Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, The City Club is the oldest continuous free speech forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion.
The City Club firmly believes in the free expression of all ideas and the benefits of an open exchange. It is non-partisan and does not take positions on issues. All speakers must answer unfiltered, unrehearsed questions directly from the audience.
Each Forum is an hour long program. The program starts with a brief introduction followed by a 25-30 minute address by the speaker. Spirited, insightful and often challenging questions from the audience fill the final half hour of the program.
Transition in a Time of Insurrection
One of the hallmarks of American democracy is the peaceful transition of power between Presidents. Since President Joseph Biden was declared president-elect, that transition has been anything but peaceful. Violence has shocked the country to its very core. Social media companies stripped President Trump and many of his staunchest supporters of their accounts. What can the new administration do to bridge the deep fissures that divide us? Lisa Brown, Vice President and General Counsel of Georgetown University and Chris Lu, a Teresa A. Sullivan Practitioner Senior Fellow at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, both members of President Barack Obama\'s transition team, share their insights.\r\nThis forum is the Tecovas Foundation Endowed Forum. Support for City Club Virtual Forums is provided by Bank of America, KeyBank, PNC and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with ideastream is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund. \r\n
More than a Paycheck: Reducing Inequality through Summer Jobs
Working a summer job teaches young people communication skills and fiscal responsibility, and introduces them to the basics of business. However, youth summer jobs also have the potential to improve educational outcomes and disrupt cycles of economic inequality and crime. All members of the workforce have felt the impacts of COVID-19, but those who were already most at risk were disproportionately impacted. Local leaders discuss the importance of summer jobs, their influence on career preparedness, and the role of summer employment in disrupting cycles of economic inequality- specifically for Black and Brown youth in our community.\r\nThis forum is part of our Workforce Development series sponsored by the Deaconess Foundation. Support for City Club Virtual Forums is provided by Bank of America, KeyBank, PNC and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with ideastream is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund. \r\n
Racism, Inequity, and Public Health: Cuyahoga County's Response, Part II
In late 2019, Cuyahoga County Council passed legislation creating the formation of the Citizens\' Advisory Council on Equity. For the last several months, the Council has worked on proposed changes to County policies, procurement, structure of County government, and the Cuyahoga County Code. Panel discusses Part II of our series on the work of the Citizens\' Advisory Council on Equity as four of their members discuss these proposed changes and what they mean for County residents.
The Road to Revitalization: Economic Inclusion and America's Legacy Cities
America's legacy cities, once drivers of industry and wealth, have developed unique cultures of grit and innovation to try to overcome major obstacles like changing industries and government policies that steer investments away from communities of color. How do we confront racist systems that drive deep inequities in public health, safety, and access to opportunity in these unique American cities? How do we bring sustainability and modern urban infrastructure to these metropolitan centers while ensuring that everyone benefits from new investments and growth? \r\n\r\nSupport for City Club virtual forums is provided by Bank of America, KeyBank, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and PNC. Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with ideastream is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.
Blueprint for Democracy: Transparency and Accountability in the Ohio Statehouse
Governmental ethics, transparency, and accountability took center stage a few months ago when Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Larry Householder was discovered to have accepted a $60 million bribe from FirstEnergy in exchange for passing HB 6, a $1.3 billion bailout for the struggling nuclear power operator. Common Cause Ohio, the League of Women Voters, and the City Club are partnering to host a series of virtual events focused on transparency and accountability in the Ohio Statehouse. A panel explains structural changes need to be made to increase accountability and transparency at the Ohio Statehouse.\r\n\r\nThis forum is the Peter DiLeone Endowed Forum on Local Politics. Support for City Club Virtual Forums is provided by The Cleveland Foundation, Bank of America, The George Gund Foundation, KeyBank, PNC, Eaton, Nordson Corporation and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.\r\n
Equity by Design: Sustainability, Mobility, and Building the Cities of the Future
Enrique Pe?alosa has spent much of his career advocating for sustainable mobility and quality of life in cities. During his two terms as Mayor of Bogota, Pe?alosa implemented a city model that promoted equity, respect for human dignity, and gave priority to public pedestrian spaces. Mr. Pe?alosa discusses how he advanced equity for all residents through thoughtful transportation planning and urban design