Welcome to the Salisbury Forum website. 
We hope you will explore its various parts to learn about our programs and to get a sense of the breadth and scope of Forum events.

Our mission is to present to the community opportunities to experience presentations by expert speakers on matters of interest to us locally, regionally, nationally and globally. 

We invite you to explore our website, send us your comments, support the Salisbury Forum with your contribution, and join us at our programs when you can.

We’d love to welcome you.

Donald Ross




All Salisbury Forum Programs are free and open to the public.

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Some Previous Speakers and Videos

Ray Suarez - Getting Ready for the Next America - Video

Pamela Tatge - Dance in the 21st Century - Video

Martin Smith - Proxy Wars in the Middle East - Video

Akhil Reed Amar - The Constitution TodayVideo

Steve Coll - Journalism in the Age of Trump - Video

Civic Life Project 2017 Student Documentary Films - Video

Dr. Doug Tallamy - How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife - Video

Dr. George Rupp - Refuge from Conflicts - Video

Adam Gopnik - Writing Sanely About Politics in a Less-Than-Sane America - Video

Anne Garrels - Putin Country - Video

Ralph Nader - Citizen Action

Paul Goldberger - Why Architecture Matters 

Professor Richard Elmore - Innovations in the Process of Teaching and Learning

Sen. James Buckley - Saving Congress from Itself

Richard Blanco - Inaugural Poet 

Sander Vanocur - Can Democracy Survive the Media?

Muqtedat Khan - The Future of Islam in the West

Mark Bittman - The Future of Food

John Thornton - China: Our Partner in the World's Future

Jeffrey Sachs - Four Global Crises: Money, Security, Heat, Psychology

James Hoge - The Rise of China and the Challenge to America

Deborah Richter - Healthcare for All Americans

Dan Rather - The News - What Shouldn't Change

Akhill Reed Amar - The Constitution and the Balance of Powers

Tom Nichols on "The Death of Expertise: How The Campaign Against Knowledge Threatens Democracy" -- 7:30 PM, Friday October 19, 2018, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT

Tom NicholsTom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, at the Harvard Extension School, and the author of seven books, including "The Death of Expertise."


Joshua Ginsberg on "Environmental Optimism in a time of Rapid Climate Change" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, November 9, 2018, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT

Dr. Joshua Ginsberg is President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.  He cites as positive developments the economics of alternative energy, one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

Chris Estes on "Affordable Housing" -- Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

After five years serving as President/CEO of the National Housing Conference, Chris Estes is now with Rebuilding Together, a national network of local affiliates which brings volunteers and professional labor together to repair homes and community facilities in vulnerable neighborhoods.

As Vice President of Business Strategy and Advocacy, he leads the organization's national policy efforts as well as its programmatic focus areas in Community Revitalization and Healthy Housing.


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