Back around 1958, a Harvard Square coffeehouse/jazz club reluctantly let a folksinger on stage, says folk historian, Millie Rahn.
“There was this performer around town, long hair, often barefoot,” Rahn says. “She had been playing some of the clubs across the river in Boston. And, of course, her name was Joan Baez.”
Ever since then, Club Passim has been the place to play for folk musicians in the Boston area. The place has a storied history: The greats of the 1950s and ’60s — Baez, Tom Rush, Bob Dylan — all played the room when it was called Club 47. Later, the club gave rise to singers such as Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega.
The music world has changed greatly. But the club’s continuing to turn out new talent both on the stage and in its music classrooms.
This event is kindly co-sponsored by the Harvard Square Business Association.
Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman joined us on her national speaking tour to celebrate 20 years of the daily, independent, global TV/Radio news hour and the release of her most recent book, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America.
Returning to the Cambridge Forum, Amy talks about the most pressing issues facing our democracy today, the 2016 presidential election, and reflects on the past twenty years of covering the heroes at the forefront of movements for change in America.
Recorded May 10, 2016
Cambridge Forum examines the plight of honey bees with the help of Noah Wilson-Rich from Best Bees and apiarist David Hackenberg of Buffy Bees from Lewisburg, PA. If you care about the future of food and want to learn more about how to ensure the survival of our precious honey bees, please plan to attend.
Bees don’t just make honey, they pollinate a third of our food supply. But bee colonies are disappearing at an alarming rate in the US. In addition to being ecologically essential, bees are highly social and complex creatures that are vulnerable to a barrage of attacks ranging from parasitic mites to pesticides and herbicides.
The bulk of mainstream media in the U.S. is now owned by a handful of corporations that continue to gobble up smaller outlets and independent presses. Some say that we have created a perfect echo chamber and that the plurality of a free press is just a sad joke. Turning on the TV or scrolling through the headlines offers only the illusion of choice.
So is the media monopoly almost complete? Is there any cause for optimism in the new journalistic market place? In its pre-election coverage, does the national press corps reveal its true colors?
Our speakers include Lonnie Isabel. Isabel teaches at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Isabel spent 25 years in the newspaper business, covering or directing the coverage of several presidential campaigns including the fabled 2000 election. He also ran the coverage of Hillary Clinton’s run for Senate, the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and just about every major national and international story of his generation. He has covered each national political convention since 1984.
Isabel has worked for Newsday, the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Oakland Tribune. After leaving Newsday as deputy managing editor in 2005, Isabel joined the newly-created CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where he started the International Reporting Program that has trained more than 75 journalists to cover international issues, and the International Journalist-in-Residence program that brings an endangered, targeted or threatened journalist each year to study and work at the school. He started at Columbia last year. He is co-author of a book to be released this summer, “Think/Point/Shoot: Media Ethics, Technology and Global Change”.
Peter S. Goodman is the Global Editor-In-Chief of the International Business Times, where he supervises more than 200 journalists across worldwide editions. He was previously Executive Business and Global News Editor for the Huffington Post, where he oversaw business, technology and international reporting while writing a column that earned a Loeb award for commentary. Goodman was the National Economic Correspondent for the New York Times during the Great Recession. There, he played a central role in “The Reckoning,” a series of stories on the roots of the 2008 financial crisis, which won a Loeb and was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize. Goodman is the author of Past Due: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy.
Sam Fleming is Director of News and Programming at WBUR. He’s responsible for supervising a staff of 75, including news managers, producers, reporters, writers, editors, hosts and production staff. Under his direction, WBUR’s News Department has garnered more than 50 national and local awards recognizing the quality and depth of its news coverage. Fleming first worked at the station in 1981 as a general assignment reporter. In 1992, he became WBUR’s News Director, a position he held until 2004. In that role he oversaw the breadth, depth and daily workings of the news produced at WBUR and helped to manage the content of daily broadcasts in their diverse forms.
Are current policies adequate for today’s immigrant experience? How is modern immigration different from that of previous generations?
By examining the immigrant experience of various ethnic and religious groups throughout U.S. history, the book Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts demonstrates that the same patterns of native resistance, immigrant struggles and contributions have occurred over and over again. This panel discussion features historian Deborah Dash Moore, Constitutional Law expert William Ross, and policy analyst Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute. Recorded on October 8, 2014
Watch “Immigrant Struggles” on YouTube here. Presented in collaboration with the Immigrant Learning Center
Read the Immigrant Learning Center blog.
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