Crosscut Festival

2020 Event Cancelled

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About the Crosscut Festival

Three days of thought-provoking conversations and innovative thinking, tackling the most important issues of our times. Journalists, politicians, authors, and newsmakers from our community and around the nation come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.

100+ Speakers
40+ Sessions
2000 Attendees
Endless Ideas

Previous Speakers

Headliner's Gala

The Crosscut Festival kicks off with the Headliners Gala! The Gala brings our community together to celebrate and support great public media and journalism in the Pacific Northwest. Providing funding for KCTS 9 and Crosscut, this special event honors newsmakers who take us beyond the headlines.

The Experience

The Headliners Gala kicks off the festival weekend and brings our community together to celebrate and support great public media and journalism in the Pacific Northwest. A fundraiser for KCTS 9 and Crosscut, this special event honors newsmakers who take us beyond the headlines.

Friday programming includes community sessions that are free and open to the public. These sessions go behind the headlines with leading local journalists as we discuss Seattle’s most pressing issues. Following these community programs is the opening night keynote.

Saturday activities include a full day of conversation and activities on the Seattle University campus with over 100 speakers from across the nation and around the region. Sessions will take place concurrently throughout the day and across five venues, ending in an after-party where you can discuss what you heard throughout the day and mingle with your fellow attendees.

Beyond the Sessions

Food Trucks

Enjoy on-campus lunch options

For a diverse selection of lunch options visit some of Seattle’s best food trucks, available in on the lower mall during lunchtime, or visit the cafeteria located in the Student Center. Coffee will also be available throughout the day on the lower mall and outside of Campion Hall. Food truck court sponsored by Amazon.

Crosscut Festival After Party

Keep the conversation going at the Crosscut Festival After Party

Join us for a closing party on campus immediately following the last session, featuring a beer garden, food, music and the opportunity to mingle with your fellow attendees.

Elliot Bay Books

Free Sessions

Join us as we kick off the festival with a free community program. Go behind the headlines with leading local journalists as we discuss Seattle’s most pressing issues. 

More Features

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Interactive lunchtime meetups
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Book signings by panelists
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Student lounge and volunteer opportunities
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Shuttles between venues
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Assistive listening devices available
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Sessions released on the podcast after event

What is Crosscut?

Founded in 2007, Crosscut was a pioneer in the national landscape of local, online-only news outlets. Working out of coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall offices, its small team of writers broke fresh ground on topics such as transportation, homelessness and the reshaping of the urban landscape.

In 2015, Crosscut merged with KCTS 9 public television under the umbrella of a single nonprofit called Cascade Public Media. Today, our combined staff of reporters, video producers and web developers fills an essential role in the Northwest’s news ecosystem, focusing on politics and public policy, race and equity, arts and culture and the environment. We tell stories and provide context and analysis that helps people understand our fast-changing region and how they can be a part of shaping it for the better.

Media

Crosscut Talks Podcast

Browse the complete Crosscut Talks archives

Crosscut Talks podcasts feature recordings from every session at the 2019 Festival. They are available to listen and download everywhere you get to your favorite podcasts. 

 

Exclusive Interviews on Crosscut Now

Watch more episodes of Crosscut Now

This limited series airs on PBS and features one-on-one studio conversations with headlining speakers at Crosscut Festival.

Crosscut Now Studio Sessions: Janet Napolitano

While leading the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano created the legal framework for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and invested heavily in border and airport security technology. In 2013, she left DHS to become the president of the University of California. She is the author of “How Safe Are We?,” a critique of American security measures in the age of cyberwarfare.

Crosscut Festival in the News

Read more articles on Crosscut.com

Crosscut’s news coverage of Festival topics and panelists will take you behind the scenes and give you deeper insights into the issues that matter to you.

 

Volunteer

Interested in volunteering for the Crosscut Festival? Volunteers who complete a minimum of 4 hours are invited to attend any Saturday programming outside the hours of their shift. Sign up to be a part of Cascade Public Media’s volunteer program to find out more!

 

Volunteer at the festival

Location

Join us on the beautiful Seattle University campus for this year's festival.

901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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Sponsors

Crosscut Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners. See the full list of sponsors and find out about opportunities to support the festival on our sponsor page.

 

Thank you!

Thank you to all the 2020 Crosscut Festival Sponsors

 

Interested in supporting this year’s festival? See our sponsorship page.