ThinkFest Snapshot: Ali Velshi

The Al Jazeera host will interview M. Night Shyamalan in a discussion about fixing schools.

We’re rounding up the reasons Philly Mag readers should not miss ThinkFest, our week-long event connecting the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in Philadelphia. 

Ali Velshi, former CNN chief correspondent, recently joined Al Jazeera America where he hosts Real Money with Ali Velshi. Since 2001, Velshi, a Bryn Mawr resident, was a prominent anchor on CNN where he hosted shows such as The Money Gang, Your Money and Business Unusual.

Velshi will bring his well-honed journalistic skills to ThinkFest as he sits down with famed screenwriter, film director, producer and Philadelphia native, M. Night Shyamalan.

The talk will center on Shyamalan’s new book and the state of public education in America, a topic Philadelphia could likely learn a lot from. “With Night,” Velshi said, “I may go beyond that.”

You can catch Velshi’s talk with Shyamalan, “I Got Schooled: How Creative Thinking Can Solve Our Education Problems,” one of 17 idea-speaking sessions during ThinkFest’s Main Event, on Saturday, November 9th, at The Kimmel Center.

Learn more about ThinkFest (featuring keynote speaker Chris Matthews) and buy your tickets now.