Springfield Public Forum: Sparking conversation for 79 years

SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC FORUM INC

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Poet Maya Angelou

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Anthropologist and Geneticist Spencer Wells

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Sherry Turkle: Alone Together

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Olympia Snowe: Fixing the Stalemate in Congress

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Isabel Wilkerson: The Warmth of Other Suns

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Thank you for supporting the Forum on Valley Gives Day!

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Forum Speaker: Kavita Ramdas, Global Fund of Women CEO

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Forum Speaker: Journalist Cokie Roberts

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Forum Speaker: Filmaker Ken Burns

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Forum Speaker: Educator Geoffrey Canada, Founder of Harlem Children's Zone

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Forum Speaker: Former Sec. of Housing Henry Cisneros

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Forum Speaker: Journalist David Halberstam

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Forum Speaker: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

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Forum Speaker: Author Toni Morrison

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Forum Speaker: Legendary Sociologist Margaret Mead

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Forum Speaker: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Forum Speaker: Futurist Author Isaac Asimov

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Forum Speaker: Former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger

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Forum Speaker: Feminist Icon Betty Freidan

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Forum Speaker: Titanic Explorer Bob Ballard

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Forum Speaker: Attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

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Igniting Minds and Conversation Since 1935

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A full house at Symphony Hall for the 2012 Senate Debate

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Springfield US Senate Debate at Symphony Hall Oct. 10, 2012 Coordinated on behalf of the Western MA Debate Consortium

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Public Forum events take place in Springfield's beautiful Symphony Hall

Igniting minds and conversation for 79 years, the Forum offers education and dialogue through our annual series of free speaking events.

For almost 80 years we have been committed to bringing the bright minds of the world to Springfield, creating opportunities for community conversation around compelling topics.

We are proud to be a vital part of the area’s arts and humanities and we have learned how truly powerful bringing world-class speakers can be for our community. Exploring topics in science, government, media, literature, arts, economics and world affairs, we have educated and inspired local audiences for generations by bringing hundreds of fascinating people to downtown Springfield. Notable past speakers include: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Taylor Branch, Justice Stephen Breyer, Paul Rusesabagina, Bill Moyers, Maya Angelou, Olympia Snowe, Ken Burns, Garry Trudeau, Isaac Asimov, Cokie Roberts, Fareed Zakaria, Geoffrey Canada, Leonard Bernstein, Betty Friedan, Ralph Nader, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Henry Kissinger, David Halberstam, Tom Wolfe, Louis Rukeyser, Senator Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon… and the list goes on.

We provide unparalleled access to influential speakers, as well as ForumThinks, an exciting initiative that empowers community groups to offer additional programs that complement our speakers and expand the conversation in the community.

We accomplish this mission because of your support. Thank you!

***Looking for the answer to the Forum Trivia question?***

Name the speaker who filled Symphony Hall to capacity and required a sound system be placed on the outside steps for the overflow crowd?
Answer: Poet Maya Angelou in 1994


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Igniting minds and conversation for 79 years, the Forum offers education and dialogue through our annual series of free speaking events.

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