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Friday, May 3
 

8:00pm

Eric Liu Festival Convocation
As the founder and CEO of Citizen University, Eric Liu has committed much of his life’s work to teaching “powerful citizenship,” earning acclaim as an author and racking up millions of TED Talk views. To open this year’s Crosscut Fest, he will be delivering a convocation encouraging and exploring the idea of civil discourse.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Liu

Eric Liu

CEO, Citizen University
Eric Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, which works to build a culture of powerful and responsible citizenship in the United States. He also directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including The... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 8:10pm
Campion

8:15pm

United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Fireside Chat
As Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, Napolitano oversaw the maturation of a relatively new department that was often the focus of national debate. Now one decade older, the debate has only intensified as a new president has tested the bounds of the agency, emboldening its Immigration and Customs Enforcement division and challenging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Napolitano put into place. Expect an honest assessment of her old workplace.

Presented in Partnership with Town Hall Seattle



Moderators
avatar for David Plotz

David Plotz

CEO, Atlas Obscura
David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura (www.AtlasObscura.com), the Brooklyn-based media and travel company. He is also host of the popular Slate Political Gabfest podcast. Before joining Atlas Obscura in 2014, Plotz was Editor in Chief of Slate, where he won two National Magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Former Secretary of Homeland Security, United States
Janet Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-2013. Before that, she was the governor of Arizona, previously serving as attorney general... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 8:15pm - 9:00pm
Campion

9:00pm

Eric Liu Book Signing
Eric Liu will sign copies of his book "Become America" after the Friday Opening Keynote. 

Speakers
avatar for Eric Liu

Eric Liu

CEO, Citizen University
Eric Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, which works to build a culture of powerful and responsible citizenship in the United States. He also directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including The... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 9:20pm
Campion

9:00pm

Janet Napolitano Book Signing
Janet Napolitano will sign copies of her book "How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11" after the Friday Opening Keynote. 

Speakers
avatar for Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Former Secretary of Homeland Security, United States
Janet Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-2013. Before that, she was the governor of Arizona, previously serving as attorney general... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 9:20pm
Campion
 
Saturday, May 4
 

9:00am

Is the News Broken?
A decade after Seattle became a one-daily town, local journalists continue to lose their jobs, most recently with the closures of Seattle Weekly and City Arts magazine. On the national scene, Buzzfeed News, Vice and Huffington Post have announced major layoffs, prompting a new question: Is there a path forward for any news organization? Bosses from both legacy and digital media outlets in Seattle search for answers. 


This session is sponsored by Mike & Becky Hughes. 

Moderators
avatar for Victor Hernandez

Victor Hernandez

Executive Editor, Crosscut
Victor Hernandez is a digital journalism leader focused on the big picture of the rapidly changing news economy. Hernandez currently serves as the Executive Editor of Cascade Public Media, the home of K CTS9 and Crosscut.com. He brings more than two decades of leadership experience... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jill Jackson

Jill Jackson

News Director, KUOW
Jill Jackson is an Emmy award-winning journalist who runs KUOW’s news coverage. Jackson started her news career as an intern at KUOW in 2003 before heading to Washington, D.C., to report on politics and the U.S. Congress for Capitol News Connection with Public Radio International... Read More →
avatar for Evonne Tersiisky

Evonne Tersiisky

Director of Digital Media, KING 5 Media Group
Evonne Tersiisky is a digital journalist, who started her career in broadcast news. Her particular focus is on KING 5's digital and social platforms with an emphasis on audience engagement. Evonne uses data and metrics to help the KING 5 newsroom make editorial choices and reach audiences... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Chan

Christopher Chan

Head of Content, Cut.com
Christopher Chan is a Visual Anthropologist and Director of Content at Cut.com. He is also a PhD candidate and instructor in Anthropology at the University of Washington. As an anthropologist, his research investigates the relationship between content, capitalism, and attention in... Read More →



Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Wyckoff

9:00am

Christine Todd Whitman Fireside Chat
As the head of the Environmental Protection Agency in the early aughts, Whitman served at the pleasure of one Republican president. Now the former Republican governor of New Jersey appears to be trying to get under the skin of another. Following President Trump’s defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin last July, Whitman penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Time calling the commander-in-chief unfit for the office. More recently, she has been calling on the president and her party to recognize manmade climate change. Is she getting through? We’ll ask.

Moderators
avatar for Enrique Cerna

Enrique Cerna

Senior Correspondent, Crosscut
Enrique Cerna is senior correspondent for Crosscut and KCTS 9. He joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. Since then, he has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs as well as local documentaries on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christine T. Whitman

Christine T. Whitman

President, Former EPA Administrator, Former NJ Governor, The Whitman Strategy Group
Christine Todd Whitman is the President of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues.Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Pigott

9:00am

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson Fireside Chat
The Washington state Attorney General first made national headlines after filing suit against the Trump administration over the travel ban in January 2017. Since then, Ferguson has sued the federal government 33 times, including challenges to the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the institution of the military transgender ban. Expect a revisitation of the first two years of Trump and look ahead at two more, at least.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Author & Journalist, New York Times & Slate Political Gabfest
Emily Bazelon is a staff  writer at The New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, and a lecturer at Yale Law School. Her previous book is the national bestseller  Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bob Ferguson

Bob Ferguson

Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General's Office
Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Campion

9:00am

#Activism That Works
Marching in the streets is still a valuable tool in the activist’s playbook, but it’s not the only one -- today’s activists are employing social media, guerilla marketing and other modern tools to change the conversation. Three leaders of different movements utilizing different tactics to get their message out join Hashtag Feminism founder Tara Conley to talk about how change gets done. 

Moderators
avatar for Tara Conley

Tara Conley

Assistant Professor, Montclair State University
Tara L. Conley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Dr. Conley has published research on hashtag feminism and viral activism, and produced interactive media projects, including Brackish, a documentary about hurricane Ka... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Bonow

Amelia Bonow

Founding Director, Shout Your Abortion
Amelia Bonow is the Founding Director of Shout Your Abortion, a movement dedicated to broadening the existing cultural discourse around abortion. In 2015, Bonow’s abortion disclosure inspired a viral outpouring of abortion stories on social media and received extensive media coverage... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Executive Director/CEO & Co-Founder, MomsRising
Author of the recently released book, Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World; Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is the cofounder and Executive Director of MomsRising, an organization with over a million members across the nation working to increase economic security... Read More →
avatar for Earth-Feather Sovereign

Earth-Feather Sovereign

Advocate/Founder, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington
Earth-Feather Sovereign (her/she pronouns) is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes located in the State of Washington (Northern and southern Okanogan “n. sjilx”, San-Poil band “n.selixtcl’n”, and Nespelem "snpʕwílx" bands). Her Father is Ernest Clark and Mother... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
LeRoux

9:50am

Amelia Bonow Book Signing
Amelia Bonow will sign copies of her book "Shout Your Abortion".

