Welcome to the Salisbury Forum website. 

The mission of the Salisbury Forum is to bring you expert speakers and documentary films that engage and inform you about topics in the news and on our minds. They may give you a deeper understanding of an issue of importance, delight you with poetry or humor or challenge you to consider an unfamiliar subject. 

We hope you will explore our website to learn about our programs and to get a sense of the breadth and scope of Forum events. All of our programs are free to the public. You can sample our most recent talks by going to the attached video links.

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

We’d love to welcome you.

Mary Close Oppenheimer




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

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Some Previous Speakers and Videos

Chris Estes - America's Housing Crisis - Video

Joshua Ginsberg - Why I'm an Environmental Optimist - Video

Tom Nichols - The Campaign Against Knowledge - Video

Civic Life Project 2018 Student Documentary Films - Video

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

"Uprooting Addiction" -- 11:30 AM, Sunday, January 27, 2019, The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY

The documentary film UPROOTING ADDICTION tells the deeply personal stories of six Connecticut residents affected by trauma and subsequent addiction.
An intimate invitation into the daily lives of these diverse individuals, as well as a glimpse into their recovery, the film offers hope that communities plagued by devastation and loss of life can begin to heal through compassion and cooperation rather than punishment, shame, and stigma.
Made possible by a grant from The Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc.


Richard Fuller on "Solving World Pollution" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, April 12, 2019 at The Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT.

Richard Fuller is an Australian-born, U.S.-based engineer, entrepreneur and environmentalist best known for his work in global pollution remediation.


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