For more than 30 years, the Falmouth Forum, presented by the Friends of the MBL, has brought free cultural enrichment to our community. The 2021-2022 season will feature captivating speakers that will deliver powerful talks from science and music to business, to global issues.

Lectures are open to the public for in-person and virtual attendance. Masking for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals is required. No registration required for in-person attendance, with the exception of the 7/21 event, which will have no virtual component.

John Palfrey
10/1/21 - "From the MacArthur Fellows to Investing in Climate Solutions"

John Palfrey, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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Robert Darnton
11/12/21 - “All the Books in the World: The Libraries of Antiquity and of the Future”

Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University
Michael Mizell Memorial Public History Lecture

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Jane Baker
12/3/21 - "Drawing on Common Ground - The Convergence of Art and Science in the High School Classroom"

Jane Baker, Studio Art Teacher, Falmouth High School

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Bell Ringers
1/7/22 - “Distinctly Bronze: A Century of Handbell Artistry in America”

New England Ringers with Musical Director Daniel Moore
This event has been postponed, the new date will be announced soon

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Frans de Waal
2/4/22 - "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?"

Frans de Waal, Charles Howard Candler Professor, Emory University
This event has been canceled.

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Leigh R. Hochberg
3/4/22 - "Listening to Neurons: Restoring Communication and Mobility"

Leigh R. Hochberg, Critical Care Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Herman T. Epstein Endowed Memorial Lectureship

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Rick Hodes
5/6/22 - "Extreme Medicine - A New York Doctor Talks About his 35+ Years in Ethiopia"

Rick Hodes
Medical Director, Ethiopia Spine and Heart Project
JDC | The Leading Global Jewish Humanitarian Organization

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Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
5/20/22 - “The Third Chapter: Looking Back and Giving Forward”

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Emily Hargroves Fisher Research Professor of Education, Harvard University

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John S. Langford
6/3/22 - "Electric Airplanes: Are they Real? Are they a Good Idea?"

John S. Langford
Founder & CEO, Electra-Aero

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Amor Towles
7/21/22 - “An Evening with Amor Towles”

New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles in conversation with CAI’s Mindy Todd.
*Tickets are sold out for this event.

see Towles event info

Patrons attending lectures in-person must be compliant with the requirement to wear a mask inside MBL buildings whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. It is important to note that public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those who are unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow the appropriate risk mitigation measures. To provide our guests with a safe and comfortable experience, we will be limiting the auditorium capacity to 50% so patrons will have no one sitting immediately beside them.

The Falmouth Forum is supported by the Falmouth Forum Endowment, the Bakalar Endowed Director's Discretionary Fund, and The Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation. 

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