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Crosscut Festival: Big Issues & Bold Ideas


The Crosscut Festival:

Journalists, politicians, authors, and newsmakers from our community and across the nation come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.

Speakers include:

Friday:

  • Janet Napolitano - Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama

  • David Plotz (moderator) - CEO of Atlas Obscura and Host, Slate's Political Gabfest

Saturday:

  • Valerie Jarrett - Senior Advisor to Barack Obama

  • Doug Baldwin - Seattle Seahawks, Athlete, Activist & Humanitarian

  • Macklemore - Artist & Activist

  • Christine T. Whitman - EPA Administrator under George W. Bush and NJ Governor

  • Jeff Merkley - US Senator from Oregon

  • Bob Ferguson - WA State Attorney General

  • Pramila Jayapal - US Congresswoman

  • Philip Rucker - White House Bureau Chief, Washington Post

  • Emily Bazelon - New York Times Magazine & Host, Slate's Political Gabfest

  • DeRay McKesson - Host, Pod Save the People

  • Kshama Sawant - Seattle City Council Member

...and many additional speakers from The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Daily Beast, Yes!, Slate and more!

Sessions will include programming in tracks including Keynote, Race & Social Justice, Politics, Business, Science & the Environment, Interactive Workshops plus food, drinks and social events. Visit the festival website for more information on speakers, sponsors, schedules, etc...