Salons

Participants in the Climate-Smart Agriculture Salon hosted by Vermont's Middlebury College and Planet Forward on Feb. 4, 2015. / Planet Forward

What is a "salon"?

In short, it's a discussion. But, more specifically, the term was used in the 17th and 18th centuries to describe an assembly of educated guests, such as leaders in society and politics, and was typically held in a home's salon, or reception room, hence the term. So why bring such an antiquated term back to life? Because these conversations are exactly that — a hub of knowledge-keepers and knowledge-seekers holding an important, diverse and respectful conversation on the topic of the hour.

Read on to learn about the salons we have held and those coming up.

Past Salons