Springfield Public Forum: Sparking conversation for 80 years


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Steve Wozniak: Co-Founder of Apple Computer

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Poet Maya Angelou

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Anthropologist and Geneticist Spencer Wells

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Isabel Wilkerson: The Warmth of Other Suns

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Olympia Snowe: Fixing the Stalemate in Congress

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Sherry Turkle: Alone Together

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Forum Speaker: Former Sec. of Housing Henry Cisneros

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Forum Speaker: Kavita Ramdas, Global Fund of Women CEO

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

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Forum Speaker: Filmaker Ken Burns

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Forum Speaker: Journalist Cokie Roberts

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Forum Speaker: Journalist David Halberstam

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Forum Speaker: Author Toni Morrison

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Forum Speaker: Attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

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Forum Speaker: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Forum Speaker: Titanic Explorer Bob Ballard

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Forum Speaker: Feminist Icon Betty Freidan

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Forum Speaker: Former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger

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Forum Speaker: Futurist Author Isaac Asimov

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Forum Speaker: Legendary Sociologist Margaret Mead

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Forum Speaker: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

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

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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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A full house at Symphony Hall for the 2012 Senate Debate

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Thank you for supporting the Forum on Valley Gives Day!

Igniting minds and conversation for 80 years, the Forum offers education and dialogue through our annual series of free speaking events.

For 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 80 years, the Forum offers education and dialogue through our annual series of free speaking events.

EIN: 046190443

Reports: Guidestar


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