Inspired by The Atlantic's enduring partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, the fourth-annual Washington Ideas Forum gathers an audience of 600 people, including government officials, top business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities. It is the place to hear - and meet - the most prominent thinkers of our time. You may find a special cover of the event in the Atlantic.
An early sample of confirmed participants includes: Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft; Timothy Geithner*, treasury secretary; Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader; Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Peggy Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Lawrence Summers, former treasury secretary; Robert Kimmitt, former undersecretary of state and deputy treasury secretary; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office; Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China; Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan; Kevin Madden, senior advisor to Mitt Romney; Bill Burton, senior strategist for Priorities USA; Trevor Potter, former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission; Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; Scott Davis, president and CEO of UPS; Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and chairman and CEO of Revolution; David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group; Michael Porter, professor at Harvard Business School; Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Steve Jobs: A Biography; James Duff, CEO of the Newseum; and David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media Company.
Participating journalists include: Jonathan Alter, contributing correspondent for NBC News; James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic; Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg columnist and editorial director of the Washington Ideas Forum; Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large of The Atlantic; Candy Crowley, anchor of CNN's State of the Union; James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic; Mark Halperin, co-author of Game Change; Jonathan Karl, ABC News' senior political correspondent; David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief of The New York Times; Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball; Michele Norris, host of NPR's All Things Considered; Norah O'Donnell, co-host of CBS' This Morning; and Martha Raddatz, ABC News' senior foreign-affairs correspondent.
Expanding the breadth of its political coverage in 2012, the Washington Ideas Forum is pleased to announce a partnership with Harvard University's Institute of Politics. The collaboration will feature special "Election Insights" programming, exploring the major themes driving the campaigns-from the influence of new media to the rise of super PACs.
For the first time, the Washington Ideas Forum will originate from the Newseum's Annenberg Theater, allowing for a significantly larger in-studio audience and an expanded footprint at the museum. Additionally, all mainstage programming will be live-streamed on TheAtlantic.com, and after the event, programming will be available via ForaTV.