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.
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Across three days and more than 50 events—three days of interviews on the Ideas stage; more than a dozen forums covering such topics as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and LGBTQ civil rights; book talks; and screenings—The Atlantic Festival will engage in conversations about some of the most critical issues defining society today.
The Festival continues into the evening all three nights with an advance screening and exclusive conversation for the Discovery Channel documentary series “Why We Hate” (Tuesday), exploring the human capacity for hatred—and how we can overcome it; Yo-Yo Ma & Friends (Wednesday), an evening of music and conversation between the cellist and surprise special guests; and Pop-Up Magazine (Thursday), curated especially for the Festival, with stories of survival in the Congo, a friendship amid the 1992 LA riots, and more.
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