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Bonow

Amelia Bonow

Founding Director, Shout Your Abortion
Amelia Bonow is the Founding Director of Shout Your Abortion, a movement dedicated to broadening the existing cultural discourse around abortion. In 2015, Bonow’s abortion disclosure inspired a viral outpouring of abortion stories on social media and received extensive media coverage... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:50am - 10:05am
LeRoux

9:50am

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner Book Signing
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner will sign copies of her book "Keep Marching". 

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Executive Director/CEO & Co-Founder, MomsRising
Author of the recently released book, Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World; Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is the cofounder and Executive Director of MomsRising, an organization with over a million members across the nation working to increase economic security... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:50am - 10:05am
LeRoux

10:15am

Planting Seeds for STEM
Big tech has a big diversity problem. At Facebook, Google, Amazon and Twitter, African-Americans made up just 3 percent of the tech workforce in 2017. Women, meanwhile, make up just a quarter of those employed in STEM fields. What is needed is an ecosystem that creates qualified candidates by aligning education and access to training. Industry representatives and diversity advocates talk about what such a system might look like.

Moderators
avatar for Manola Secaira

Manola Secaira

Staff Reporter, Crosscut
Manola Secaira is a reporter at Crosscut focused on environmental justice issues. She focuses on how environmental issues impact vulnerable areas and communities. Before Crosscut, she interned at a variety of local publications like Grist and Seattle Met Magazine. Her work has also... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Naria Santa Lucia

Naria Santa Lucia

Executive Director, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Naria serves as Executive Director of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), a unique public-private partnership helping to build the next generation of scientists, engineers, technology specialists, mathematicians, and health care professionals in Washington state’s... Read More →
avatar for Mary Snapp

Mary Snapp

CVP and Lead of Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft
Mary Snapp is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies and leads the team responsible for Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts, which brings to life the company’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.  The team seeks... Read More →
avatar for Juan Otero

Juan Otero

VP, Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast/NBCU
Juan Otero currently serves as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Comcast NBCUniversal where he oversees the operational management of the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts and initiatives across the corporate enterprise. Juan’s primary focuses include workforce... Read More →
avatar for Bo Young Lee

Bo Young Lee

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Uber
Bo leads D&I efforts at Uber. Her focus is building a culture where diverse and inclusive teams drive innovation, accelerate growth, and create systems and norms where all employees can excel and grow to their full potential. Prior to Uber, Bo was D&I Officer at Marsh and McLennan... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Wyckoff

10:15am

Socialism’s Role in American Politics
Socialism may ignite the ire of Republicans and many baby boomers, but it is gaining broad acceptance from millennials with politicians like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Bernie Sanders urging the country to adopt some of its tenets. We bring together Seattle’s socialist council member, the Democratic Socialist who challenged veteran Democratic representative Adam Smith and the state’s Democratic party chair to talk about what socialism is, what it isn’t and how it will play into the future of the Democratic party. 

Moderators
avatar for David Plotz

David Plotz

CEO, Atlas Obscura
David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura (www.AtlasObscura.com), the Brooklyn-based media and travel company. He is also host of the popular Slate Political Gabfest podcast. Before joining Atlas Obscura in 2014, Plotz was Editor in Chief of Slate, where he won two National Magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

Seattle City Councilmember, Seattle City Council
Kshama Sawant is not a career politician. An activist with Socialist Alternative, she brings a passion for social justice to her work as elected representative of Seattle’s working people. An outspoken socialist who has won election and reelection to the City Council, Kshama has... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Former Washington Congressional Candidate
Sarah Smith is a former Congressional candidate for Washington's 9th District. She ran a small dollar grassroots campaign from 2017-2018 and challenged longtime incumbent Adam Smith, a fellow Democrat. Since the election, Sarah's campaign has been credited with moving Rep. Smith on... Read More →
avatar for Tina Podlodowski

Tina Podlodowski

Chair, Washington State Democratic Party
Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski is the daughter of two naturalized U.S. citizens who fled post-WWII Europe as refugees. As a first generation American and lifelong Democrat, Tina has spent her life fighting for equality and a level playing field for all. Tina’s... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Redhawk

10:15am

Assault, Accusations and Accountability: Breaking a #MeToo Story
Reporters in the #MeToo era have uncovered devastating accusations against some of the most prominent men in our nation and communities. This conversation will feature Washington Post journalist Emma Brown, who first reported Christine Blasey Ford’s assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone, who reported rape accusations against Seattle music mogul David Meinert last year. They will discuss the challenges of reporting out these accusations, the response to that reporting, and the ways that this era of revelation is changing our journalism, our politics and our culture. 

Moderators
avatar for Rachel La Corte

Rachel La Corte

Correspondent, The Associated Press
Rachel La Corte started her career with The Associated Press in Miami in 1997 and has covered Washington state politics and elections as head of the Olympia office since January 2005. She has broken news on sexual discrimination at the state Lottery and on allegations of sexual harassment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post
Emma Brown is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. She wrote the story in which Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh, then a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, of sexual assault when they were both in high school. Brown worked as a wilderness... Read More →
avatar for Sydney Brownstone

Sydney Brownstone

Online editor, KUOW
Sydney is an award-winning journalist who came to KUOW from reporting on criminal justice and enterprise stories for Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger. There, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for her work breaking the story of a Seattle journalist who created... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Pigott

10:15am

Frontline & ProPublica: The Making of "Documenting Hate"
The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville was supposed to be about a Confederate monument, but it quickly became a crime scene. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson went on a yearlong journey with Frontline filmmakers to find out what happened, gathering the threads of a story about the mainstreaming of hate in America for Frontline. Thompson and Frontline Senior Editor Sarah Childress discuss the reporting process that led him to uncover a new, violent white supremacist group

