Amos Fortune Forum begins July 12

The Amos Fortune Forum begins July 12, with the topic “Why Historic Preservation?” presented by Maximilian L. Ferro, a practicing Vermont-based architect renowned nationally for his leadership in historic preservation. In his talk, he will examine past architectural craftsmanship from the standpoints of quality, cultural meaning, socio-economic significance, technology, personal expression, comfort and just plain fun.

On July 19, Susan Heuck Allen will present “Indiana Jones? Classical Archeologist Spies against the Nazis in World War II Greece.” Does truth lurk behind the cinema blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark? Susan Heuck Allen will tell stories and draw lessons from her latest book, “Classical Spies, the first insider account of an archaeologist-led secret American intelligence service in World War II Greece. Based in Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Italy, the diggers fought to rid Greece of its Nazi occupiers. Dr. Allen, whose Ph.D is in classical archeology, shadowed spies and sleuthed in archives on three continents to piece together this true account of intrigue and espionage.

Sam Kennedy, chief operating officer of the Boston Red Sox and three-time recipient of Sports Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Award, will talk on July 26 about “The Business of Baseball — An Inside Look at Running the Red Sox.”

He will discuss the excitement, passion and complexity of the business of baseball. He has been an instrumental part of the revitalization of the Red Sox brand, the financial stability of the franchise, and the preservation and protection of Fenway Park.

On Aug. 2, Sara Mansfield Taber will answer the question “What Is It Like to Grow Up as the Daughter of a Spy?” Taber’s memoir, “Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter,” portrays the thrilling and confusing life of a girl growing up abroad in a world of secrecy and diplomacy — and the heavy toll it takes on her and her father.

She will speak of her struggles for normalcy as the family is relocated to cities in North America, Europe, and Asia, and how the constant upheaval eventually exacted its price. Taber will offer a rare personal perspective on the world of intelligence, its moral perplexities, and the effects of espionage on a spy and his family.

Robert Putnam will talk about “The Opportunity Gap: Reviving the American Dream” on Aug. 9. Putnam is famous as the insightful author of “Bowling Alone, Making Democracy Work” and, most recently (with David Campbell), “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.” He is now looking at how the American Dream of equal opportunity is threatened by a growing gap between kids from the upper third of the social hierarchy and their peers from the lower third.

In his talk, he will explore the serious economic, social, political and moral challenges posed by this opportunity gap, not just nationally but also locally.

The topic “20th Century American Presidents and Foreign Policy” will be discussed on Aug. 16 by Joseph S. Nye. Author most recently of “The Future of Power,” Nye is one of this country’s most influential and quoted foreign policy scholars. In his talk, he will examine the record of the 20th century in search of lessons that may be drawn to guide future presidents and foreign policy. He will seek to address these questions: Do presidents and presidential styles matter? Are “transformational leaders” more important than “transactional leaders”? With China emerging as a new world power and with India and Brazil waiting in the wings, what role will the United States play in the 21st century and what factors will shape that role?

The final talk on Aug. 23, “What the Oceans Are Telling Us about Climate Change?,” will be presented by James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University. McCarthy will share new information from deep-sea temperature data, multi-year climate cycles, and rapid changes in Arctic ice, providing additional perspective on the seriousness of climate change. He headed the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II assessment of impacts and vulnerabilities relating to climate change.

He continues to participate in and lead national and international organizations whose goal is addressing climate and global change.

All presentations are held at the Jaffrey Center Meeting House and begin at 8 p.m., ending at 9 p.m. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

For more information, visit www.amosfortune.com. Donations may be mailed to Amos Fortune Forum Committee, P.O. Box 153, Jaffrey 03452.

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