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CT Forum Announces Big Names, Topics, in Groundbreaking New Season

The Connecticut Forum has announced its 2019-2020 Season at The Bushnell with a line-up of outspoken panelists and timely, challenging, and entertaining topics.

The season begins with A Conversation with Seth Meyers on Friday, September 20, 2019, a night of entertainment and laughter with Seth Meyers, SNL alum and host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Meyers will be joined on stage by a moderator to be announced.

On Friday, November 22, 2019, The Connecticut Forum takes on the Climate Crisis in a call-to-action conversation about the science and solutions to global climate change. Panelists include Ayana Johnson, marine biologist and conservation strategist, David Wallace-Wells, journalist and bestselling author of The Uninhabitable Earth, and a panelist to be announced. Connecticut Public’s John Dankosky will moderate this Forum evening, Hosted by Smart Seed Fund.

The third Forum of the season will tackle the complex issue of immigration. Debating Immigration on Thursday, March 19, 2020 will be a substantive, policy-driven conversation, moderated by Political Journalist Evan Osnos. Panelists include Loretta Lynch, former Attorney General of the United States under President Barack Obama, and Jeff Sessions, former Attorney General of the United States under President Donald Trump. Additional panelists to be announced.

The season will close with a night of storytelling, creativity, and inspiration with a panel of beloved authors. Favorite Authors on Saturday, May 2, 2020, hosted by Travelers, will feature panelist Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, and additional panelists to be announced.

“Our Forum model of live, unscripted dialogue will allow our panelists to present their different perspectives in a long-form conversation format – beyond rhetoric, sound bites, and talking points,” said Doris Sugarman, Chief Executive Officer of The Connecticut Forum. “We are exploring additional ways to inform and engage the public, in partnership with local communities and organizations.”

Connecticut Forums take place at 7:30PM at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford. Four-event season subscriptions start at $130 and can be purchased online at or by calling 860.509.0909. Single tickets to all events will be available starting on August 1, 2019.

For more information about The Connecticut Forum, please contact Ruth Cullen at or 860.509.0909.

About The Connecticut Forum
Founded in 1992, The Connecticut Forum is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serves Connecticut and beyond with live, unscripted panel discussions among renowned experts and celebrities, as well as community outreach programs including the Connecticut YOUTH Forum.

Our mission is to encourage the free and active exchange of ideas in forums that inform, challenge, entertain, inspire, and build bridges among all people and organizations in our community.