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WGBH Lectures is a collection of public talks presented and produced in partnership with WGBH or recorded at WGBH studios in Boston. Our lectures cover a variety of compelling topics of local and world interest. For a listing of all Forum Network partners including all participating public stations and community partners hosting and contributing lectures to the Forum Network from across the country please refer to our Partners listing page. WGBH is proud of the role we serve in our community, of protecting and projecting the public voice; and of informing and inspiring that public voice to foster deeper understanding of and civic engagement in important issues.break

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Past Events

  • GBH News Arts & Culture reporter James Bennett, II welcomes two up-and-coming Black authors for a discussion on the importance of writing to uplift and inform the Black community. Simeon Marsalis and Tatiana Johnson-Boria will read passages from their work, and the three will share why they create work for a Black audience, as well as how they draw inspiration. Simeon Marsalis is a writer who published his first novel, As Lie Is to Grin, with Catapult in 2017. He is the co-founder of Lampblack, a new literary magazine and a collective of Black writers with a mission to serve the Black literary community. Tatiana Johnson-Boria is a writer and artist exploring identity, inherited trauma, and what it means to heal. She is recipient of both the 2021 MacDowell Fellowship for artists and the 2021 Brother Thomas fellowship, celebrating a diverse group of Greater Boston artists working at a high level of excellence.
    Partner:
    WGBH
  • Why do we make the choices we make when it comes to food? GBH Curiosity Desk’s Edgar B. Herwick III interviews two experts on the science of food to uncover some of the fascinating and surprising facts that influence our food consumption.
    Partner:
    WGBH
  • More than just a spiritual place, the Black Church in America is also the source of much of Black culture and the wellspring of political activism. The Church is the energy that fuels Black businesses and gave rise to Black educational institutions. The Church over centuries in America has given Black people a sense of value and belonging. Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, and Basic Black and GBH commentator, hosts a virtual conversation with a panel of distinguished scholars on the evolution of the Black church in Boston and the U.S., the role of women in the church over time and the political activism that has always had roots in the church community. This virtual live event expands upon themes presented in a new, upcoming documentary series by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. [**The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song **](https://www.pbs.org/show/black-church/) is a four-hour documentary exploring 400 years of the Black Church in America and its impact as a living institution within American culture. The series addresses the social, educational, financial, cultural and political role the Black Church has played in the lives of generations of African Americans. Major corporate support for the documentary series is provided by Johnson & Johnson. Major support is also provided by Lilly Endowment Inc., Ford Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.   ## Resources   [The Black Church: This is our Story, This is Our Song](https://www.pbs.org/show/black-church/) on PBS. Hear the latest episode of [Under the Radar with Callie Crossley](https://www.wgbh.org/news/under-the-radar-with-callie-crossley) Listen to the [All Rev'd Up Podcast](https://www.wgbh.org/podcast/all-revd-up) ["The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture—Toward Bridging the Generational Divide,"](http://www.emmettprice.com/documents/PressRelease-TheBlackChurchandHipHopCulture..pdf) Edited by Emmett G. Price III, January 2012 ["In the Key of Queer: Gospel music is a calling, a gift from Black LGBTQ musicians’ hearts and souls"](http://bostonspiritmagazine.com/2021/02/in-the-key-of-queer-gospel-music-is-a-calling-a-gift-from-black-lgbtq-musicians-hearts-and-souls/) by Rev. Irene Monroe. Feb. 7, 2021
    Partner:
    WGBH
  • Dig a little deeper into the Electoral College with GBH Curiosity Desk’s Edgar B. Herwick III. Hear from Massachusetts elector Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and get a historical perspective of the Electoral College system and how it works from UMASS political science professor Amel Ahmed. Image: Pexels.com
    Partner:
    WGBH
  • November is National Native American Heritage Month. The Curiosity Desk’s Edgar B Herwick III is joined by award-winning filmmaker Katsitsionni Fox and President of the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), Jean-Luc Pierite. NAICOB is the only urban Indian center in Massachusetts that has provided cultural, social, educational and professional services to the New England Native American community for over 50 years. Learn more about Indigenous culture and linguistics with Edgar, Katsitsionni and Jean-Luc.
    Partner:
    WGBH
  • Curious about traveling during the pandemic? Join us to hear from travel writer and columnist Christopher Muther and Dr. Abraar Karan, internal medicine physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. They talk with GBH Curiosity Desk’s Edgar B. Herwick III about what travel looks like these days and what safety precautions are necessary. Image: Pexel.com
    Partner:
    WGBH
  • Hear from Flour and Myers+Chang pastry chef/co-owner Joanne Chang and Brato Brewhouse and Kitchen chef/co-owner Jonathan Gilman as they discuss the latest innovations in the restaurant industry. GBH Curiosity Desk’s Edgar B. Herwick III hosts and digs deeper into how these chefs are overcoming challenges and creating exciting new options for food and drink.
    Partner:
    WGBH
  • How are artists pivoting in a world where performances and exhibits are happening online? The Curiosity Desk’s Edgar B. Herwick III speaks with visual artist Chanel Thervil and comedian Bethany Van Delft about the challenges and creative solutions they face in the current virtual-only environment. Image credit: [Pexels](http://https://www.pexels.com/photo/photo-of-woman-writing-on-tablet-computer-while-using-laptop-4348401/)
    Partner:
    WGBH
  • Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton joins writer, producer and director Michelle Ferrari and other guests for an important and timely conversation inspired by the new American Experience film, "The Vote." Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, "The Vote" tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote. This transformative cultural and political movement resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. For this special conversation, WGBH and American Experience convened panel of extraordinary women to discuss the history of the women’s suffrage movement, what it reveals about the mechanics of American democracy, how it connects to other campaigns for equality, and the insight it offers to the challenges facing women and the nation today. Secreatary Clinton and Michelle Ferrari are joined by Martha S. Jones, historian and author of "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted Upon Equality for All" and Elaine Weiss, author of "The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote". The panel addresses a selection of questions submitted by virtual webinar audience members. Watch the full film of The Vote on PBS.org and the PBS Video App. For more information visit: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/vote/.
    Partner:
    WGBH
  • WGBH BostonTalks hosts a virtual discussion on how to maintain our health when working and learning from home. During the broadcast, learn from a psychologist, a fitness trainer, and two professionals from "The Rising Workplace" focused on helping companies build ergonomical spaces. These speakers talk with Edgar B. Herwick III, host of WGBH's Curiosity Desk, to address multiple aspects of personal health and self-care. Image: Pexels.com
    Partner:
    WGBH