Moderators
avatar for Mark Baumgarten

Mark Baumgarten

News & Politics Editor, Crosscut
Mark Baumgarten is the news & politics editor at Crosscut where he oversees a team of dedicated reporters and producers telling the stories of Seattle and Washington state. Before working at Crosscut, Mark served as editor in chief for Seattle Weekly. He is also the author of ‘Love... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A.C. Thompson

A.C. Thompson

Reporter, Correspondent, ProPublica / FRONTLINE
A.C. Thompson is a staff reporter with ProPublica and correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE. His stories, which often examine the criminal justice system, have helped lead to the exoneration of two innocent San Francisco men sentenced to life in prison; widespread... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Childress

Sarah Childress

Senior Editor, Frontline
Sarah Childress is the Senior Editor at FRONTLINE, where she has contributed to multiple award-winning films for the series. Previously, she covered Iraq for Newsweek, sub-Saharan Africa for The Wall Street Journal and edited reporters in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Campion

11:30am

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley Fireside Chat
Earlier this year, the junior senator from Oregon joined a rarefied group: Democrats who considered a run for the presidency, but decided against it. Instead, Merkley will be seeking re-election to the Senate where he hopes to thaw the “deep freeze” that he says has rendered the deliberative body largely inert.  Merkley, who is among the most progressive members of the Senate and is the only senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in 2016, will share how he plans to fix it.

Moderators
avatar for Philip Rucker

Philip Rucker

White House Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of the Donald Trump presidency. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia‚Äôs interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Merkley

Jeffrey Merkley

United States Senator, United States Senate
As Oregon’s U.S. Senator, Jeff’s goal is to make Washington work for working Americans. He is fighting to create good jobs for working Oregonians, protect consumers from predatory practices, and ensure that all Oregonians have access to high-quality, affordable education. Jeff... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm
Redhawk

11:30am

Has the Next Civil War Already Started?
In America,  Civil War as long been relegated to history books and Ken Burns films. But recently it has become a live topic. This panel of political experts and journalists will discuss the deepening tribalism of extreme partisan politics, identifying root causes, discussing the platforms that have encouraged this divisiveness, and exploring what can be done to prevent it.  

Moderators
avatar for Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

Columnist, New York Times
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Oren Cass

Oren Cass

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where his work on strengthening the labor market addresses issues ranging from the social safety net and environmental regulation to trade and immigration to education and organized labor. Cass is the author of The Once and... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Edsall

Thomas Edsall

Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times, New York Times
Thomas B. Edsall has been teaching political journalism at Columbia University since 2006. His column on strategic and demographic trends in American politics appears every Thursday. He has been a weekly contributor to The Times online Opinion Pages since 2011. He covered politics... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker

Professor of Political Science, University of Washington
Professor Christopher Sebastian Parker is an expert on the ways in which race and racism impact Western democracies. In doing so, he challenges conventional explanations for the persistence of racism, while explaining the nature of the movements that have proven capable of making... Read More →
avatar for Tay Wiles

Tay Wiles

Journalist, High Country News
Tay Wiles is a freelance journalist based in California and a correspondent for High Country News. Her work also appears at The Guardian, Mother Jones, Pacific Standard, Range podcast and KQED. She has served as associate editor at HCN, the editor of Mission Local, a media fellow... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm
Pigott

11:30am

Trans in Red America
In her latest book, Real Queer America, Samantha Allen traverses the American heartland in search of the queer life. She will discuss the stories of the people she met along the way and her own journey as a trans woman with former Stranger editor and writer David Schmader, whose wit and wisdom concerning the queer life has appeared on page and the stage.

Moderators
avatar for David Schmader

David Schmader

Writer, Performer
David Schmader is a writer and performer devoted to explicating his obsessions, from homophobic rock stars and conversion therapy to cannabis and camp cinema. From 1998-2015, Schmader was a staff writer and editor at The Stranger, Seattle’s Pulitzer-winning newsweekly, where he... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Allen

Samantha Allen

Author, Daily Beast
Samantha Allen is a GLAAD Award-winning journalist and the author of Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories). She is a senior reporter for The Daily Beast covering LGBT issues and a former Sex + Life reporter for Fusion. She received her Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm
LeRoux

11:30am

Apocalypse Now
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change dramatically shortened the calendar with the release of a landmark report late last year, estimating that some of the more devastating effects of climate change are likely to be felt by 2040. Report co-author Kristie Ebi will discuss those findings with Heidi Roop, whose organization authored the similarly gloomy National Climate Assessment, joined by former EPA staffer Mike Cox, who resigned in protest of the Trump administration’s posture to climate crisis under EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. 

Moderators
avatar for Ted Alvarez

Ted Alvarez

Editor, Crosscut
Ted Alvarez is an editor at Crosscut and KCTS 9 focused on science and the environment. His work has also appeared in Backpacker, Grist.org, Air Canada En Route, Outside, Alaska Beyond, Rolling Stone, Men's Health, Skiing, Scientific American and many other outlets. He is the author... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristie Ebi

Kristie Ebi

Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington
Kristie L. Ebi is director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), and Rohm and Haas Endowed Professor in Public Health Sciences at the University of Washington. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Roop

Heidi Roop

Lead Scientist for Science Communication, University of Washington
Dr. Heidi A. Roop combines climate research and the science of science communication to connect climate information to decision-makers and communities across the Pacific Northwest, U.S., and abroad. She is currently Lead Scientist for Science Communication with the University of Washington... Read More →
avatar for Michael Cox

Michael Cox

Retired, Formerly Environmental Protection Agency
Michael Cox holds a BS from Western Washington University and a MPH from the University of Michigan. He worked in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and with UNICEF for over five years. He worked in the environmental field in the USA for over 30 years with the US EPA, the National... Read More →
avatar for Rashad Morris

Rashad Morris

Program Officer, Bullitt Foundation
Rashad joined the Bullitt Foundation as a Program Officer in 2014 where he manages the foundation's Energy, Climate, and Materials and Deep Green Buildings programs. Prior to joining Bullitt, Rashad developed a broad base of experience in policy formation and advocacy as a Seattle... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm
Campion

12:20pm

David Schmader Book Signing
David Schmader will sign copies of his book "Weed: The User's Guide". 

