2019 Authors & Ideas

Authors & Ideas is a major component of Festival of the Arts BOCA.

For 13 years, this program has been bringing to Boca some of the most influential thinkers and writers of our time.  Speakers range from well-known nonfiction authors like Thomas Friedman or Doris Kearns Goodwin, to thoughtful interpreters of our times, like Salman Rushdie, to those who impact our daily lives, like T. Bone Burnett.

Authors & Ideas extends the reach of its programs by connecting speakers with area students. Authors Jennifer Egan, Richard Ford, and Hannah Tinti all gave talks to FAU MFA students. Ann Patchett visited Dreyfoos, Dr. Brian Greene went to West Boca, and Dr. Robert Sapolsky met with students from Suncoast High School.

This is one of the most important aspects of Festival Boca's outreach mission, to make students see that those who influence our times, people whom they have studied, are real and accessible.

Events This Year

Doris Kearns Goodwin ~ {Leadership: In Turbulent Times}

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will talk about her latest book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times.

Bending the Arc

In the 1980s, five idealistic individuals began a movement that changed how public health issues were addressed in developing nations. This is their story.

Jeffrey Rosen: The Constitution in the 21st Century

Jeffrey Rosen – author, journalist, and president of the National Constitution Center – will discuss the Constitutional challenges of our time: privacy, social media and rapidly evolving technologies.

Global Public Health Today and Tomorrow

Esteemed experts on global health issues – Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Tom Bollyky and a moderator to be announced – offer a panel discussion on the state of world health.

Robert Pinsky: PoemJazz

The former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky reads his poetry while accompanied by a small jazz ensemble.

David Sanger ~ Cyber Conflict: A New Era of War, Sabotage, and Fear

National security correspondent and Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times senior writer David Sanger explains how the rise of cyberweapons has transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb.

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