Crosscut Ideas Festival 2023 @ Amazon Meeting Center

Thoughts on AI, Trump, and wokeness 💡

📸: Courtesy Crosscut | Photo by Amanda Snyder. Nikole Hannah-Jones at a past Crosscut Festival in 2022.

April 29th – May 6th

Doom scrolling through the 24-hour news cycle is overwhelming. Enter Crosscut: a refreshing, reader-supported news site serving the PNW. Every year, the innovators at Crosscut celebrate critical thinking and public discourse IRL at the Crosscut Ideas Festival. There, bold thinkers tell their stories and think through our current moment’s tough questions. Festival Passes are $45, or $20 for students, and you can view the entire session lineup here.

Some highlights from the fest’s calendar:

  • Saturday, May 6th • 1:30 pm: Artificial Intelligence is About to Change Everything – with Oren Etzioni, founding CEO of the Allen Institute for AI, and Chirag Shah, a UW professor whose research focuses on systems that are transparent, fair, and free of bias. 
  • Saturday, May 6th • 2:45 pm: Anti-trans legislation explained – At this live podcast taping for Vox’s The Weeds, host Jonquilyn Hill interviews Danni Askini, executive director of the Gender Justice League & Trans Pride Seattle.
  • Saturday, May 6th • 3:45 pm: Trump, the Truth, and Consequences – Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen talks about the former president’s indictment with journalist Joni Balter. 
  • Saturday, May 6th • 8 pm: “Woke” and the Debate About Race – Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist has been banned in school libraries. He discusses with Audie Cornish, CNN anchor & host.  

Then take a weekday Insta-break and tune into these timely virtual sessions:

  • Thursday, May 4th • 2 pm: Our Biodiversity Crisis – with Bruce A. Stein, chief scientist at the National Wildlife Federation; Paula Swedeen, policy director at Conservation Northwest; and Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction.
  • Friday, May 5th • 9 am: The New Abortion Underground – with Crosscut reporter Megan Burbank and Judith Arcana, a member of Chicago’s pre-Roe underground abortion service.

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Meghna Jaradi

Meghna leads with her curiosity when writing about travel, food, and beverages. She previously wrote about cookbooks at Kitchen Arts & Letters, and has managed events and communications at Book Larder, Peddler Brewing Company, and Cascade Bicycle Club. She is newly pescatarian and a Seattle native. Follow along at @wanderingthali.