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For the forseeable future, Forums are being hosted online. The overall program format for all is the same, i.e., they are intended to inspire a delightfully free-flowing and amiable sharing of and 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.

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. They take place over a Zoom.us website.

Joining the Forum ... Participants need to have a free zoom.us account and need to email us by 12 Noon on the day of the Forum (office@eaglehill.us) to receive a directly-clickable link to join. There is a technology testing option 30 minutes prior to each Forum.

Guidelines ... For practical reasons, the format of each 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 guest presenter 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.

Early requests by email for the login for the next forum are encouraged. ... office@eaglehill.us

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

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



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