FARGO — With the hopes of sparking creativity through conversation, the Aspen Institute is coming to Fargo for an evening event next week.

Inspired by its signature event, the Aspen Institute, along with local partners, are bringing the spirit of the Aspen Ideas Festival to Fargo through their event Fargo IDEAS: An Evening of Conversation, set for Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N.

Fargo native Jon Melgaard, who works as a program associate with the Aspen Ideas Festival, says bringing this event to Fargo will help start conversations.

"Over the past several years, a number of Fargoans have engaged with the Aspen Ideas Festival in some capacity — as attendees, scholars, interns and even as staff members," he says. "After bragging about Fargo, we’ve been able to excite the institute to produce some programming beyond our hubs of Aspen, New York and Washington, DC. So our ultimate goal has been to bring the spirit of the Aspen Ideas Festival’s inquisitive conversation to a new place."

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Presenters include Amy Thielen, a two-time James Beard Award-winning food writer, Bill Marcil Jr., CEO of Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum, and Corby Kummer, a senior editor at The Atlantic.

Speakers for Fargo IDEAS include Bill Marcil, Jr., Caroline Hopper, John strand, Emily Stets and more. Special to The Forum
Speakers for Fargo IDEAS include Bill Marcil, Jr., Caroline Hopper, John strand, Emily Stets and more. Special to The Forum

"The event is for anyone who is a lifelong learner," Melgaard says. "There is no overriding theme of the event — instead, we will explore a variety of topics through moderated discussion. Aspen Ideas-style sessions are not lectures or pre-produced, so conversation is candid and often off-the-cuff."

The D.C.-based Aspen Institute is a nonprofit think tank that serves as a "nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas," according to its website.

If you go

What: Fargo IDEAS: An Evening of Conversation

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16

Where: The Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N.

Info: Tickets for this event are $35. A social hour and cocktail reception will precede the event, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Loretta Building, 210 Broadway N. Doors for Fargo IDEAS open at 6:15 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit fargoideas.com.