Springfield Public Forum: Sparking conversation for 80 years


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Mark Shields and David Brooks

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Former Ambassdor Nicholas Burns

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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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Former Sec. of Housing Henry Cisneros

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Kavita Ramdas, Global Fund of Women CEO

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Educator Geoffrey Canada, Founder of Harlem Children's Zone

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Filmaker Ken Burns

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Journalist Cokie Roberts

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Journalist David Halberstam

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Author Toni Morrison

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Attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

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Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Titanic Explorer Bob Ballard

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Feminist Icon Betty Freidan

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Former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger

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Futurist Author Isaac Asimov

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Sociologist Margaret Mead

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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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Igniting minds and conversation for 80 years, the Forum offers an annual series of live speaking events- all free to the public.

For 80 years the Springfield Public Forum has been committed to bringing the bright minds of the world to Springfield, and 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: Steve Wozniak, 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 access to the general public to the world's most important voices free of charge so that there is no barrier for anyone in the region to attend our events. In addition to our main speaking events, we run our "Forum Scholars" program, which allows local high school students unparralled access to our speakers.

We accomplish all of our work thanks to the support of local foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Thank you!

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Igniting minds and conversation for 80 years, the Forum offers an annual series of live speaking events- all free to the public.

EIN: 046190443

Reports: Guidestar

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