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How Asheville Ideas Fest is changing the world – one idea at a time

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The inaugural event, held in June 2022, convened 450 attendees for deep listening, respectful discussion and relaxation, all while enjoying the food, craft beverages and invigorating mountain air of Asheville. Rowena McClinton, professor emerita of history in Illinois, was one of the attendees.

“I received an outline of the program a couple of months ahead of time and it just sounded so exciting,” McClinton recalled. “The program addressed issues that I was extremely interested in, like incarceration, what programs are available for people who are incarcerated, and what programs are available once they are in the free world.”

Asheville Ideas Fest featured a discussion with award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick and graduates of the prison education program featured in her documentary series “College Behind Bars.” Novick, Rodney Spivey Jones and Reginald Dwayne Betts participated in a panel discussion about the film and the importance of education for the incarcerated.

“I think people will look back decades from now and say, ‘I learned something about myself and other people that’s changed the way I operate in the world and opened me up to a different set of perspectives,’” he said. “I hope that people will reflect back on their experience many years down the road and go, ‘Boy, I was really glad I was there.’”

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