FORUM Events

What is a FORUM event?

FORUM is a noncredit requirement of all degree programs. Students must complete four FORUMS in order to graduate.

BCC FORUMS are designed to meet these objectives:

  • To promote lifelong curiosity and interest in a broad range of ideas and subjects;
  • To provide a public debate and exchange platform;
  • To encourage live interaction and engagement; and
  • To strengthen college outreach and community involvement.

Please contact Student Support Services if you have any questions or concerns.

Mary Zanconato
Student Support Services

Phone: 413-236-1660

  • What qualifies as a FORUM?

    To qualify as a FORUM, the activity must be a live event that supports the FORUM objectives, must be publicly announced and accessible, and officially designated and approved by the FORUM coordinator/committee; or a live event or activity that supports the FORUM objectives and is identified and supervised by faculty.

    Students can monitor their progress in completing the requirement by checking their degree audit in WebAdvisor or by contacting the Registrar’s Office at 413-236-2136.

    Students enrolling at BCC with a bachelor’s degree are exempt from FORUM as are any students who began their studies at BCC prior to September 1, 1978. No other exemptions are granted.

  • Spring 2018 FORUMS

    A series of scheduled FORUMS will take place on campus from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and may also be scheduled at other times and at other locations. Other live events or activities may qualify if they are faculty sponsored and approved by the FORUM coordinator.

    Scheduled FORUMS for Spring 2018 include:


      • Career Readiness Speaker Series
        Tuesdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 20, Mar. 20 & Apr. 24, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
        Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111
        Info: Charles Stephens, 413-236-1637 or


      • MASSPIRG Forum
        Thurs., Feb. 15, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
        Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room
        Come learn about MASSPIRG, the statewide, student-funded and student-directed non-profit advocacy organization. You'll hear more about who we are and our campaigns to get to 100% renewable energy, reduce student debt, and make voting easier for people. You can also learn more about our volunteer and leadership roles with our BCC chapter.
      • Event — "We Need to Talk" Day
        Sat., Feb. 24, 12-4 p.m.
        Berkshire Dream Center, 475 Tyler Street, Pittsfield
        Info: Toni Buckley,

      • Film — "Food For Change" with director, Steve Alves
        Wed., Feb. 28, 3–5 p.m.
        Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111
        Food For Change examines the history of cooperatives in America as the country's longest-surviving alternative economic system. It focuses in on the local food movement and the current resurgence of food cooperatives in America and their unique historic place in the economic and political landscape. Born in the heartland, cooperatives are seen as the middle path between Wall Street and Socialism. It's an inspiring example of community-centered economies thriving in an age of globalization. The filmmaker, Steve Alves,  was a student at Sullivan County Community College in upstate New York, before going to USC film school and working in Hollywood and in NYC. Cabot Creamery has generously donated free samples of cheddar cheese.
        Info: Mary Zanconato, 413-236-1660 or


      • New Voice Festival
        Sunday, March 4
         at 2 p.m.
        Boland Theater
        The BCC Players present the New Voice Festival — a collection of short plays, poems, songs and dances. All work is written, produced and performed by BCC students. Join us for some food some art and some fun. Cost: $10 a ticket.
      • Renewable Energy Summit
        Monday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
        Masspirg will be hosting a 100% Renewable Energy Summit. You must RSVP to
      • Consumer Rights
        Tuesday, March 6, 12:15 p.m.
        SBA Lounge
        Learn about your rights as a consumer. Presentation by Kate Alexander and Assistant Attorney General Ann Lynch. 
      • Women's E3 Forum (Education, Empowerment, Encouragement)
        De-Stress: Balancing School, Work & Life
        Thu., Mar. 8, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
        Room G-12 (Off of the Cafeteria)
        Info: RSVP to Lisa Mattila, 413-236-1609 or

      • Career Readiness Speaker Series — Oral & Written Communication According to New England Public Radio
        Tuesday, March 20, 12:15 p.m.
        How does the news get made in today’s fast paced news cycle? Accurate and timely communication is paramount with all of the moving parts involved. Learn how New England Public Radio stays ahead of the pitfalls of communication from Berkshire County News Reporter, Adam Frenier. New England Public Radio is actively seeking interested BCC students for paid summer internship opportunities. Sponsored by the Career Development Center. 
      • What is Happening in the World of Tobacco and How It Works
        Thursday, March 22, 12:15 p.m.
        Berkshire AHEC will show a PowerPoint about the changing methods of smoking.
      • Wild and Scenic Film Festival 
        Friday, March 23, 6–9 p.m.

        For more information
      • 5th Annual Live Out Loud Berkshires Conference
        Sat., Mar. 24, 9 a.m.
        3 p.m.; Check-in at 8:15 a.m.
        Fifth Annual Live Out Loud Berkshires Conference. The conference runs from 9 am to 3 pm, check-in at 8:15 in the BCC Café. For more information contact Jonah Sykes at Sponsored by the Queer Student Association at BCC.

      • Animal Cruelty in the Berkshires? 
        Thursday, March 29, 12:15 p.m.

        Sponsored by the Animal Advocacy Club at BCC. Lizzy Brown, the Humane Educator from Berkshire Humane Society shares some of their toughest cases brought to the shelter. WARNING: THIS FORUM MAY CONTAIN IMAGES PEOPLE MIGHT FIND DISTURBING. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.


      • Fresh Check Day!
        Thu., Apr. 5, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
        Info: Lisa Mattila, 413-236-1609 or

      • Film — “The Madhouse Effect..." with Dr. Michael E. Mann
        Fri., Apr. 13, 12:15–1:30 p.m.
        Hawthorne Hall, Room H-402
        Info: Paul Johansen, 413-236-4690 or

      • Film — "The Hunting Ground"
        Thu., Apr. 19, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
        Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111
        Info: Lisa Mattila, 413-236-1609 or

      • Annual Spring Concert
        Fri., Apr. 20, 7 p.m.
        Koussevitzky Arts Center, Boland Theatre
        Info: Ellen Shanahan, 413-236-4703 or

      • Wellness Day
        Sat., Apr. 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
        Paterson Field House
        Info: Michele Darroch, 413-236-4525 or

      • Career Readiness Speaker Series — Digital Technology by Mad Macs, Inc. Owner Scott Kirchner
        Tuesday, April 24, 12:15 p.m.
        BCC Alum and Business Owner Scott Kirchner made his own way to become an unlikely entrepreneur of one of the county’s most popular personal computer services organizations. Find out how he became competent in the tools of his trade and how his passion lead him to switch careers and become his own boss. Sponsored by the Career Development Center.


      • Financial Aid: Creditability
        Thu., May 3, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
        Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111
        Info: Financial Aid, 413-236-1644