Washington, D.C. (September 9, 2016)—The eighth annual Washington Ideas Forum, presented by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute, returns to Washington, D.C. as part of a week of citywide events. The marquee Forum, to be held September 28-29 at the Harman Center for the Arts, is the cornerstone of this year’s expanded Washington Ideas Week. Featured speakers include leading newsmakers on politics and policy, defense and national security, race and justice, culture and society, education, tech, and healthcare.
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, CIA Director John Brennan, and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are among the national newsmakers slated speak at the Harman Center. Harvard University president Drew Gilpin Faust and Georgetown University president John J. DeGioia will join The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates to talk about the role slavery played in the history of America’s most prominent academic institutions.
Among the speakers joining the Washington Ideas Forum and other events across the week:
(*Subject to change; additional speakers and a schedule will be shared in the coming weeks**)
Government, Politics & Policy:
- Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan
- CIA Director John Brennan
- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
- U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez
- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
- Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), United States Congress
- Stuart Stevens, Partner, Strategic Partners and Media and Chief Strategist, Romney 2012
- Stephanie Cutter, Partner, Precision Strategies and Deputy Campaign Manager, Obama 2012
- General Pervez Musharraf, Former President, Pakistan