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New York Ideas Returns May 20: Fourth Annual Event Featuring Visionaries and Trends Shaping Our World

New York Ideas Returns May 20: Fourth Annual Event Featuring Visionaries and Trends Shaping Our World

Day-long Summit Wednesday, May 20 at Center548, New York, NY

Washington, D.C., and New York, N.Y. (April 6, 2015)--New York Ideas, The Atlantic’s and the Aspen Institute’s annual gathering that features the people shaping modern life and defining new frontiers, will return to the city for its fourth year on Wednesday, March 20. Tickets for the full-day program, which expects to draw 1,000 participants to Center548 in Chelsea, are on sale now.

Building on the energy of previous years, New York Ideas will feature conversations with dozens of speakers in the arts, technology, design, food, business, education, and entertainment. Headlining the event are the women currently shaking up Broadway with their acclaimed musical Fun Home. In a rare joint public appearance, the show’s creators, Alison Bechdel, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori will discuss how they took one woman’s story of coming out to the main stage.

The Atlantic’s editors and guest journalists will participate in and lead interviews and discussions throughout the day. From The Atlantic: editor in chief and co-president James Bennet, Washington editor-at-large Steve Clemons, senior editor Derek Thompson, national correspondents Ta-Nehisi Coates and Hanna Rosin and AtlanticLIVE contributing editor Mary Louise Kelly. Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson will also moderate interviews.

New York Ideas is the leading New York-based franchise of The Atlantic. Stand-out speakers from previous years include John Legend; designer Jonathan Adler; New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton; Eric Schmidt of Google; Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice of SoulCycle; Randy Levine of The New York Yankees; Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller; Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York; Cronut creator Dominique Ansel; and Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter.

More details about the event are at; a full list of speakers and agenda will be released in the coming weeks. Members of the media interested in attending or learning more should contact Samantha Zeldin (

Underwriters for the festival include: The Walton Family Foundation at the presenting level,  American Federation of Teachers at the supporting level, and The Coca-Cola Company at the contributing level.

Program Details:


Wednesday, May 20, 2015




548 West 22nd Street

New York, NY 10011


1,000 attendees, and dozens of speakers


Early bird rate: $149

About The Atlantic:

Since its founding in 1857 as a magazine about “the American Idea” that would be of “no party or clique,” The Atlantic has been at the forefront of brave thinking in journalism. One of the first magazines to launch on the Web in the early 1990s, The Atlantic has continued to help shape the national debate across print, digital, and event platforms. With its award-winning presence and on global cities, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the flagship property of Washington, D.C.-based publisher Atlantic Media.

About the Aspen Institute:
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. For more information, visit


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Media Contacts:

Samantha Zeldin



Sydney Simon


Monday, April 6, 2015