Welcome to The Norfolk Forum Web Site
Founded in 1933, the Norfolk Forum is the oldest publicly-subscribed speakers' forum in the country. Each year in Norfolk's Chrysler Hall, the Forum presents four, thought-provoking public figures that in different ways help shape American thought and opinion. After each presentation, speakers engage the audience in a question and answer session.
We are pleased to announce that the 2013-14 series will feature Malcolm Gladwell with Adam Gopnik, Bob Woodward, Platon,and Terry Bradshaw. They will address topics as diverse as world affairs, public policy, education, and popular culture.
To purchase tickets, please visit the Tickets section of this website. Tickets prior to October 16, 2013 will only be available on a full-season basis. All buyers of partial season tickets will be included as Season Ticket holders for priority consideration of season ticket sales for the following year.
We hope that you choose to join us at the upcoming season of the Norfolk Forum. We look forward to another very exciting series. As we proudly claim, it's the best ticket in town.
Charles V. McPhillips
Programs Begin at 7:30pm in Chrysler Hall, Norfolk.
Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Gopnik
October 15, 2013 – Start Time 7:30pm
Confirmed Date for Malcolm Gladwell is Tuesday, October 15th.
MALCOLM GLADWELL, international best-selling author of TIPPING POINT (360+ WEEKS ON THE NY TIMES BEST SELLER LIST), BLINK AND OUTLIERS, is a brilliant speaker on intuition, how people succeed and the transmission of ideas throughout society. He is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. Here's a blog from the New Yorker where Malcolm is being interviewed about his next book, DAVID AND GOLIATH, which will be coming out October 3, 2013
After offering his prepared remarks, Mr. Gladwell will be questioned by his good friend, ADAM GOPNIK, also a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and a genius for bringing people and their ideas to life in his presentations, as he communicates the emotions behind ideas, the feelings that ideas evoke in us, and their relevance to modern life. His latest book is The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food. He also authored Angels & Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life.
View a clip of Mr. Gladwell at a TED Talk.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist/Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
January 14, 2014 – Start Time 7:30pm
The most famous political investigative reporter in America and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Bob Woodward provides a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of government, politics and the role of leadership.
View a clip of Mr. Woodward at the Washington Speakers Bureau.
World-Renowned Award-Winning Photographer for The New Yorker and Master Storyteller
February 18, 2014 – Start Time 7:30pm
Platon brings his photos to life as he shares with audiences the inspiring stories behind the photos and connects on a human level to the human condition and humanity of his subjects.
Having one’s portrait taken is an intimate experience. As Shakespeare put it, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” For Platon, it is an intimate collaboration and a visual interview—both in front of and behind the camera. Having photographed world leaders, celebrities, our men and women in the military, civil rights leaders and human rights champions, Platon seeks to answer the question, “Who is this person?” A gifted communicator and storyteller, he now shares with audiences some of the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind the photos that will take your audience on a roller coaster of emotions—from laughter to tears. After shooting portraits for a range of international publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and The Sunday Times magazine, Platon developed a special relationship with TIME magazine, producing over 20 covers. In 2007, he photographed then-Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for TIME’s Person of the Year cover—winning him 1st prize at the World Press Photo Contest. In 2008, he became the staff photographer for The New Yorker, where he has produced a series of large-scale photo essays which included President Obama’s inauguration, the U.S. military, portraits of world leaders and the civil rights movement. The world leaders project resulted in his second book, Power, which brings readers face to face with the major world leaders of our time. In this one-of-a-kind collection, Platon turned his lens on over 100 international leaders from across the political spectrum to create a profound portrait of global power. Shot over a three-year period at the United Nations, and captured with unique candor and insight, these photographs offer an intimate glimpse of the personalities behind the public faces of the world’s most powerful decision-makers.
“Platon is one of those wonderful and most rare speakers where the audience arrives intrigued—but not quite sure what to expect—and then leaves completely blown away. He is a masterful storyteller, with his photographs and with his accompanying presentation. Simply one of the best.”—The Richmond Forum
View a clip of Platon at the Washington Speakers Bureau.
Co-Host and Analyst, Fox NFL Sunday and NFL Legend
March 25, 2014 – Start Time 7:30pm
Terry Bradshaw, with amazing humor and down-home common sense, looks at attitude, adversity and relentless competition as to what makes us successful.
View a clip of Mr. Bradshaw at the Washington Speakers Bureau.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE.
For other inquiries, please contact:
The Norfolk Forum
Post Office Box 11114
Norfolk, VA 23517
The Norfolk Forum reserves the right to substitute in the event any announced speaker does not appear.