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Cape Ann Forum announces next incredible speakers: May 6 with Sarah Chayes and May 20 with Andrew Bacevich

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Mark your calendars. Kathy O’Neil shares Cape Ann Forum‘s press release for their next  (local) lectures on international issues.

May 6 Sarah Chayes at City Hall


In dozens of countries, corruption can no longer be understood as merely the bad deeds of individuals. Rather, it is the operating system of sophisticated networks that cross national boundaries in their drive to maximize returns, and it has gotten to a level that it threatens global security, according to Sarah Chayes, who is speaking at the next Cape Ann Forum at Gloucester City Hall on Sunday, May 6 at 7 pm.

Chayes, author, a former reporter for National Public Radio in Afghanistan and a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is not only exposing the extent of this problem—she’s advising policymakers on how to combat it. One of her recent studies focused on Honduras, the source of many of the refugees now seeking asylum in the United States.

“The strands of the Honduran kleptocratic network overlap, and personnel is shared among public, private, and criminal network elements. But the three sectors do retain some autonomy, interacting via exchanges of revenues and services,” writes Chayes.

“Revenues are captured at the expense of the environment as well as the people of Honduras, and some of the most resilient opponents of the network’s business model are community groups defending the land. These groups are largely ignored by international donor institutions, the bulk of whose assistance benefits the network.”

Sarah Chayes’s work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation. She recently left her position at Carnegie to work on her next book, which will apply this framing to the United States.

Before joining the Carnegie Endowment, Chayes served as special assistant to the top-ranked American military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. She focused on governance issues, participating in cabinet-level decision-making on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Arab Spring, building on the years she reported on the region for NPR.

Chayes says it was “a sense of historic opportunity” that prompted her to end her journalism career in early 2002 and to remain in Afghanistan to help rebuild the country. She chose to settle in the former Taliban heartland, Kandahar where she founded Arghand, a start-up manufacturing cooperative, where men and women working together produce fine skin-care products.

Her first book, The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, was published in 2006. Her most recent book is Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (2014), Winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest. “I can’t imagine a more important book for our time.” ―Sebastian Junger

This is the Cape Ann Forum’s last major event of the 2017/2018 season, as the organization closes in its 100th presentation since it was formed in 2001, which will be commemorated next September. The May 6 forum will also feature the announcement of the organization’s annual international awareness award to a graduating Gloucester High School senior, which comes with a $500 scholarship.

Sarah Chayes

Sarah Chayes portrait by photographer Kaveh Sardari

May 20th Andrew Bacevich at Gloucester Stage

The Cape Ann Forum is also co-sponsoring a presentation by Andrew Bacevich, a West Point graduate and Vietnam War veteran, at the Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, on Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m. The talk is part of a month-long program on Combat Art—“In War and Afterwards”—curated by Gloucester artist Ken Hruby and organized by the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, which will exhibit the work of combat veterans.

Bacevich is a two-time Forum speaker and a nationally known commentator on international affairs, a professor emeritus at Boston University, and the author of nine books, including The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism and America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.

IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans curated by Ken Hruby at Rocky Neck

The creative response to military service is vast.

Several Gloucester and Cape Ann artists and writers were veterans officially engaged as combat documentarians and/or military artists, like Larry O’Toole (1908-1951), marine artist, official USCG artist and WWII Veteran.

Ron Gilson visiting Larry O'Toole oils commisioned ca1945 by Ben Pine for YMCA and Master Mariners moved to Essex Shipbuilding-  then O'Maley ©c ryan.jpg

Author and historian Ron Gilson viewing Larry O’Toole murals at O’Maley Innovation School, originally commissioned by Ben Pine ca.1945; after fire and demolition, temporarily relocated to Essex Shipbuilding Museum ; rescued and returned to Gloucester by Raye Norris. When he was a teenager, Gilson helped O’Toole with general art handling-studio assistance such as readying and moving these murals.


Addison Center’s 1866 portrait of Ulysses S. Grant is to the left upon entry in City Hall. (On the right is a 1946 memorial commission by Marguerite Pearson to 5 WWII marines: Sherman B Ruth, Ralph Greely, Wilfred Ringer, John M. Sweet, and Robert M. Maguire.)

Some created stunning art in response to their service experience like fine artist, Robert Stephenson (1935-2013).

