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For the forseeable future, Forums are being hosted online. The overall program format is the same, i.e., they are intended to inspire a delightfully free-flowing and amiable discussion of ideas. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy becoming more informed about such topics as international affairs, diplomacy, climate change, the sciences, the arts and humanities, economics, and philosophy, etc.

Online Forums generally run for about 2 hours and begin with a 15–30 minute introduction by a guest presenter, after which aspects of the topics that were presented are open for discussion. The Forum takes place over a Zoom.us website. Participants need to have a free zoom.us account and need to sign up by 12 Noon (see below) to receive a secure directly-clickable link to join the Forum. There is a technology testing option 30 minutes prior to each Forum.

Guidelines ... For practical reasons, the format of each online Forum needs to be adapted to the topic and number of participants who sign up ahead of time. To help facilitate this, we provide the following guidelines ...

• A host presides over each Forum.
• A special guest first gives a 15–30 minute introduction about the evening's topic.
• A disciplined general discussion then follows. The host decides how best to give as many participants as possible a chance to ask questions and to share what they think.
• The presenter has the option to invite personal guests who can contribute knowledgably to the evening's discussion, i.e., as panelists.
• At the discretion of the host and guest presenter, the general discussion may be temporarily shifted to a number of breakout rooms, where discussion about the evening's presentation will continue among subsets of participants.
• The guest presenter and/or the host and panelists are welcome to visit each breakout room to facilitate discussions and/or answer questions.
• On evenings when there are breakout rooms, the general discussion will resume, starting with brief presentations by the spokesperson for each breakout room.
• Post-Forum comments may be sent to the Forum's archivist for anonymous posting alongside the link for each evening's Forum. Comments need to be succinct (no more than 100 words). They serve as a record of key points that were of special interest to the participants.

Some forums have suggested summaries and/or reading materials that may be considered in advance. Neither is needed to enjoy the lively discussion that will evolve each evening.

The format of the Eagle Hill Forums draws much inspiration from the format of the grand salons of 17th, 18th, and 19th century Europe. For an interesting essay presenting a summary of precedents, please see ... Link

If you are moved to do so, you are welcome to interject a brief in-the-moment-appropriate presentation of a subject you think others may find interesting. Another idea is to bring a few copies of a news clipping and/or to share an annotated list of webpage links you think others may wish to take with them for their leisurely consideration at home.

Please let us know if you would like to join us. ... office@eaglehill.us

Sign up for our community programs email list ... Here.

Suggestions ...are welcome for Forum topics and presenters.



Program focus.


2020 Online Forums ... This calendar will be updated as new forums are planned.
Apr 25, 5PM Sat The NECEC (The New England Clean Energy Connect (Corridor): Is this Good for Maine? ... Program link ... Comments link Richard Aishton
May 16, 5PM Sat The Coronavirus: A View From 30,000 Feet ... Program link Kenneth Bernard



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