Forum Network

The Forum Network is a public media service of WGBH that collects thousands of video and audio lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers, and community leaders, made available to the public for free.

Lectures hosted on The Forum Network are presented by community organizations and educational institutions from the Boston area and beyond.

From science to the humanities, from local to global topics, The Forum Network is committed to providing outstanding educational content for lifelong learners, and to encouraging deeper understanding and civic engagement around the vital issues of our time.

Major support for Forum Network is provided by The Lowell Institute, an organization created to carry out the 1836 bequest of John Lowell Jr., to make free public lectures available to the citizens of Boston and beyond.

A greater collection of videos can be found on our YouTube channel.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Masha Gessen on Putin's War Against the West

Masha Gessen
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, Russian-American journalist and LGBT activist Masha Gessen visited First Parish in Cambridge to discuss Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and its worldwide effects.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

An Afternoon with Nathaniel Hawthorne

Rob Velella as Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, historian Rob Velella (or rather, author Nathaniel Hawthorne) visited the Old South Meeting House to read a selection of the Salem-born writer’s short stories.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Cornell William Brooks on Transformational Leadership

Rev. Cornell William Brooks
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, Reverend Cornell William Brooks visited the Marsh Chapel at the Boston University School of Theology to discuss transformational leadership.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

A Conversation with Henry David Thoreau

Richard Smith as Henry David Thoreau
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, historian Richard Smith (or rather, naturalist author Henry David Thoreau) visited the Old South Meeting House to discuss the life, work, and philosophy of the Concord, Massachusetts native.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Lobster in the Rough

Sandy Oliver
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, food historian Sandy Oliver visited the Old South Meeting House to discuss one of New England’s most popular dishes.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Read Us Some More Seferi

George Kalogeris
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, Suffolk University professor and translator George Kalogeris visited the Greek Institute to discuss the poetry of Nobel laureate George Seferis.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change

(L-R) Tim Weiskel, Mike Barrett, Gary Rucinski, Anne Kelly
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, Massachusetts Senator Mike Barrett, Gary Rucinski, and Anne Kelly visited the Cambridge Forum to hold a panel discussion on the idea of a carbon tax and its potential to affect climate change.

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FORUM NETWORK
4:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything - Capitalism vs. The Climate

Naomi Klein
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, best-selling author Naomi Klein visited the Cambridge Forum to discuss her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Colonial Concord's Finest Craftsman

David F. Wood
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, historian David F. Wood visited the Old South Meeting House to detail the life and work of 19th-century cabinetmaker William Monroe.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:20 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

George Daughan Sheds Light on the Navy's Role in the War of 1812

George Daughan
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, historian George Daughan visited the U.S.S. Constitution Museum to discuss his book 1812: The Navy’s War

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Dr. Nathaniel Sheidley on Refurnishing Boston's Historic Council Chamber

Dr. Nathaniel Sheidley
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, Dr. Nathaniel Sheidley visited the Old South Meeting House to describe how Boston’s historic council chamber was refurnished to its 1760s appearance.

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FORUM NETWORK
4:15 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Salt Pork vs. Nasal Hemorrhaging

Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, author Marc Abrahams visited the Harvard Book Store to talk about his newest book This Is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors and More WTF Research.

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FORUM NETWORK
4:16 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Reimagining Libraries For The 21st Century

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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Matthew Battles came by the Harvard Book Store to discuss their book The Library Beyond the Book. 

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FORUM NETWORK
1:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Why Do People Deny Climate Change?

George Marshall
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, George Marshall visited the Harvard Book Store to discuss his book, Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Mark Epstein On Buddhism In Everyday Life

Mark Epstein
Credit Alison Bruzek / WGBH News

Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, Mark Epstein visited the Harvard Book Store to discuss his book, The Trauma of Everyday Life.

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FORUM NETWORK
10:53 am
Mon July 21, 2014

How Do Cells Become Cancerous?

