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.
2022: The Year (Ahead) in Politics
There may not be a presidential race, but it\'s hard to overstate the significance of the political year ahead. It\'s not just that 2022 brings the usual statewide contests--Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and so forth; Ohio has an open senate seat with a formidable roster of primary contenders, including political neophytes, a celebrity author, and a firebrand former state treasurer. The GOP\'s incumbent governor faces an insurgent primary effort to his right. And new district boundaries will change the dynamics in 15 congressional races, as well as in state legislative seats. Plus, this is all happening with relatively new state leadership in both major political parties.\r\n\r\nOhio GOP chairman Robert Paduchik took over leadership of the state party in February of 2021, having previously served as Donald Trump\'s Ohio campaign manager in 2016 and co-chair of the Republican National Committee from 2017-2019.\r\n\r\nElizabeth Walters was elected chair of the Ohio Democratic Party in January 2021. President and at-large member of Summit County Council, Ms. Walters was raised in Northeast Ohio, was the party\'s previous executive director, and is the first woman to serve as chair.\r\n\r\nJoin us, in-person at the City Club on January 14th for a conversation moderated by Andy Chow of the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau.
Good Medicine: A Conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer
In her university classroom, Robin Wall Kimmerer begins the semester by surveying her students on their perceptions of human's interactions with land. She routinely found that nearly all her students believed humans and nature are a bad mix. Furthermore, they could not think of any beneficial interactions between humans and the environment, or even imagine what a beneficial interaction might look like.\r\n\r\nWhat has led to this rising skepticism over human\'s positive relationship with land? One could easily point to rising concern over human destruction of natural ecosystems, unchecked pollution, and last summer's Code Red warning to humanity by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as all contributors to our collective pessimism.\r\n\r\nRobin Wall Kimmerer is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, an author, a botanist, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. In her New York Times bestselling book Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin outlines how we can reclaim our knowledge of ecology to collectively move toward sustainability.\r\n\r\nJoin the City Club of Cleveland in a virtual conversation, in partnership with Holden Forests & Gardens\' NEA Big Read Northeast Ohio with Kent State University. We will hear from Robin Wall Kimmerer on how we can repair not only ecological communities, but also the reciprocal relationship humankind has with land.
Changing of the Guard: A Neighborhood Plan for the Next Era of Cleveland Leadership
In November, when Cleveland voters chose a political newcomer as their next mayor, the election outcome was part of a broader sea change in the civic sphere. A new generation of diverse leaders have a new vision for the future of the city, and for many, it starts with our neighborhoods.\r\n\r\nRecently, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress developed a comprehensive platform focused on municipal modernization, infrastructure, economic development, and housing. Their platform advocates for specific changes for the new administration and council to enact that the organization believes will strengthen all Cleveland neighborhoods. Combine this with recently released neighborhood-level data fact sheets, we can see a clear picture of the current health of our city's neighborhoods.\r\n\r\nWhat do the people who serve our neighborhoods think it will take to lay the foundation from which all neighborhoods can grow and thrive? Join us, in-person at the City Club as we hear from neighborhood leadership on their strategies and more.
An Exit Interview with Dave Abbott
In early 2021, and after 18 years of service, David Abbott announced his retirement as president of the George Gund Foundation. He is one of several long-time leaders in the philanthropic, public, and private sectors to announce their departure over the last several years-evidence that the next era of Cleveland leadership has arrived. And Dave is ready to pass the baton.\r\n\r\nAbbott began his career as a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter. He moved on from there, earning a law degree from Harvard University and spending 10 years in county government. As county administrator, he played a key role in the creation of the Gateway project, now home to two professional sports team and a strong business community. Dave also served as the executive director of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission, overseeing the opening of the Great Lakes Science Center. He then served as director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum before taking the helm at University Circle Inc.\r\n\r\nHe has worked in just about every part of the community, working to make Cleveland, and our country, a better place to live for everyone.\r\n\r\nSo what are the lessons of this storied tenure? And what does he see as the opportunities and challenges for Cleveland\'s next generation of leadership? Join us, in-person at the City Club as we sit down in conversation with one of Cleveland\'s biggest champions.
The Good Fight: 30 Years of Jewish Leadership
For more than 30 years, David Harris has been leading the American Jewish Committee (AJC), one of the world\'s leading advocates for civil rights for Jews and a strong Jewish voice against discrimination of all kinds. As every era, these last three decades have seen their share of anti-Semitism, which range from individual instances of violence, to mass shootings, and the rise of far right Holocaust deniers attempting to shape policy based on a false understanding of history.\r\n\r\nIn his time at the AJC, David Harris has consistently worked to combat anti-Semitism, to advocate for the nation of Israel and to build bridges with allies, wherever they may be. In January of 2020, he led an historic delegation of Muslims and Jews to visit Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. Prior to his leadership role at the AJC, he played a key role in helping Jews emigrate from the Soviet Union where they faced intense discrimination.\r\n\r\nJoin us, in-person at the City Club on December 10th as we hear from David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee.
Youth Forum: Missing, but Not Forgotten: Navigating Missing Persons Investigations in the U.S.
The discovery of the bodies of these missing people, among at least eight others who were found as authorities searched for Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie, has highlighted a disturbing question when it comes to those reported missing: was enough done to find them too?\r\n\r\nThe Gabby Petito case created a media frenzy resulting in a deeper look into how missing persons cases in the United States are handled. Most glaring was the ongoing, disproportionately less attention given to missing persons cases involving people of color. The first 72 hours of a missing persons case are the most crucial, after which the volume of clues, evidence and witness accounts slow to a trickle, severely impeding cases with less attention. Further, missing persons cases are often complicated by sex trafficking, kidnapping and drug-related crimes involved in addition to the search for the missing person, as well as runaway cases often receiving less attention due to the misconception they are in less danger than other missing persons.\r\n\r\nHere in Cleveland, high profile missing persons cases and rescues shed light on many of these key issues. As result, several organizations and initiatives have been put in place to address concerns. However, there is always more that can be done.\r\n\r\nWhat more can be instituted to ensure missing persons cases are adequately reported and handled? How can the public, as well as the media, be better equipped to disseminate information about missing persons cases? In what ways can we ensure all missing persons cases are given the same priority?\r\n\r\nJoin us at the City Club for a virtual Youth Forum as an expert panel explains the intricacies of missing persons cases, and what can be done to help find them.
So glad these talks are made available as podcasts that can be downloaded at any time. Thank you!!
Great podcasts for anyone wanting to learn more about Cleveland and civics in general.