CEDAR RAPIDS — Two more international experts are joining the newbo evolve lineup. American Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Adam Rippon will inspire festivalgoers with his story of bravery and hope, and MIT political science professor and author Adam Berinsky will lead a ripped-from-the-headlines conversation on “Fake News.”
The three-day festival experience, Aug. 3 to 5, adds Rippon and Berinsky to the previously announced lineup of celebrity talent including Clint Harp, Carson Kressley, Alexis Ohanian, Christian Siriano and John Waters, with global music stars Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson headlining the evening concerts.
After winning a multitude of national and world championships, Rippon was selected to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, where he won a bronze medal as part of the figure skating team event, thus becoming the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to win a medal in a Winter Olympics. Since his recent Olympic successes, Rippon has become an inspiration through his candid interviews and unapologetic responses to critics.
Berinsky, from MIT’s department of political science, is one of the world’s leading authorities on political rumors and misinformation, or “fake news.” He has advised world leaders, businesses and media companies around the globe on how to tackle misinformation and his work has led him to assist the Finnish government. He has recently been hired as a research collaborator at Facebook this summer. Newbo evolve attendees will hear from Berinsky on how to identify and help stop the spread of false information.
The inaugural festival will include performances, panels and instructional classes. All aspects are designed to offer adventurous activities and to challenge bodies and mind with demonstrations and performances. The NewBo District will feature artistic installations, a design garden and the Cedar Screamer Zip Line over the Cedar River.
Three-day festival passes, priced at $375 plus tax and fees, give ticket holders reserved seating for the headlining concerts, as well as access to more than 40 celebrity-led keynote speakers and interactive sessions. General admission concert tickets begin at $54.50 for Kelly Clarkson and $70 for Maroon 5. All tickets are available at Newboevolve.com, the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1- (800) 745-3000.