For more than 30 years, the Falmouth Forum, presented by the Friends of the MBL, has brought free cultural enrichment to our community. The 2022-2023 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. Masks are optional. No registration required for in-person attendance.

Doors open at 7:00 PM, lectures start at 7:30 PM, except where noted below.

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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9/30/22 - “Can Seaweeds Be Sustainably Farmed for Food, Feed, and Fuel?”

Loretta Roberson, Associate Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory
Scott Lindell, Research Specialist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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10/14/22 - “How to Make a Painting”

Joe McGurl, Artist

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Greg Watson
11/18/22 - “Dare to be Naive”

Greg Watson, Director of Policy and Systems Design, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

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12/9/22 - “The Changing Face of Whale Trauma: What We Know and Have to Do”

Michael Moore, Senior Scientist, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Elizabeth Dorris
2/3/23 - “A Musical Life”

Elizabeth Doriss, Former Principal Oboist, Cape Symphony

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de Waal
3/10/23 - “Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist”

Frans de Waal, Author; C.H. Candler Professor Emeritus, Emory University; Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Utrecht University

Michael Mizell Memorial Public History Lecture
This lecture was not recorded.

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Judith Palfrey
4/14/23 - “Does America Love Our Children Enough?”

Judith Palfrey, T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics and Global Health and Social Medicine, Emerita, Harvard Medical School

Herman T. Epstein Endowed Memorial Lectureship

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John Holdren
5/5/23 - “Speaking Science to Power: My Eight Years in the Obama White House”

John Holdren, Research Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Co-Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

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Patrick Radden Keefe
Photo Credit: Philip Montgomery
6/11/23 - “ROGUES: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks—12 Tales of Skulduggery and Intrigue"

New York Times bestselling author Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with CAI’s Mindy Todd. 
This event is at 2 pm on Sunday, June 11th.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase from Eight Cousins Books.

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