Monday, August 22, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
If you're interested in learning more, you can check out his website, read his blog, read this article he wrote for the Feb 2011 issue of Wired Magazine, or read his latest book, How We Decide.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Former Director of Policy Planning for the State Department Anne-Marie Slaughter Joins Global Affairs Panel!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
A distinguished writer, commentator, and teacher on a wide range of global affairs, Anne-Marie Slaughter is a preeminent voice on U.S. foreign policy and international security. She was the first woman to hold the position of Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, where she served from 2009-2011 as the head of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private think tank. She also served as the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002-2009, where she rebuilt the School’s international relations faculty and created a number of new centers and programs.
Named to Foreign Policy magazine’s annual list of the top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010, Dr. Slaughter speaks and writes regularly on topics including the generational shift in politics and foreign policy, the effect of social media on global politics, and the importance of women-centric global policies. Her books include, The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World and A New World Order, in which she explores the emerging class of leaders who govern on a truly global level.
A Princeton, Oxford and Harvard graduate, Dr. Slaughter currently serves as the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Previously, she served as the convener and academic co-chair of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. She has appeared on numerous news programs, including CNN, the BBC, NPR, and PBS.
If you’re interested in learning more, you can read this opinion piece she wrote for The New York Times back in March, or you can follow her on Twitter @SlaughterAM.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
During his tenure with the Department of Homeland Security, Ridge worked with more than 180,000-plus employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology, and improved information sharing worldwide. Ridge resigned from the position in 2005 and later wrote The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege…And How We Can Be Safe Again, which recounts his experiences in the department.
Ridge graduated with honors from Harvard in 1967 before earning a law degree from The Dickenson School of Law. He has served as a senior aide to Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain, and was considered by some as a possible running mate for McCain, as well as a frontrunner for Senate Candidacy in 2010. He currently heads Ridge Global as the company’s President and CEO.
If you’re interested in learning more, you can watch him on "The Daily Show"
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The Connecticut Forum Announces:
Majora Carter to be a Panelist at
Our Fragile Earth
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Companymagazine, “The Green Power Broker” by the New York Times, and “The Prophet of Local” by the Ashoka Foundation’s Changemakers.org, Majora Carter is a pioneer in economic as well as environmental sustainability. Carter, who coined the phrase “Green the Ghetto,” founded and led Sustainable South Bronx from 2001-2008 – when few were talking about sustainability, and even fewer in places like The South Bronx.
Carter views urban and rural economic renewal through an environmental lens and connects ecological, economic and social vectors in some surprising ways. Majora wrote a $1.25M Federal Transportation planning grant to design the 11-mile South Bronx Greenway which has since garnered over $50M in funding and is currently under construction. She also established one of the nation's first urban green-collar training & placement systems as well as spearheaded legislation to fuel demand for those jobs. She’s received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, as well as various awards from John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, and a Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement from Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post.
Carter currently serves on the boards of the US Green Building Council and the Wilderness Society. Since 2008, her consulting company, Majora Carter Group, LLC has exported Climate Adaptation, Urban Micro-Agribusiness, and Leadership Development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities, and economically under-performing communities.
Also, Newsweek has named her one of “25 to Watch” and one of the “century’s most important environmentalists."
If you're interested in learning more, check out her very popular TED talk
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Photo taken by Nick Caito
Congrats to Paul Bloom, who has been chosen as a speaker at the TED Global conference in July.
Bloom was a panelist at our Glorious, Mysterious Brain Forum in February, where this photo was taken. During one of the highlights of the evening, he spoke about the differences in liberal and conservative brains.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
John Irving at the Forum Book Club this past Saturday. He talked about his relationship with Vonnegut and why stories featuring dysfunction are the only stories that are interesting. He referenced Melville and Shakespeare and Dickens, but then told us about being censored by The New York Times and that penis is his favorite word (you know, because it lets you get your kids’ attention in the airport). He was contradictory and spirited, funny and thoughtful.
More photos are available on our Facebook page, here.
Video from The Forum will be posted soon!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Rereading Meany, I was reminded of this beautiful passage:
Do you have a favorite passage from one of the panelists' books?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
If you want more, you can read one of our panelists' popular books - whether it's Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate or The Language Instinct;
Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation or The Way I See It;
or Paul Bloom's How Pleasure Works
Or, check out a video clip of any of the panelists:
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Monday, January 24, 2011
Cognitive Scientist and Popular Yale Professor,
Author of How Pleasure Works
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The speech was powerful because it was more than a memorial, but a call for a better America.
The speech resonated with us. This week we've talked together about how to process the tragedy. But we've also harbored hope, and the President's speech reminded us that we are right to do that. We believe deeply in his insistence we should use this occasion: "to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together." He reminded us that "for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us."
The Connecticut Forum believes that we are all in this together, and that when we can come together - even in disagreement - we can challenge assumptions, build bridges in our community and make the world just a little bit better. We've founded our organization on those beliefs and will continue to make them a part of what we do every day. We want to use President Obama's speech as a way to remember, yes, but also as a way to regroup and look forward.
Watch Obama's entire speech:
Or view a full text transcipt here.