• Ford Hall Forum Presents "The Empty Cradle"
Phillip Longman


The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Phillip Longman discussing "The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do about it."

While overpopulation has long been considered one of the most serious dangers facing the globe, Phillip Longman, the Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New American Foundation, argues that the opposite is true.

As countries prosper, their populations age and birth rates plummet. The developing world also is aging. Falling birth rates might seem beneficial, but the economic and social price is too steep to pay, according to Longman. He will discuss the population implosion and how families and the world can build a sustainable future.

Longman's presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. It promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through events that illuminate the key issues facing our society.

The forum presents knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times, in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.

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