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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. […]

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 […]

Normalizing Denial

NORMALIZING DENIAL The climate science debate is heating up. Bill McKibben, author, educator, founder of 350.org Dr. Gretchen Goldman, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy Tim DeChristopher, climate activist Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, minister and Boston-based activist Moderated by Wen Stephenson, author and writer, The Nation Co-sponsored by Cambridge Climate Research Associates Recorded January 11, […]

Forever Young

FOREVER YOUNG Cambridge Forum celebrates the legacy and future of folk music as it marks its 50th anniversary. Recorded NOVEMBER 16, 2016  -Watch video- Music and memories from the early days of the Harvard Square folk scene to the current state of the Americana genre. Betsy Siggins, raconteur extraordinaire, recalls her early days at the legendary Club 47 […]

A Manifesto Against Parenting

ALISON GOPNIK discusses her book The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children. Recorded October 12, 2016 Listen to A Manifesto Against Parenting [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Gopnik is a professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. An […]

October 17th No Justice, No Peace. Race and Power in America.

What steps can citizens and governments take to find practical solutions to problems such as mass incarceration, extreme poverty in disadvantaged communities, and problematic notions of black criminality?   The speakers will include three authors who have all reflected and written on the complex issues of race and structural injustice. Tommie Shelby, Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform Elizabeth Hinton, […]

Democracy Now! Covering the Movements Changing America

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 […]

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