You love Sebastian Smee‘s pieces about art and the local art scene in the Boston Globe and you’ve loved Paul Tucker’s Monet exhibitions at the MFA. Now meet them in person when they appear at Cambridge Forum as part of ArtWeek Boston to discuss the ways that looking at a work of art can open it up to reveal a rich web of information about the work itself, its maker and the society in which it was created. How does a work of art become meaningful for the beholder? Where can that appreciation lead the ordinary person?
This program is part of the series My Life Touched by Art, supported by a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a public agency.
April 30 @7pm
What should voters be attuned to as they sort through candidates in the upcoming Congressional elections? What are the key issues of concern to the new generation of millennial voters? A panel of scholars explores some of the fundamental questions newly elected representatives will have to address: poverty and inequality, tax policy and the social safety net, and education reform and propose research- and experience-based policy solutions in an effort to overcome the ideological divisions that derail so much political debate.
Produced in conjunction with the Scholars Strategy Network, a national group of scholars seeking to use research to improve policy and enhance democracy.
First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street
May 14 @7pm
Television writer-producer Marc Fields and banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka explore America’s quintessential instrument, assisted by Darol Anger on fiddle. Based on Field’s PBS documentary Give Me the Banjo, “The Banjo Project” illustrates the banjo’s history and performance styles from African roots to contemporary jazz with a lively narrative and masterful performances. its history and performance styles from African roots to contemporary jazz with a lively narrative and masterful performances.
Visit “The Banjo Project” website here.
Recorded February 11, 2013
Best-selling author Jared Diamond argues in his latest book, The World Until Yesterday, that there are profound differences between so-called “traditional” societies and industrial or post-industrial societies in everything from the way we count to the way we meet strangers.
Today’s traditional societies represent a window onto the human world as it was until a mere yesterday, measured against a time scale of the 6,000,000 years of human evolution. Traditional lifestyles are what shaped us and caused us to be what we are now; what can we learn from them as we negotiate the new challenges of the modern world?
Recorded January 16, 2013 See the Forum on YouTube
There’s been reaction to Diamond’s ideas from Survival International:
Harvard China scholar Ezra Vogel discusses his highly acclaimed biography of transformational Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. How did Deng succeed in finding a path to make China a wealthy and powerful member of the international community? What personal and cultural factors contributed to his success? What obstacles did he face? How did Vogel go about researching and writing this masterful study of Deng’s life and legacy?
Recorded March 21, 2012
Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, assesses the high-stakes diplomatic sparring between Washington and Tehran.
Have the diplomatic efforts of the Obama administration toward Iran failed? Was the Bush administration’s emphasis on military intervention, refusal to negotiate, and pursuit of regime change a better approach? How can the United States best address the ongoing turmoil in Tehran?
Recorded March 14, 2012
Chuck Collins, director of the Institute for Policy Studies Program onInequality and the Common Good, and journalist Linda McQuaig explore the impact of the growing wealth gap, and suggest ways to reverse the increase in economic inequality. What role does the call for austerity play in reinforcing or overcoming economic inequality? Where do they see the political will to make the necessary policy changes? Recorded April 25, 2012
THE ECOLOGICAL IMAGINATION: DAVID ABRAM
What lessons can we learn from our relationship with the natural world?
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