Various locations; Information, (617) 373-5800 For almost a century Ford Hall Forum has made freedom of speech a reality. The organization presents well-known speakers on a variety of topics, free and open to the public, so that all may learn from experts about vital matters. Guests range from the beloved, like Red Auerbach, to the controversial, like former PLO spokesperson Hanan Ashrawi. Other recent speakers include Rosalynn Carter, Janet Reno, and U.S. Representative Barney Frank.
Events take place at one of three places: Faneuil Hall, Old South Meeting House (310 Washington Street, Boston), or the Blackman Auditorium (360 Huntington Avenue, at Northeastern University). Lectures take place on Sundays and Thursdays at 7 P.M.; all are followed by a question and answer session. Call to get on their mailing list for schedules.
Kennedy Library Forums
John F. Kennedy Library,
Columbia Point, Boston; (617) 929-4554.
Another impressive series of discussions on important issues, from the Big Dig: Progress Report to Why Americans Hate Politics. Speakers have included Michael Dukakis, former Boston Police Commissioner Francis Roache, Washington Post reporter E.J. Dionne, Jr. and public opinion pollster Lou Harris. A reception follows each forum. All events are free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly recommended.