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Race Still Matters

Political activist, author and university professor Cornel West will speak at Cambridge Forum on Tuesday, December 5 about his national best-seller Race Matters. First published in 1993 on the one-year anniversary of the L.A. riots, the book has since become a groundbreaking classic on race in America. Race Matters speaks to despair, black conservatism, myths about black […]

Cambridge Forum’s 50th Anniversary

Join us for our special fundraising event! Humor For Humanity An evening with Jimmy Tingle When: Friday, October 20th 6:00 p.m – Reception 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Event Where: Barn Room, First Parish, 3 Church Street Cambridge, MA Ticket – Event only: $50 Ticket – Event+Reception: $100 :::  Here’s how to get your tickets  ::: Help […]

Columbus: The Four Voyages

Biographer Laurence  Bergreen retraces the voyages of Christopher Columbus, placing the 15th century explorer into the context of the Age of Discovery. What were the political, moral, and economic costs of his four voyages? How significant was his achievement in his own time?  What accounts for his lasting fame? Recorded November 2, 2011 [Audio clip: view full […]

Deadly Double Helix

Danielle Allen, Director of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard,  discusses her new memoir “CUZ”. The book documents the events which conspired to cause the untimely death of her young cousin, Michael, on the streets of Los Angeles in 2009. A “deadly double helix” of narcotics and street gangs ultimately entrapped her cousin, as […]

Rwandan Women Rising

Swanee Hunt speaks about her experiences in Rwanda from her new book Rwandan Women Rising which follows the story of the women who worked for peace after the genocide in 1994.  Today 64% of the seats in the Rwandan parliament are held by elected women, a number unrivaled by any other nation. Swanee Hunt chairs the […]

Exceptional America

What divides Americans from the world and from each other? Stanford Law professor Mugambi Jouet discusses his new book Exceptional America which tackles why Americans are far more divided than other Westerners over basic issues, including wealth inequality, health care, climate change, evolution, gender roles, abortion, gay rights, sex, gun control, mass incarceration, the death penalty, torture, […]

Let Them Eat Dirt!

LET THEM EAT DIRT! Are we living in an over-sanitized world? Brett Finlay PhD., a microbiologist at the University of British Columbia and world leader on understanding how bacterial infections work, talks about his new book “Let Them Eat Dirt”, in which he questions whether our hyper-vigilant hygiene practices are helping or hurting our health. […]

Ways of Being in the World

Krista Tippett in conversation with David Whyte Wednesday March 1 at 7 PM at First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge Cambridge Forum is delighted to present Krista Tippett, host of NPR’s award-winning radio show “On Being” in conversation with poet and author, David Whyte on Wednesday March 1, at the First Parish Church in […]

Loneliness in the Digital Age

Loneliness may be one of the most urgent issues facing American society. In this 2-part forum, we attempt to unravel some of the causes of this pernicious condition and consider the ways to ward off, or at least alleviate, the curse of loneliness. Recorded December 7, 2016 With the help of four great minds from different disciplines, we […]

Ways of being in the world

Krista Tippett, host of award-winning NPR program “On Being“, discusses her latest book Becoming Wise: an inquiry into the mystery and art of living. Sh’s joined in conversation by poet and author, David Whyte. Whyte’s most recent publications are The Sea in You: Twenty Poems of Requited and Unrequited Love and Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying […]

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