About KentPresents Ideas Festival
What You Need to Know When Attending KentPresents
The dates for KentPresents 2017 are Thursday, July 27, through Saturday, July 29.
- Thursday, July 27: Light lunch at 11:30am. Sessions from 12:45pm-5:45pm, followed by a cocktail reception on campus. Dinner arrangements to be announced.
- Friday, July 28: Sessions from 8:30am-5:30pm, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner arrangements to be announced.
- Saturday, July 29: Sessions from 8:30am-5:30pm, followed by a cocktail reception on campus.
All presentations take place at the Kent School, the highly-regarded New England boarding school in scenic Kent, Connecticut, one hour forty minutes north of New York City. Address: Kent School, 1 Macedonia Road, Kent, CT 06757. Kent has been chosen by Smithsonian Magazine as one of The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017.
Sharing and disseminating great ideas, and supporting local charities that serve people in need. KentPresents, Inc., is a federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and a Connecticut state charitable organization.
AGENDATopics include Alzheimer's disease, art, China, economics, education, energy, environment, Europe, food, global issues, healthcare, incarceration, income inequality, literature, medicine, Middle East, national affairs, North Korea, performing arts, politics, racial divide, Russia, Supreme Court, science and technologies breakthroughs, tax policy, Trump report card… and many more.
What Comes Next
KentPresents has a distinguished 29-member Board of Advisers (see below), including such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Jasper Johns, Henry Kissinger and Harold Varmus.
The preliminary speaker roster for KentPresents 2017 may be found here. Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed. Previous years' speakers may be found at 2015 Presenters and 2016 Presenters.
Interviews, panel discussions, conversations and debates. Most sessions last 50 minutes and include Q&A with the panelists and audience.
Opportunities to relax, regroup and to circulate informally with speakers and fellow attendees at coffee breaks, cocktail parties and meals.
ACTIVITIES AROUND KENT
The surrounding Litchfield Hills offer additional recreations – a wealth of scenic, physical and cultural attractions. Before and after KentPresents, you can explore galleries and museums, fishing and kayaking, covered bridges and waterfalls, golfing and tennis, antiquing and shopping, and farm-to-table restaurants. Click here.
KentPresents reserves a large number of rooms in Litchfield County within 30 minutes of the venue. When you purchase a ticket to KentPresents, you will receive a list of associated inns and bed-and-breakfasts that are holding rooms for attendees.
By car, the Kent School is 1 hour 40 minutes from Manhattan and 3 hours from Boston. Metro North trains run from Grand Central to two nearby stops, with shuttle service available on request to the event.
The closest commercial airports to Kent are: Westchester Airport (HPN) at White Plains NY – 1:05 drive time; Bradley International (BDL) at Hartford CT – 1:15; LaGuardia (LGA) – 1:30; and Kennedy (JFK) – 1:40.
Board of Advisers
- Anne Bass
- Roger Berlind
- Flora Biddle
- Kenneth Cooper
- Mia Farrow
- Charles Goodyear
- Elizabeth Goodyear
- Agnes Gund
- Jasper Johns
- Dodie Kazanjian
- Henry Kissinger
- Michael Kramer
- James Lapine
- Julian Lethbridge
- Paul Marks
- Edmund Morris
- Sylvia Jukes Morris
- John Novogrod
- Nancy Novogrod
- Chase Robinson
- Ken Roman
- Scott Rothkopf
- Richardson Schell
- Stephen Sondheim
- Edward Stolper
- Calvin Tomkins
- Harold Varmus
- Adam Weinberg
- Jerry Weissman
Benjamin M. Rosen, Co-founder
Former venture capitalist; chairman emeritus of Compaq Computer; chairman emeritus and current life trustee of the California Institute of Technology; boards have included Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (emeritus) New York Philharmonic (emeritus); former Met Opera board member; former Columbia Business School board chairman.
Donna Rosen, Co-founder
Longtime contemporary art gallery owner in New Orleans, and now active in philanthropy, the visual arts, and a board member of the Whitney Museum of American Art, American Friends of the British Museum and Third Way.
KentPresents, Inc., is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. It is also registered as a Connecticut state charitable organization.
Board of Directors
Benjamin M. Rosen