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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The State of the Schools 2014

The State of the Schools 2014

The following is a transcript of the State of the Schools speech delivered by Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. September 30, 2014, at a City Club event at the Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio, before an audience of approximately 900 Clevelanders. THE STATE OF THE SCHOOLS Good afternoon, and thank you...

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Fear of the Case for Reparations

Fear of the Case for Reparations

Last month, Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates emerged from the self-imposed reclusiveness that followed his landmark essay "The Case for Reparations" with a public speech about that essay in Cleveland, Ohio. His speech at The City Club of Cleveland was powerful and emotionally affecting and challenging. Those who have read the piece or heard the speech know it...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Are Political Debates Dying?

Are Political Debates Dying?

In Ohio, it's a real question. Late Friday afternoon, representatives for three incumbent campaigns in statewide offices in Ohio sent emails declining invitations to public debates at one of the nation's century-old free speech forums. Those emails from the campaigns of Attorney General Mike DeWine (R), Secretary of State Jon Husted (R), and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R)...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates Presents "Case for Reparations" at City Club of Cleveland

Ta-Nehisi Coates Presents

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, walked to the lectern at the City Club of Cleveland and managed to distill two years of work on “The Case for Reparations” into an eight-word thesis: “What you have taken should be given back.” It’s time, he argues, for America’s moral reckoning with the legacy...

Friday, August 15, 2014

A City Club Forum on Inspiration

A City Club Forum on Inspiration

Running for sport is hard. I know--I did it one time. (My track teammates were really concerned when they saw my asthma acting up. I do not have asthma.)  But could you imagine running five kilometers with a prosthetic leg? How about doing that right after 750 meters’ worth of swimming, and 20 kilometers of...

Friday, August 15, 2014

From Jackson to Obama: Political Treasures on Display

From Jackson to Obama: Political Treasures on Display

Ralph String started collecting political memorabilia when he was eight years old. His parents brought him home a few Alf Landon buttons from the last national political convention in Cleveland: the 1936 Republican National Convention held at the Public Auditorium. Nine hundred items and 41 years later, he donated The Cleveland City Club Collection, which...

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