2014 Springfield Public Forum’s speaker series

"Junkyard Planet" and "Drafting the Blueprint for Peace"

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – An upcoming speaker series in Springfield provides a forum for you to learn, discuss and exchange ideas on important issues affecting our society. Page Brody, Executive Director of the Springfield Public Forums, shared more about the upcoming forums.

Springfield Public Forum’s Speaker Series
Symphony Hall
34 Court Street

Adam Minter
Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade
Wednesday, October 1st, 7:30pm, Springfield Symphony Hall

John Hunter
Drafting the Blueprint for Peace
Wednesday, October 15th, 7:30pm, Springfield Symphony Hall

Edith Widder
Light in the Dark of the Depths
Sunday, November 23rd, 4:00pm, Springfield Symphony Hall

Fredrik Logevall
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam
Wednesday, December 3rd, 7:30pm, Springfield Symphony Hall

To learn more visit SpringfieldPublicForum.org.

About The Springfield Public Forum:
Since 1935, the Springfield Public Forum has provided a free opportunity for learning, conversation, and exchange of ideas to address the important issues affecting our society. The Forum was established from a “need to know” during the Great Depression to provide a resource for residents of Springfield to come together to better understand the political, social and economic issues confronting our region, nation, and the world. We are one of the last remaining community-based, free public speaker series in the country.

The Public Forum’s speaker series represents one of the only chances for people of all ages and backgrounds to attend a free cultural event in downtown Springfield. Everyone in our community has access to world-class speakers as they convene to discuss the issues in health, business, science, government, media, public policy, arts, economics, world affairs, and more.

Beyond the lectures and discussion, our ForumThinks programs extend the impact of these outstanding speakers on our community. By collaborating with Springfield schools and colleges, the Springfield City Library, Museums, and other community organizations, ForumThinks provides opportunities for everyone in our region to participate in a variety of programming around speaker topics such as book discussion groups, documentary screenings, or community discussions.

As technological communication becomes more prevalent, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide this exchange of ideas free, live, and in-person. The closest similar organization to the Springfield Public Forum is the CT Forum in Hartford. In contrast to the FREE Springfield Public Forum, each of the CT forum events requires tickets costing up to $65. The Public Forum is funded by generous corporate and educational sponsors, advertisers, and individual members who believe in our mission to keep our events free to the public. Ours sponsors include: Season Sponsor Wilbraham & Monson Academy; Baystate Health; Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy; Eastern States Exposition; Hard Rock New England; Health New England; MassMutual; New England Orthopedic Surgeons; and St. Germain Investments.

All 5 of this fall’s Forums will be held at Springfield Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. and no tickets are required.

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