The Salisbury Forum 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. Topics have included global warming and its effects on New England, immigration from a national and local perspective, the meaning of Islam, the Constitution and the Presidency, civic responsibility in public discourse as reflected in documentary films created by HVRHS students, international relations, Orville Schell speaking about U.S. / China relations, and a February 2011 screening of the award-winning film, “End of the Line”, as a collaboration with the FilmWorks Forum at the Moviehouse in Millerton and with commentary by actor Sam Waterston, board member of Oceana.

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. All forum events are open to the public without charge. We’d love to welcome you.

On behalf of the Forum Board, I hope you enjoy exploring our website. We look forward to meeting you at a future Forum.

Walter DeMelle, Jr.


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The Power of Cartoons: Friday, September 18, 2015, Hotchkiss School, Walker Auditorium

What makes a cartoon funny? When is a cartoon dangerous? How do people react to cartoons? Bob Mankoff has been creating cartoons for more than 40 years. He has been the cartoon editor of The New Yorker since 1997. He now looks at over a thousand cartoons each week to select the 16 or so that will appear in the magazine. He personally has created … Read More >

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Saving Congress from Itself: Salisbury School, 7:30 PM, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

The United States Congress faces two major problems according to former Senator James Buckley. The first is its seeming inability to deal with long term problems of any consequence.  The second is runaway spending that, he says, threatens to bankrupt us all. Both issues have been widely discussed and many politicians have vowed to deal with … Read More >

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