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Forum Network

Free online lectures: Explore a world of ideas

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Public Broadcasting Atlanta's (PBA) Forum Network is an online, on-demand archive of discussions given by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy-makers and community leaders. These discussion events are hosted by cultural and educational organizations in metro Atlanta and beyond. Through the Forum Network, people across the world can now listen and watch these events online. We encourage our audience to browse our featured, new, and popular lectures. Explore all lectures by Topics, Series, Partners, and Speakers. To provide our viewers with added information lectures are further augmented with speaker biographies, related lectures and books, captions and transcripts, and downloadable audio. **About Atlanta Public Broadcasting ** Great cities are known by their museums, theaters, symphonies and parks. But the greatest impact on a city's cultural life radiates invisibly through the air. For Atlanta, that cultural force is Public Broadcasting Atlanta. WABE 90.1 FM and PBA 30, brings NPR News, music, the arts and PBS programming to hundreds of thousands of listeners and viewers each year. Today, people turn to public broadcasting for their news, music, arts and entertainment. Yet, few people realize that public broadcasting began as "educational television" -- strictly a learning resource. As a broadcast service of Atlanta Public Schools in partnership with the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative (AETC), PBA has never lost sight of its original mission. Education remains at the core of our operation at every level, from preschoolers to our elders.

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  • Host of the book review show* Between the Lines*, Valerie Jackson and Juan Williams discuss his involvement with *Eyes on the Prize* and his new book *Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead End Movements, and Culture of Failure that are Undermining Black America and What We Can Do About it*.
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    PBA
  • WABE-Atlanta radio talk show host Valerie Jackson moderates a town hall-style panel discussion on Global Warming and other environmental challenges, featuring national environmental leaders. The event includes a video message from Congressman John Lewis, a letter read from Senator Barack Obama, and a spoken word performance by Doria Roberts. This National African American Earth Day Summit is sponsored by The Keeping It Wild program, which is a series of events to raise public awareness about the importance of Southeastern wild lands. This event honors the contributions of African American conservationists, re-energizes and builds partnerships among diverse communities engaged in natural lands protection in Georgia and the Southeast. Keeping it Wild is a program of The Wilderness Society, a national member group of Earth Share. Keeping it Wild connects people to the land and to each other in order to protect and conserve our wildlands.
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    PBA
  • Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin gives the Holmes-Hunter Lecture at the University of Georgia. Franklin, who is involved in a number of academic outreach efforts for Atlanta public high schools, compares the financial assistance for underprivileged youth to crime, with which she deals regularly in her position as mayor. She claims that there is no prescription for lowering crime that doesn't include increasing education. The Holmes-Hunter Lecture, which focuses on race relations and black history in regards to aspects of higher education, is given by an influential community leader each April. It was established in 1985 to honor Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who became the first African Americans to enroll at UGA in 1961. Previous speakers include Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, Vernon Jordan, Nikki Giovanni, and Deborah Roberts.
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    PBA
  • John Prendergast, a Clinton administration adviser and avid human rights activist, discusses his involvement in a number of peace processes throughout Africa.
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    PBA
  • Documentarian Ken Burns talks about the making of his new WWII retrospective. *The War* explores the history and horror of WWII from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history. Six years in the making, this epic, 14-hour film focuses on the stories of citizens from four geographically distributed American towns: Waterbury, CT; Mobile, AL; Sacramento, CA; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, MN.
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    PBA
  • The Civic League for Regional Atlanta arranges this conversation by Georgia's Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle, on the many challenges created by Atlanta's rapid growth and relative lack of rapid transit.
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    PBA
  • Danish Ambassador to the US Friis Arne Petersen discusses the reality of a more potent European Union. This event is hosted and cosponsored by Emory University and the Trade Commission of Denmark.
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    PBA
  • Pierre Vimont, ambassador of France to the US, discusses Europe, the United States and the world.
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    PBA
  • PBS President Paula Kerger speaks to Public Broadcasting Atlanta's (PBA) Cornerstone Society supporters at the monthly Inside Edition event.
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    PBA
  • Dave Isay, founder of Sound Portraits Productions, describes the genesis of the StoryCorps oral history project, its progress and plans for expansion at the opening of the Atlanta Story Corps booth.
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    PBA