About the Forum

Established in 1935, the Springfield Public Forum is old but new each year. Each fall, we mark our long tradition of “great speakers, great discourse” with an exciting line-up of cutting edge lectures. The Public Forum’s speaker events and related programming promise that you will arrive curious and leave inspired!

We are also committed to remaining free to the public as part of our mission of providing a truly open forum for ideas and education to our community. With world class speakers accessible to all, the Springfield Public Forum provides an experience and service that few other cities can match.

The Public Forum is looking forward to a new season of relevant topics, including economics, government, international conflict and much more. See our events page for the current speaker line up or check out our past speaker list.

Plus, don’t forget to check out our Forum Thinks programming, with an exciting new format this year. We are offering opportunities for book clubs and local organizations to take advantage of our educational and programming content in order to broaden our reach into Western Massachusetts.

If you have other ideas for how the Forum can provide additional opportunities for dialogue and education around key topics, please contact us. We are YOUR Public Forum!

Keynote Speakers

We bring today’s brightest minds to downtown Springfield to speak on current issues and events. Always free and open to the public—for 83 years and counting.


Available to sponsors and Forum members at the Patron level or above, dinners are held with the speaker, and provide time to hear insights on the day of the event.

Forum Thinks

Through our community partners, the Forum will help continue the conversation around our season topics throughout our community. Please contact us if you would like to host a Forum Thinks event.

Experience the Forum

Listen to Leaders and Experts

Hear from world-class speakers as they speak on critical contemporary issues—at no cost to you.

Get Engaged

Have your questions answered with an open Q&A at the end of every speaking event—and chat with like-minded people at all Forum events.

Attend Compelling Group Talks

Our Public Forum Scholars and Forum Thinks programs bring lecture topics into our classrooms and communities to spark dialogue and generate new ideas.



The Forum Team

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Michelle Morash

Prior to becoming Executive Director in March of 2015, Michelle was the Director of Development and Marketing for the Public Forum for five years. A graduate of Boston College, Michelle has worked in nonprofits for more than 20 years as both a fundraiser and grant maker.


Ed Kubosiak, Jr.

Ed Kubosiak, Jr. was appointed President of the Springfield Public Forum Board of Directors in January 2017. Kubosiak is the Editor-in-Chief of MassLive.com, which he has helped to grow into the second-largest digital media organization in the state. Kubosiak is active in the community and serves as a board member of Leadership Pioneer Valley. 

Board of Directors 2018

  • Ed Kubosiak, Jr., President
  • Hugh Barrett, Vice President
  • Decorti Rodgers-Tonge, Treasurer
  • Elizabeth Simpson, Secretary
  • Directors
  • Xiomara Albán DeLobato
  • Stephen Brand
  • Tricia Canavan
  • Lisa Doherty
  • Scott Foster
  • Brian Hetzel
  • Paul Hetzel
  • Meghan Lynch
  • Susan Majka
  • David Martel
  • Siobhan Matty
  • Thomas Maulucci
  • Susan B. Monks
  • Adam L. Peck
  • Gordon Quinn
  • Amy Roberts
  • Peter Stasz
  • Erica J.S. True
  • Courtney Wenleder
  • Staff
    Michelle Morash, Executive Director

    Jess Dockendorff, Membership Coordinator