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.

To continue our mission of providing interesting and provocative programs on a wide variety of subjects we rely on contributions from our supporters. Please visit our Donor Page or make a contribution here:

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Some Previous Speakers and Videos

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

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

Tom Nichols

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

Joshua Ginsberg on "Why I'm an Environmental Optimist" -- 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 "America's Housing Crisis" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT.

Chris joined Rebuilding Together in January 2018 after five years as President/CEO of the National Housing Conference in Washington, DC.  Chris oversaw NHC’s research work on the intersection of housing with transportation, education and health in particular. 


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