IdeaFestival

Arts and Humanities
1:06 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Idea Festival | Classical Music for the 97 Percent

Cariwyl Hebert, founder, Salon 97.

Many people learn about classical music as kids, in piano lessons or choir, but drift away from it with time. Salon 97 is a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to making classical music accessible, inclusive and—most of all—fun to folks who might be ready to give it another try.

(The name comes from the rough percentage of Americans who don't self-identify as ardent classical music fans.) 

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Arts and Humanities
6:46 am
Mon September 23, 2013

'No Such Thing as Useless Knowledge': Louisville's IdeaFestival Returns

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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.

“It wasn't the easiest thing to communicate," says Kimel.

"We couldn't give away tickets,” he adds with a laugh.  

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Local News
10:17 am
Mon September 24, 2012

IdeaFestival: Fail Early, Fail Often

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.

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Local News
11:33 am
Sun September 23, 2012

IdeaFestival: Shakespeare Behind Bars

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.  

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Local News
10:32 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

IdeaFestival: Saturday Highlights

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 IdeaFestival University, 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).

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Politics
10:30 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

Noise and Notes: Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Louisville's Hoop Dreams

International Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley
The Chess Drum

International chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley visited Louisville this week for the annual IdeaFestival where he discussed how the game impacts decision-making in business and life.

In 1999, Ashley received worldwide acclaim for being the first African-American to win the coveted grandmaster title, and he doesn't mind the role model status he's attained either.

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

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.

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Education
7:00 am
Sat September 22, 2012

IdeaFestival: The Finland School Phenomenon

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&A session following Harvard Innovation Education Fellow Tony Wagner’s presentation was dominated by curious students.

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Local News
12:37 am
Sat September 22, 2012

IdeaFestival: Friday Highlights

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.

Friday kicked off with two presentations featuring artists who are currently exhibiting at the Land of Tomorrow gallery at 233 West Broadway:

Grimanesa Amoros

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

IdeaFestival: Are We Hardwired to Bully?

Alex in 'Bully'

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.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Poet Nikky Finney to Speak at IdeaFestival

Poet Nikky Finney
Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Nikky Finney established herself as one of America's preeminent poets after winning the National Book Award last year and delivering a rousing speech that paid tributes to her forebears. (Watch it here, read it here)

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