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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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Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley and The Honorable John J. Russo, Presiding and Administrative Judge in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, discuss current efforts to reform Cuyahoga County’s criminal justice system in a conversation moderated by WKYC news anchor Russ Mitchell.Listen Now
Rian Brown, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter Cleveland & Kalamazoo; Anita Gray, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League; Erica Merritt, Principal, Equius Group, LLC; Rabbi Scott B. Roland, Congregation Shaarey Tikvah; and Matthew T. Wirks, Domestic Terrorism Supervisor, FBI, discuss what can be done about white supremacist domestic terrorism in the wake of the Charlottesville attacks, in a conversation moderated by City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop.Listen Now
Ted Diadiun, Editorial Writer, The Plain Dealer; Henry J. Gomez, Political Reporter, BuzzFeed News; John C. Green, Ph.D., Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron; and Clare Malone, Senior Political Reporter, FiveThirtyEight, discuss the future of the free press in a conversation moderated by WCPN Sound of Ideas host and Plain Dealer columnist Michael K. McIntyre.Listen Now
Matt Zone, Cleveland Councilman from Ward 15 and President of the National League of Cities, discusses the challenges facing America’s cities and the local solutions that are moving America forward.Listen Now
Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager to President Trump and FOX News commentator, offers reflections on the first sixth months of the Trump Administration.Listen Now