About KentPresents Idea Festival

What You Need to Know When Attending KentPresents


KentPresents 2016 will be held from Thursday, August 18, 2016, through Saturday, August 20.


  • Thursday, August 18: Sessions from 1:30pm-6:00pm, followed by cocktail reception on campus.
  • Friday, August 19: Sessions from 9:00am-5:00pm, followed by cocktail reception and dinner on campus.
  • Saturday, August 20: Sessions from 9:00am-4:30pm, followed by cocktail reception on campus.


All presentations will take place at Kent School, the highly-regarded New England boarding school, in scenic Kent, Connecticut, one hour forty minutes from New York City.

Address: Kent School, 1 Macedonia Road, Kent CT06757


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 charitable organization.


There will be 35-40 sessions during the three days that address topics in architecture, art, economics, education, energy, environment, food, global affairs, health & medicine, humanities, national affairs, performing arts, science, technology, women's issues and other vital areas.


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.


Last year, 70 influential thinkers participated, including three Nobel Laureates, multiple Pulitzer Prize winners, members of the National Institutes of Science, Engineering and Medicine, awardees that included Tonys, MacArthurs, Emmys, Peabodys, National Book Awards, and others. See 2015 PRESENTERS. We expect to have a similarly distinguished speaker roster this year.


Interviews, panel discussions, conversations, Oxford-style debates and conversations.

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Opportunities to relax, regroup and to circulate informally with speakers and fellow attendees at coffee breaks, cocktail parties and meals.


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.


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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.

1 Macedonia Road, Kent, CT

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, New Orleans Museum of Art, and American Friends of the British Museum.


Kent Presents, Inc., is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations 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
Donna Rosen
Hiram Williams