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CT Forum Discusses Education

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By Beth Bruno

HARTFORD -- The Connecticut Forum will host a conversation between William J. Bennett and Robert B. Reich on Thursday April 27, 8:00 p.m. at The Bushnell, as they discuss the most compelling and thought-provoking issues of today. Sparks will fly in heated debates about what is right and wrong about American education, our standard of living, the future of work, and our social and political institutions.

Bennett, conservative Republican straight talker on what is right and wrong in America, is the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Secretary of Education under President Reagan, and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Reich is an author, commentator, professor (Harvard, now Brandeis), lawyer, former Secretary of Labor (1993-1997), an influential thinker on the future of work, and advisor to political and corporate leaders around the world.

Moderator, Margaret Warner, is chief Washington Correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer since 1993, and former White House correspondent for Newsweek.

"This Forum will be a verbal sparring match that will enliven the audience and spark continued debates in our own communities," said Richard Sugarman, founding president of The Connecticut Forum. "As a catalyst for thought and community involvement, The Connecticut Forum is dedicated to raising the level of discussion on the issues that shape the world we live in."

Founded in 1992, The Connecticut Forum is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to promoting the free and active exchange of ideas in Forums, which inform, challenge, entertain, inspire and build bridges among all people and organizations in our communities. The Connecticut Forum, through its Forum Community Institute, is involved in The Connecticut Forum Student Board, Forum Conversations, Student Exchange Events and more.

There truly is nothing else like The Connecticut Forum in the country; no other Forum integrates distinguished panelists and provocative issues with extensive community outreach.

Where else can you witness renowned panelists like General Norman Schwarzkopf, Katharine Graham, Gene Wilder, Alan Keyes, Gloria Steinem and Walter Cronkite discuss important and timely issues?

When do over 400 students from over 50 diverse high schools ever get the consistent opportunity to discuss issues, share insights and life experiences, meet and work together, bettering themselves and their communities through service and social and educational interaction? Only at the CT Forum. For information about tickets or future events, contact The Connecticut Forum at 860-509-0909.

Note from the author:I've personally attended at least a dozen CT Forum programs, often to sell-out crowds. Panel members represent diverse viewpoints, sparking vigorous debate about national and international issues, followed after intermission by answers to questions from the audience. I always come away invigorated, entertained, inspired and brimming with new ideas. Don't miss it