Living A Good Enough Life
This forum challenges the notion that happiness should be life’s primary pursuit – arguing we might be better served by living well within our means, acknowledging some difficult truths and concentrating on leading a meaningful life instead. Embracing the “good-enough” life might be preferable to hankering for the perfect one, and we might just stumble across happiness in the process.
THE ART OF RESISTANCE: Visions And Voices Of Change
Art provides a powerful expression for resistance both in word and image, and Peter Sacks uses both to great effect in his latest works. Sacks, an expatriate of South Africa is currently presenting his first solo museum exhibition at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
Heart To Heart: The Exquisite Machine
Cardiologist Sian Harding explores the latest scientific developments and mysteries of the heart including the latest cardiac health discoveries as well as the relationship between the emotions and heart function.
Tyrants On Twitter
Author David Sloss shares his careful analysis of how Chinese and Russian agents weaponize Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms for the sole purpose of subverting the liberal international order, both in America and Europe.
Remembering David McCullough
In 2005, the late historian David McCullough, two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award visited Cambridge Forum. Speaking at the First Parish in Cambridge not far from the Common used by the Continental Army as a place for drill and encampment during the Revolutionary War, McCullough underscored the tumult and uncertainty … Continue reading Remembering David McCullough →
Much Ado About Mushrooms
Psilocybin mushrooms may be making a comeback within the medical community who have conducted clinical trials showing remarkable success in treating patients with severe depression, anxiety and PTSD.
Can Having Good Friends Prolong Your Life?
beneficial, if not essential, to good health.
BLACK HISTORY: ON REWIND
To celebrate our newly digitized collection of eminent historical black orators, Cambridge Forum has teamed up with the Lincoln Institute to present a panel discussion featuring distinguished CF speakers Professors Randall Kennedy, Danielle Allen and Cheryl Townsend-Gilkes and Cambridge City Councilor Denise Simmons. What progress has been made in social justice and equality in America? … Continue reading BLACK HISTORY: ON REWIND →
Tick, Tick, And More Ticks
Brian Owens, an award-winning science journalist for Nature and the New Scientist, has investigated the causes, treatments, and controversy surrounding Lyme disease, an insidious but often overlooked disease.
SMELL – an olfactory orgy
Research into olfaction, the science of what happens between the nose and the brain, has intensified in the past couple of years due to the huge number of people who lost their sense of smell due to COVID. Luckily, this condition, anosmia, is usually temporary.
What I Learned In Prison
Journalist Chris Hedges has been teaching classes in drama, literature, philosophy and history in a program offered by Rutgers University to inmates in the New Jersey prison system.
JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE: How white evangelicals corrupted a faith and fractured a nation
Kristin Du Mez traces how a militant ideal of white Christian manhood has come to pervade evangelical popular culture in America.
HOW GOD WORKS: THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE BENEFITS OF RELIGION
Did you know that people who engage in spiritual practices tend to live longer, happier lives? What’s more you don’t have to be “religious” to avail yourself of the multiple benefits – many of these rituals work on the mind regardless of belief. Psychologist David DeSteno discusses some fascinating findings from his latest book How … Continue reading HOW GOD WORKS: THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE BENEFITS OF RELIGION →
Mississippi: Then And Now
Bob Moses, a veteran of the civil rights struggle, draws an analogy between the early voter registration drives in Mississippi during the 1960's and an innovative school curriculum called The Algebra Project. The vote gave poor people access to political power; quantitative reasoning, Moses argues, enables students to have access to today's economic arrangements
I’ll Make Me A World
Filmmaker and co-executive producer of the PBS television series, I'll Make Me A World: A Century of African-American Arts, Sam Pollard talks about his dedication to chronicling the Black experience in America.
Epic Journeys Of Freedom
Historian Cassandra Pybus traces the lives and adventures of the runaway slaves who absorbed the dreams of liberty from their masters during the American Revolution and fled to the British to find freedom. Where did these hopeful and courageous idealists go? And what kind of lives did they make for themselves?
The Life and Times of Madame C.J. Walker
A'Lelia Bundles, Emmy-winning NBC news producer and journalist shares stories from her best-selling book about her great-great grandmother, Madame C.J. Walker, one of the first black women entrepreneurs of the 20th century.
What have we learned from the first covid wave?
As the latest Covid variants continue to reveal themselves, COVID-19 has proved to be the biggest global public health and economic challenge in history. Although it has posed the same threat across the globe, countries have responded very differently and some are faring better than others.
Beloved Community: Cosmopolitanism
Afro-American scholar and philosopher K. Anthony Appiah considers the idea of a community founded on the principles of inclusion, hope, and mutual respect, a community that transcends the polarizing rhetoric of racism.
The pandemic was a lethal litmus test for relationships of all kinds. A motley assortment of people found themselves locked down together. Some saw the deaths of family or friends. Others were deprived of seeing neighbors, co-workers, school friends or they lost the support of community groups like choirs. As we emerge from the Covid … Continue reading Relationship Rollercoaster →