IdeaFest 2009: Schedule

Sep 16, 2009 at 5:00 am

Sept. 23-26




•Festival of the Written Word

9 a.m.-7 p.m. @ Spalding University, Actors Theatre and KMAC

Features morning workshops followed by author readings, luncheon and a reception where authors will mingle and do book signings.

•IF 2.0

10 a.m.-noon (Sept. 24-26 7:45-8:30 a.m.) @ Kentucky Center

Features Nat Irvin II, Kris Kimel and Phil Kraemer.

IF Opening/The Intelligent Optimist

2-3:15 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features Jurriaan Kamp, creator of Ode, an international magazine devoted to positive news.

FORGE ... Africa

3:45-4:45 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features Kjerstin Erickson, founder of FORGE.

•Connected: A stream-of-consciousness ride ...

3:45-4:45 p.m. @ Muhammad Ali Center

The film takes audiences on a stream-of-consciousness ride through the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, progress and morality at the dawn of the 21st century.

Money for Nothing

8-9 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Independent documentary filmmaker and University of Iowa media studies scholar Kembrew McLeod presents a work-in-progress screening of “Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport.”



•‘Talking Back’ Featured Shoot

8 a.m.-8 p.m. @ 21c Museum Hotel

“Talking Back” aims to elucidate the dynamics of personal expression across the landscape of pop culture in America with a look at the T-shirt culture. Photographer Leslie Lyons’s subjects are real people in their real T-shirts.

The Superorganism

8:45-9:45 a.m. @ Kentucky Center

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and scientist Bert Hoelldobler discusses the mystery, complexity and beauty of societies of social insects.

Life ... Consciousness and the Nature of the Universe

10:15-11:15 a.m. @ Kentucky Center

In his recent book “Biocentrism,” noted astronomer and author Robert  Berman offers a revolutionary new world view that suggests “life creates the universe instead of the other way around.”

Back To The Garage (lunch event)

11:45 a.m.-1:05 p.m. @ Galt House

Features Wired Magazine senior writer Daniel Roth.

Lessons of Climates Past

1:30-2:30 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Featuring British geologist Chris Turney.

•The Know-It-All: A.J. Jacobs

3-4 p.m. @ Kentucky Center 

•Ahn Trio

8-9:30 p.m. @ Kentucky Center



•All About You … The New Genomics and the Nature of Being Human

8:45-9:45 a.m. @ Kentucky Center

Featuring Moira Gunn, host of NPR’s “Tech Nation” and author of “BioTech Nation.”

Progressive Realities

10:15-11:15 a.m. @ Kentucky Center

Netherlands-based artist Daan Roosegaarde’s work explores the relationship between architecture, people and e-culture.

Marc Yu

1:30-2:30 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

10-year-old Marc Yu started playing the piano at age 3 and the cello at age 4.

The Power of Humor

3-4 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features John McPherson, the award-winning cartoonist, author and creator of the popular comic panel “Close to Home.”

Abundance Farming

4:30-5:30 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features Paul Osterlund, founder of Abundance Farming Project.


4:30-5:30 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features Kulapat Yantrasast, co-founder of wHY Architects.

Anthony Bourdain

8 -9:30 p.m. @ Kentucky Center



Growing Power

8:45-9:45 a.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features Will Allen, an urban farmer whose ideas and work have dramatically influenced the cultivation, production and delivery of healthy food.

Shakespeare … Still

10:15-11:15 a.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features Marjorie Garber, a Harvard-based Shakespeare scholar and author.

A Journal for Jordan

1:30-2:30 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features Dana Canedy, senior editor at the New York Times and author of “A Journal for Jordan.”

Naomi Tutu

3-4 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features Naomi Tutu, daughter of Desmond Tutu and tireless advocate for human rights and social justice.

Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose

4:30-5:30 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Biologist and author Lee Dugatkin relates a fascinating story involving both natural history and American history.

East Market NuLu Festival

5-11 p.m. @ 600-700 blocks of East Market

The Mind and Music of Tchaikovsky

8-9:30 p.m. @ Kentucky Center

Features distinguished psychiatrist and virtuoso concert pianist Dr. Richard Kogan.



•Artist Julian Beever

@ Kentucky Center

Julian Beever is a Belgium-based artist who designs and creates amazing 3-D pavement chalk drawings. He will be working throughout IF on the sidewalk in front of the Kentucky Center.

•Dune 4.0 w/ Daan Roosegarde

@Main Street between Sixth & Seventh (Sept. 23-Oct. 20)

Dune 4.0 is an interactive landscape that reacts to the behavior of people. This hybrid of nature and technology exists out of large amounts of fibers that are brightened according to the sounds and motion of passing visitors.