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THE AMERICAN DREAM IN 2016: MILLENNIALS AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

How is the U.S. serving or not serving its young people, and how will this shape the upcoming election, given that millennials constitute the country’s largest demographic?
Moderated by...

J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALT: THE FOOD LAB

Chef and author López-Alt dispels common cooking myth and frees you from previous culinary constraints using science!

A DUTY TO LOOK? HUMAN RIGHTS AND IMAGERY

When, if ever, is it ethical to view images of famine, poverty, and violence, and what is our relationship to these images?

Moderated by James Silk, Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law...

WRITING HOME: NARRATIVES OF PLACE AND DISPLACEMENT IN THE AMERICAS

Three contemporary Latin American writers discuss how the cities, languages, personal histories, and politics of our past inform the narratives we construct today. Presented in collaboration with...

A Summer wrap-up: Festival Life meets Anti-Internationalism

Profoundly symbolic in every way, this banner represented what all of us working in the world of festivals strive for every day: to create a pathway through the arts and humanities that brings the...

ASSIMILATION OR AUTONOMY? HOW CULTURE CAN HELP THE REFUGEE CRISIS

In the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, how can culture aid the absorption of displaced people?
Moderated by:
Jennifer Sime, Senior Vice President of U.S....

PICO IYER: WHEN HOUSES ARE NOT HOMES

In a world in which people are the move more than ever before, whether by choice or necessity, author Pico Iyer suggests ways in which our sense of home has grown fluid, portable — and even secret...

STORIES WE TELL: NARRATIVE AND EMPATHY

In her book What’s the Story (2014), legendary postmodern theatre director Anne Bogart reflects on the contemporary power of story in theatre and life alike. Among Bogart’s multidisciplinary...

MAJORA CARTER: URBAN ONSHORING

MacArthur “genius” and entrepreneur Majora Carter discusses how she is building tech services companies in low-status American communities to generate jobs and new economic activity, and to...

NO MINIMUM AGE: YOUTH ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Our inaugural Youth Ideas panel, part of the first Citywide Youth Summit, explores the legacy of U.S. youth activism and, above all, its importance in social movements today.

TAKING OWNERSHIP: MUSIC AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

The Internet has been both a blessing and a curse for musicians, allowing them to spread their work widely but also making them more susceptible to harmful, unlawful copying. Legal scholar Jessica...

Celebrating Our City, All Year!

In our down time, Festival staff get to enjoy tons of amazing things going on in our community. Each week, our Louise Endel Community Engagement Manager Sarah Sherban, will be sharing a few things...

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