Speakers
avatar for David Schmader

David Schmader

Writer, Performer
David Schmader is a writer and performer devoted to explicating his obsessions, from homophobic rock stars and conversion therapy to cannabis and camp cinema. From 1998-2015, Schmader was a staff writer and editor at The Stranger, Seattle’s Pulitzer-winning newsweekly, where he... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:20pm - 12:35pm
LeRoux

12:20pm

Samantha Allen Book Signing
Samantha Allen will sign copies of her book "Real Queer America". 

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Allen

Samantha Allen

Author, Daily Beast
Samantha Allen is a GLAAD Award-winning journalist and the author of Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories). She is a senior reporter for The Daily Beast covering LGBT issues and a former Sex + Life reporter for Fusion. She received her Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:20pm - 12:35pm
LeRoux

12:20pm

An Object Lesson: Hedreen Gallery Artist Talk
Explore a solo exhibition of Markel Uriu, whose work investigates the narratives and rhetorics surrounding “invasive species” of plants and animals. This exhibition focuses specifically on the legacy of the starling, a European bird introduced to North America in 1890 on the grounds of the bird’s mention in Shakespeare’s play Henry IV. 

Markel Uriu will host a short talk and audience Q&A about the exhibit from 1:00 -1:20pm

Read all about the Exhibit on Crosscut:
https://crosscut.com/2019/03/swarm-starlings-invades-seattle-gallery

Speakers
avatar for Markel Uriu

Markel Uriu

Interdisciplinary Artist, Hedreen Gallery
Markel Uriu is an interdisciplinary artist in Seattle, WA. Her work explores the quiet intimacy of inner worlds, feminine labor, impermanence, and the unseen. Drawing from mythology and rituals, in addition to her Japanese-American heritage, she explores these concepts through ephemeral... Read More →



Saturday May 4, 2019 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Hedreen Gallery 901 12th Avenue, between Marion and Spring

12:20pm

LUNCH BREAK
Head to The Quad during the lunch hour on Saturday for a selection of some of Seattle's best food trucks, including Seoul Bowl, Alaskan Dumplings, Puft Bubble Waffles, Poke Me, Now Make Me A Sandwich, The Vet Chef, On the Grind, and Sunny Up.

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:20pm - 1:30pm
QUAD

12:30pm

Parsing the Poll
Join longtime Washington pollster Stuart Elway as we discuss the results (and methodology) of the latest Crosscut/Elway Poll, a quarterly survey that explores the attitudes and opinions throughout the region.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

Reporter, Crosscut
Josh Cohen is a reporter at Crosscut focused on Seattle's growth and the changing region. Prior to joining the staff, he was a freelancer whose work was published in The Guardian, The Nation, Next City, Pacific Standard, CityLab, and elsewhere.
avatar for H. Stuart Elway

H. Stuart Elway

Elway Research, Inc., President
Stuart Elway has been analyzing public opinion since 1975, directing research projects across the country for large and small businesses, associations, non-profits, foundations, public agencies from federal to local, and media outlets. Since 1992 he has published The Elway Poll, the... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Pigott 202

12:45pm

Sustainable U: A Tour
Academic hubs can leave big impacts on their environments, but civic-minded institutions like Seattle University are finding innovative ways to operate more sustainably. Join Crosscut reporter Hannah Weinberger for a tour of the campus’s green infrastructure and learn how it is helping the university better align with its commitments to environmental stewardship.

Please meet in the designated spot in the lobby of Pigott at 12:45 PM to join this tour. 

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Weinberger

Hannah Weinberger

Reporter, Crosscut
Hannah Weinberger is a reporter at Crosscut focused on science and the environment. Previously on staff at Wirecutter, Bicycling, and Outside, Hannah's coverage explores outdoor recreation, natural resources, and similar tension points between humans and the natural world. Her work... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:45pm - 1:20pm
Pigott lobby

12:45pm

Student Pizza Lunch
Calling all students! Join us in the Student Center Hearth to enjoy complimentary pizza and the chance to mingle with your fellow attendees. You must have a Crosscut Festival student badge in order to participate. Pizza is first come, first served. 

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:45pm - 1:30pm
STUDENT CENTER LOBBY

1:30pm

Future of Work
Work is entering into unknown territory, as automated technologies threaten jobs and labor unions face pressures from political shifts and global trade. What is the role of the worker in 21st century American economy? We ask a labor leader, a labor economist and a labor disruptor what the future holds.

Moderators
avatar for Monica Nickelsburg

Monica Nickelsburg

Civic Editor, Geekwire
Monica Nickelsburg is GeekWire’s Civic Editor, covering technology-driven solutions to urban challenges and the intersection of tech and politics. Before joining GeekWire, she worked for The Week, Forbes, and NBC. Monica holds a BA in journalism and history from New York Univer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Meenakshi Rishi

Meenakshi Rishi

Professor, Seattle University
Meenakshi Rishi is a Professor in Economics at Seattle University. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her research interests are in development economics, international finance, entrepreneurship, and energy economics.  She... Read More →
avatar for Oren Cass

Oren Cass

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where his work on strengthening the labor market addresses issues ranging from the social safety net and environmental regulation to trade and immigration to education and organized labor. Cass is the author of The Once and... Read More →
avatar for David Rolf

David Rolf

President Emeritus, SEIU 775
David Rolf is a labor leader, organizer, writer, and speaker working to build the next American labor movement. He is the founder and President Emeritus of SEIU 775 and a former Vice President of SEIU International. He led campaigns that helped organize hundreds of thousands of minimum-wage... Read More →
avatar for Caleb Weaver

Caleb Weaver

Public Affairs Manager, Uber
Caleb Weaver oversees public affairs for Uber in 12 states in the western United States out of the company's Seattle office. In this role, he manages a policy and communications team across the region that handles engagement with state and local policymakers, press and community leaders... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
LeRoux

1:30pm

Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Fireside Chat
She has been in congress for less than 3 years, but Pramila Jayapal is already shifting the conversation in the other Washington. As the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus at the dawn of newfound Democratic power in the lower house, the civil rights activist-turned-politician has been instrumental in elevating Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. Expect to hear about those efforts and what it means to be a powerful progressive in the Trump era.

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Santos

Melissa Santos

Staff Reporter, Crosscut
Melissa Santos is Crosscut’s staff reporter covering state politics and the Legislature. She came to Crosscut from The Seattle Times editorial board, where she wrote columns and opinion pieces focusing on state government. Prior to that, she spent eight years as a reporter at The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal

Congresswoman, United States Congress
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien and Normandy Park.Congresswoman Jayapal is committed to ensuring that every... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Redhawk

1:30pm

Upper-Left and to the Right: How Republicans plan to take back power in Olympia
Washington State is often characterized as true blue. It has been 35 years since the state voted for a Republican president or a governor and almost two decades since the state sent a right-leaning senator to the other Washington. Currently the state capitol is ruled by Democrats. But the state is more purple than national profiles would have people believe and with an open gubernatorial race around the corner, Republicans are working on ways to turn the tide. We will discuss the prospect of the state’s red future.

Moderators
avatar for Knute Berger

Knute Berger

Columnist, Crosscut
Knute “Mossback” Berger is senior writer and columnist at Crosscut and host of the Mossback’s Northwest TV series on KCTS 9. He writes about politics and regional heritage. Previously he served as Editor-in-Chief of Seattle Weekly, Editor & Publisher of Eastsideweek, and as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert McKenna

Robert McKenna

Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Robert M. McKenna, partner in Orrick's Seattle and Washington, D.C. offices, leads the state Attorney General team in the firm's Public Policy Group is a and member of the Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice. A former Washington State Attorney General and President of the National... Read More →
avatar for Maia Espinoza

Maia Espinoza

Entrepreneur, Pierce County
Maia is Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Latino Leadership, a civic-engagement focused non-profit based in Washington State. Maia is also a for-profit small business owner, school music teacher, youth soccer coach, community liaison, wife, and mother of two children.Maia... Read More →
avatar for Kim Wyman

Kim Wyman

Washington Secretary of State, Washington Office of the Secretary of State
Kim Wyman is Washington’s 15th Secretary of State. First elected in 2012, she is serving her second term and is only the second female Secretary of State in Washington’s history. Prior to being elected to this office, Kim served as Thurston County Elections Director for nearly... Read More →
avatar for JT Wilcox

JT Wilcox

Republican Leader, WA State House of Representatives
Representative JT Wilcox grew up on his family farm in rural Pierce County, where he still lives today. He is a graduate of Washington State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in history. JT was first elected in 2010, and currently serves as House Republican Leader... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Pigott

1:30pm

Unbreaking the Criminal Justice System
America cages its citizens at a higher rate than any other industrialized nation -- but that doesn’t mean that every community feels the impact in the same way. In a conversation about our current state of incarceration, Dr. Jennifer Eberhart’s will bring her expertise on the biological nature of biases, while Emily Bazelon will show how those biases have shaped America’s criminal justice system. 

Moderators
avatar for David Plotz

David Plotz

CEO, Atlas Obscura
David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura (www.AtlasObscura.com), the Brooklyn-based media and travel company. He is also host of the popular Slate Political Gabfest podcast. Before joining Atlas Obscura in 2014, Plotz was Editor in Chief of Slate, where he won two National Magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Author & Journalist, New York Times & Slate Political Gabfest
Emily Bazelon is a staff  writer at The New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, and a lecturer at Yale Law School. Her previous book is the national bestseller  Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Eberhardt

Jennifer Eberhardt

Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur "genius" grant. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Campion

1:30pm

Creative Community & Climate: What it means to be an artist in a world of climate change
The effects of climate change on the world are becoming more and more apparent every year, but the impacts on our emotional lives and even our world views remain largely veiled. It is left up to artists to translate these impacts of our shifting world. We turn to artists and curators whose work has focused on the environment to understand their response to the changes around them and talk about the process of turning planetary pain into art.

View slideshow of the panelist's work: HERE

Moderators
avatar for Brangien Davis

Brangien Davis

Staff Reporter, Crosscut
Brangien Davis is a reporter at Crosscut focused on arts and culture. Prior to Crosscut, she was the arts and culture editor at Seattle magazine, and has contributed cultural profiles, previews and essays to the Seattle Times, Lit Hub, City Arts, Arcade and Ampersand. In addition... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for RYAN! Feddersen

RYAN! Feddersen

Artist, RYAN! Feddersen LLC
RYAN! Elizabeth Feddersen b.1984 Confederated Tribes of the Colville (Okanogan /Arrow Lakes /German /English) is a mixed-media installation artist who specializes in interactive and immersive artworks that invite audience engagement. She was born and raised in Wenatchee, WA. Feddersen... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Matilsky

Barbara Matilsky

Art Historian / Curator
Barbara Matilsky (PhD Art History, New York University) curates exhibitions that address the intersection of art and natural science and its relationship to environmental issues. At the Queens Museum, she organized Fragile Ecologies: Contemporary Artists' Interpretations and Solutions... Read More →
avatar for Judy Twedt

Judy Twedt

Climate Data Sound Artist, University of Washington
Judy Twedt uses sound and music to create acoustic and emotionally expressive representations of climate data.  Analogous to visualization, data sonification is the sonic representation of data. Judy's climate data soundtracks have been aired on KUOW, PBS, and NPR.  She is a speaker... Read More →
avatar for Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan

Artist
Chris Jordan’s work explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives. Edge-walking the lines between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, Jordan’s... Read More →




Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Wyckoff

2:20pm

Emily Bazelon Book Signing
Emily Bazelon will sign copies of her book "CHARGED: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration". 

Speakers
avatar for Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Author & Journalist, New York Times & Slate Political Gabfest
Emily Bazelon is a staff  writer at The New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, and a lecturer at Yale Law School. Her previous book is the national bestseller  Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:20pm - 2:35pm
Campion

2:20pm

Jennifer Eberhardt Book Signing
Jennifer Eberhardt will sign copies of her book "BIASED: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do".

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Eberhardt

Jennifer Eberhardt

Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur "genius" grant. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:20pm - 2:35pm
Campion

2:20pm

Oren Cass Book Signing
Oren Cass will sign copies of his book "The Once and Future Worker".

