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Asheville Ideas Fest 2022

A Look Back at 2022

Every year, Asheville Ideas Fest brings together talented speakers and thought leaders from across the globe. Gathered in Asheville, NC, we discuss ideas and open minds. We can only achieve this using civil discourse. Take a look at who joined us in 2022. From all of us at AIF, we appreciate their time and contributions to our mission.

Speakers for AIF 2022

Ann Albright

Christine Whitman

Ann Bullock

Dwayne Betts

Bill McKibben

Gandhi Peace Award Winner & Environmental Scholar

Brad Wilson

Elwood Robinson

Chancellor,Winston-Salem State University

Fareed Zakaria

Global Analyst and Best Selling Author

Kizzmekia Corbett

Former Lead Researcher, NIH Vaccine Research Center

Elizabeth Kostova

Patrice Harris, MD

CEO and Co-Founder of eMed

Graham Sharp

Grammy Winning Guitarist & Vocalist of the Steep Canyon Rangers

Jason Mott

2021 National Book Award Winner, Author of Hell of a Book

John T. Edge

Leah Wong Ashburn

CEO of Highland Brewing

Lynn Novick

PBS Programmer, Ken Burns Collaborator

Harold Martin

Chancellor, North Carolina A & T State University

Jon Meacham

American Historian & Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Michael Finnegan

