About Us


Through a full schedule of programs and events, the Cape May Forum fosters the transformative power of ideas and the arts in America’s first seaside resort. The Forum seeks inspiration through an educated and engaged exploration of socially-relevant issues, in concert with outstanding presenters and cultural partners. 

Modeled after the Chautauqua Institution, Cape May Forum offers a unique retreat where participants can grapple with the social, moral and political issues of our times. 

The 2010 Cape May Forum opened by asking: “Humor – Can It Save the World?”  Then in 2011 we posed the question: “Guess What’s Coming for Dinner? - The Politics of Food in the 21st  Century” and explored everything from the gourmet food movement in the developed world, to the politics of food scarcity in the developing world.  In 2012 we looked to the “Future of Energy” and considered how energy consumption changed over the last century. 

In 2013, with the help of National Geographic, we explored how "Water Matters" to our world. Now in 2014, we considered "From Global to Local: Bringing it All Back Home." In last year's program we explored new industries growing in South Jersey entitled, "Wine and Oysters: Growing on the Garden State." In addition, we offered a full-day presentation at the Lower Cape May Regional High School on job and internship opportunities in our local area.  See our 2016 and 2017 programs here

2018 Board of Directors

Norris Clark - President

Barry Cohen - Vice President

Eleanor Bochenek - Treasurer

Brady Schoenrock - Secretary

Steve Miller

Curtis Bashaw

Walter Schoenknecht

Emaleigh Kaithern

Carolinn Pocher Woody

Michael Kline