Discover The Connecticut Forum
Founded in 1992, The Connecticut Forum is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Connecticut and beyond with live, unscripted panel discussions among renowned experts and celebrities, and community outreach programs including our award-winning CT YOUTH Forum.
Our mission: to encourage the free and active exchange of ideas in Forums
that inform, challenge, entertain, inspire and build bridges
among all people and organizations in our community.
Photo Credit: Kathleen Cei
Connecticut Forums are presented four times per year to audiences of 2,800 at the historic Bushnell Theater in Hartford. Past panelists have included: Benazir Bhutto, Bucky Dent, Elie Wiesel, Kurt Vonnegut, Elizabeth Edwards, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, Anita Hill, Bill Moyers, Malcolm Gladwell, Newt Gingrich, Gloria Steinem, Andrew Sullivan, and more than 250 others.
Just as powerful and unique as Forum evenings are The Forum's outreach programs in our community, including the CT YOUTH Forum, a voluntary high school youth program serving more than 750 students from 40 schools that provides monthly opportunities for youth to communicate and connect with each other across the divides of geography, race, sexual orientation, economics, and more.
At The Connecticut Forum, you will find open, honest, civil dialogue - the free and active exchange of ideas that allows us to question our assumptions, consider new points of view, entertain our souls and connect with each other, stimulated by discovery and enriched by our differences...no winners or losers, no "them" versus "us."
A civil community. A civil society. The Forum Family.
All are welcome - join us.
In this video, Forum Founders Doris and Richard Sugarman talk about how The Forum got started, and many Forum Friends and YOUTH Forum members share what The Forum has meant to them and our community.