Updated: The Atlantic Festival, taking place Sept. 24-26, 2019, at the Harman Center for the Arts and venues across Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, has announced more than 100 speakers, including Yo-Yo Ma; former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice; former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger; YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki; General Jim Mattis; NBA commissioner Adam Silver; Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association; CEO and executive editor of Rappler Maria Ressa; and Questlove.
Newly announced today, The Festival will open on Tuesday with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in conversation with The Atlantic’s editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg. On Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger will appear in conversation with Laurene Powell Jobs, founder and president of Emerson Collective, which is the majority owner of The Atlantic.
The Atlantic Festival will also interview former Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen about, among other things, the Trump administration’s immigration policy, which she implemented as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.