May 13, 2011: U.S. Healthcare: Why Not The Best?
Event Date : 05/13/2011
Why reform healthcare? What reforms were passed? How will it help me? To help us better answer these questions, The Salisbury Forum in collaboration with the Foundation for Community Health is excited to announce that Karen Davis, President and CEO of The Commonwealth Fund will be speaking on Friday, May 13th at 7:30 in the Katherine M. Elfers Hall, in the Esther Eastman Music Center at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.

While much has been said and written about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed last year, the sheer size and complexity of the bill has been a major obstacle to understanding it. On May13th Dr. Davis will provide us with a picture of how the US healthcare system has performed to-date and compare this to the performance of health systems in other developed nations. She will then outline the basic components of the Affordable Care Act and share her thoughts on how the United States can use aspects of this law to set a path to improving the health of the American people as a whole.

Dr. Karen Davis, a health economist, has led the Commonwealth Fund since 1992. The Commonwealth Fund’s mission is to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable populations. Before joining the Commonwealth Fund, Dr. Davis served as chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she was also a professor of economics.

The Foundation for Community Health invests in people, programs and strategies that promote the health and well being of the residents living in the greater Harlem Valley in New York and the northwest hills of Connecticut.

April 8, 2011 @ 7:30 PM: "How Photography Has Changed Our Lives: Performing for the Camera, from Daguerreotype to Facebook"
Event Date : 04/08/2011
Salisbury Forum April 8, 2011 at Salisbury School, Seifert Theater at 7:30 pm

“Smile for the camera,” the saying goes. But why does the camera need our smiles? On the evening of April 8th, Robin Kelsey, Burden Professor of Photography at Harvard University, will discuss the ways in which photography and its demands have infiltrated and shaped modern life. From the family vacation portrait to the White House photo-op, performing for the camera has become essential to how we represent ourselves to each other and to the world.

In these performances, the captivating vividness, exhilarating freedom, and troubling falseness of modernity, all come to the fore. By examining particular photographs in detail, we will walk through the history of performing for the camera from the earliest days of photography to our own moment, in the midst of the digital age.

February 27, 2011 @ 11:00 AM: "End Of The Line", The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY
Event Date : 02/27/2011
The Salisbury Forum in collaboration with the FilmWorks Forum of The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY is presenting the documentary film, End of the Line followed by a Q&A with Sam Waterston Actor/Activist on Sunday, February 27th, at 11 a.m. Waterston is best-known for his role as Jack McCoy on TV’s “Law and Order.” Waterston grew up in New England, where he saw the effects of fisheries collapses on the life of seaside towns; and presently is on the Board of Oceana. There’s no disputing this documentary’s dire warning: namely, if we don’t stop overfishing, within less than 40 years there’ll be no fish left to eat. Based on a book by Charles Clover, director Rupert Murray’s The End of the Line, narrated by Ted Danson, travels around the globe to illustrate the severity of the problem.


Oct 15, 2010: The U.S. and China - A Question Of Our Common Interests
Event Date : 10/15/2010
The Salisbury Forum continues the fall 2010 season with a fascinating and timely subject, “The U.S. and China – A Question of Our Common Interests”. Orville Shell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society will speak on Friday, October 15th, 7:30 pm at the Katherine M. Elfers Hall, in the Esther Eastman Music Center at The Hotchkiss School. Schell, the former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley for eleven years, has worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia and covered the war in Indochina. He has written widely for many magazines and newspapers, including the Atlantic Monthly and the New Republic, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Harpers, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Wired, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, the China Quarterly, Harpers and the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. He has written fourteen books, nine on China, and is at work on an interpretation of the last 100 years of Chinese history.

 Professor Schell is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Insititute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and is the recipient of many prizes and fellowships. At Salisbury Forums experts provide their insight, followed by a question and answer period. All forums are free to the public.





Sept 24, 2010: Conflict and Peace - Why Should Women Be At The Table?
Event Date : 09/24/2010
The Salisbury Forum opens its 2010 – 2011th season with “Conflict and Peace – Why Should Women Be at the Table?” The first forum will be held on Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm,  at The Salisbury School, Seifert Theater. The featured speaker is Maryam Elahi, Human Rights lawyer and Director of the International Women’s Program, Open Society Institute & Soros Foundations Network. Ms. Elahi is the chair of the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association and has served on numerous boards including the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, the ACLU of CT and AI’s Policy Board. She has written and lectured on wide-range of human rights issues including women’s rights, U.S. and human rights foreign policy, “U.S. and the war on terror” and Middle East issues. Prior to OSI, Ms. Elahi was the founding director of the Human Rights Program at Trinity College – the first undergraduate college human rights program in the United States. She taught courses on international human rights law at Trinity, as well as, at the Oxford University Summer International Human Rights Program. She served as the Advocacy Director on the Middle East, North Africa and Europe for Amnesty International in DC from 1990 – 1997. During her ten years at Trinity, she traveled extensively to set up international programs with a human rights focus resulting in the establishment of programs in Cape Town, Santiago, Trinidad and Hong Kong. At Salisbury Forums experts provide their insight, followed by a question and answer period. All forums are free to the public.