IdeaFestival http://wfpl.org en Idea Festival | Classical Music for the 97 Percent http://wfpl.org/post/idea-festival-classical-music-97-percent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many people learn about classical music as kids, in piano lessons or choir, but drift away from it with time. </span><a href="http://www.salon97.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Salon 97 </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to making classical music accessible, inclusive and&mdash;most of all&mdash;<em>fun</em> to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">folks who might be ready to give it another try.</span></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:06:33 +0000 Erin Keane 7025 at http://wfpl.org Idea Festival | Classical Music for the 97 Percent 'No Such Thing as Useless Knowledge': Louisville's IdeaFestival Returns http://wfpl.org/post/no-such-thing-useless-knowledge-louisvilles-ideafestival-returns <p>When Kris Kimel founded IdeaFestival 13 years ago in Lexington, he says it wasn’t an easy concept to explain. The celebration of innovation and creativity lacked a tangible hook – it’s not based on a product, it’s not targeted at one industry. Is it a tech conference? An arts festival? A business seminar? Well, yes.</p><p> “It wasn't the easiest thing to communicate," says Kimel.</p><p>"We couldn't give away tickets,” he adds with a laugh. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:46:36 +0000 Erin Keane 6925 at http://wfpl.org 'No Such Thing as Useless Knowledge': Louisville's IdeaFestival Returns 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 Noise and Notes: Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Louisville's Hoop Dreams http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-chess-grandmaster-maurice-ashley-and-louisvilles-hoop-dreams <p>International chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley visited Louisville this week for the annual IdeaFestival where he discussed <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2012/09/20/chess-grandmaster-talks-about-applying.html">how the game impacts decision-making in business</a> and life.</p><p>In 1999, Ashley received worldwide acclaim for <a href="http:// http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2012/09/20/chess-grandmaster-talks-about-applying.html">being the first African-American to win the coveted grandmaster title</a>, and he doesn't mind the role model status he's attained either.</p><p>The Brooklyn-native is an ESPN commentator and Harvard fellow, who has been touring the country for years advocating that the game is a useful tool for character-building, especially for children and teenagers. Ashley sees chess as an intellectual combat that can raise a person's thinking and provide insights into how they do or do not make critical decisions</p><p>I talked to Ashley about being a pioneer, what chess can tell us about U.S. politics and the obsession people have with the game.</p><p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 02:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1763 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Louisville's Hoop Dreams 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? Poet Nikky Finney to Speak at IdeaFestival http://wfpl.org/post/poet-nikky-finney-speak-ideafestival <p><a href="/post/national-book-award-winner-reads-21c">Nikky Finney </a>established herself as one of America's preeminent poets after winning the National Book Award last year and delivering <a href="http://youtu.be/BFSiKx-hzks">a rousing speech</a> that paid tributes to her forebears. (<a href="http://youtu.be/BFSiKx-hzks">Watch it here</a>, <a href="http://nikkyfinney.net/yxLS9.So.79.pdf">read it here</a>)</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 1737 at http://wfpl.org Poet Nikky Finney to Speak at IdeaFestival