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Romance in the Information Age

New Atlantis editor Christine Rosen, actor Johnny Lee  Davenport, and art historian Curt DeCamillo tackle the issue of how our social media and personal technologies influence our emotions. Friendships and love affairs were once the glorious domain of pen and  paper, where lovers poured out their souls. Now they have become mere  electronic transactions executed and […]

How Storytelling Shaped the History of the World

Stories are much more than entertainment— they shape our world. They’ve inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, sparked our understandings of basic political and philosophical concepts, and have given rise to religious beliefs. From Mesopotamia to the moon landing, storytelling and words have shaped the history of the world. Martin Puchner’s latest […]

Race Still Matters

Political activist, author and Harvard University professor Cornel West speaks on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his national best-seller Race Matters. First published in 1993 following 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 sexuality, the crisis in leadership […]

Who Can You Trust?

If you can’t trust those in charge, who can you trust? From government to business, banks to media, trust in institutions is at an all-time low. But this isn’t the age of distrust – far from it.  Rachel Botsman writes about and researches how technology is transforming trust and what this means for life, work […]

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. […]

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 […]

50th Anniversary!

Cambridge Forum is proud to announce that this year we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary! We would like to thank all our sponsors, friends and supporters, large and small, who make our work possible. We hope you will continue to support our work as we mark this momentous milestone. Join us for the next Cambridge Forum! […]

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