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THE FUTURE OF FOOD, AN URBAN ANSWER?

Climate change has forced us to rethink our options about many things, including how and where we grow our food. James Miner, Principal of urban design and planning at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, has focused much of his practice on creating more sustainable communities for future generations.  Miner lectures and writes extensively on the various […]

ROTTEN REPORTAGE – Do We Have the Media We Deserve?

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 […]

RECLAIMING CONVERSATION

Most conversations today involve distracted people looking at their phones and not their partners. This, according to Sherry Turkle, is leading to a “crisis of empathy” at work, at home and in our public life. Turkle is Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, and spent four decades studying the relationship […]

Infiltrating the Terrorist Network

PRIVACY VERSUS SECURITY After the Paris terrorist attacks, many feel that the world has entered a new and terrible “reign of terror”. We start our new Deep Globalization series by considering the challenge of balancing security concerns with protecting our privacy. Can we track down terrorists who use encryption to communicate & coordinate attacks, while […]

The Cuban Connection

Richard 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 reflects on his  childhood […]

Inside ISIS

POSTPONED. How did the Islamic State come to control half of Syria and at least a third of Iraq?  What motivates those who carry out the brutal executions that we see posted on the Internet?  What is prompting American and European nationals to join them? In Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate, renowned Arab scholar Abdel […]

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 […]

Dispatches From The Front Lines of Climate Justice

Journalist and author Wen Stephenson discusses his new book What We’re Fighting For Now Is Each Other. Stephenson provides a candid look at some of the “new American radicals” who are risking everything to build a stronger climate justice movement. What motivates them? How can individual, local actions really affect a larger global movement? Wen Stephenson,  an independent […]

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 […]

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