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Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, the City Club is one of the oldest continuous free speech forums 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.
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Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Jeremy Paris, former Chief Counsel for Nominations and Oversight for the Senate Judiciary Committee; and Sara Schiavoni, Instructor at John Carroll University’s Department of Political Science discuss Gorsuch's nomination, the confirmation, and the future of the Supreme Court in a conversation moderated by Tucker Ellis associate Brandon Cox.Listen Now
For the 2017 High School Debate Championship, Zade Akras of Hawken School and Andrew Gilmore of University School debate the resolution: Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict constitutionally protected speech.Listen Now
Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland, delivers the 12th annual State of the City address.Listen Now
Jeffery Allen, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage; Heather M. Hodges, Former U.S. Ambassador to Moldova and Ecuador; Jon Pinney, Managing Partner at KJK and Secretary and Treasurer of the 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee; and Isam Zaiem, Cofounder of the Cleveland Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, discuss the meaning of an “America First” message and nationalism in the 21st Century in a conversation moderated by Youth Forum Council member Milan Jain.Listen Now
Peter Herdrich, Co-Founder of The Antiquities Coalition; Lillian A. Kuri, Vice President of Strategic Grantmaking for Arts & Urban Design Initiatives at the Cleveland Foundation; and Thomas M. Welsh, Director of Performing Arts at The Cleveland Museum of Art, discuss the role of art in international relations in a discussion moderated by WCPN host/producer Tony Ganzer.Listen Now