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.

  • When do FORUMS take place?

    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 Fall 2017 include:

      • September 14th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. -  Constitution Day 
        BCC Instructor James Arpante will discuss “The Constitution and the President.” Sponsored by the Office of Student Life. The Library has also compiled a page of Constitution Day links!
      • September 19th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.- Career Readiness Series - Air Force Leadership Model
        Air Force Staff Sergeant Ryan Lucier will discuss how the Air Force develops Leadership Sponsored by the Career Development Center.
      • September 21st in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. -  Body Intelligence 
        Dr. Joseph Cardillo will present information from his most recent book about simple physical practices that end daily fatigue, improve focus, memory and make you feel the way you want to feel. He appears as an energy management expert for Michael Strahan in his new book, “Wake Up Happy.” Dr. Joe will be available after the presentation to autograph books.
      • September 26th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Speaker: Bob Malnati from the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

        The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) provides hourly transportation to BCC, Monday through Friday. The first bus arrives at 6:49 AM and the last bus leaves at 5:05 PM. Schedules are available in Student Life and can be found online at Come and hear more about the BRTA, Charlie Cards and semester passes!

      • September 28th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - MASSPIRG at BCC
        Come to learn about MASSPIRG - the statewide, student-funded and student directed advocacy organization. You'll hear more about who we are and our campaigns to get to 100% renewable energy, alleviate poverty, and make voting easier for people. We'll tell you what your $9 fee goes to and train students on an activist skill. You can also learn more about our volunteer and leadership roles with our BCC chapter. 
      • October 3rd in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. -  Career Readiness Series – Career Management by “Cintas, The Service Professionals”
        General Manager Sean Purcell and Head Recruiter Mitchell Laurtisen discuss how a global Diversified Outsourcing Services company provides training programs to develop its young employees. Sponsored by the Career Development Center.

      • October 5th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Salam Neighbor Movie – Part I 
        This is a two-part event. The first part is a showing of the documentary film “Salam Neighbor,” depicting life in a Syrian refugee camp. Admission is FREE and the event is open to the public. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity. See Tues., Oct. 10 for part II. Students must attend both parts to receive FORUM credit.
      • October 10th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Salam Neighbor – Senator Adam Hinds: Panel Discussion – Part II 
        The second part of the “Salam Neighbor” event is a panel discussion. Admission is FREE and the event is open to the public. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity. Students must attend both parts to receive FORUM credit.
      • October 12th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence
        Learn about the myths and realities of domestic and relationship violence. The Elizabeth Freeman
        Center will address how this issue affects everyone and what we can each do to end violence against women.
      • October 14th, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - 3rd Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference 
        This Conference will feature researchers Jim Cardoza, who was responsible for the return of the wild turkey in Massachusetts, and Bob Leverett who identified and helped conserve the remaining Old- Growth forests in the Berkshires.
      • October 17th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Homophobia and its Roots: A Conversation, Facilitated by Drew Herzig
        LGBT issues have been frequently in the news lately. The civil rights of the transgender community are being affirmed, but the backlash has been intense, including here in Massachusetts. Learn how the controversy about LGBT rights, especially the rights of transgender women, reflect our society’s view of women in general and what terms such as gender identity and gender expression mean.
      • October 26th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Raptors: Birds of Prey
        Tom Ricardi of the MA Birds of Prey Rehab Facility in Conway, Mass. will present live birds of prey.
        Tom is a retired Fish and Wildlife game warden and licensed wildlife rehabilitator. He cares for injured birds, and travels throughout New England and New York providing information aimed at helping people appreciate, respect, and assist in the conservation of these important raptors.
      • October 26th at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma
        Dr. van der Kolk will discuss the largest public health issues in America: the effects of abuse and neglect on the thinking and behavior of children. This can proundly affect their capacity to learn and become productive and callaborative members of society. He then will explore a range of approaches that have been shown to be able to reverse the effects of traumatic experiences on mind, brain and body, including yago, threatre and neurofeedback.
      • November 2nd in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Budgeting as a Tool: Reach Your Goals and Dreams
        Learn how to create a budget that will allow you to understand the difference between needs and
        wants. Manage your money for short term and long term goals by developing smart spending habits. Sponsored by the Financial Aid Office.
      • November 7th in S6 @ South County Center, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Toastmasters International
        Learn how working professionals develop their communication and leadership skills through a positive and supportive learning environment. Sit in on an interactive Toastmasters meeting at BCC SCC.
      • November 14th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. -  Career Readiness Series – The Professional Work Ethic of Canyon Ranch
        General Manager Mindi Morin will discuss how what hiring managers are looking for in terms of professionalism and work ethic at Canyon Ranch.  Sponsored by the Career Development Center.

      • November 16th in S2 @ South County Center, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. - Immigration: Myths & Realities
        Immigration is a hot topic of discuss in the US. Assumptions and claims about the effects of immigration and the nature of immigrants swirl around us - on the news, in political ads, and especially on Facebook. We will look at the data to find the truth about immigration and crime rates, immigration's effect on wages, and how immigrants use social serverse. Presented by BCC Sociology professor, Dr. Stacy Evans. Open discussion encouraged.
      • November 30th in K-111, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Enrollment Management
        Adam Klepetar, VP of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, will discuss ideas for attracting new BCC students and helping current students succeed. Learn about enrollment obstacles facing the area and ideas the Enrollment Management Committee has put together to help the College reach its enrollment goals. Do you have ideas for drawing in more BCC students? How do you think we can help students thrive while at BCC? This is a wonderful opportunity to share your feedback and ideas.

      • December 5th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. -  Career Readiness Series – Teamwork and Collaboration at the Brien Center for Mental Health
        BCC Alum Denise Galvagni will discuss how teamwork and collaboration are at the core of the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  Sponsored by the Career Development Center.

      • February 8th in K-111, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Mindset
        Adam Klepetar, VP of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, will discuss how practicing a growth mindset can help you in your studies, relationships, parenting and your career. Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success — a simple idea that makes all the difference.