Student-Produced Documentaries: 11:30 AM Sunday, June 10, 2018, The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY
Event Date : 06/10/2018
If you think today's students think of nothing but social media and video games, wait until you see the mini-documentaries they are producing this year as part of the Civic Life Project and international Youth Film Challenge. These programs are designed to encourage students to investigate current topics and find out how government involvement works.

This year's wide-ranging topics include immigrant deportation, technology and personal privacy, food inequality in Hartford, and diminishing school enrollments in Northwest Connecticut.

RAY SUAREZ on "Getting Ready for the Next America: The Fight Over Who We'll Be" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, April 27, 2018 at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT
Event Date : 04/27/2018
Ray Suarez

"The battle over America's racial and ethnic future:  The two elections of Barack Obama may have convinced you the path to majority-minority America was going to go one way.  President Trump, nativism, and Charlottesville may be a signal that it's going to be a much more complicated transition."

Veteran journalist Ray Suarez is the John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College.  

Ray Suarez has over 30 years experience in the news business, as a reporter for CNN and ABC, as a correspondent for the PBS Newshour, as well as the host of Talk of the Nation on NPR. Known for his expertise on quintessentially American issues, including demographics, race, and religion, and as a longstanding member of the Washington press corps, he covers everything from Congress and the White House to the role of the media in shaping policy.

A critically-acclaimed author, Suarez is the writer of The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999,The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, which in 2007 won a Latino Book Award for Best Religion Book, and his latest companion volume to the documentary series for PBS, chronicling the history of Latinos in America: Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation.
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PAMELA TATGE on "Dance in the 21st Century" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Hotchkiss School
Event Date : 03/09/2018
Pamela TatgePamela Tatge, Director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, an international dance festival, professional school, and archives located in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.   She is responsible for setting the artistic vision and strategic goals for all aspects of the organization, including Festival programming, education, preservation, audience engagement, residency programming and artist support, long-term planning, collaborative programming, fundraising, marketing, and more.  

Ms. Tatge describes Jacob's Pillow as a "standard-bearer and change-maker" in the world of the arts.  During her Salisbury Forum appearance, she will illustrate for her audience "the anatomy of an internationally renowned arts organization and its global/local perspective."

Pamela Tatge was named one of “The Most Influential People in Dance Today” by Dance Magazine in 2017 and is the recipient of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 2010 William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming.

For nearly 17 years, Tatge served as the Director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, overseeing robust programming and acclaimed artistic initiatives for dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, including the Breaking Ground Dance Series. Initiatives that were launched and developed during her tenure include the Creative Campus Initiative, integrating arts into non - arts areas of the curriculum; the Green Street Center for Teaching and Learning; Feet to the Fire, examining environmental sustainability through an arts lens; and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, the first-ever Masters degree in Performance Curation.

Prior to her work at Wesleyan, Tatge spent a decade as the Director of Development at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT. Tatge holds a B.A. in History and an M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.


A Plastic Ocean: 11:30 AM, Sunday, January 21, 2018, The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY
Event Date : 01/21/2018
In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre our researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

  • Producer Jo Ruxton joined an expedition to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre, 1500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, to ascertain its impact. When the expedition discovered free-floating microplastics instead of an anticipated solid mass that could be contained, Jo knew she had to begin the film that would become A Plastic Ocean.
  • Jo had worked for the WWF International in Hong Kong and partnered with director and journalist Craig Leeson. Their first collaboration was on a documentary about endangered Pink Dolphins in Hong Kong.
  • Jo and Craig brought on Dr. Lindsay Porter, an expert in cetaceans (whales and dolphins).
  • Together they contacted the world’s experts to see what was known about plastic pollution in the gyres.
  • The team expanded to include Dr. Bonnie Monteleone who had already found microplastic in other gyres she had investigated. She joined the expedition to the South Pacific gyre.
  • With new information emerging about the extent of the issue in each of the Ocean gyres, free diving champion Tanya Streeter joined the team. Together they set off on what would be a four-year global odyssey to explore the issue of plastics in our oceans and its effect on marine ecosystems and human health, including endocrine disruption.

MARTIN SMITH on "Proxy Wars in the Middle East: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, December 1, 2017, The Salisbury School
Event Date : 12/01/2017

In his 31 years producing for PBS FRONTLINE, Martin Smith has covered the world: from revolution in Central America and the fall of communism in Russia, to the rise of Al Qaeda and the war in Iraq.

Smith has produced many hours of programming for FRONTLINE, including: Hunting bin Laden (1999); the four-hour series Drug Wars (2000); and three documentaries looking at the roots of 9/11 – Looking for Answers (2001), Saudi Time Bomb? (2001), and In Search of Al Qaeda  (2002). Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Smith has produced four films on Iraq for FRONTLINE: Gangs of Iraq (2007), Private Warriors (2005), Beyond Baghdad (2004) and Truth, War and Consequences (2003).

In 2014 Smith chronicled The Rise of ISIS and in 2015 the war in Syria with Inside Assad’s Syria. In 2016, Smith finished work on a two-hour film, Confronting ISIS, about the Obama administration’s attempts to defeat the group. Smith has won every major award in television including two duPont Columbia Gold Batons and eight Emmys. He is also a three-time recipient of the George Polk Award for Investigative journalism. In 2014, Smith received the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University.

AKHIL REED AMAR on "The Constitution Today" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, October 27, 2017, Salisbury School
Event Date : 10/27/2017
For the perhaps the first time since 1864, all four major federal institutions of power were in play in the last election.   When the two national conventions met last summer, Democrats had a real chance to win control of the House, Senate, Presidency, and Supreme Court.  Instead, the Republicans swept the field and now control all four institutions, even though Donald Trump lost the (legally irrelevant) national popular presidential vote. 

In this talk, based in part on his recently released book, The Constitution Today, Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar will discuss the constitutional significance of various modern cases and controversies — from gun control to gay rights, from the electoral college to campaign finance to filibuster reform, from impeachment to presidential succession — and  will discuss the American constitutional project more generally. Come prepared to ask any question you like about America’s constitutional system — past, present, and future

STEVE COLL on "Journalism in the Age of Trump" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, September 22, 2017, The Hotchkiss School
Event Date : 09/22/2017
Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School, Author of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, and a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine.

Steve Coll is the author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington Post. There he covered Wall Street, served as the paper’s South Asia correspondent in New Delhi, and was the Post’s first international investigative correspondent, based in London. He served as managing editor of the Post between 1998 and 2004. The following year, he joined The New Yorker, where he has written on international politics, American politics and national security, intelligence controversies and the media. 

Coll is the author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, published in 2004, for which he received an Overseas Press Club Award and a Pulitzer Prize.  His most recent book on ExxonMobil won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Award as the best business book of 2012.