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 Leadership, Diplomacy, and Civil Discourse.


“Owning Expertise: A live experiment in how credibility works and how ideas rise”

Speaker: Catherine Orenstein, Founder & CEO, The Op-Ed Project

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 3-5pm

Blake Student Commons, Bay Path University

Hosted by Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University

The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts presents “Owning Expertise: A live experiment in how credibility works and how ideas rise.” In this highly-interactive workshop, we will engage in a large group experiment to explore how credibility works–and works unfairly–in the world. We’ll surface hidden beliefs about expertise and power, and explore ways to walk through difficult terrain with integrity. Participants will walk away with bold ideas, a deeper sense of what they know and stand for, and actionable steps

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Additional Leadership Resources:

Leadership Pioneer Valley,

Women’s Fund of Western MA LIPPI Program



The Peacemaker 

Documentary screening and post-screening interview with filmmaker James Demo by Joshua Weiss, Ph.D., Bay Path University.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:30 PM

Mills Theatre, Carr Hall

Film running time: 90 minutes

Co-sponsored by Bay Path University’s MS in Leadership & Negotiation, The World Affairs Council of Western Mass, The Springfield Public Forum and Temple Beth-El.

A New York Times Critics’ Pick and multi-award winning film,The Peacemaker is an intimate portrait of Padraig O’Malley, an international peacemaker who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film takes us from Padraig’s isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq – as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.

As space is limited, pre-registration is strongly recommended. Register Now: