• Community Conversation on Race and Justice

    ForumThinks programs are hosted by our community partners to provide a deeper understanding of Forum topics. Events include book groups, discussion panels, photography exhibits, documentary screenings, and more. This fall, we are focusing our ForumThinks programs on activities surrounding the keynote event “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America” with Jelani Cobb. With the exception of […]

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    MassMutual to Sponsor Steve Forbes event

    Many thanks to MassMutual, our Presenting Sponsor of “America’s Future in the Global Economy” with Steve Forbes at Symphony Hall on 9/13/17 at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information about the event.

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  • Fall 2017 Schedule

    Click here for the Fall 2017 Schedule

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  • Love of Learning and Teaching Leads to Springfield Public Forum

    By Karen Lavariere-Sanchez, Board Member. “Education is improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” -Marian Wright Edelman, The Measure of Our Success; A Letter to My Child and Yours (1992) OK, I’ll admit it; I was a nerd growing up. I liked school, rarely missed […]

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  • The Forum a Gem Adding to the Fabric of Springfield Life

    By Lisa Doherty, Board Member. I love the Springfield Public Forum for many reasons. Despite the economic challenges that Springfield faces, there are so many wonderful and diverse offerings in our city, like the Museums at the Quadrangle, Forest Park with its zoo and the Basketball Hall of Fame, to name a few. The Forum […]

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  • Springfield Public Forum Tackles Key Presidential Campaign Issue of Immigration

    Bill Richardson to Address “The Future of Immigration” on Sept. 20 Because of his Mexican roots and his past governorship of a border state, Bill Richardson is uniquely qualified to provide a look at what the future of immigration may be in the United States, a major flashpoint of the presidential campaign. Richardson has been […]

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  • Bringing Important Ideas to Our Region

    By Tricia Canavan, Board Member. I remember seeing posters about the Public Forum’s line up as a young person growing up in Springfield, and thinking that it was amazing that we would have such renowned people, “up close,” right downtown at Symphony Hall. It seemed sophisticated, something you’d see in New York or Chicago – […]

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  • Springfield Public Forum Takes on Addiction, Suicide and Lives in Crisis

    Nancy Lublin to Speak on Oct. 5 on How Her Text Hotline Saves Lives. More Massachusetts residents committed suicide in 2013 than died as a result of car crashes and homicides combined. Substance abuse in Massachusetts cause a record level of deaths by opioid overdoses in 2013; in Springfield alone, 23 people died in 2013. […]

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    Looking back and looking forward

    Last year, the Springfield Public Forum celebrated its 80th anniversary with an ambitious schedule and a desire to find new ways of serving our community. Overall, the Forum made great strides in building name recognition, brand and community relationships and partnerships with local colleges, museums, the public schools, libraries and area businesses. We served more […]

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    Celebrating our 80th year

    This season, we celebrate 80 years of bringing today’s brightest minds to the stage in Springfield. Not only does the Springfield Public Forum give you access to world-renowned speakers as they discuss today’s most pressing issues, it does so entirely free of charge—and that is worth celebrating.  This year’s program is truly worthy of our […]

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