Ralph Nader speaks at the Redlands Forum in 2011.
Through the Redlands Forum, the community is invited to listen to various movers and shakers from the Inland Empire and around the world speak on important issues.
The Forum, which is sponsored by the University of Redlands Town & Gown and Esri, has featured a wide range of big names over the past four years, including Ralph Nader and Jane Goodall.
“The Forum started as a way to showcase all the wonderful people coming to the University and Esri campuses,” Char Burgess, Redlands Forum co-manager and vice president and dean of student life at the University of Redlands, said. “We try to vary the speakers in terms of topics and background.”
The fall schedule kicks off at 5:30 p.m. September 11 with artist Joseph Stoddard. Stoddard, who created a book in honor of the University of Redlands Centennial, will speak on visions of Southern California in sketches and paintings. The second Forum event is set for 5:30 p.m. September 26, with magician Mike Caveney.
“We chose an artist and magician to begin our fourth season because we haven’t had either of those areas represented and thought it would be great to start with two new topics,” Shelli Stockton, Redlands Forum co-manager, said.
“We also try to feature speakers at strategic times, such as having Mike Caveney come prior to the Magic Show he is part of on October 18,” Burgess said.
Redlands Forum events often draw large crowds of people looking for both entertainment and an education.
“It seems to have developed a following of people who appreciate learning on a wide variety of topics,” Burgess said. “There are communities like Redlands where speaker series cost major dollars. We are fortunate to live in a place where these opportunities are free, more plentiful, and the chance to meet new people who like to think is part of the equation.”
The Redlands Forum is equal parts town and gown, and each event makes for a memorable evening.
“People should come to the Redlands Forum programs to learn and be exposed to new ideas, people, thoughts, and experiences,” Stockton said. “I think a life well-lived is about continuing to challenge yourself to look at things differently and to seek out new ideas – it’s also one of the reasons to live in a university town like Redlands where you have the opportunity to meet and learn from interesting people.”
For more information, visit the Redlands Forum website.
Posted: August 12, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia