Drinking bourbon with Baratunde Thurston was one of the highlights of IdeaFestival for me last year. He’s coming back to IdeaFest this year, as a featured speaker (bad ass!) so I’m looking forward to drinking bourbon with him again. He’s going to be speaking about his book “How To Be Black” which is the most entertaining and important book you probably didn’t read this year. Seriously, give it a read.
Mayim Bialik is also going to speak at IdeaFestival. Things I know about Mayim Bialik:
1. She’s a neuroscientist
2. She’s awesome as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory
3. She’s an observant Jew
4. She’s vegan
That’s a pretty cool combination of cultures, science, belief and traditions. (Pssst Mayim, I can make some pretty good vegan food so you know, come on over for Shabbat dinner while you’re in town.).
There are many other interesting speakers on this year’s IdeaFestival lineup but those are the two I’m most excited about. IdeaFestival is one of the wonderful things we have in Louisville that I’m so proud of and so enthusiastically recommend you check out. I’ve had conversations about IdeaFest with folks before who have said “Eh, I’ve never heard of any of the speakers on the list” or “The topics don’t really sound interesting” or some variation on those feelings. To that I say, you honestly never know how interesting and enlightening a speaker is going to be until you hear them. You never know what ideas are going to be sparked, what projects will see their genesis there. I know I’m sounding a little melodramtic here but honestly, IdeaFestival is a magical event.
All Access IdeaFest passes aren’t cheap but they’re much cheaper if you buy now than if you wait until closer to the festival’s September dates.