WGBH News and Media Relations


April 27, 2015

WGBH’s Forum Network Launches New Website

Digital upgrades improve online experience for finding and viewing local lectures

BOSTON, Mass. (April 27, 2015) WGBH’s Forum Network has launched a new website to enable audiences worldwide to explore thousands of free lectures from some of the world’s foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers and community leaders. The Forum Network records and presents diverse lectures offered by community organizations and educational institutions throughout the Boston area. Support for the Forum Network is provided by the Lowell Institute.

The refreshed site offers a new look and increased functionality, and incorporates responsive design to adapt to desktop and mobile viewing. Visitors can now search lectures by topic, era, partner or speaker. They also can find upcoming lectures to attend on the Forum Network’s events calendar

The new site offers increased sharing and social media features to enable users to bookmark and share videos via email or social media. The Forum Network also will distribute content each week on its YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Forum Network maintains strong partnerships with local organizations and recently has fostered several new collaborations across a wide variety of disciplines, including the Boston Society of Architects featuring a series of talks on urban design, and the Worcester Art Museum and their Master classes with curators. The Forum Network is now fully integrated with WGBH News, where its footage of civic discourse from local experts contributes to news coverage of ongoing issues and breaking news.

About the Lowell Institute

Support for the Forum Network is provided by The Lowell Institute, an organization created to carry out the 1836 bequest of John Lowell Jr., to make free public lectures available to the citizens of Boston and beyond. The Lowell Institute’s support enables the Forum Network to fulfill its commitment to providing outstanding educational content for lifelong learners, and to encouraging deeper understanding and civic engagement around current pressing social issues.



WGBH Media Relations

Emily Balk

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