Good Morning Gloucester readers have been following an indeliable original illustrated series, Stories from Vietnam, with illustrations and writing by David Hussey. The Gloucester Writers Center established a Veterans Writing Workshop in the fall of 2013 and published a compilation book, The Inner Voice and the Outer World, launched in December 2017.  Cape Ann Veterans Services brought copies of the children’s picture book, Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhoodand super volunteer readers, into local Kindergarten, first and second grades to read aloud in the classes. Copies of the book were gifted to the classroom libraries. (Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood ©2012 is by Valerie Pfundstein with illustrations by Aaron Anderson and foreword by John Vigiano Sr., a Marine Veteran and retired FDNY Captain, who honors his sons’ memories –both lost on 9/11– by volunteering his time and resources to Gold Star families and wounded heroes.) Gloucester native and Gold Star mother, Anita Coullard Dziedzic, helped support this outreach through Cape Ann Veterans Services, to honor her son Sgt. David J Coullard.

© c ryan Bradley Smith poet and veteran

Artists-veterans throughout Cape Ann. Bradley Smith, poet, veteran

NEXT MONTH, Rocky Neck Cultural Center will present a visual arts group exhibition featuring artists who are currently active or served in the military curated by fine artist and veteran Ken Hruby:

IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans, Curated by Ken Hruby
May 17 – June 24, 2018

Courtesy photos credit info and press release below from Rocky Neck.

  • Mourning the Loss of a Comrade, GySgt Michael Fay, USMCR- Served in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Walking in Two Worlds, US Army Signals Linguist Cara Myhre, Served in Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Haunting Memories, Lt. Col. Deveon Sudduth, US Army, Served in Iraq
  • Ready for Ga Noi, Sgt. Robert Louis Williams, USMC, Combat Artist, Served in Vietnam
  • Woman Marine, GySgt Michael Fay, USMCR, Served in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Through The Elephant Grass, Sgt. Robert Louis Williams, USMC, Combat Artist, Served in Vietnam

PRESS RELEASE – “The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) proudly presents “IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”, a multi-media, juried exhibition of over sixty works by more than thirty combat artists from the military services and by veterans making art from their experiences in zones of combat…Congressman Seth Moulton of the 6th congressional district of Massachusetts, himself a Marine Corps veteran of four tours in Iraq, states of this exhibition, The ‘incommunicable experience of war,’ as Oliver Wendel Holmes once described it, indeed often defies explanation by words alone. That veterans can share some of their experience through art can help us all better understand what they went through. And as a veteran myself, who returned to war with a camera after I left the Marines, I know how cathartic art can be for those of us who were there. The work of combat artists is important for civilians as well, to deepen their understanding of the lives of our service men and women, and their families. “In War and After” is an a very important exhibition for both communities.”

Few people are aware that when US military forces go to war, some of them carry, in addition to their weapons, their sketch pads, graphite pencils, watercolor brushes and cameras. These are combat artists, tasked to not only serve the combat mission but to record that mission in ways only an artist can.

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Cape Ann Forum – Foreign Correspondent, David Greenway

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The Cape Ann Forum is pleased to welcome H.D.S. (David) Greenway, a veteran foreign correspondent as its speaker on October 26, 2014.
Over his 50-year career reporting from 96 countries, Greenway went where the story was, from the jungles of Vietnam, to Phnom Penh under siege from the Khmer Rouge, the civil war in Pakistan that created Bangladesh, Israel’s wars with its neighbors and the first Palestinian intifadah, and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. He was wounded in Vietnam and awarded the Bronze Star for rescuing a wounded Marine.
Reporting for Time Magazine, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, Greenway has covered conflicts in Lebanon and the Balkans, both Gulf Wars, and Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2005, reporting from post-invasion Baghdad at the age of 70, he called Iraq “the most dangerous environment I had ever known.”
Observing American interventions cast in epic terms, Greenway witnessed what he calls “the sometimes tragic efforts of the United States to fill the vacuum of retreating empires.”
Greenway is a contributing columnist for the Boston Globe, the International New York Times and GlobalPost. Formerly he was the editorial page editor of the Globe and its national and foreign editor. He served in the U.S. Navy, was educated at Yale and Oxford, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1971. In 2009 Greenway was awarded the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
Author of the new book, “Foreign Correspondent: A Memoir”, Greenway will talk about lessons learned over a lifetime of war reporting at the Cape Ann Forum at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at City Hall in Gloucester. The event is free and open to the public.
Copies of Greenway’s book will be available for sale and signing.

GHS student gets Forum’s international awareness award

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Gloucester High School honor student and human rights activist Nicole Bauke received the Cape Ann Forum’s annual international awareness award Sunday at City Hall during the organization’s final event of the season, which featured nationally known radio personality Christopher Lydon. She was nominated for the award by her teachers at GHS.

The program drew more than 200 people to City Hall to hear Lydon, a former reporter for the New York Times and the Boston Globe who now hosts a weekly talk show on WBUR-FM, debate Columbia University student Kunal Jasty, an intern at Lydon’s Radio Open Source project, on the future of journalism.

