Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Calling All Cake Lovers!

Latest updates from March 18, 2009 at bottom of post!

Duff Goldman, star of The Food Network's hit The Ace of Cakes has just been confirmed as a panelist for our Food for Thought Forum on May 14, 2009.

As if that wasn't news enough, Duff will be joined by Anthony Bourdain, someone who requires "No Reservations" wherever he should roam, and Alice Waters, the legendary, revolutionary chef of Chez Panisse.

Are you getting hungry yet? We are!

Updated March 18, 2009

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hartford Youth React to City Curfew

In the wake of a disturbingly violent weekend in Hartford, the city has instated a city wide curfew effective tonight. Any minor under the age of 18 who is not accompanied by a legal guardian after 9:00 will be issued a written warning by police, and escorted to a community center where they must be picked up by a parent.

Members of The Connecticut YOUTH Forum react:

I’m against the 9:00 curfew for the youth of Hartford. All this curfew is going to do is make people more upset and I don’t believe that it will stop or even lower the crime rate in Hartford. People will still find away to get around it. That law will probably be enforced heavily for the first couple of weeks and then die down. Some teens like me either are involved with different programs or work. What happens if somebody is on their way home from work and is involved with different programs stopped by a cop? They’re not always going to believe that kid is coming home from work, so they will end up being arrested. I’ve heard on the news that they’re allowing kids under 18 to be out past nine along they’re with their legal guardian, but they will still question the parent.
Kyron, 16 Weaver High School

In a way I think it is going to help the crime rate but 9 pm seems too early. If the curfew was at 10 or 10:30 then it would be plausible to work with.
Earl, 17, Weaver High School

I believe that the nine o’clock curfew will not help or change. It is just an harsh punishment for the youth who are not involved and have never been involved in teen violence. Out of the youth population only a small number is connected with the violence that set about the Hartford curfew. It is not fair to the children and teenagers who are not involved. It is very unlikely that the teens now associated with violence and gang relations will abide by the curfew. So the ones most deserving of this punishment will not even feel its effects. If anything the teens will rebel against such demands and stay out later doing more violent acts. As for students like me who have sporting events, games, and study groups, or just want to go to the new late night showing of a new movie, we are the ones who will miss out. I myself have programs that end at 8pm and if it takes me an hour to get home waiting patiently for a bus I don’t want to be hauled off doing absolutely nothing. Further more the police have a lot of things on their hands like crime murder and the occasional drug lord. Do they really have time to patrol Hartford picking up children who have never done anything.
Marnise, 17, Sports and Medical Sciences Academy

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

One Nation under...Paris Hilton?

Last week Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain approved a TV spot entitled "Celeb" that labeled Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama "the biggest celebrity in the world" and juxtaposed his image with those of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

Well needless to say, that glimmer of media spotlight ignited a spark in Paris Hilton, and now things are getting hot!

Check out her videotaped reply.

Paris…for President?

Monday, August 4, 2008

It's...a Forum Blog!

Hello and welcome to the The Connecticut Forum blog - your place for the latest Forum news, videos, and discussion about issues affecting our communities and our world.

For the past 16 years, the Connecticut Forum has brought world-renowned experts and celebrities to the stage of the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, Connecticut for the purpose of talk...the free and active exchange of ideas that challenge your beliefs and inspire you to think. Our live, unscripted, provocative Forums get the conversation started, and we make it our mission to keep it going - to engage and connect people across geographic, economic, social and racial divides for the purpose of building community.

There's simply nothing like the Forum experience, and through this blog we hope to share it with you. We invite you to join the conversation, to check out our Forum video clips, and of course, if possible, to come find out for yourself what makes us unique!

This Season, we are thrilled to bring Elizabeth Edwards, one of the most inspirational women and knowledgeable political insiders to Hartford to reflect on the office of the presidency, democracy, and the future. She will be joined by Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign and Joseph Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Founding Brothers.

Later this Season, Christopher Hitchens, the best-selling author of God is Not Great will participate in our discussion about God: Big Questions...Bigger Questions. Hitchens recently allowed himself to be waterboarded for an article he wrote in Vanity Fair entitled, Believe Me, It's Torture. The video of Hitchen's experience is perhaps as torturous to watch as it was for him to endure. You be the judge.