The Forum is an adult education program at St. John’s Church. From September through May, at 10am most Sundays, we hear from scholars, poets, and leaders in our world, and in the world of faith.
The forum will resume in September, a partial schedule is listed below. Check back, as we are still confirming dates for this Fall season.
The Hon. James A. Baker (former Secretary of State)
Dr. Elaine Pagels of Princeton University
September 15: Gen. Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, on “The Tension between Security and Liberty.” Click for Audio
September 22: Rexon Ryu, Deputy to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on “The United Nations’ Role in American Foreign Policy and World Affairs” Click for Audio
September 29: Barton Gellman, Time Magazine, Contributing Editor at Large, on “The Tension between Security and Liberty.” Click for Audio
October 6: Marc Rotenberg, President and Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center, on the “The Tension between Security and Liberty.”
October 20: Melody Barnes, former Domestic Policy Advisor to President Obama, “The Obama Domestic Agenda.”
November 3: Christopher M. Schroeder, U.S. internet executive and venture investor, on his book Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East.
November 17: Thomas J. Putnam, Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, on “President Kennedy’s Domestic Legacy Fifty years after the Assassination.”
November 24: Dr. Timothy Naftali, former Director of the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Presidential Historian,on “President Kennedy’s Foreign Policy Achievements and Legacy.”
December 8 and December 15: The Rev. Lloyd A. “Tony” Lewis, the Molly A. Downs Professor emeritus of New Testament at VTS on “The Gospel of Matthew.”
January 12: Vestry Candidates’ Presentations.
January 19: John McLaughlin on Al Qaeda 2.0: The Terror Threat Today. Dr. McLaughlin is host of two weekly public affairs programs: The McLaughlin Group and John McLaughlin’s One On One. Before his broadcasting career, he served as a speechwriter and special assistant to Presidents Nixon and Ford, and was associate editor of America, a weekly opinion journal.
January 26: Joshua DuBois will discuss his book The President’s Devotional, a collection of readings that inspired President Obama. DuBois was the President’s spiritual adviser and director of the White House Office of Faith-based Partnerships.
February 9: Katherine Imhoff, Part I of The Presidency of James Madison. Imhoff is president of the Montpelier Foundation, established at the President’s home.
February 16: Dr. Hunter Rawlings, Part II of The Presidency of James Madison. Dr. Rawlings is President of the Association of American Universities and a Madison scholar.
Forum Schedule September 2012 – May 2013
|September 16||Promoting a Just Peace in the Holy Land, presented by members of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s Companion Diocese Committee for Jerusalem.|
|September 23||Heather R. Mizeur, a member of the Maryland General Assembly, will speak on The Dream Act and Marriage Equality.|
|September 30||The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.|
|October 7||Mickey Edwards, former Republican member of Congress, author, lecturer at Princeton University|
|October 14||Tom Hart is the US Executive Director of ONE, a global advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. You may have heard of ONE through the activism of Bono, lead singer for U2.|
|October 21||Jonathan Turley, professor at the George Washington University of Law, writer, and legal analyst in broadcast and print journalism, will speak on the cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this term.|
|November 4||Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, observer of Congress and politics, and author of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, will speak on partisanship in Congress.|
|November 11||Kim Dozier, Associated Press correspondent for intelligence and special operations|
|November 18||Dr. James E. Hansen, climate change expert at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
|December 2||The Rev. Virginia Gerbasi, St. John’s Assistant Rector, onThe Themes of Advent.|
|December 9||Hedrick Smith, Pulitizer-Prize winning, former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, who will speak on his new bookWho Stole the American Dream?
|January 13||Candidates for the Vestry will make presentations.|
|January 27||Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann, M. D., is Paul O’Neil Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation. He will lead a discussion on Responding to Newtown: An Important Conversation on Gun Violence. See online his article,Silencing the Silence on Gun Research, in the December issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
|February 10||Philip Bobbitt, national security law professor at Columbia University and nephew of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Part I in a series on the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.
|February 17||Roger Wilkins who will speak on President Johnson and civil rights. Mr. Wilkins served as Assistant Attorney General in President Johnson’s Administration and was on the editorial staff of The Washington Post. He is a radio news commentator.|
|February 24||Mark Updegrove, Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. He will speak on Presidential Second Acts.
|March 3||Gigi Bradford on Faith and Poetry: Ordinary Epiphanies. Gigi has published poems and essays and taught poetry. She is President of the Folger Poetry Board. Her most recent publication is Shakespeare’s Sisters: Women Writers Bridge Five Centuries.|
|March 10||James Billington, the Librarian of Congress.|
|April 14||Andrew Clarke on the Cross of Cong. St. John’s processional cross is a replica of this cross, made in Ireland in 1123.|
|April 21||David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.|
|April 28||Michael Bolden, who will speak on his journey on the Camino de Santiago, one of the great pilgrimages of Christianity.|
|May 5||Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction: Oversight in the Land of Genesis.|
|May 12||Robert Wilken, distinguished Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia.|
|May 19||Rabbi Harold White, Theology Department at Georgetown University and first rabbi to be appointed to a full time Campus Ministry position at a Catholic university.|