A Conversation with Ben Brantley -- 7:30 PM, Friday, May 17, 2019 at The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT
Event Date : 05/17/2019
Ben Brantley has been co-chief theater critic of The New York Times since 1996.  He is the author of two books of theater reviews and a recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for theater criticism.  Before joining the Times in 1993, Mr. Brantley was a staff writer for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

For this special Salisbury Forum event, Ben Brantley will be interviewed by Dan Dwyer, host of OFF SCRIPT.


Richard Fuller on "Solving World Pollution" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, April 12, 2019 at The Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT.
Event Date : 04/12/2019

Richard Fuller is an Australian-born, U.S.-based engineer, entrepreneur and environmentalist best known for his work in global pollution remediation. In June 2018, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to conservation and the environment.[1]

Rich Fuller is an environmentalist, and a social entrepreneur at heart.  He has worked for 25 years on pollution issues in the developing world, creating both Pure Earth and the Global Alliance on Pollution and Health and is also the driving force behind the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health.

Fuller has noted that "over the last couple of decades, climate change has taken over as the key environmental issue. ... and pollution has simply dropped off the map. This is an extraordinary result and one we really need to turn around."

During his appearance at the Salisbury Forum, he will address us on the global issue of pollution, exploring its scope and impact, and how it connects with climate and other agendas.   He will describe the ways one can make a difference at a global level, a lesson in creating change for good in a complex world.

"Uprooting Addiction" -- 11:30 AM, Sunday, January 27, 2019, The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY
Event Date : 01/27/2019
The documentary film UPROOTING ADDICTION depicts the interwoven stories of six people from Northwest Connecticut, all affected by early trauma and subsequently, addiction. They come together for an innovative retreat led by drug and alcohol counselor Hope Payson.
Using metaphor as methodology, Hope offers them the image of a tree. In articulating their trauma as the root, they then work to move up the tree imagery to the branches and leaves, to identify where and how these traumas have manifested in life. 

Interspersed with the character portraits in the film is commentary on the national conversation linking trauma and addiction, and experts discussing cutting edge therapies being used to treat both.

The film explores how a healthy community relies on the multifaceted participation of people working across the sectors - from the medical field, to social work and activism, to law enforcement.   According to the filmmakers, "We aim for audiences to emerge feeling enlightened by the science linking trauma and addiction, and by the intersectional approach to healing individuals and communities."

Made possible by a grant from The Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc.



Chris Estes on "America's Housing Crisis" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT.
Event Date : 12/07/2018
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.  He was active in engaging the community development field in local housing/community development efforts and national policy strategy as well as offering resources on best practices in communications and messaging.

Rebuilding Together is a 30-year-old national nonprofit network of 130 local affiliates that specialize in urgent home repair and community revitalization efforts in low and moderate-income communities at no cost to recipients.  Each year their network of affiliates completes around 10,000 repair projects nationwide, including disaster-recovery efforts.

In his role as Senior Vice President of Business Strategy and Advocacy at Rebuilding Together he leads the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts as well as programmatic partnerships with other national, regional and local community development organizations.

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
Event Date : 11/09/2018

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, and the energy storage systems which now make it possible for some places to be off the grid entirely.

Dr. Ginsberg's career in conservation science spans 35 years and several continents. During the 1980s and 1990s, he led ecology and conservation projects in Asia and East and Southern Africa.

He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University, B.S. from Yale University and was Director of Asia and Pacific Programs at the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he was responsible for projects in 17 Asian countries. Dr. Ginsberg has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 1998 and has helped manage Columbia’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC). Dr. Ginsberg has also been a Research Fellow in Ecology at the Zoological Society of London; Honorary Research Fellow and Lecturer at University College London, and Research Fellow at Oxford University. He serves on the boards of the Ocean Foundation, the Open Space Institute, and the Catskill Mountain keeper, and is a member of the advisory council of the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellow, he provided guidance on international conservation issues, including matters relating to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and African biodiversity.

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
Event Date : 10/19/2018
Tom NicholsTom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise, is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, at the Harvard Extension School, a Sovietologist, and a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. He is a senior contributor at The Federalist and the author of seven books. Previously he was a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the John F; Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.    He also worked for the late Republican Senator John Heinz as personal staff assistant for defense and security affairs. 

During the 2016 presidential election campaign, he became a member of the "Never Trump" movement, and has been described as one of "the most eloquent conservative voices against President Trump."  In February 2018, he wrote an opinion piece in USA Today titled I'm Still a Republican, But My Party Needs to be Fumigated.

His most recent books include No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security and The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.