Lydon, who bills himself as “the last newspaper guy and the first podcaster,” argued that the newspaper era is over and that the internet has both transformed and democratized the ways we get our news. Jasty said that his peers get much of their news from online sources like YouTube and Reddit, a website that calls itself “the front page of the internet.”

The event marked the 82nd free public lecture put on by the Cape Ann Forum since it was launched in 2001, according to its chair, Dan Connell, who thanked the audience for contributing enough money this winter to keep it going through 2014/2015. The group is also raising funds to endow their annual $500 GHS scholarship.

Connell presented Nicole Bauke with an award certificate and a $500 check, saying it was “in recognition of the pursuit of academic, international and cultural enrichment within and beyond the traditional classroom and a demonstration of exceptional creativity and commitment in educating other students and the wider community on these critical issues.”

Bauke, who was nomintaed for the award by her teachers at Gloucester High School, will graduate in June with Highest Honors. She has been the president of the school’s Human Rights Initiative for the past two years and is the co-president of the local National Honor Society chapter.

She has also has been involved with environmental issues, served on student council, worked on the school newspaper, acted and directed in plays staged by the school’s Drama Club, and written poetry for its online literary magazine “The Elicitor.”

Throughout her years at the high school, she has been cause-driven, according to Connell. “She’s organized events, raised funds, led book drives—you name it. Whatever she could do to bring attention to and raise resources for others, she did.”

He closed the presentation by reading an excerpt of one of Bauke’s poems that appeared in The Elicitor two years ago, titled “Me.”

i dream of times far from now,

i dream of the unreasonable

i dream of the irrational

i try. i try to try.

My efforts soar alongside me.

i hope

i can



I am who I make myself to be.


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Cape Ann Forum to announce GHS award at spring event

Nationally syndicated radio commentator Christopher Lydon and Columbia University student Kunal Jasty, an intern at Lydon’s Radio Open Source project, will explore the growing gulf in how the older and younger generations keep up with our rapidly changing world at the Cape Ann Forum’s last event of the season—“The News Revolution”—on Sunday, May 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gloucester City Hall. The program is free and open to the public.

“We think there’s a good public conversation to be had between the newspaper and the digital generations about what we need to know and where to find it,” says Lydon, who has been called “the last newspaper guy and the first podcaster” for his innovative use of new media.

The Sunday evening event will also feature the announcement of the ninth annual Cape Ann Forum international awareness award for a Gloucester High School senior who has done outsstanding work in educating her peers on global issues, with the recipient chosen in consultation with GHS faculty. The prize carries with it a $500 scholarship. Lydon says he chose his topic for the event “in honor of the graduating seniors and the ‘rising generation.’”

Lydon covered politics as a reporter for the Boston Globe and the New York Times in the 1970s. He hosted the Ten O’Clock news on WGBH-TV through the 1980s and cofounded and hosted the widely syndicated news and talk show The Connection on WBUR in the 1990s, which at its peak reached 400,000 listeners before a falling out with WBUR ended the run.

Over the next decade, his Radio Open Source blog became a launch-pad for international broadcasts and other activities. While a fellow at Harvard Law School‘s Berkman Center for Internet & Society in 2003, Lydon began recording interviews on blogging and politics and posting them on his blog as MP3 files, an event credited with sparking the growth of podcasting.

In 2005, Lydon returned to the airwaves on Boston’s WGBH with “Open Source”, a blog and podcast on international issues syndicated through Public Radio International. Last January, “Open Source with Christopher Lydon,” was picked up by his former employer, WBUR-FM, and now runs for an hour on Thursday evenings at 9 p.m.

Kunal Jasty, on leave from Columbia University, where he’s a math major, is spending a year at Radio Open Source as a producer. He attended Milton Academy, then the University of Chicago and Columbia before taking a gap year to work with Lydon.

This will be the fifth Cape Ann Forum of the 2013/2014 season and the 68th since the all-volunteer organization was founded after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For more information, go to the Forum’s website at www.capeannforum.org.

Cape Ann Forum Hosts Omar Dahi at City Hall

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On Sunday, December 8 the Forum hosts Middle East scholar and author Omar Dahi speaking on the Syrian civil war, an increasingly regional catastrophe and humanitarian crisis affecting neighboring nations as well as Syria.  This is nowhere more evident than in Lebanon, where some villages now have more Syrians than Lebanese.  Just back from Lebanon, Dahi reports a lack of hospital beds and growing fear of a cholera outbreak and ensuing public health disaster in the Bekaa Valley.  Dahi will discuss the war, the complex welter of competing groups and outside interests, and the urgent need for a political solution and massive aid in the region.
Omar Dahi is an associate professor of economics at Hampshire College and visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace MIddle East Center.
Born and raised in Damascus, Syria, Dahi received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame, serves on the editorial committee of the Middle East Report, is co-editor of the  Syria web page at Jadaliyya, and is widely published in various academic journals.
The  forum will be held at Gloucester City Hall and is free and open to the public.


