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. 

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We’d love to welcome you.

Donald Ross




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Some Previous Speakers and Videos

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

PAMELA TATGE on "Dance in the 21st Century" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Hotchkiss School

Pamela TatgePamela Tatge, Director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, an international dance festival, professional school, and archives located in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.   She is responsible for setting the artistic vision and strategic goals for all aspects of the organization.   In 2017 she was named one of “The Most Influential People in Dance Today” by Dance Magazine.

RAY SUAREZ on "Getting Ready for the Next America: The Fight Over Who We'll Be" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, April 27, 2018 at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT

Ray Suarez"The battle over America's racial and ethnic future."  Veteran journalist Ray Suarez (NPR, PBS, Al Jazeera) is the John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College.   He is the critically-acclaimed author of Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation, the companion volume to the PBS documentary series. His 2007 book The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America won a Latino Book Award for Best Religion Book.

Student-Produced Documentaries: 11:30 AM Sunday, June 10, 2018, The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY

If you think today's high school students think of nothing but social media and video games, wait until you see the mini-documentaries they are producing this year as part of the Civic Life Project.

The student directors and producers will be on hand to discuss their films after they are screened. You will be impressed by their knowledge and understanding of these complex subjects.


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