About The Forum
What is The Richmond Forum?
The Richmond Forum is a subscription series, producing five programs each year. The biggest and most influential names in the world have taken the stage at The Forum, creating lifetime memories for our subscribers: past U.S. presidents, sitting heads of state, leaders from the sciences, arts, business, and more.
The Richmond Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization.
To present powerful voices so Richmond can learn. To empower local voices so Richmond can lead.
By elevating public discourse throughout the Richmond region, we can make our community a better place for all of its residents and a model for the nation.
Influential Names, Inspiring Evenings
Over 240 distinguished individuals have participated in The Forum since its inception in 1987. Past alumni include names like Obama, Bush, Clinton, Blair, Thatcher, Gorbachev, Kissinger, Rice, Bernanke, Tutu, Netanyahu, Bhutto, Cronkite, Brokaw, Spielberg, Redford, Winfrey, Goodall, Buchwald, Asimov, and many more.
Beyond the part The Forum plays in bringing these speakers to Richmond, what makes each program so inspiring is the dedicated and passionate audience that attends. Richmond has a long history of supporting public speaker series, hosting lively discussions, staging marches and protests, and directly engaging with the difficult issues of the time. Our speakers are impressed the first moment they step on stage at the Altria Theater. “And all of these seats are going to be full tonight?” former Executive Director Bill Chapman recalls in the foreword to The Forum’s 30th anniversary book “The Forum Files.” Yes, they are.
It’s a testament to Richmond that we are able to sustain such a beloved and critical institution for our community. It’s because of Richmond that we are able to say that The Forum is the largest nonprofit lecture series in America.
EXPLORE THE 2023 – 2024 SEASON
The Epic Story of America’s Great MigrationNovember 18, 2023
Boarding the Photo ArkJanuary 13, 2024
Principles Over PoliticsFebruary 17, 2024
Dr. Anthony Fauci
For the Greater GoodMarch 16, 2024
Nina Totenberg & Kimberley Strassel
On the DocketApril 20, 2024