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 the 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.
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 300 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 35 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.
In this video by Peter Decoteau and filmed by Rabbit Ears Media, CT Forum panelists Malcolm Gladwell, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michelle Bernard, Aisha Tyler, Adam Savage and Carrie Brownstein, describe their experiences at The CT Forum and with the CT YOUTH Forum in exclusive, behind-the-scenes interviews. Tyson says it's a "collision of ideas" while Bernard exclaims, "It's the first time I've ever experienced anything like this, and I wish there was a Connecticut Forum in all 50 states."
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.