Starts October 23-24, 2020

Forward Fest is a monthly online series that kicks off October 23 and 24 and will continue throughout A Year of Forward Thinking. The events, featuring Princeton faculty and alumni exploring a range of forward-thinking topics, will be free and open to the public. Sparking dialogue among the entire Princeton community — students, faculty, staff, alumni and other interested thinkers — Forward Fest will explore, engage and develop bold thinking for the future.

Free and open to the public. RSVP now to receive updates and a resource guide, which includes must-know information about the featured speakers with links to their books, articles, podcasts and more!

Festival Schedule

Use the dropdown menu below to see all Friday and Saturday programming.

All programming will be live-streamed on this page. 

All event times are listed as U.S. Eastern.

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM — Eastern Time

Forward Fest Kickoff

Hear from President Christopher L. Eisgruber, Provost Deborah Prentice and other Forward Thinkers at Princeton on what is to come in A Year of Forward Thinking and how you can engage in myriad topics, ranging from bioengineering to the humanities and creative expression, from public health to social justice.
President Christopher L. Eisgruber '83
Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83
President, Princeton University
Provost Deborah Prentice
Deborah Prentice
Provost and Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
Dean Rodney Priestley
Rodney Priestley
Vice Dean for Innovation and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Andrea Goldsmith
Andrea Goldsmith
Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering
Mónica Ponce de León
Mónica Ponce de León
Dean, School of Architecture
Arielle Patrick '12
Arielle Patrick '12
Host, Forward Fest Welcome Kickoff

How can I participate in Forward Fest?

All Forward Fest programming will be live-streamed on this page and on the University’s YouTube channel. No registration or login information is required. If you want to engage in Q&A, submit your questions in advance to or in real-time in the chat on YouTube. And be sure to include #PrincetonForward in all your social posts to keep the conversation going!

But shouldn’t I register?

No registration or login information is required. However, you may RSVP now to receive a resource guide and program updates!

If I miss the live event, will I be able to view the content later?

We hope you tune in with other forward thinkers to participate in Forward Fest in real time. However, if you miss it, you can view the full-length programs on demand on the University’s YouTube channel. (Just remember, you won’t be able to ask questions later.) In time, shorter highlights will be available here on the festival page.

Is captioning available?

Captioning (in English) will be available for all sessions.

When will the full year’s schedule of Forward Fest programs be announced?

At the conclusion of our first Forward Fest program in October, we will announce future programming.