Speakers
avatar for Oren Cass

Oren Cass

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where his work on strengthening the labor market addresses issues ranging from the social safety net and environmental regulation to trade and immigration to education and organized labor. Cass is the author of The Once and... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:20pm - 2:35pm
LeRoux

2:45pm

Macklemore & Doug Baldwin
Some activists need to use blow horns, but others are fortunate enough to already have the world’s attention. Colin Kaepernick, for example, showed how a single act -- and the commitment to repeat it -- can change the conversation. But how does one turn fame into societal gain? Prominent social justice activist and author DeRay McKesson will lead a conversation with hip-hop artist Macklemore and Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin about how the two socially active figures choose a cause, make positive change, and keep working through it all. 

This session sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

Moderators
avatar for DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson

Organizer, Activist, Author, Pod Save The People
DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds honorary doctorates from The New School and the Maryland Institute College of Art.DeRay has advocated... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Macklemore

Macklemore

Musician
A lifelong Seattle resident, Macklemore has always believed in using his platform, resources and creative pursuits to have an impact on social justice issues. Along with Ryan Lewis, Macklemore launched The Residency program in 2015, which has since become one of the preeminent opportunities... Read More →
avatar for Doug Baldwin Jr

Doug Baldwin Jr

Athlete, Activist, Humanitarian, Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin Jr. graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Science, Technology and Society before signing with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011. During his career he has become a Super Bowl Champion and a 2-time Pro Bowler. In 2017, Baldwin helped... Read More →



Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm
Redhawk

2:45pm

Covering the Trump White House
Run by a president who thrives on the conventions of reality television, the White House has become defined by confessionals, also known as “leaks,” and a litany of former officials who have been voted off the island. Correspondent, past and present, tells us how they keep track of it all and how covering the Trump White House compares to previous administrations.

Moderators
avatar for Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Founder & CEO, Words Matter Media
Adam L. Levine is Founder and CEO of Words Matter Media and Executive Producer of the Words Matter Podcast. From 2001-2003 Adam served as Assistant White House Press Secretary and Director of Television News for President George W. Bush. Before joining the White House, Adam was a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Darlene Superville

Darlene Superville

Newswoman, Associated Press
Darlene Superville is a White House reporter for The Associated Press. She was assigned to the White House in January 2009 to cover President Barack Obama. She was reassigned in 2012 and returned to the beat in 2013. Before the White House assignment, Ms. Superville was an enterprise/features... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Parker

Ashley Parker

White House Reporter, Washington Post
Ashley Parker is a White House reporter for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2017, after 11 years at the New York Times, where she covered the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns and Congress, among other things. She was part of the Washington Post team that won a Pulitzer... Read More →
avatar for Philip Rucker

Philip Rucker

White House Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of the Donald Trump presidency. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia‚Äôs interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential... Read More →
avatar for John Fund

John Fund

National-Affairs Columnist, National Review
John Fund is National Affairs Columnist for National Review magazine and a contributor to FoxNews.com. He is an often-quoted  expert on American politics, economics and legal issues. He previously served as a columnist and editorial board member for The Wall Street Journal. for 27... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm
Campion

2:45pm

Dictators & Democracy
Dictators are experiencing a renewed role in American political discourse as President Trump publicly engages with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, attempts to disengage with the Assad regime in Syria and openly challenges Maduro in Venezuela. Meanwhile, the governments of global powers China and Russia have taken steps toward more authoritarian rule. Experts on Russia, Africa and Central American discuss these dictatorships and the threats that they pose to our democracy.

Moderators
avatar for Enrique Cerna

Enrique Cerna

Senior Correspondent, Crosscut
Enrique Cerna is senior correspondent for Crosscut and KCTS 9. He joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. Since then, he has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs as well as local documentaries on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Camilleri

Michael Camilleri

Rule of Law Director, Inter-American Dialogue
Michael Camilleri is Director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. An international lawyer and former diplomat, he served in the Obama administration from 2012 to 2017 as the Western Hemisphere adviser on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Miller

Jackie Miller

President & CEO, World Affairs Council
Jacqueline has led the World Affairs Council of Seattle since May 2014. She held senior positions in policy organizations and non-profits on the east coast before moving to the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, she also serves on the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Board; is... Read More →
avatar for Connie G. Anthony, PHD

Connie G. Anthony, PHD

Professor, Political Science, Seattle University
Connie Anthony's expertise is in international relations and comparative development with a focus on the developing world. She has written on the politics of international aid, technology transfer, refugees, intervention, and resource development. She has worked in social constructivist... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm
Wyckoff

2:45pm

Boomtowns: Affordability and Access for Communities on the Margins
As the boom era rolls on, West Coast cities continue to struggle with a widening wealth gap and a growing population of unhoused citizens. We bring together political leaders and policy experts from three modern-day boomtowns to discuss failures, successes and new ideas.

This session sponsored by Northwest Harvest. 

Moderators
avatar for Catherine Hinrichsen

Catherine Hinrichsen

Project Director, Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness
Catherine is a veteran communications professional and educator who leads Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness. This communications and advocacy program builds capacity and collaboration among nonprofit partners to stimulate action and policy change in homelessness... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dow Constantine

Dow Constantine

King County Executive, King County
Dow Constantine was elected King County Executive in November 2009 and took office that same month. He was a member of the King County Council for eight years and previously served in both the Washington State House of Representatives and State Senate.A Seattle native, Dow graduated... Read More →
avatar for Libby Schaaf

Libby Schaaf

Mayor, City of Oakland
Mayor Libby Schaaf was inaugurated into office in January 2015 and launched an agenda to elevate one of America’s most diverse and progressive cities into an equitable and resilient city. Born and raised in Oakland, Schaaf immediately led new initiatives to offset the cost of living... Read More →
avatar for Rex Hohlbein

Rex Hohlbein

Founding & Creative Director, Facing Homelessness
Founder + Creative Director at Facing Homelessness / Principal at BLOCK Architects / Co-founder of the BLOCK Project A Seattle native, Rex ran a successful residential architectural firm for 30 years. In 2010, after befriending several men experiencing homelessness along the Fremont... Read More →
avatar for Jo Ann Hardesty

Jo Ann Hardesty

City Commissioner, Portland City Council
City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is the first African-American woman to serve on the Portland City Council. She previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1995 until 2001. Hardesty served in the United States Navy, and was elected to the Oregon House in 1994, holding... Read More →



Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm
Pigott

2:45pm

WA To Do About Wildfires?
Last autumn’s deadly and massive Camp Fire in California presented the nation with a single dramatic storyline from a much larger ongoing narrative — American wildfires are burning more acreage and doing more damage than ever before. What can be done and are we ready in the Northwest? Leaders from our region will discuss Washington’s wildfire readiness with recently retired California Fire Chief, Ken Pimlott, who has spent his career on the frontlines of nearly every major fire in that state, including Camp Fire. 



