Student Documentaries: Millerton Moviehouse, 11:30 AM, Sunday, June 7, 2015
Event Date : 06/07/2015
Legalization of Marijuana in Connecticut, Police and the Latino Community, Impact of Social Media on Society, Students and ADD/ADHD Over-Medication, the Struggles of LGBT Students. These are just some of the topics students are exploring for mini-documentaries they are producing under the Civic Life Project in six area high schools.

Students, teachers and the staff of the Civic Life Project will select the five best films to be show on the big screen at the Millerton Moviehouse Sunday, June 7th at 11:30 AM. Students will be available to discuss their subjects and why they chose them.

Exploring Mars: Following Curiosity, May 1, 2015, 7:30 PM, HVRHS
Event Date : 05/01/2015
Was there ever life on Mars? Florence Tan will probably be one of the first to know. She is NASA’s lead electrical engineer for the instrument package on the Curiosity Rover now maneuvering over the dry landscape of the red planet. The package she helped design is called SAM for Sample Analysis on Mars.

Sample Analysis on Mars searches for compounds of the element carbon, including methane, that are associated with life and explore ways in which they are generated and destroyed in the martian ecosphere.

Actually a suite of three instruments, including a mass spectrometer, gas chromatograph, and tunable laser spectrometer, SAM also looks for and measures the abundance of other light elements, such as hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen, associated with life. Because these compounds are essential to life as we know it, their relative abundances will be an essential piece of information for evaluating whether Mars could have supported life in the past or present.

Her talk on the operations of the Curiosity Rover on Mars was organized by the Cornwall Library. It should be both interesting and thought provoking

Up From Poverty: Can Africa Catch Up To Asia, HVRHS, Feb. 27, 2015, 7:30PM
Event Date : 02/27/2015
“We are living in a time when people are climbing out of poverty in greater numbers and at a faster rate than at any other time in human history, bar none. And despite how much more there remains to do,” says David DeFerranti, “progress in health, education, etc. is actually stunningly rapid.”

David deFerranti is a former World Bank regional vice president and is now president of Results for Development a non-profit organization he co-founded to support the discovery and implementation of new ideas for reducing poverty and improving lives around the world.

His talk will include examples of particular programs and innovations in Africa, Asia and Latin America that are proving effective when some large scale efforts fail for lack of proper implementation. Despite the many gloomy stories we hear about Ebola, corruption and conflicts he says real progress is being made.

This will be an interesting and stimulating program. We hope you will join us.

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

Kids for Cash, Millerton Moviehouse, Feb. 1, 2015, 11:15AM
Event Date : 02/01/2015
Hillary Transue, 14, made fun of her high school’s vice principal on line, Justin Bodnar, 12, cursed at another student’s mother, Ed Kenzakoski, 17, did nothing at all. Those three and almost 3, 000 other children were sentenced to a juvenile detention facility for minor infractions. In many cases their parents were persuaded or coerced into waiving their right to legal counsel. They were brought before Judge Mark A. Ciavarella and without warning or a chance to offer a defense were pronounced guilty, shackled and sentenced to months of detention in a cockroach invested jail.

It turns out Judge Ciavarella had accepted $2.2 million as a finders fee for the construction of a for-profit penal facility in which to house these so-called delinquents. Judge Ciavarella was himself sentenced to 28 years in prison. Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 2009. Exposing the hidden scandal behind the headlines, Kids For Cash unfolds like a real life thriller.

But this is not just a one time, one town story. The director says that 2 Million children are arrested in the United States every year 95 per cent of them for non-violent crimes.

The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups In America, Salisbury Congregational Church, Nov. 14, 2014, 7:30PM
Event Date : 11/14/2014
Amy Chua, author of her 2011 comic memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld will discuss their new book The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explains the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. In her memoir, Chua chronicled her iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way — and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspired. Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is one of the most talked about books of our times.

In their latest book Chua and Rubenfeld both professors at Yale University explore the puzzling phenomenon that some groups in America are achieving upward mobility at rates much higher than the rest of the country. “Filled with surprising statistics and sociological research,” as Fox News put it, ‘The Triple Package’ contends that success is driven not by inborn biology, but is instead propelled by qualities that can be cultivated by all Americans. The book serves as an opportunity to discuss what has helped drive America’s triumphs in the past – and how we might harness this knowledge for our future.”

The Future of Learning And The Prospects for Schooling: October 10, 7:30PM, The Hotchkiss School
Event Date : 10/10/2014
Harvard University Professor Richard Elmore says the nature of learning will be transformed over the next decade. He says the development of the neuroscience of learning and the increasing presence of digital culture will likely result in a steadily increasing divergence between “learning” as an individual and social activity and “schooling” as the formal institutionalized form of learning.

“What are the likely social and economic implications of these changes for society at large and for established institutions of schooling?” he asks. He believes the “learning sector” will expand exponentially in the foreseeable future while the “schooling sector” is unlikely to expand beyond its present size. He will discuss such issuess as the development of new modes of learning and the challenges posed for schooling.

Political Polling-How do they do it?: September 5th, 7:30PM, The Salisbury School
Event Date : 09/05/2014
Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, explained the methodology behind the influential organization’s work at the Salisbury Forum on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Salisbury School.

Schwartz said the Quinnipiac Poll began in 1988 as an educational tool, an aid in the study of survey research. After six years the polls were well-established and well-received, and the university decided to expand into New York state, New York City and New Jersey as well as Connecticut.

Schwartz joined in 1994, and soon after, the decision was made to take the poll national.

“We wanted to get national attention but to do it in a way other folks weren’t doing it.”

Between the elections of 2000 and 2008, Quinnipiac started polling swing states — Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania.

“Since 1960 everyone elected president won two of these three.”