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Full Cap Times Idea Fest schedule is online now!

Full Cap Times Idea Fest schedule is online now!

Full Cap Times Idea Fest schedule is online now!

If you’ve been waiting to see the Cap Times Idea Fest schedule to plan your day or to make a ticket-buying decision, your wait is over. The full program is online now at, and we think you’ll like what you see.

It starts with the Friday night keynote (Sept. 28) about the state of American politics with nationally known analysts David Axelrod, David Maraniss and Dan Balz. There will be other sessions around politics on Saturday the 29th as well — including discussions with former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Charles Franklin, the head of the highly regarded Marquette Law School Poll — but there’s much more than that, some two dozen sessions in all.

Community leader Michael Johnson will come back from Cincinnati to talk about his impressions of Madison, Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy will talk about the future of biotechnology in Wisconsin and Tony Award-winning actress Karen Olivo will discuss theater here and what it was like to be part of a “Hamilton” cast. Further sessions will look at everything from the Foxconn deal to school vouchers to the role of businesses in advancing racial equity, which media you can trust, how technology is changing us, the future of indigenous food and whether college athletes should be paid.

And there will be fun social events, too, like Smarter Than You Trivia on the 28th before the Axelrod/Maraniss/Balz talk and a dance party later that night featuring hip-hop soul DJ Martinez White.

All-festival passes are still on sale through Campus Arts Ticketing, and those give you access to all the events described above, plus a free festival T-shirt. Passes cost $30 (all taxes and fees included) for the general public and $10 for students of any kind.

If the Friday night keynote session is a priority for you, don’t delay your purchase much longer. The all-weekend passes that guarantee access to it are selling quickly.

Questions? Let us know with an email to

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Chris Murphy

Managing Editor

The Cap Times