Faust and John D. DeGioia about the legacy of slavery in America’s most prominent institutions. NIAID head Anthony Fauci and the CDC’s Ann Schuchat will also discuss the current Zika threat in the U.S. with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg.

A complete agenda follows. Limited press credentials are available for Washington Ideas Week; members of the media should contact The Atlantic’s Sydney Simon (ssimon@theatlantic.com; 202-266-7338) to secure a pass. Tickets for the public are available for purchase here.

Interviews will also be webcast live on The Atlantic’s Events Channel and on the Aspen Institute’s live page. Join the conversation across the week @Atlantic_LIVE and @AspenInstitute, and by using #IdeasForum.

Comcast NBCUniversal, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are Presenting Level underwriters of Washington Ideas Forum. American Federation of Teachers is a Supporting Level underwriter. Allstate, Design Foundry and PayPal are Contributing Level underwriters.


Wednesday, September 28, and Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Harman Center for the Arts (610 F Street, NW)
**NOTE: Timing and speakers are subject to change**

Wednesday, September 28: Forum Day One Programming

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks by Margaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE

9:10 AM Interview: Lonnie Bunch, Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
(Interviewer: Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Correspondent, The Atlantic)

9:30 AM Interview: Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
(Interviewer: To be announced)

9:50 AM Interview: Whitney Wolfe, CEO & Founder, Bumble
(Interviewer: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic)

10:10 AM  Sponsored Content // Produced by our underwriter the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy*
  Featuring Sue McCloskey, Indiana Dairy Farmer, Founder of Fairlife

10:20 AM Conversation:
- Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
- Ann Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(Interviewer: Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic)

10:40 AM Session To Be Announced

10:55 AM  Stretch Break // Produced by our underwriter Robert Wood Johnson Foundation*
Featuring Lisa Willis, Former WNBA Player; President and CEO,  Think.Work.Play!: Basketball

11:00 AM Interview: Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
(Interviewer: Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic)

11:20 AM Interview: Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy
(Interviewer: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic)

11:40 AM Interview: Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE
(Interviewer: Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute)

12:00-2:00 PM LUNCH: Topical breakout lunch sessions to take place at the Harman Center and off-site; locations for each lunch to be announced next week.

- Who’s Winning the Election?
- What We’re Eating
- What the Kids are Thinking
- Where Will the Jobs Be
- Where We’re Going (Mars)What Makes Us Safe

2:00 PM Interview: John Brennan, Director, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
(Interviewer: Jeffrey Goldberg)

2:20 PM Interview: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author, Americanah
(Interviewer: Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic)

2:35 PM:   Sponsored Content // Produced by our underwriter PricewaterhouseCoopers*
Featuring Dee-1, Rapper and Educator and Shannon Schuyler, Principal, Chief Purpose Officer and Corporate Responsibility Leader at PwC and President of the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.

2:45 PM Interview: John Krafcik, CEO, Google’s Self Driving Car Project
(Interviewer: James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic)

3:05 PM Interview: Jeh Johnson, Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security
(Interviewer: Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News)

3:25  PM Interview: David Rubenstein, Philanthropist and co-CEO, The Carlyle Group
(Moderator: Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic)

3:40 PM Stretch Break // Produced by our underwriter Robert Wood Johnson Foundation*
Featuring Lisa Willis, Former WNBA Player and President and CEO, Think.Work.Play!: Basketball

3:45 PM Interview: Thomas Perez, U.S.Secretary of Labor
(Interviewer: Steven Rattner, Chairman, Willett Advisors)

4:05 PM Interview: John Hanke, Founder and CEO, Niantic; which designed Pokémon Go
(Interviewer: Amanda Ripley, Contributor, The Atlantic)

4:25 PM Conversation:
- Mark Warner, (D-VA); U.S. Senator
- Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor, Time Magazine and Author, Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business
(Moderator: Steve Clemons)

4:50 PM Conversation:
- Margaret Carlson, Columnist, Bloomberg View
- Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine
- Sam Stein, Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post
(Moderator: Alex Wagner)

5:15 PM: Forum Day One Concludes

Thursday, September 29: Forum Day Two Programming

9:00 AM Opening Remarks: Margaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE

9:05 AM Interview: Paul Ryan, (R-WI), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
(Interviewer: Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic)

9:25 AM Conversation:
- Jeffrey Bluestone, CEO, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
- William Dalton, CEO, M2Gen at the Moffitt Cancer Center
(Interviewer: Ross Andersen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic)

9:45 AM Sponsored Content // Produced by our underwriter AFT*

9:55 AM Interview: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
(Interviewer: To be announced)

10:15 AM Conversation: Slavery at Universities
- Drew Gilpin Faust, President, Harvard University
- John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
(Interviewer: Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Correspondent, The Atlantic)

10:40 AM Interview: Robert Rubin, Former Secretary of the Treasury and Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations
(Interviewer: David Leonhardt, Writer, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times)

11:00 AM: Stretch Break // Produced by our underwriter Robert Wood Johnson Foundation*

11:05 AM Interview: Pervez Musharraf, Former President, Pakistan
(Interviewer: Robert Siegel, Senior Host, All Things Considered, NPR)

11:25 AM Interview: Ezra Edelman, Filmmaker and Director, O.J.: Made in America
(Interviewer: Ta-Nehisi Coates)

11:45 AM Interview: Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University
(Interviewer: Margaret Brennan, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News)

12:00 PM Interview: Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
(Interviewer: Mary Louise Kelley, Contributing Editor, AtlanticLIVE)

12:20 PM Interview: David Chang, Chef and Founder, Momofuku
(Interviewer: Jeffrey Goldberg)


**NOTE: An asterisk denotes that this session is produced by one of our Washington Ideas Forum underwriters, and not by The Atlantic's editorial team.


About The Atlantic:
Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest growing media platforms in the industry, The Atlantic has throughout its history championed the power of big ideas and continues to shape global debate across print, digital, events, and video platforms. With its award-winning digital presence TheAtlantic.com and CityLab.com on cities around the world, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the 2016 Magazine of the Year.

The Atlantic is the flagship property of Washington, D.C.-based publisher Atlantic Media. Its president is Bob Cohn. Margaret Low is president of The Atlantic’s events division, AtlanticLIVE, which produces more than 100 events each year on an array of consequential topics for audiences around the world.

About the Aspen Institute:
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

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The Atlantic
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The Aspen Institute
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