Ideas Stream

HOW THE ART OF EXPERIENCE EMPOWERS CULTURE CHANGE

In the Age of Experience, how can one drive actionable social change through deepened physical and digital live story-sharing systems? A leader in immersive experiences, Mikhael Tara Garver will...

CONFRONTING IDENTITY: AN ARTS & IDEAS FELLOWS TOWN HALL

It has become a Festival tradition for our high school Festival Fellows to begin our Festival and Ideas program with their own Town Hall. Join them this year as they explore the themes of Jhumpa...

LIVING FOR THE CITY - JONATHAN HOLLOWAY

As a Festival Director in Europe and Australia, Jonathan Holloway has repeatedly reinvented the ways in which festivals explore, reclaim and celebrate their city for all those who use it, from the...

NEXT PRESENTS THE CITIES PROJECT: NEW LIFE FOR NEW ENGLAND’S INDUSTRIAL PAST

New England is filled with old factory buildings and other remnants of our industrial history. This built environment is one of our distinguishing characteristics, but it also provides challenges...

STONEWALL AT 50

How do we honor this landmark in a struggle that began before the “first brick was thrown” and still continues? How do we tribute the indignation, outrageousness (fabulousness) and...

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...

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