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Asheville gets serious with Ideas Fest event

Business North CarolinaKevin Ellis,

“Life today is complicated. We are surrounded by conflict and divisiveness, leading to overwhelming feelings of isolation and loneliness,” says Kirk Swenson, executive director of Ideas Fest, in a release. “Gathering at (Asheville Ideas Fest) encourages us to see things in new ways through thoughtful, intentional discussion and by compassionately sharing meaningful ideas from diverse perspectives,” says Swenson in a release.

Panel discussions begin Tuesday, June 18; James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Katie Button will speak the same day about compensating service workers. Button’s best-known restaurant is Curate, which she opened in Asheville in 2011.Other speakers include theoretical physicist and bestselling author Dr. Michio Kaku, former mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms; co-anchor of PBS NewsHour Amna Nawaz; and Wiley Cash, a New York Times best-selling author who was born in Fayetteville and raised in Gastonia. Cash has also taught courses at UNC Asheville as an author in residence.

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