"Festival is a verb" We know it; you showed it. Thank you!

Thank you for joining us for the 23rd International Festival of Arts & Ideas! The sun shone down on all of us this June as we made music, danced, learned, and festival-ed (because “...

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Arts & Ideas Makes Time to Vote

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, based in New Haven, Connecticut, stands with hundreds of leading companies and small businesses from coast to coast in support of a vital common...

RISK, ANXIETY, AND GENEROSITY - DEFINING THE CULTURE OF MONEY FROM SHAKESPEARE TO TODAY

What does a venture capitalist have in common with a Venetian man brought to life by Shakespeare more than 400 years ago? Our panel features experts in both economics and the Bard drawing...

I’LL BE YOUR QUBIT! THE ENTANGLEMENT OF QUANTUM PHYSICS AND ART

How do you envisage something that would be altered simply by your own observation of it? Join Quantum Physicist Michel Devoret and Visual Artist Martha W. Lewis to investigate the relationships...

GERMANY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

How was Germany able to transition from the “sick man” of Europe in the 1990s into the political and economic predominance within the European Union it is today? Director of the Yale Program in...

CURATION AND THE DEMOCRACY OF ARTS

Curators play a significant role in shaping the visual dialogue of our times, in ways that are often mysterious or obscure in the minds of the museum-going public. Keely Orgeman and Justin Brown...

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHORUS OF NEW YORK CITY: MUSIC AS A UNIFYING FORCE

MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, Francisco J. Núñez, is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the artistic director/founder of...

THE RACIAL IMAGINARY

When Claudia Rankine was recognized by the MacArthur Foundation in 2016, she used her $625,000 award to build an extraordinary Interdisciplinary Cultural Library to provide a platform for artists...

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT - A NOBLE AMERICAN TRADITION UNDER ATTACK

Chris George, Executive Director of IRIS with a panel of guests lead a lively discussion of refugee resettlement in Connecticut. Where do refugees come from? How are they selected? How can we be...

THE CHASM AND THE PRISM: DEPLOYING MAGIC STRATEGIES IN THE SORTED-OUT CITY

Look at our city. What do you see? Who do you see? Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, psychiatrist and founder of the University of Orange, with University of Orange colleagues Molly Rose Kaufman and...

ISLAM & MUSIC: THE CASE OF IRAN

How did the newly established Islamic Republic regulate music following the 1979 revolution, and what have been the effects of those policies on music in contemporary Iran? Journalist and author,...

IS IMMIGRATION GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY? PRESENTED BY THE NEW ENGLAND NEWS COLLABORATIVE: NEXT

Executive Editor, New England News Collaborative's John Dankosky leads a lively discussion about the changing demographics of New England and the impact of immigration on our economy. Recorded for...

DESIGNING FOR THE 5 SENSES - STORYTELLING IN AN OVERSATURATED WORLD

A world oversaturated with noise and light and interruption takes an enormous toll on our sensory systems, impoverishing our experience, attention span and empathy for each other. Itamar Kubovy,...

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