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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.