Ana Soto and Carlos Sonnenschein
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Collected by the WGBH Forum Network, Dr. Ana Soto and Dr. Carlos Sonnenschein visited Science for the Public to discuss how cells become cancerous.

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FORUM NETWORK
10:32 am
Mon July 21, 2014

David Rose On The Whimsy and Wonder of Smart Objects

David Rose
Credit Catherine Whelan / WGBH

Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, MIT Media Lab researcher David Rose visited the Harvard Book Store to discuss his book, Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things.

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FORUM NETWORK
11:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Larry Finison On Boston's Bicycling History

Derrick Jackson and Larry Finison
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Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, Larry Finison visited the Museum of African American History to discuss the early history of cycling in Boston.

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FORUM NETWORK
9:55 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Civil Rights Panel Stands Its Ground 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act

Civil Rights Panel
Credit Catherine Whelan / WGBH

  Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, a panel of civil rights and law experts gathered at the Museum of African American History to discuss the changes, or lack thereof, in society since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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FORUM NETWORK
2:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Box Brown On One Man's Wrestling Downfall

Box Brown
Credit Alison Bruzek / WGBH

Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, comics artist Box Brown visited Brookline Booksmith to discuss his book, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:05 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Michael Waldman On the Many Faces of the Second Amendment

Michael Waldman
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Taped by WGBH Forum Network, Michael Waldman visited Harvard Book Store to discuss his book, The Second Amendment: A Biography.

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FORUM NETWORK
2:50 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Suzanna Danuta Walters On Why We're Not A Post-Gay Society

Suzanna Danuta Walters
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Taped by WGBH Forum Network, Suzanna Danuta Walters visited Harvard Book Store to talk about her book, The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality.

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FORUM NETWORK
3:39 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Yuly Fuentes-Medel On Enabling Scientific Discovery In Latin America

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Taped by WGBH Forum Network, researcher Yuly Fuentes-Medel visited Science in the News to discuss her work with model organisms in science (i.e. mice and worms).

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FORUM NETWORK
3:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Why Do We Need Investigative Journalism?

Panel of investigative journalists
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Taped by WGBH Forum Network, a panel of investigative journalists gathered at WGBH to discuss how they make and break stories.

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FORUM NETWORK
9:33 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Jack Devine On The Inner Workings Of The CIA

Jack Devine and Joseph Finder
Credit Catherine Whelan / WGBH News

Taped by WGBH Forum Network, CIA veteran Jack Devine visited Harvard Book Store to discuss his book, Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story, in conversation with novelist Joseph Finder.

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FORUM NETWORK
4:27 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Sheldon Krimsky On If Your Genetically Modified Food Is Safe

Sheldon Krimsky
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Collected by WGBH Forum Network, professor Sheldon Krimsky visited Science for the Public to talk about genetically modified foods and their safety.

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FORUM NETWORK
2:07 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Anjali Tripathi On Why It's So Hard To Find New Planets

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Collected by WGBH Forum Network, research Anjali Tripathi visited Science in the News to discuss her work looking for planets.

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FORUM NETWORK
9:50 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Chris Garris On Why Your Gut Is Like No One Else's

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Collected by WGBH Forum Network, researcher Chris Garris visited Science in the News to discuss his doctoral research on the human gut and its microbes.

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FORUM NETWORK
9:09 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Laura Klein On Changing Medicine... With Human Milk

More than food logo
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Collected by WGBH Forum Network, researcher Laura Klein visited Science in the News to talk about her work looking at milk as medicine.

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FORUM NETWORK
1:17 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Linda Hill & Emily Truelove On The Three Attributes Of Successful Leaders

Emily Truelove and Linda Hill
Credit Catherine Whelan / WGBH

Taped by WGBH Forum Network, Harvard professor Linda Hill and M.I.T. researcher Emily Truelove visited the Harvard Book Store to discuss their book, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation.

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