Noah Proudfoot And The Botanicals

Dr. Rita Charon

Rosalind Bentley

Dr. Susan Mims

2022 AIF Schedule

Tues, 6-14
Tues
6-14
Wed, 6-15
Wed
6-15
Thurs, 6-16
Thurs
6-16
Fri, 6-17
Fri
6-17
Sat, 6-18
Sat
6-18
Welcome Reception
Tapping of the AIF Launch Lager with Musical Guests Noah Proudfoot and the Botanicals.
6:30-8:00pm
Highland Brewing
Wellness & Guided Outdoor Discovery Activities
7:30-8:30am
UNCA
Welcome
with Chancellor Nancy J. Cable and AIF Advisory Board Co-Chair Michael Finnegan
9:00-9:30am
UNCA
Enduring Lessons of Literature & the Humanities
with National Book Award Winner Jason Mott and Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Elizabeth Kostova; introduction by Professor Emeritus Rick Chess and moderated by New York Times bestselling author and UNC Asheville Alum Wiley Cash
9:30-10:15am
UNCA
The Art of Being Uncomfortable: Entrepreneurship in Today’s Dynamic Environment
Tapping of the AIF Launch Lager with Musical Guests Noah Proudfoot and the Botanicals.
10:45 - 11:45 am
UNCA
Lunch Break
Tapping of the AIF Launch Lager with Musical Guests Noah Proudfoot and the Botanicals.
11:45-1:00pm
UNCA
Our Shared Environmental Legacy
Keynote by environmental thought leader Dr. Bill McKibben, Professor Emeritus at Middlebury College
1:00-2:00pm
UNCA
Respondent Panel to Bill McKibben
with panelists Dr. Max Holmes, President and CEO of Woodwell Climate Research Center; and global expert on the melting of the Arctic permafrost; Jeff Hicks, CEO of Fernleaf; Ko Barrett, Senior Advisor for Climate at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moderated by UNC Asheville Professor of Environmental Studies Dee Eggers and introduced by Leslie Casse.
2:00-3:00pm
UNCA
Explore Asheville!
Organized experiences bring ou ro the heart of Asheville
Democracy Around the Globe: Myths and Reality
Lecture and conversation with Fareed Zakaria, author and public intellectual. This event is free and open to the public, registration is required.
7:30-8:30pm
UNCA, Kimmel Arena
Coffee House Concert
with Grammy winning guitarist and vocalist Graham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers. Photo credit: Sandlin Gaither
8:45-10:00pm
UNCA
Wellness & Guided Outdoor Discovery Activities
7:30-8:30am
UNCA
LIVE! Taping of the Waters & Harvey Show
The Renaissance of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities
with Dr. Darin Waters, NC's State Historian, and Dr. Marcus Harvey, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UNC Asheville, with an expert panel of Chancellors and presidents; Lynn Pasquerella, President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities; Dr. Harold Martin, Chancellor of North Carolina A&T. LOCATION: Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
9:00-10:30am
Wortham Center for Performing Arts
Networking Break and Book Signing
Meet your fellow event goers and make lasting connections during the networking Break and Book Signing with Lynn Pasquerella.
10:30-11:00am
Wortham Center for Performing Arts
The Soul of the American Journey: The Next Chapter
Lecture by Jon Meacham Author, Historian and Public Intellectual from Vanderbilt University.
11:00-12:00 pm
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Lunch Break
12:00-1:45pm
UNCA
Leadership in the Modern Era of Division and Fractured Trust
with Managing Partner of Stop at Nothing, Ted Powell; Retired Executive Director of the Asheville Housing Authority Gene Bell; and former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Brad Wilson
2:00-3:00pm
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Reception with Documentary Filmmaker Lynn Novick
Sponsored by Omni Hotels
5:30-7:00 pm
Omni Grove Park Inn
College Behind Bars
Advancing Justice, Transforming Lives A Conversation with filmmaker Lynn Novick and special guests Rodney Spivey Jones, featured in COLLEGE BEHIND BARS; Reginald Dwayne Betts, graduate of Yale Law school, Mellon grant recipient and MacArthur Foundation Fellow; UNC Asheville faculty member Patrick Bahls and UNC Asheville student Micah Hayes.
7:00-8:30pm
Omni Grove Park Inn
Performance by Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s ALT ASO
8:30-10:00pm
Omni Grove Park Inn and Seely Pavilion
Wellness & Guided Outdoor Discovery Activities
7:30-8:30am
UNCA
The Eastern Band of Cherokee: Present and Future
The Eastern Band of Cherokee: Present and Future with James Bradley Secretary of Education for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Shana Bushyhead Condill, Executive Director at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
9:00-9:45am
UNCA
The William L. Roper Annual Lecture in Medicine & Public Health
The Future of Medicine and Public Health: Key Issues of our Time Moderated by Dr. Patrice Harris, Co-Founder & CEO of eMed and past President of the American Medical Association and featuring Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and former scientific lead for the Coronavirus Vaccines & Immunopathogenesis Team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, Vice President of Global Health from Emory; and Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine
10:00-11:00am
UNCA
Respondent Panel of Medical and Public Health Experts
with Dr. Jeffrey Heck, CEO Emeritus of MAHEC; Dr. Susan Mims, CEO, The Dogwood Trust; Dr. Rita Charon, Professor of Medicine, Columbia University and Inventor of Narrative Medicine; and Dr. Ann Bullock, former director of the national diabetes program for the Indian Health Service; Dr. Ann Albright, former director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at CDC
11:00-12:00pm
UNCA
Lunch with Asheville’s Award-Winning Food Trucks & Friends
12:00-1:30 pm
UNCA
The Essential Connection between Food and Culture
Panel discussion with James Beard Award Finalist and Head Chef of Rhubarb John Fleer; journalist Rosalind Bentley; and CEO of Highland Brewing Leah Wong Ashburn. Hosted by Founding Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance John T. Edge.
1:00-2:00pm
UNCA
Politics in the Age of Partisanship: A Prescription for Change
Politics in an Age of Partisanship: A Prescription for Change former Governor and EPA Chair Christine Todd Whitman reflects on her career as a public servant and what we need from our public servants today.
2:00-3:00 pm
UNCA
Asheville Ideas Fest 2022 Closing Remarks by Chancellor Nancy J. Cable
4:00-4:30pm
UNCA
Explore Asheville Day!
Explore Asheville on your own with a curated list of events and activities that include a float trip on the historic French Broad River, Music on Main (Weaverville, NC), selected day hikes, fly fishing, Asheville Art in the Park and more!
Welcome Reception
Tapping of the AIF Launch Lager with Musical Guests Noah Proudfoot and the Botanicals.
6:30-8:00pm
Highland Brewing
Wellness & Guided Outdoor Discovery Activities
7:30-8:30am
UNCA
Welcome
with Chancellor Nancy J. Cable and AIF Advisory Board Co-Chair Michael Finnegan
9:00-9:30am
UNCA
Enduring Lessons of Literature & the Humanities
with National Book Award Winner Jason Mott and Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Elizabeth Kostova; introduction by Professor Emeritus Rick Chess and moderated by New York Times bestselling author and UNC Asheville Alum Wiley Cash
9:30-10:15am
UNCA
The Art of Being Uncomfortable: Entrepreneurship in Today’s Dynamic Environment
Tapping of the AIF Launch Lager with Musical Guests Noah Proudfoot and the Botanicals.
10:45 - 11:45 am
UNCA
Lunch Break
Tapping of the AIF Launch Lager with Musical Guests Noah Proudfoot and the Botanicals.
11:45-1:00pm
UNCA
Our Shared Environmental Legacy
Keynote by environmental thought leader Dr. Bill McKibben, Professor Emeritus at Middlebury College
1:00-2:00pm
UNCA
Respondent Panel to Bill McKibben
with panelists Dr. Max Holmes, President and CEO of Woodwell Climate Research Center; and global expert on the melting of the Arctic permafrost; Jeff Hicks, CEO of Fernleaf; Ko Barrett, Senior Advisor for Climate at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moderated by UNC Asheville Professor of Environmental Studies Dee Eggers and introduced by Leslie Casse.
2:00-3:00pm
UNCA
Explore Asheville!
Organized experiences bring ou ro the heart of Asheville
Democracy Around the Globe: Myths and Reality
Lecture and conversation with Fareed Zakaria, author and public intellectual. This event is free and open to the public, registration is required.
7:30-8:30pm
UNCA, Kimmel Arena
Coffee House Concert
with Grammy winning guitarist and vocalist Graham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers. Photo credit: Sandlin Gaither
8:45-10:00pm
UNCA
Wellness & Guided Outdoor Discovery Activities
7:30-8:30am
UNCA
LIVE! Taping of the Waters & Harvey Show
The Renaissance of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities
with Dr. Darin Waters, NC’s State Historian, and Dr. Marcus Harvey, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UNC Asheville, with an expert panel of Chancellors and presidents; Lynn Pasquerella, President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities; Dr. Harold Martin, Chancellor of North Carolina A&T. LOCATION: Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
9:00-10:30am
Wortham Center for Performing Arts
Networking Break and Book Signing
Meet your fellow event goers and make lasting connections during the networking Break and Book Signing with Lynn Pasquerella.
10:30-11:00am
Wortham Center for Performing Arts
The Soul of the American Journey: The Next Chapter
Lecture by Jon Meacham Author, Historian and Public Intellectual from Vanderbilt University.
11:00-12:00 pm
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Lunch Break
12:00-1:45pm
UNCA
Leadership in the Modern Era of Division and Fractured Trust
with Managing Partner of Stop at Nothing, Ted Powell; Retired Executive Director of the Asheville Housing Authority Gene Bell; and former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Brad Wilson
2:00-3:00pm
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Reception with Documentary Filmmaker Lynn Novick
Sponsored by Omni Hotels
5:30-7:00 pm
Omni Grove Park Inn
College Behind Bars
Advancing Justice, Transforming Lives A Conversation with filmmaker Lynn Novick and special guests Rodney Spivey Jones, featured in COLLEGE BEHIND BARS; Reginald Dwayne Betts, graduate of Yale Law school, Mellon grant recipient and MacArthur Foundation Fellow; UNC Asheville faculty member Patrick Bahls and UNC Asheville student Micah Hayes.
7:00-8:30pm
Omni Grove Park Inn
Performance by Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s ALT ASO
8:30-10:00pm
Omni Grove Park Inn and Seely Pavilion
Wellness & Guided Outdoor Discovery Activities
7:30-8:30am
UNCA
The Eastern Band of Cherokee: Present and Future
The Eastern Band of Cherokee: Present and Future with James Bradley Secretary of Education for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Shana Bushyhead Condill, Executive Director at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
9:00-9:45am
UNCA
The William L. Roper Annual Lecture in Medicine & Public Health
The Future of Medicine and Public Health: Key Issues of our Time Moderated by Dr. Patrice Harris, Co-Founder & CEO of eMed and past President of the American Medical Association and featuring Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and former scientific lead for the Coronavirus Vaccines & Immunopathogenesis Team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, Vice President of Global Health from Emory; and Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine
10:00-11:00am
UNCA
Respondent Panel of Medical and Public Health Experts
with Dr. Jeffrey Heck, CEO Emeritus of MAHEC; Dr. Susan Mims, CEO, The Dogwood Trust; Dr. Rita Charon, Professor of Medicine, Columbia University and Inventor of Narrative Medicine; and Dr. Ann Bullock, former director of the national diabetes program for the Indian Health Service; Dr. Ann Albright, former director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at CDC
11:00-12:00pm
UNCA
Lunch with Asheville’s Award-Winning Food Trucks & Friends
12:00-1:30 pm
UNCA
The Essential Connection between Food and Culture
Panel discussion with James Beard Award Finalist and Head Chef of Rhubarb John Fleer; journalist Rosalind Bentley; and CEO of Highland Brewing Leah Wong Ashburn. Hosted by Founding Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance John T. Edge.
1:00-2:00pm
UNCA
Politics in the Age of Partisanship: A Prescription for Change
Politics in an Age of Partisanship: A Prescription for Change former Governor and EPA Chair Christine Todd Whitman reflects on her career as a public servant and what we need from our public servants today.
2:00-3:00 pm
UNCA
Asheville Ideas Fest 2022 Closing Remarks by Chancellor Nancy J. Cable
4:00-4:30pm
UNCA
Explore Asheville Day!
Explore Asheville on your own with a curated list of events and activities that include a float trip on the historic French Broad River, Music on Main (Weaverville, NC), selected day hikes, fly fishing, Asheville Art in the Park and more!

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