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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. More than 1 out of every 3 Americans today report themselves to be chronically […]

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 “<em>The Sea in You: Twenty Poems of Requited and Unrequited Love</em>” and “<em>Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying […]

Let Them Eat Dirt!

LET THEM EAT DIRT! Are we living in an oversanitized 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]


What is killing our honey bees? Can we save them? Cambridge Forum examines the plight of  honey bees with the help of Noah Wilson-Rich from Best Bees and apiarist David Hackenberg  of Buffy Bees from Lewisburg, PA. If you care about the future of food and want to learn more about how to ensure the survival of […]


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 […]


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 […]


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