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Dr. Timothy Longman will speak about the role of the Christian church in the genocide that wracked the tiny African state of Rwanda 20 years ago and the importance of memory in the ongoing process of national reconciliation there on Sunday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. The event is free and open to the public.

Over four months in 1994, the small East African state of Rwanda experienced one of the most intense waves of violence in modern history. In the two decades since, a regime dominated by the main targets of the genocide—the minority Tutsis—has undertaken an impressive program of national reconciliation. But it’s also been criticized for its own human rights abuses and for war-making in neighboring Congo.

Professor Longman will talk about the complex relationship between the church in Rwanda and the violence and how the government has tried to preserve the memory of the genocide among Rwandans both as a means of reconciliation and a defense against a repeat of it, even as it has acted to suppress memories of other types of political violence, especially its own.

Timothy Longman is the director of the African Studies Center at Boston University and assistant professor of political science. He has been conducting research in Rwanda since 1992. His book, ”Commanded by the Devil: Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda”, will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Longman argues that Rwanda’s churches became implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide because of their historic links with the state, their active engagement in ethnic politics, and the ongoing cooperative ties between leaders of the churches and the state.

His current research focuses on state-society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics.

Longman earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Wisconsin in 1995. He was the director of the Human Rights Watch field office in Rwanda in 1995-96 and director of Rwanda research for the Human Rights Center of the University of California Berkeley in 2001-2006. He has also conducted fieldwork in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. He has previously taught at Vassar College, Columbia University, the National University of Rwanda, and the University of the Witswatersrand (South Africa).

This will be the second event of the Cape Ann Forum’s 2013/2014 season and the 79th since the organization was established in 2001. The last event of the fall will feature Middle East expert Omar Dahi on what is behind the conflict in Syria on Sunday, December 8 at the Gloucester City Hall. 2014 speakers will include Gloucester filmmakers Nubar and Abby Alexanian in February, human trafficking expert Paulette Lloyd in March and popular radio commentator Christopher Lydon in May.

For more information on the event go to the Forum’s Web site at http://www.capeannforum.org.

Cape Ann Forum Covered By Kathy Chapman

Kathy Chapman writes-

The Cape Ann Forum hosted internationally known sax player, author and music professor Mike Rossi, for a lecture and performance on the history of jazz in South Africa at Gloucester City Hall yesterday.

The event honored the late Mitch Cohen, a Forum founder, a highly respected therapist and a founding board member of the Cape Ann Forum — for his many contributions to the community.

Photos of the event, Forum members and Mitch’s wife, Kate Seidman (below)



Cape Ann Forum September 11, 2011 7-9pm- Free- Gloucester City Hall


To mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Cape Ann Forum is hosting Human Rights Watch’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Joe Stork, to speak on the revolutionary upheavals now sweeping the Arab world and what they mean to us. From Tunisia, Egypt and Libya to Yemen, Syria and Bahrain, young Arab men and women have risen up to challenge deeply entrenched, repressive regimes with varying degrees of success but few signs of a let-up. In August the protests spread to Israel as Jewish and Arab activists set up tent camps to call for reforms there. What does this mean for the region, and how does the death of Osama bin Laden fit in to these events?

To Learn More Check Out The Cape Ann Forum Website

What’s happening around town…

From the Gloucester Daily Times Goings On-

‘Annie’ production

More than 40 third- and fourth-graders from Plum Cove
Elementary School will present “Annie” on at 7 p.m. Thursday and
Friday, April 2 and 3, in the school auditorium. Admission is $4, $3
for students and seniors, free for children under 4. All proceeds
benefit the Plum Cove Music and Drama Fund.

Cape Ann Forum

The next Cape Ann Forum will take place Sunday, April
5, 7 to 9 p.m., at City Hall, Dale Avenue. Retired U.S. Army Col.
Andrew Bacevich will discuss the implications of the global economic
crisis for the United States and the world. Bacevich, professor of
history and international relations at Boston University, is the author
of many books on international relations, including “The Limits to
American Power.” The program is free to the public. The 45-minute
program will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Cape Ann Art Haven

Cape Ann Art Haven offers family studio time every
Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to bond with your
children through art. Cost is $10 for the first child, $5 for each
additional child. CAAH also offers classes for third- through
fifth-graders every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 and 5:30 to 7
p.m. The class runs for one month and costs $60. CAAH also offers
classes for sixth- through eighth-graders every Tuesday and Thursday
from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. The class runs for one month and
costs $60. To sign up, call 978-283-3888 or visit
info@capeannarthaven.com. Walk-ins are welcome.