Melissa Chipman http://wfpl.org en IdeaFestival: Fail Early, Fail Often http://wfpl.org/post/ideafestival-fail-early-fail-often <p>Dr. John Barker is a former member of the University of Louisville plastic surgery department and current professor of experimental trauma and orthopedic surgery at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität in Frankfort. He is also the head of a new regenerative medicine institute.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:17:25 +0000 Melissa Chipman 1769 at http://wfpl.org IdeaFestival: Shakespeare Behind Bars http://wfpl.org/post/ideafestival-shakespeare-behind-bars <p>While Baratunde Thurston’s presentation on Friday may have garnered the most enthusiastic and energetic audience response, no presentation earned a more emotional response at IdeaFestival than Saturday's Shakespeare Behind Bars panel moderated by founder Curt Tofteland. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:33:45 +0000 Melissa Chipman 1766 at http://wfpl.org IdeaFestival: Saturday Highlights http://wfpl.org/post/ideafestival-saturday-highlights <p>IdeaFestival 2012 concluded on Saturday. Kris Kimmel, the event organizer, reminded crowds that they can continue the IdeaFestival experience locally and in Lexington by enrolling in <a href="http://www.ideafestivaluniversity.com/">IdeaFestival University</a>, a series of small pop-up classes that began in April and will continue throughout the year. Kimmel also announced the dates for IdeaFestival 2013 (September 25-28).</p><p class="p1">Friday's talks included a presentation (with opera) by a theoretical particle physicist and an entrepreneur's new vision for the bicycle in Tanzania.</p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 02:32:58 +0000 Melissa Chipman 1765 at http://wfpl.org IdeaFestival: The Finland School Phenomenon http://wfpl.org/post/ideafestival-finland-school-phenomenon <p>Thanks to bloggers and Twitter users with nationwide followings at last year’s IdeaFestival, students from DuPont Manual high school in Louisville garnered national acclaim for their questions for and engagement with IdeaFestival presenters. This year, their performance has been no less noteworthy. The Q&amp;A session following Harvard Innovation Education Fellow Tony Wagner’s presentation was dominated by curious students.</p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:00:01 +0000 Melissa Chipman 1761 at http://wfpl.org IdeaFestival: Friday Highlights http://wfpl.org/post/ideafestival-friday-highlights <p>Halfway through day two of IdeaFestival, organizer Kris Kimel announced that some organizations that had reserved blocks of tickets had released their reservations. So now, individual tickets to most events are available. The festival ends Saturday, and sessions run from 9 am until 5:30 pm.</p><p>Friday kicked off with two presentations featuring artists who are currently exhibiting at the Land of Tomorrow gallery at 233 West Broadway:</p><p><strong>Grimanesa Amoros</strong></p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 04:37:38 +0000 Melissa Chipman 1760 at http://wfpl.org IdeaFestival: Are We Hardwired to Bully? http://wfpl.org/post/ideafestival-are-we-hardwired-bully <p>When she was a child, Cynthia Lowen was painfully shy. She avoided clubs and sports, to her parents’ disappointment. She was most comfortable around books and horses—maybe most comfortable sitting quietly by herself reading books about horses. Lowen spent her childhood and teen years at a farm, mucking out stables and riding horses. The horses didn’t call her “giraffe neck,” she says, like her peers did.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Melissa Chipman 1742 at http://wfpl.org IdeaFestival: Are We Hardwired to Bully? IdeaFestival: Thursday Highlights http://wfpl.org/post/ideafestival-thursday-highlights <p>When the organizers for IdeaFestival said that most events were sold out, they truly meant it. All of Thursday’s presentations were standing-room only.</p><p>Some highlights:</p><p><strong>Peter Sims—Little Bets</strong></p><p>When Kris Kimel introduced Sims, a best-selling author and entrepreneur, he said, “[Sims has] used the words ‘cool’ and ‘I love it’ and ‘awesome’ hundreds of times since he arrived in Louisville.” And indeed, Sims led his presentation with a discussion of Wednesday night’s dinner at Smoketown USA with Kevin Colleran, formerly of Facebook.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 04:08:52 +0000 Melissa Chipman 1743 at http://wfpl.org IdeaFestival: Thursday Highlights