Conversations that change minds, change the world
For 81 years strong, the Springfield Public Forum has provided local audiences with access to the scientists, artists, academics, and politicians who stand at the front lines of our most-pressing contemporary issues—at no cost to you.
From Alex Haley to Ralph Nader, Cory Booker to Betty Friedan, we have brought thought leaders to the Forum stage through the years to explain their work, field our questions, and suggest a way forward. And our public lectures are merely the first step in sparking broader conversations in our living rooms, classrooms, and communities at large.
Join us in cutting through today’s information overload as we get to the heart of the matters that matter most.
Hear from world-class speakers as they speak on critical contemporary issues—at no cost to you.
Have your questions answered with an open Q&A at the end of every speaking event—and chat with like-minded people at all Forum events.
Our Public Forum Scholars and Forum Thinks programs bring lecture topics into our classrooms and communities to spark dialogue and generate new ideas.
The generosity and support of our sponsors and underwriters allows the Forum to bring world-class speakers, free of charge, to downtown Springfield.
Fall 2017 Underwriters