The third annual Charlemont Forum, a two part lecture series, on “Preserving
Democracy: Problems of polarization in American Politics and Religion”
will take place Thursday, July 5 and Tuesday, July 24 at the Charlemont
Federated Church, Charlemont. In this election year, the Forum committee is
focusing on public policy concerns regarding the upcoming elections and politics
in the U.S.
On Thursday, July 5, at 7:00 p.m. David Gergen will speak on “Polarization
and American Politics: Causes and Prospects.” David Gergen is senior
political analyst for CNN and Professor of Public Service and Director of the
Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He served as an
advisor to four U.S. Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.
On Tuesday, July 24, John Bonifaz, a constitutional lawyer, will present
on: We the People or We the Corporations? How we can fight back to reclaim
our democracy.” He is co-founder and Executive Director of Free Speech for
People, a national campaign pressing for a 28th amendment to the U.S.
Constitution to make clear that corporations are not people with consititutional
rights. Mr. Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, and a
1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
The lectures are free, and open to the public and supported by a grant from
the Charlemont/Hawley Cultural Council. They are followed by an audience
dialogue with the speakers, and refreshments.
are available. Parking is free and the church is handicapped accessible. For more information call the Charlemont Federated Church: 413-339-4294.
Information submitted by Cara Hochhalter.