PSuhrcke has written 61 posts for cambridgeforum

Rise Again! A Sing-Along Concert

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  new songbook, Rise Again, Cambridge Forum hosted a sing-along concert featuring Peter and Annie; Charlie King; the Nields; Kallet Epstein & Cicone; and […]

Listener Response

Iyad Burnat said “The zionists control the media” and “Israeli soldiers want children to throw stones so that they get an excuse to shoot them” during his Cambridge Forum talk “Non-violent Resistance in Palestine”. These are racist rants. Burnat knows that, in Israel, every jew is forced to do military service. So he is saying […]

It Has Been A Privilege

After 17 years, I am stepping down as director of Cambridge Forum at the end of the summer. It has been a privilege to serve in that capacity for all this time. I had a strong belief in social justice when I arrived at the Forum, and that principle has only deepened and strengthened thanks […]

Witnessing: A People’s History of Ferguson

Recorded on March 19, 2015 PEN-New England recognizes Ferguson activists and bloggers Johnetta Elzie and DeRay McKesson with its 2015 Howard Zinn Freedom to Write award for their work as activists, organizers, and citizen journalists in the Ferguson protest movement. Their reporting and This Is the Movement newsletter engaged and unified disparate voices in the […]

Pete Seeger Sing Out Tribute

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 […]

The Health of Democracy: The Role of the Media

Recorded on January 28, 2015 A free press and public access to information and a broad range of ideas and opinions were considered so essential for a healthy democratic republic that the Founders included protection for freedom of the press in the First Amendment to the Constitution.  Alex Jones, director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on […]

The Health of Democracy: Social Immobility and Civic Participation

Recorded on February 11, 2015 Do we still believe that any child in America could grow up to be President of the United States?  American’s have long resisted the notion that class plays a role in our society, but current research undercuts that idea.  Economist Randy Albelda examines the rise in U.S. social immobility and […]

Duel Over Dinner: Washington and Hancock on State Sovereignty

 Recorded on January 21, 2015 Historian Timothy Breen explores one of the first disagreements over the power relationship between federal and state governments.   In 1789 George Washington returned to Massachusetts for the first time since 1776, as part of his tour of all the states that had adopted the Constitution and elected him President of […]

The Health of Democracy: Privatizing Education

Recorded on March 8, 2015 The Massachusetts School Law of 1642 laid out the rationale for public education: “Forasmuch as the good education of children is of singular behoof and benefit to any Common-wealth.”  How do contemporary efforts to privatize public education square with the civic role that education has played in American democracy? Internationally […]

The Health of Democracy: Economic Inequality

Recorded on March 25, 2015 Taxes!  Nobody likes taxes, but they have, famously, been called the price we pay for civilization.  Since the earliest days of the Republic, taxes have played a controversial part in our democracy and the ideal of equality that underlies it.  Historian Colin Gordon explores the growth of economic inequality in […]


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