Announcing the Agenda for “New York Ideas,” Presented by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the New-York Historical Society on April 17

April 11, 2012

Leading Policy Makers, Business Leaders, and Thinkers Examine Consequential Issues that Define Our Times

Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2012)—The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the New-York Historical Society announce the agenda for “New York Ideas,” a new forum to be held April 17, 2012, in New York City. Through a series of conversations and panel discussions, leading policy makers, business leaders, and thinkers will discuss and debate evolving ideas about America at home and abroad.
The agenda for main stage programming and logistical information follow (please note: the schedule is subject to change). For press credentials, please contact Natalie Raabe at


8:45 a.m. Registration

9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Robert K. Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of New York

9:20 a.m. What Must Be Done to Save the U.S. and Global Economies?
Toos Daruvala, Director, McKinsey & Company; Lisa Emsbo-Mattingly, Director of Research, Fidelity Asset Management; Glenn Hubbard, former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers; Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget; Steven Rattner, former Obama administration “Car Czar”
Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

10:15 a.m. The Health Care Debate in Two Acts
Act One: The Supreme Court, Reform Implementation, and the Future of Health Policy
Melody Barnes, former Domestic Policy Advisor to President Obama; Bruce Bodaken, Chairman and CEO, Blue Shield of California; Shannon Brownlee, Acting Director, Health Policy Program, New America Foundation
Moderator: Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, Policy and Public Programs, the Aspen Institute

10:45 a.m.
Act Two: Prescriptions for Healthier Communities
Melody Barnes, former Domestic Policy Advisor to President Obama; Samuel Nussbaum, Executive Vice President, Clinical Health Policy and Chief Medical Officer, WellPoint, Inc.; Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer, Mars, Inc.
Moderator: Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, Policy and Public Programs, the Aspen Institute

11:15 a.m. 2013 USA: Will a Divided House Come Back Together?
David Gergen, former Presidential Advisor; Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform; Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation
Moderator: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

12:15 p.m. Break

1:15 p.m. Cities 2012: Are Cities the New Global Building Blocks?
Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston; Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta; Robert K. Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of New York
Moderator: Linda Douglass, Vice President, Atlantic Media Company

2:15 p.m. America’s Next Role in the World: Job Description?
Chrystia Freeland, Editor, Thomson Reuters Digital; Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Rita Hauser, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
Moderator: Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic

3:15 p.m. Beyond the Battles: Collaborative Efforts Transforming Today’s Schools
Cami Anderson, State District Superintendent, Newark Public Schools; Gaston Caperton, President, The College Board; Joel Klein, former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; Holden Thorp, Chancellor, University of North Carolina; Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers;
Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, the Aspen Institute

4:15 p.m. Are There Such Things as American Values? Were There Ever?
Charles Blow, Op-ed columnist, The New York Times; Jon Meacham, Author, Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation; Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary
Moderator: Anna Deavere Smith, Actor, Playwright, and Educator

5:30 p.m. Closing Takeaways


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For those unable to attend in person at the New-York Historical Society, event programming, including live-stream video of main-stage events, will be covered online at You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @Atlantic_LIVE, @AspenInstitute, and @NYHistory, #NYIdeas.

The presenting underwriters of New York Ideas are Fidelity Investments, Mars, and Thomson Reuters. McKinsey & Company is the event’s knowledge underwriter and the Center for Audit Quality is the supporting underwriter.

About The Atlantic
Since 1857, The Atlantic has played a central role in shaping the national debate on current affairs and cultural trends. Dedicated to bold, independent, diverse, and highly reasoned perspectives, its writers, bloggers, and critics represent the best in American journalism. The Atlantic’s award-winning commentary and coverage can be found in its magazine, on its Web site at, and at more than 70 events a year produced by its industry-leading events division, AtlanticLIVE.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research by presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural, and social history of New York City, New York State, and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

Media Contacts

Natalie Raabe, The Atlantic

Jennifer Myers, The Aspen Institute

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