The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith, ethics and culture in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.

Fall 2018 Series

Grace Cathedral’s Artist in Residence on her residency in the Year of Truth
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The Forum with Sukey Bryan: The Art of Climate Change

September 23, 2018

Grace Cathedral’s Artist in Residence on her residency in the Year of Truth

Race Forward’s Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture on race, culture and resegregation

The Forum with Jeff Chang: Notes on Race and Resegregation

October 14, 2018

Race Forward’s Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture on race, culture and resegregation

The bestselling novelist discusses her first work of nonfiction Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory

The Forum with Elizabeth Rosner: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory

November 04, 2018

The bestselling novelist discusses her first work of nonfiction Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth ...

Our Forum guest for September 30 will be announced soon

The Forum

September 30, 2018

Our Forum guest for September 30 will be announced soon

The activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the continuing struggle for human rights

The Forum with Nontombi Naomi Tutu: Truth and Reconciliation

October 21, 2018

The activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the continuing struggle for human rights

The composer on the creation of his Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite, which performs at the cathedral November 16 and 17

The Forum with Holcombe Waller: A Divine Queer Rite

November 11, 2018

The composer on the creation of his Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite, which performs at the cathedral November 16 and 1...

The Stanford University neuroscientist on the human animal, as we celebrate the blessing of the animals on St. Francis Day

The Forum with Robert Sapolsky: At Our Best and Worst

October 07, 2018

The Stanford University neuroscientist on the human animal, as we celebrate the blessing of the animals on St. Francis D...

The writer, historian and activist on the war at home, explored in her latest book Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises and Essays

The Forum with Rebecca Solnit: Call Them By Their True Names

October 28, 2018

The writer, historian and activist on the war at home, explored in her latest book Call Them By Their True Names: Americ...

The food expert on the truth about science versus marketing and her new book Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat

The Forum with Marion Nestle: Unsavory Truth

November 18, 2018

The food expert on the truth about science versus marketing and her new book Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew th...

Watch or Listen to Past Forums

Below, you can watch Forums from Fall 2015 on. You can also listen to Forums, from the most recent one all the way back to 2007, as an iTunes podcast. Please note: for the most recent Forum, the video is usually posted by the end of the next business day.

October 23, 2016
Guest: Richard Rodriguez
Pulitzer Prize nominee and San Francisco native Richard Rodriguez in conversation
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October 16, 2016
Guest: Dr. Lisa Miller
Leading national expert in spirituality, health and child development, Dr. Lisa Miller, in conversation
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October 09, 2016
Guest: Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende, the best-selling author and activist
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October 02, 2016
Guest: Maha Elgenaidi
Civil rights leader and founder of the Islamic Networks Group, Maha Elgenaidi, in conversation
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September 27, 2016
Guest: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Filmmaker and advocate Jennifer Siebel Newsom
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September 25, 2016
Guest: Jeff Kositsky, Audrey Cooper and Ken Reggio
Jeff Kositsky, the director of City Hall’s new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing; Audrey Cooper, San F...
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May 29, 2016
Guest: Lily Pearsall
Lily Pearsall, Curatorial Project Manager at SFMOMA
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May 22, 2016
Guest: Karen Korematsu
Karen Korematsu, founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute
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May 15, 2016
Guest:
LaDoris Cordell, retired judge, former independent police auditor and co-founder of the African-American Composer Initia...
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May 08, 2016
Guest:
Rita Semel, executive vice chair of the San Francisco Interfaith Council and Elisabeth Semel, director of the Berkeley L...
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