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THE COST OF IVORY

THE COST OF IVORY

On Thursday, April 19, Public Forum brought together Chelsea Clinton (The Clinton Foundation), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Mlima’s Tale), and John F. Calvelli (Executive VP of the Wildlife Conservation Society) for a conversation on wildlife conservation, poaching, and the illegal ivory trade.

Inspired by MLIMA’S TALE, this first-of-its-kind digital exclusive from Public Forum examines the roles we all play in both endangering and protecting our fellow species on this planet, and how we can use the arts to better illuminate their struggles.

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THE COST OF IVORY
CIVIC SALONS

CIVIC SALONS

In a climate of divisiveness and seclusion, Public Forum is opening its doors to invite audiences to join us every month for Civic Salons: a monthly brunch-time gathering where we can come together in the spirit of community to nurture our minds and our bodies. Each month will feature a different theme and different participants who will bring readings, songs, and a keynote address – all chosen in the hopes of inspiring civic engagement and social change.

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WHO NEEDS TRUTH? AN EVENING OF POLITICS AND PERFORMANCE

WHO NEEDS TRUTH? AN EVENING OF POLITICS AND PERFORMANCE

Professor Michael Sandel returns to Public Forum in Who Needs Truth? An Evening of Politics and Performance at the Great Hall at The Cooper Union. If news can be fake and facts have alternatives, how are we to know what’s true anymore? Does a post-truth politics tilt toward tyranny?  Join the Aspen Institute, The Cooper Union, and The Public Theater’s Public Forum for an evening featuring Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel leading a debate on the fate of truth in our society. Sandel will be joined by an extraordinary array of artists who’ll set the stage with thought-provoking performances.

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WHO NEEDS TRUTH? AN EVENING OF POLITICS AND PERFORMANCE
THE 2018 POETIC ADDRESS TO THE NATION

THE 2018 POETIC ADDRESS TO THE NATION

Public Forum is proud to host THE 2018 POETIC ADDRESS TO THE NATION in partnership with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. In this culminating event of the 2018 People's State of the Union, an amazing line-up of playwrights, poets, and musicians will create a stirring evening of performances drawn from two weeks of Story Circles across the country – where ordinary citizens gave voice to their thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes, and aspirations for the state of our union.

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About Public Forum

About Public Forum

Public Forum brings together surprising combinations of artists, audiences, and experts to explore the issues and ideas raised on our stages.

Join us online and in-person for one-of-a-kind events with some of the most original thinkers of today.

Now in its eighth season, Public Forum is also the home of The Public’s audience engagement activities, which include Artist Talkbacks, Audience Conversations, Speaker Series panels, and the online resource Digiturgy.

In Artist Talkbacks, members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process following selected performances during the season. Speaker Series presents 20-to-30-minute panel discussions after the performance with experts discussing a topic from the show and Audience Conversations feature a member of The Public’s artistic staff leading the audience in a conversation with each other about the show and its themes and ideas. 

The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation provides lead support for The Public’s access and engagement programming. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

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Digiturgy

Digiturgy

Public Forum brings the larger conversations of The Public’s stages online as well with Digiturgy, an online resource exploring the themes and ideas of The Public’s plays via byte-sized digital content— photos, links, songs, videos, GIFs, and more—pulled together to make a collage of information and experiences that extends beyond the edge of the stage.

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