Moderators
avatar for Ted Alvarez

Ted Alvarez

Editor, Crosscut
Ted Alvarez is an editor at Crosscut and KCTS 9 focused on science and the environment. His work has also appeared in Backpacker, Grist.org, Air Canada En Route, Outside, Alaska Beyond, Rolling Stone, Men's Health, Skiing, Scientific American and many other outlets. He is the author... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Giller

John Giller

Regional Fire & Aviation Director, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
John Giller has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest most of his life, working in various fire, fuels and aviation management positions in the private and public sectors, including the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Rural Fire Department and Klamath Fire, Incorporated... Read More →
avatar for Ken Pimlott

Ken Pimlott

Former Chief, Cal Fire
Chief Ken Pimlott began his 35 year fire service career in 1984 as a reserve fire fighter in Contra Costa County, California. He joined CAL FIRE in 1987 as a seasonal fire fighter, and ultimately worked his way through the ranks to Director, a position he held from 2010 until his... Read More →
avatar for Hilary Franz

Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz... Read More →
avatar for Cody Desautel

Cody Desautel

Natural Resource Director, Colville Tribe
Cody Desautel currently serves as the Natural Resource Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Since 2002 he has worked on the Colville Reservation for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Colville Tribe as an Inventory Forester and Natural Resource Officer... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm
LeRoux

4:00pm

Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace: Inside the Music Industry
Recent accusations against musician Ryan Adams have trained the national #MeToo spotlight on the music industry where an imbalance in power between the sexes has hurt the careers of women in the boardroom and the recording studio. Women who have worked in various aspects of the industry talk about the sexism at play within it.

Moderators
avatar for Eula Scott Bynoe

Eula Scott Bynoe

Podcaster, Battle Tactics for your Sexist Workplace
Eula Scott Bynoe is a full-time Black Woman Parent Partner who along with two of her best friends created the first local podcast of any kind in 2016. She is also the co-host of Battle Tactics for your Sexist Workplace, and yes, your workplace is sexist. Eula is a new mother to Livingston... Read More →
avatar for Jeannie Yandel

Jeannie Yandel

Co-host, Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace & Special Projects Editor, KUOW Public Radio
Jeannie Yandel has always been a sucker for a good story. And she had an epiphany one morning listening to Morning Edition – the consistently best stories out there were coming from NPR. So in 2001, she started as an intern at KUOW, eventually producing nearly every show the station's... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hollis Wong-Wear

Hollis Wong-Wear

Musician
Hollis Wong-Wear is a songwriter, musician, speaker, creative generator and community advocate currently based in Los Angeles. She is the lead vocalist of the Seattle-based electronic R&B trio The Flavr Blue, and was GRAMMY nominated for her work on The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan... Read More →
avatar for Eva Walker

Eva Walker

Musician and Radio Host, The Black Tones and KEXP
Eva Walker is the front-woman and lead guitarist for the rock n roll band The Black Tones. Started by her and her twin brother Cedric, The Black Tones have rocked sold out stages including the Paramount Theater, Showbox at the Market and Neumos, sharing stages with Death Cab for Cutie... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Pigott

4:00pm

Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett Fireside Chat
A longtime personal advisor to the Obamas, Valerie Jarrett was on staff for the entirety of Barack Obama’s two terms as president. Yet, there is far more to glean from her life than the intimate details of the erstwhile first family. As told in her new memoir, Finding My Voice, Jarrett found purpose in the historic administration of Chicago mayor Harold Washington. She will talk about what she learned in those city hall years and, of course, the Obamas.

Moderators
avatar for Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

Columnist, New York Times
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett

Senior Advisor, President Barack Obama
Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn, a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and President of the Board of When We All Vote. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, the John F. Kennedy Center... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Redhawk

4:00pm

Trump, Lies and Immigration
Donald Trump has made immigration the cornerstone of his political identity, at times stretching the truth to fire up his base and quiet his critics. Journalists have been left to parse the truth about family separation, immigrant caravans, and the national emergency declaration. Two journalists who have been doing the work share their approach to discerning fact from fiction, while two activists talk about the difficulties in countering the administration’s narrative.

Moderators
avatar for Lilly Fowler

Lilly Fowler

Staff Reporter, Crosscut
Lilly Fowler is a reporter at Crosscut. She focuses on immigration and religion, among other issues. Before Crosscut, she worked as a producer for the national program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon.com... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Stillman

Sarah Stillman

Staff Writer, New Yorker
Sarah Stillman is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is also the director of the Global Migration Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches a course on covering immigration and refugee issues. She has written on topics ranging from civil... Read More →
avatar for Maru Mora Villalpando

Maru Mora Villalpando

Community Organizer, NWDC Resistance
Maru Mora Villalpando is a community organizer and undocumented immigrant. She was born and raised in Mexico City. Since she was very young in Mexico, she was involved in protests and marches and supporting work stoppages or strikes. In the US, she has spent many years focusing on... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Baron

Jorge Baron

Executive Director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Jorge L. Baron has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) since April 2008, having previously worked as a staff attorney with the organization for two years. NWIRP is a nationally-recognized legal services organization dedicated solely to... Read More →
avatar for Aura Bogado

Aura Bogado

Reporter, Reveal News
Aura Bogado is an investigative reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Her stories focus on immigration, with a particular focus on children. Most recently, she broke the story of systemic abuse in children's shelters nationwide, and also uncovered the story... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Campion

4:00pm

Bridging the Partisan Divide Through Environmental Policy
Since the Green New Deal was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, support for the ambitious legislation has fallen along party lines, serving as a kind of litmus test for largely urban Democrats and a punching bag for mostly rural Republicans. Is it possible, then, for the country to come together on environmental policy? Hilary Franz, a Democrat and head of the Washington state DNR, will entertain the possibility with former Republican Representative and founder of RepublicEn, Bob Inglis.

