Washington Ideas Forum 2014

Now in its sixth year and hosted in partnership with the Aspen Institute, the Washington Ideas Forum has developed a reputation for fostering creative thinking about the critical issues affecting our national identity, politics, and core values. This year, we will be relaunching our flagship program at the stunning Harman Center of the Arts. A mix of programming on multiple stages, preview sessions, and custom events will cover topics ranging from energy and technology to health care and urban renewal.
 
You may watch the event here: Washington Ideas Forum

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29
8:55 a.m.     OPENING REMARKS
  • Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE, Margaret Low Smith
9:00 a.m.     
  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker
  • Interviewer: Chief Washington Correspondent, CNBC, and Political Writer, The New York Times, John Harwood
9:15 a.m.     
  • U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Delaware Governor Jack Markell
  • U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, III (D-WV)
  • U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
  • Interviewer: National Editor, The Cook Political Report, Amy Walter
9:40 a.m.
  • Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson
  • Interviewer: National Correspondent, The Atlantic, James Fallows
10:00 a.m.     
  • Editor, The Onion, Cole Bolton
  • Interviewer: Chief National Correspondent, New York Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich
10:20 a.m.     
  • U.S. Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen
  • Interviewer: Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, Steve Clemons
10:40 a.m.
  • NRG President and CEO David Crane
  • Interviewer: Energy Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Amy Harder
10:55 a.m.
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
  • Interviewer: National Correspondent, The Atlantic, James Fallows
11:15 a.m.     
  • White House Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith
  • Interviewer: Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed, Ben Smith
11:35 a.m.     IDEAS OUT LOUD
  • Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Co-CEO David Rubenstein
11:45 a.m.     
  • International Speedway Corporation CEO and NASCAR Vice Chairperson Lesa Kennedy
  • Pelicans Vice Chairman and New Orleans Saints Owner Rita Benson
  • Interviewer: Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News, Jonathan Karl
12:05 a.m.     
  • Cakelove Owner Warren Brown
  • Interviewer: Senior Editor, The Atlantic, Corby Kummer
12:15 a.m.    
  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Interviewer: Opinion Writer, The Washington Post, and Contributor, MSNBC, Jonathan Capehart
12:35 a.m.     
  • White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice
  • Interviewer: Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal, Jerry Seib
12:55 a.m.     CLOSING REMARKS
  • Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE, Margaret Low Smith
BREAK FOR LUNCH
2:00 p.m.     OPENING REMARKS
  • Aspen Institute Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs and International Partners Elliot Gerson
2:05 p.m.    
  • J. Craig Venter Institute Founder, Chairman, and CEO J. Craig Venter
  • Interviewer: Science Correspondent, NPR, Robert Krulwich
2:20 p.m.     
  • BP Capital Management Chairman T. Boone Pickens
  • Interviewer: National Correspondent, The Atlantic, James Fallows
2:40 p.m.    
  • Flipboard CEO Mike McCue  
  • Interviewer: Editor-in-Chief and Co-President, Quartz, Kevin Delaney
3:00 p.m.     
  • edX CEO Anant Agarwal
  • Square Co-Founder and Launch Code Co-Founder Jim McKelvey
  • Interviewer: Executive Producer, CNN, Michelle Jaconi
3:20 p.m.     
  • Incoming Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Cornell University President David Skorton
  • Interviewer: Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post, Philip Kennicott
3:35 p.m.     
  • DEKA Research and Development Corporation Founder Dean Kamen
  • Interviewer: Senior Editor, The Atlantic, Rebecca Rosen
3:55 p.m.     
  • PayPal Co-Founder and Palantir Chairman Peter Thiel
  • Interviewer: Senior Editor, The Atlantic, David Frum
4:15 p.m.     IDEAS OUT LOUD
  • Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson
  • Revolution Founder and Partner Steve Case
  • Shinkuro, Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Steve Crocker
4:35 p.m.     IDEAS OUT LOUD
  • VICE CEO Shane Smith
  • Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
4:55 p.m.   
  • “Netherland” Author Joseph O’Neill
  • “Super Sad True Love Story” Author Gary Shteyngart
  • Interviewer: Editor, The Atlantic, Scott Stossel
5:15 p.m.     CLOSING REMARKS
  • Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE, Margaret Low Smith
5:20 p.m.    WEDNESDAY PROGRAM ENDS
 

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