Robert M. Gates
Former Secretary of Defense
How do we navigate America's toughest challenges with more than just military might?
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What is the Crosscut Festival?
The Crosscut Festival is a celebration of big ideas and bold thinking - a gathering of a community of the curious. Connect with noteworthy political leaders and newsmakers along with authors, journalists and experts focused on the most important issues of our time. The Crosscut Festival features firesides interviews, panels and special events that explore forward-thinking in Politics, Social Justice, the Environment, History, Innovation and more.
Crosscut Festival VIP experience
Attend our exclusive fundraising kickoff event to mingle with select speakers while supporting public media and local journalism.