Moderators
avatar for John Carlson

John Carlson

Crosscut writer, KVI Radio host
Popular Crosscut columnist John Carlson is a veteran news commentator, and has hosted “The Commute with Carlson” on 570 KVI radio since the early 1990’s.  He was a co-founder and former president of the Washington Policy Center, one of the northwest’s most respected policy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bill Bryant

Bill Bryant

Chairman, BCI
Bill Bryant is founder and chairman of Bryant Christie Inc., a firm that provides market access, regulatory compliance and technical trade services to food, agriculture and beverage exporters.  Since founding the firm in 1992, Bryant has been appointed under both Republican and Democratic... Read More →
avatar for Hilary Franz

Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz... Read More →
avatar for Bob Inglis

Bob Inglis

Founder, Former South Carolina Congressman, republicEn.org
Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of republicEn.org. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998, unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings in 1998, and then returned... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
LeRoux

4:00pm

Small Works
In the face of a climate crisis, we often assume “doing something small doesn’t matter, we need massive systems change.” But the the small things are important too. They are what keeps us breathing, what help us feel human, what gives us hope. This talk is about simple and fun ways we can all take action.

Presented with support from YES! Magazine

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lazarovic

Sarah Lazarovic

Creative Director/journalist/artist/illustrator, Yes! Magazine
Sarah is an illustrator, designer, filmmaker, author, and visual journalist who has worked for just about every outlet in Canada. She founded local news blog, Torontoist.com, and launched the website for CBC’s The Hour with George Stromboulopoulos. Sarah writes and draws about sustainability... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wyckoff

4:50pm

Valerie Jarrett Book Signing
Valerie Jarrett will sign copies of her book "Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward".

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett

Senior Advisor, President Barack Obama
Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn, a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and President of the Board of When We All Vote. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, the John F. Kennedy Center... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:50pm - 5:05pm
Redhawk

5:00pm

After-Party
Keep the conversation and connections going at the official Crosscut Festival After-Party! Mix and mingle with fellow attendees and speakers – and enjoy drinks, snacks and a photo booth at Optimism Brewing (1158 Broadway, between Madison and Union) immediately following the final sessions on Saturday. The first 150 attendees will receive a free drink on us! 21+ event. 

Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Optimism Brewing 1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
 
Sunday, May 5
 

1:00pm

Alternative History Walking Tour of the Seattle Commons
When you hear the words “South Lake Union” what do you picture? Is it gleaming skyscrapers? A skyline of construction cranes? Tech workers bustling between high-end coffee shops and ultramodern research laboratories? Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has certainly come to embody the economic boom in Seattle, being the epicenter of the technology-fueled population explosion in the Emerald City. But just over twenty years ago, the future of the South Lake Union neighborhood was up for grabs.

Join Atlas Obscura Society Seattle Field Agent Christopher Blado and Weston Brinkley of Street Sounds Ecology for a journey into Seattle’s not-so-distant past: The failed Seattle Commons project: A proposed redevelopment plan for South Lake Union that was narrowly voted down by Seattle voters in the mid-1990s. Referred to as “Seattle’s Central Park,” the plan would have created a large urban park in the center of South Lake Union, space currently occupied by blocks of skyscrapers.
We’ll tour the area, learning about the various development plans and major land transformations for this neighborhood throughout its history. You'll hear about the political and economic trends that led to the Seattle Commons plan, and its rejection by Seattle voters. And we’ll discuss the future of Seattle’s urban core in the wake of the current population boom.

Additional Details:
  • The tour meets up in Denny Park at 1:00 p.m., and ends at Lake Union Park around 2:45 p.m.
  • This is a walking tour with a total walking distance of about 1.5 miles. Please be ready to walk. Wear comfortable shoes and attire.
  • We will walk rain or shine, so watch the weather and prepare accordingly.
  • Denny Park is served by buses 8 and 62, as well as the South Lake Union Streetcar.
  • Limited street parking is available, but arrive early if you plan on using it.

Presented in Partnership with Atlas Obscura.

Requires additional ticket purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Blado

Chris Blado

Field Agent, Atlas Obscura
Chris Blado is a Field Agent with Atlas Obscura, an organization dedicated to inspiring wonder and curiosity about the world around us.  When Chris moved to Seattle nine years ago, he was struck by both the beauty of Seattle’s natural environment, and by the accelerating rate of... Read More →
avatar for Weston Brinkley

Weston Brinkley

Principal and Owner, Street Sounds Ecology, LLC
Weston Brinkley is an educator, author, and researcher on urban ecology and systems, environmental stewardship, citizen engagement, and the social dimensions of urban resources. He has worked extensively with resource managers, urban scientists, policy makers, planners, and a range... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

1:00pm

Wicked City Walking Tour
The convergence of business, politics, and sex-work may, at first blush, seem sensationalistic but this union is inextricably part of the European colonization of the Coast Salish people’s land into present day Seattle. From Seattle’s earliest days, “crib houses,” homes broken into small, sparsely furnished rooms used only for sex transactions; “parlor houses,” woman-owned brothels; and sex trafficking of both American and foreign-born women sought to not only slake the sexual desires of the men who were clear-cutting, milling, and farming the land but also create a kind of sexual “mouse trap” able to draw men to the nascent city in order to help it grow. Fueled over the years by gold, graft, tolerance, and tech bros, Seattle’s story is only truly understood with its pants off.
During Susan Robb’s A Very Wicked City walking tour participants will inhabit some of the places and spaces that once made up Seattle’s libidinal landscape. Starting in Pioneer Square and weaving throughout downtown, sites will include former brothels, bathhouses, and gay burlesque halls. Robb will cover the influence of racism, the gold rush, women’s suffrage, graft, introduce a parade of powerful women, and connect Seattle’s current issues around sex work to those that began over 150 years ago.

Additional Details:
  • The tour meets  at 1:00 p.m. at the Pergola in Pioneer Square and ends around 3:00 p.m. 
  • Directions for Starting location: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/seattle/s26.htm
  • This is a walking tour with a total walking distance of about 1.5 miles. Please be ready to walk. Wear comfortable shoes and attire.
  • We will walk rain or shine, so watch the weather and prepare accordingly.


Presented in Partnership with Atlas Obscura.
Requires additional ticket purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Robb

Susan Robb

Artist
Susan Robb’s work is an ongoing, process-driven investigation of people, place, and our search for utopia. It takes its form as sculpture, photography, video, and the orchestration of temporary, site responsive, and socially engaged projects. In 2013, Robb received a Creative Capital... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm