U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Join the Washington Ideas Forum on Thursday, September 29th

Presented by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute; 9/28 & 9/29 at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. (September 27, 2016)— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join the 8th annual Washington Ideas Forum, presented by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute, on Thursday, September 29 at 11:45AM ET. Kerry will sit down with The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons for a wide-ranging conversation on America's strategic equities in the world order. Secretary Kerry will be asked to assess U.S. foreign policy objectives around the world and what he believes must be accomplished in the near term. The conversation with Kerry will also address the longer term outlook through the lens of the impending transition of power in Washington: from confronting the threat of ISIS and the implications of continued violence in Syria, to U.S. posture toward China, Russia, and Iran.

The Forum, which runs September 28-29, will also feature interviews with 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.

Limited press passes remain. A full agenda follows, please note updated timing for a number of sessions. Members of the media should contact The Atlantic’s Sydney Simon (ssimon@theatlantic.com; 202-266-7338) to request a pass. Tickets for the public are available for purchase.

The entire Forum will be streamed live on The Atlantic’s Events Channel and on the Aspen Institute’s live page, with reporting from The Atlantic in an Ideas Report. 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 St 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, Founding 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, Department of Justice
(Interviewer: Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic)

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

10:10 AM  Sponsor 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 Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • (Interviewer: Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic)

10:40 AM Interview: Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC)
(Interviewer: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic)

10:55 AM  Stretch Break // Produced by our underwriter Robert Wood Johnson Foundation*
Featuring Lisa Willis, Former WNBA Player; Member, Champions for America's Future

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

11:20 AM Interview: Sec. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Department 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. For details on each lunch, click here.

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, 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:   Sponsor 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 Cars Project
(Interviewer: James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic)

3:05 PM Interview: Sec. Jeh Johnson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(Interviewer: Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News)

3:25  PM Interview: David Rubenstein, Co-Founder 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; Member, Champions for America's Future

3:45 PM Interview: Sec. Thomas Perez, U.S. Department 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:

  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor, Time Magazine and Author, Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business
  • Laura Tyson, Professor of Economics, University of California Berkeley
  • (Moderator: Steve Clemons)

4:50 PM Conversation:

  • Margaret Carlson, Columnist, Bloomberg View
  • Nia-Malika Henderson, Senior Political Reporter, CNN
  • 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

7:00 PM: Screening of new film "Loving" (Harman Center)

Thursday, September 29: Forum Day Two Programming

9:00 AM Opening Remarks by Bob Cohn, President, The Atlantic

9:05 AM Interview: Rep. 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 Sponsor Content // Produced by our underwriter AFT*

9:55 AM Interview: Sec. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(Interviewer: Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News)

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

11:45 AM Interview: Sec. John Kerry, U.S. Department of State
(Interviewer: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic)

12:15 PM Conversation:

  • Sec. Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, The White House
  • (Interviewer: Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, AtlanticLIVE)

12:35 PM Interview: Ezra Edelman, Filmmaker and Director, O.J.: Made in America
(Interviewer: Ta-Nehisi Coates)

12:55 PM Interview: David Chang, Chef and Founder, Momofuku
(Interviewer: Jeffrey Goldberg)

1:15 PM Conversation:

  • Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist; Chairman and Founding Partner, Purple Strategies
  • Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist; Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker
  • (Interviewer: Steve Clemons)


**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.


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