Established in 1935, the Springfield Public Forum is one of the country's longest-running free speaker series. By bringing the world’s most important voices to Springfield to present on a diverse range of topics, we create opportunities for rich community dialogue around compelling issues.
Did you know?
- For more than 80 years, the Forum has remained completely free to attend – enabling all in our region to participate.
- Free public speaker events, are designed to educate and inspire local residents through a wide range of topics – politics, science, education, medicine, economics, the arts.
- Thousands are engaged each year contributing to a vibrant downtown Springfield.
- The Forum Thinks initiative extends the impact of Forum speakers by partnering with local groups to offer additional local programming (book groups, documentary screenings, stakeholder meetings, etc.) focused on speakers’ topics.
- The Public Forum Scholars program engages the city’s high school students by providing private Q&A access to our speakers. For these students, learning “comes alive” and inspires them beyond their textbooks.
- A new benefit of membership is access to selected videos of past events.
We accomplish all of our work thanks to the support of local foundations, corporations, and individual donors like YOU!
Your gift will help us to continue in our mission. Thank you for your support!