Cambridge Forum brings a calming change of pace, with an evening dedicated to the poetry and prose of Latino writer, Richard Blanco.
Blanco is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. He was selected as the 2013 inaugural poet by President Barack Obama. His poems explore themes of Latino identity and place. In his latest memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, Blanco discusses his childhood growing up in Miami as a child of Cuban-exile parents.
Blanco is the author of three poetry collections: Directions to The Beach of the Dead, winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award; City of a Hundred Fires and Looking for The Gulf Motel. His poem Boston Strong was dedicated to the people affected by the bomb attacks that occured on April 15, 2013 during the Boston Marathon. Blanco is a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and has taught at Georgetown and American universities.
So come enjoy some free warmth and entertainment on a chilly winter’s evening.
December 16 at 7pm
1446 Massachusetts Avenue
Peter Blood and Annie Patterson’s popular songbook Rise Up Singing is renowned for getting people to sing: to empower, to build community, and to have fun.
To celebrate the release of their much anticipated new songbook, Rise Again, Cambridge Forum is hosting a sing-along concert featuring Peter and Annie; Charlie King; the Nields; Kallet Epstein & Cicone; and Fred Small.
The concert is a benefit for Cambridge Forum and the Carry It On Fund – a new fund to support organizations and causes which Pete and Toshi Seeger were deeply committed to.
Recorded October 17, 2015
Recorded in January, 2015
We cannot replicate his voice, but we can keep his music and his spirit alive.
Cambridge Forum celebrates Pete Seeger and the power of music with this tribute Sing Out concert. Join host Scott Alarik and an all-star group of artists, including Sol y Canto founders Rosi and Brian Amador, Catie Curtis, bluesman Guy Davis, Magpie, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Ellen Kushner, Alastair Moock, Robbie O’Connell and Fred Small for an evening of song and stories paying tribute to the legendary Pete Seeger.
Listen to the Pete Seeger Sing Out! Tribute Part 1
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.
Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Movement was far from declaring victory. The experiences of the 1964 Freedom Summer demonstrated that a legal foundation for African American civil rights may have been a necessary condition but it was hardly sufficient to ensure a peaceful transition to full social and civic equality.
Jack Landron, a young musician well known to Boston-area audiences for his performances as Jackie Washington at Club 47 in Harvard Square, remembers his own journey to Mississippi during the Freedom Summer. What did his lived experience of the Civil Right Movement mean to this 26-year-old musician from Roxbury? Recorded on November 19, 2014
Watch “Freedom Summer” on YouTube here. Co-sponsored by Folk New England and Passim
Musician and author Stephen Wade takes an in-depth look at the ordinary people who recorded live music for the Library of Congress during the 1930s and ’40s. Who were these folk musicians and what role did music play in their lives? What impact did their participation in the field recording projects have on them? How did they contribute to our understanding of American folk culture?
Co-sponsored by Passim and Folk New England.
First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street (Harvard Square)
Recorded November 13, 2013
Maggie Holtzberg, folklorist, moderated the forum with Stephen Wade. Click here to read her blog about the event.
Television writer-producer Marc Fields and banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka explore America’s quintessential instrument, assisted by Darol Anger on fiddle. Based on Field’s PBS documentary Give Me the Banjo, “The Banjo Project” illustrates the banjo’s history and performance styles from African roots to contemporary jazz with a lively narrative and masterful performances. its history and performance styles from African roots to contemporary jazz with a lively narrative and masterful performances.
Visit “The Banjo Project” website here.
Recorded February 11, 2013
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