2024 Schedule

Sunday, June 23rd
Sunday, June 23rd
7:30pm–08:30pm MDT
2024 Festival
An Evening of Serious Hope

In a world on fire, many of us feel starved for hope. Join the president of Juilliard, America’s leading soprano, an Oscar-winning director and composer, and the former mayor of New Orleans for an evening of conversation with performances that show why there are so many reasons for hope.

Marble Garden Tent
Monday, June 24th
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2024 Festival
Read with Jenna

Join NBC's Jenna Bush Hager as she discusses her Read With Jenna July book club selection with its New York Times bestselling author. Explore the epic love story and thriller, delving into its themes of love, obsession, hope and the complexities of human connection.

Buckminster Fuller Dome
2024 Festival
Should We Send the Treasures Back?

The pressure on cultural institutions to return artifacts to their places of origin is growing in intensity, but some argue that repatriation threatens the preservation and study of these treasures. Who, in the end, does history belong to?

Koch Building, Lauder Room
3:10pm–04:00pm MDT
2024 Festival
Voices of Change: Reinventing Women in Opera

In the dynamic evolution of opera, women are playing pivotal roles not only as performers but as composers and opera house leaders. These remarkable women are breaking barriers and setting new standards for opera worldwide. Soprano Alexis Seminario will be accompanied by Jenny Choo for a special performance.

Paepcke Auditorium
Tuesday, June 25th
12:30pm–01:20pm MDT
2024 Festival
Women’s Basketball Scores Big

NCAA women’s basketball shattered viewership records in 2024. Two of the game’s most influential coaches — and a suddenly famous player — talk about the years of struggle it took to get that win. With new financial obligations for programs and players, can teams stay on offense?

Paepcke Auditorium
3:10pm–04:00pm MDT
2024 Festival
A Radical Vision: Art for All in America

Here’s a radical proposal: Make access to the arts free for everyone. Leaders on a mission to bring Americans into art spaces discuss the transformative power of the arts, and how to give everyone the chance to be transformed.

Paepcke Auditorium
2024 Festival
The Real Women of Shakespeare’s England

Rosalind, Viola, Portia and Beatrice are unforgettable roles in Shakespeare’s plays. But there were real women behind these characters — women who spoke out against patriarchy, primogeniture and arranged marriage. How does our vision of the past change when we hear the other half of the story?

Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room
4:20pm–05:10pm MDT
2024 Festival
Raised by Hollywood

Maybe all of us feel like we’ve been raised by Hollywood, but being raised in Hollywood is a different kind of drama. Actor, producer and director Griffin Dunne joins friend (and fellow multihyphenate) Fisher Stevens to discuss Dunne’s new memoir, “The Friday Afternoon Club,” with tales of adventure, fame and grief so gripping, it could be a movie. Join Griffin Dunne for a book signing of "The Fr...

East Lawn Tent
Wednesday, June 26th
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2024 Festival
Echoes of Time in Type

You may not know what typeface this sentence is written in, but typography is crucial to how we convey, process and retain information. How has the form evolved? Hear from design experts and a graphic-arts great as they trace the roots of typography from Gutenberg to Bauhaus and beyond, drawing on how innovation in design is always in conversation with the past. Book signing with Rob Saunders to...

Buckminster Fuller Dome
7:00pm–08:00pm MDT
2024 Festival
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks Easy with Sam Fragoso (podcast recording)

Whether as Elaine Benes from “Seinfeld” or Selina Meyer from “Veep,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivers laughter. But in the upcoming film “Tuesday,” she communicates with death — in a quite unexpected form. The acclaimed actress sits down with Sam Fragoso for a live recording of the podcast, “Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso.”

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Thursday, June 27th
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2024 Festival
Vagabond of Song

Hurray for the Riff Raff is more than Alynda Segarra’s musical moniker; they spent their youth hopping trains across America, capturing that life in youthful poetry then and acclaimed songwriting now. Join a songwriting adventure of love, loss and reflections on America.

Buckminster Fuller Dome
12:30pm–01:20pm MDT
2024 Festival
What Images Teach About Racial Justice

Images communicate truths, and also lies. Learning to pay attention to photographs can help us discern. An art and cultural historian and a visual artist host a master class on how to read the visual record in the context of racial justice and equity.

East Lawn Tent
4:20pm–05:10pm MDT
2024 Festival
Creativity in Confinement

When people in prison are given creative outlets, the impact is life-changing. Hear from a hip-hop artist setting up prison recording studios, an architect designing more humane spaces and a visual artist displaying letters, essays and poems from prisoners around the world.

East Lawn Tent
Friday, June 28th
1:50pm–02:40pm MDT
2024 Festival
Guerrilla Creativity

In the last 30 years, conglomerates from Amazon to Netflix to Spotify have changed the way we interact with media, books, fashion and music. Creatives are struggling to maintain artistic integrity, make money and fight off AI robots that “create” at breakneck speed. Here’s how industry leaders in entertainment, fashion and journalism are forging new paths.

3:10pm–04:00pm MDT
2024 Festival
The Secret of Making Hits

Amid seismic shifts in the entertainment world, Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning Brian Grazer has managed to keep pivoting to new ways to tell stories in movies, TV and documentaries. In this session, Grazer discusses how he stays ahead of the creative curve with Michael Eisner, the entertainment powerhouse who transformed the Walt Disney Company.

East Lawn Tent
Saturday, June 29th
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2024 Festival
Roots and Revelations

Henry Louis Gates Jr. — one of America’s leading public intellectuals and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard — explains the implications of knowing about our personal pasts. Actor and producer Joe Manganiello will then join him onstage to talk about what he learned from his appearance on Gates’ hit PBS show, “Finding your Roots.”

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
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