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Curious Minds Festival

Our annual festival of culture and ideas returns with an expanded weeklong program of inspiring conversations with internationally renowned thinkers, tastemakers and bestselling authors.


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Friday, March 6 //

Lawrence Lessig Rev

Lawrence Lessig: Reclaiming Our Democracy

  • In conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti
FRI, MARCH 6, 6:30 PM

One of the world’s leading legal scholars—and an essential voice of dissent in the Trump era—Harvard Law prof Lawrence Lessig shares an inspiring vision for the state of American and world democracy in the lead up to the 2020 election.

Fyre Fraud Rev

Obsessed with Influencer Culture: Fyre Fraud Screening & Panel

  • Featuring a special video cameo by Jia Tolentino
FRI, MARCH 6, 9:15 PM

It’s all fun and games until 5000 people get conned. Find out what really happened during the decade’s biggest influencer-driven scam at this rare screening of Hulu’s Fyre Fraud, followed by an irreverent pop culture panel unpacking its era-defining myths and meanings.


Saturday, March 7 //

Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz: How to Be an Artist

  • In conversation with Jessica Johnson
SAT, MARCH 7, 1:00 PM

Join New York magazine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic as he reveals inspiring new ways to shed doubt and awaken your inner artistic potential, based on his landmark handbook for creatives of all kinds, How to Be an Artist.

Susan Goldberg

World-Changing Women with National Geographic Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg

  • In conversation with Sarah Fulford
SAT, MARCH 7 - 4:00 PM

National Geographic’s Editor-in-Chief offers an inspiring look at the past, present and future of women’s lives and stories as documented in the magazine’s ground-breaking new image collection, celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.

Daniel Dale

Daniel Dale: American Politics in 2020

  • In conversation with Matt Galloway
SAT, MARCH 7, 7:00 PM

Few journalists today are doing more to speak truth to power than CNN political correspondent Daniel Dale. Join the Trump fact-checker and Toronto native for a timely dispatch from the frontlines of the D.C. Circus, hosted by veteran broadcaster Matt Galloway.


Sunday, March 8 //

Sam Sifton Melissal Clark Reb

Sam Sifton & Melissa Clark: Making Life More Delicious

SUN, MARCH 8, 12:30 PM

At this one-of-a-kind meeting of brilliant culinary minds, New York Times Food Editor Sam Sifton and beloved columnist Melissa Clark serve up tasty insights from their latest cookbooks, sharing their delightful, yet always practical, philosophies for making life delicious.

Tanya Talaga

Plan or Platitude? Making Sense of "Reconciliation"

  • Hosted and co-curated by Tanya Talaga
SUN, MARCH 8 , 3:30 PM

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation report, get a clear-eyed look at “reconciliation” with Indigenous peoples, what it actually means, and what progress—if any—has been made in bringing it about.

Dffcats Rev

Drunk Feminist Films present Cats

  • Hosted by Sarah Hagi and Amil Niazi
SUN, MARCH 8, 8:00 PM

It’s become the outrageous cultural phenomenon we didn’t know we needed. Whether you love it or hate it, get ready to enter the bizarre, mesmerizing world of Cats at this special interactive screening featuring live commentary.


Monday, March 9 //

Erik Larson Rev

Erik Larson: Winston Churchill and Fearless Political Leadership

  • In conversation with Bob Rae
MON, MARCH 9, 6:30 PM

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City considers what we can learn from Winston Churchill’s leadership at the height of the London Blitz in his captivating new portrait of a 20th century giant.


Tuesday, March 10 //

Narcos Rev

Narcos’ Javier Peña and Steve Murphy: Bringing Down Pablo Escobar

  • In conversation with George Stroumboulopoulos
TUE, MARCH 10, 6:30 PM

Legendary DEA operatives Javier F. Peña and Steve Murphy recount the true story of how they put an end to one of the world’s most infamous narco-terrorists, taking us behind the scenes of the dramatic events that inspired the hit Netflix series, Narcos.


Wednesday, March 11 //

Brian Greene

Brian Greene: Understanding the Cosmos—and Our Place Within It

  • In conversation with Nahlah Ayed
WED, MARCH 11, 7:30 PM

Explore humanity's search for meaning in an evolving universe with the world-renowned physicist and bestselling author of The Elegant Universe.

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