Amos Fortune Forum season begins July 11

Charles Lewis, investigative journalist, to open the season

The 2014 Amos Fortune Forum, which takes place at the Jaffrey Center Meetinghouse, will begin July 11. All forums begin promptly at 8 p.m. and admission is free.

Charles Lewis will open the season with a presentation on “The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity.” Lewis has been a national investigative journalist for more than 30 years and founded the award-winning Center for Public Integrity. He is the author of “935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity.”

On July 18 David Fairchild will speak on “Medicine in Transition: Moving from ‘Illness-care’ to ‘Health-care’.” Fairchild is professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and senior vice president for Clinical Integration at UMass Memorial Health Care.

David Leventhal will address “The Arts as Lifeline: Dance, Parkinson’s and Aging Well” on July 25. Leventhal will discuss how the artistic and creative elements of dance open doors for a wide range of people who otherwise risk entering a state of permanent medicalization.

On Aug. 1, “Seed of the Future: Yosemite and the National Park Idea” will be presented by Dayton Duncan, noted author and documentary filmmaker Dayton Duncan. He will explore in this talk the compelling story of how Yosemite set the national park idea in motion.

The presentation “The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF): Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in New Hampshire’s Forests,” will be offered on Aug. 8. Jane A. Difley, president/forester of the SPNHF, will look back to the founding of SPNHF in 1901 and how the society has since effected the perpetuation of New Hampshire’s forests across what is today the second-most forested state in the country.

Kristen Gresh, photographer and curator, will share “She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World” on Aug. 15. The photographs in Gresh’s Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibition and book — made by women with roots in Iran and the Arab world — are themselves a collection of stories.

The final forum on Aug. 22 will feature Lawrence Lessig on “Achieving Equal Citizenship: The Struggle to Restore Our Republic.” Lessig will explore how we, the citizens of the United States, have lost touch with our framers’ values, and how that has destroyed the promise of a “Republic.”

Admission to all the forums are free but donations are always welcome. For more information, visit www.amosfortune.com.

A brochure with more details about the programs is available by mail addressed to Amos Fortune Forum Committee, P.O. Box 153, Jaffrey, NH 03452.

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