The Long Conversation: Solving the Future

Event Date: 
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm
RSVP Required
Free Event
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One-of-a-kind event in one of the most beautiful buildings on the National Mall

What do cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, a 23-year-old theoretical physicist called “the next Einstein,” a leader of the Mars Rover expedition, and the writer for Marvel Comics’ first lesbian Latina superhero have in common? They all know something that makes them optimistic about the future. Come find out what at this one-of-a-kind event in one of the most beautiful buildings on the National Mall.

On Friday December 1st, as part of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival, we’re opening the long-closed Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building for a marathon conversation and happening between artists, scientists and other thinkers about why we should be hopeful for the future. From edible houses to Maker nurses to art activism, learn about the best ideas on the horizon in 15-minute rolling conversations between surprising conversationalists from all walks of life.

Throw in great food, drinks and art, and we guarantee you’ll leave feeling better about tomorrow. Plus, this event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP HERE.

See our list of confirmed speakers HERE. Event includes a pop-up café and bar by José Andrés and an interactive art-tech experience, Surfing Stardust: Destination Earth, by Nora Maccoby and NOIRFLUX. Tickets are free, but seating is very limited. Reservations accepted for two-hour blocks. Walk-ins are admitted on a stand by basis. For more information,