About the Forum Network
ABOUT THE FORUM NETWORK
The Forum Network is a PBS and NPR public media service in collaboration with public stations and community partners across the United States. Through an expanding network of local public stations producing content with their community partners, we intend to bring a diverse range of perspectives on both local and global issues to audiences around the world. The Forum Network online library features thousands of lectures by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders, available to citizens of the world for free. The Forum Network collaborates with hundreds of community partners in cities across the US, including libraries, museums, academic institutes, public lecture forums, public policy think tanks, cultural councils, and various other community organizations. The Forum Network and its partners are dedicated to providing life-long learning opportunities to citizens worldwide by leveraging both broadcast and online resources. Lectures are organized by Topics and Series that are aligned with public station local and national programs, when possible. By aligning lectures with PBS and NPR programs [including NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, Nature, NewsHour, Great Performances, among others] the Forum Network facilitates audiences exploring topics in greater depth. Lectures are also contextualized with speaker biographies, related lectures and books, captions and transcripts, and downloadable audio, when possible. We invite viewers to share their ideas and opinions through in-video time-coded commenting tools, as well as media rating and sharing tools. By encouraging thoughtful discourse around local and global topics, the Forum Network hopes to nurture an informed citizenry and build a diversity of public perspectives around these issues. We offer weekly podcasts, which you can subscribe to through iTunes or the NPR Podcast Directory. We also offer a subset of downloadable videos through our iTunesU and YouTube channels. Search on "Forum Network" in any of these publishing sites. Because we license our content expressly for webcasting, the Forum Network does not reproduce these recordings for public purchase or acquisition. However, many of the organizations which host the events do offer tapes, CDs, and DVDs for sale, so we encourage you to click on a partner's logo to link to their website if you are interested in obtaining copies of lectures or other information. The Forum Network and it’s partners are proud of the role we serve to citizen’s worldwide, of protecting and projecting the public voice; and of informing and inspiring that public voice to foster deeper understanding of and engagement in the culture, education, politics, science, and literature of our time.
Share your opinions and exchange ideas by logging in to leave general comments or use our in-video time-coded commenting tool. You can also express yourself through our media rating and sharing tools. Support our work by visiting our donate page where you can contribute to our cause and where you’ll find an embeddable widget to pass along to friends whom you think might also appreciate our efforts. Become a partner by joining our network as a local community content contributor or public station content partner or distributor. Become a sponsor by advertising or underwriting a lecture topic [politics, science] or other special interest series [healthcare, alternative energy, African American identity, etc]. Share your ideas, products, and services with our targeted audiences.
Major support for the Forum Network comes from PBS, NPR, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and 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. And from citizens, like you.
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