Noun: forum (forums, fora) forum
1. A public meeting or assembly for open discussion
2. A public facility to meet for open discussion
Any bets on whether there will be opposing views expressed at this forum?
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to speak at Dean's Forum
Angela Willett, Collegiate Times Staff Writer
On Feb. 26, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the environmental Deans’ Forum at Virginia Tech.
The Deans’ Forum on the environment is the second forum in a planned series of at least four. The forum will serve several purposes in regards to communication, research and environmental awareness. Primarily, it allows the deans of each college to come together and collaborate on a project that everyone can relate to.
In addition, the forum is being used as a tool to implement part of Virginia Tech’s strategic plan to become a leading institute in research, discovery and innovation regarding environmental issues. (link)
Pardon me for saying this but it doesn't sound like a "forum" at all. Sounds more like a good old-fashioned down-home Southern Baptist Holy Ghost revival, without the Divine guidance, but probably with a whole lotta shoutin', denunciatin', hymnal singin', and speakin' in tongues. And with all participants coming away feeling cleansed of your sins.
Should be a hoot.