The Big Sort Continues

Thursday, October 1
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center

In the book The Big Sort, Journalist Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing found that while America may be more diverse than ever, the places where we live are becoming more crowded with people who live, think and vote alike. Bishop draws upon recent data to further discuss how we have built a country where we can all choose the neighborhood, church and news show most compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs…along with the consequences of this way-of-life segregation. 


Thursday, October 1
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center

Now that we have gone from epic movies of four hours to Vine videos of six seconds, entrepreneur and marketing executive
Joe McCormack steps in to discuss how companies and organization in this age of shrinking attention spans, and floods of information can master the art of the “short story.” McCormack is the author of Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less.


Club IF

Wednesday, September 30
9:00 PM - Larkin Poe
Thursday, October 1
9:00 PM - Teddy Abrams
Separate Registration Required
Doors open at 8pm

Kentucky Center

Join us for the opening of Club IF … an early 60’s style nightclub featuring cocktails, conversation and a live musical performance each night at 9pm (doors open at 8pm). The cover charge is $10 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Seating each night is very limited so confirm your reservation today.

              Wed., Sep 30 -  Larkin Poe

              Wed., Sep 30 - Larkin Poe

           Thurs., Oct. 1 -  Teddy Abrams

           Thurs., Oct. 1 - Teddy Abrams

Club IF Host

                                                                 Troy Burton

                                                                Troy Burton

Exactly What and Where is the Universe?

Thursday, October 1
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center

Quantum revelations and recent cosmological discoveries have led us to completely new understandings of the universe. Astronomer and author Bob Berman explores these new ideas, including the nature of "empty space," the non-reality of time, the curious inter-relationship between the observer and nature and what it really means if the universe is indeed infinite. 

Stephanie Freid

Thursday, October 1
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center

Tel Aviv-based journalist Stephanie Freid regularly finds herself at ground-zero, reporting from the world’s often dangerous conflict zones…including Iraq, Ukraine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Her hope is always the same... "that in reporting what I witness, a heart or mind may be moved or even changed." 


Ideas Night Out

Thursday, October 1
6:30 PM

Separate Registration Required
Various Restaurant Locations

Join us on Thursday, October 1 for Ideas Night Out, informal gatherings that allow you to dine up close and personal with Festival Presenters and other attendees at a variety of Louisville restaurants. No program or agenda; just casual, interesting conversation with thinkers, doers and makers from around the globe. Please note that Ideas Night Out registration is not included in the Festival Pass.

Down One Bourbon Bar:  Michelle Lucas, Joe McCormack and Alisandra Puliti:  SOLD OUT

Mayan Café:  Bob Berman and Roman Yampolskiy:  SOLD OUT

Proof on Main:  Naveen Jain and Ndaba Mandela:  SOLD OUT

Marketplace:  Scott Barry KaufmanMaurice Decaul and Ella Frances Sanders:  Register Now!

Vincenzo’s:  Bill Bishop and Nipun Mehta:  SOLD OUT

Rye:  Stephanie Freid will be joined by Jason Felts (IF 2014):  SOLD OUT

Milkwood:  Daniel Kish and Sage Galesi:  SOLD OUT

Lilly’s:  Daniel Altman and Traci Peterson:  SOLD OUT

Harvest:  James Ledbetter and Traci Mann:  SOLD OUT

IF Early Start: Next Gen ... S P A C E

Friday, October 2
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center

A new era of space exploration is rapidly emerging. Unprecedented access to space coupled with the rapid development of advanced micro-technologies, robots and big entrepreneurial ideas are driving 21st century space exploration. Join a discussion with space professionals, entrepreneurs and visionaries who are in the middle of shaping this new reality in space. Topics and ideas explored will include the big question “What if the next breakthrough in medicine isn’t on the planet Earth?