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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.

Monday, December 01, 2014

New City Club book reminds us of its history as leading forum for dialogue on race

The Club has done much in recent years to address what outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder referred to as America’s cowardice when it comes to discussing race. Just this summer, Ta-Nehisi Coates addressed the Club and its national audience on the subject of reparations. The just-published book, A Century of Free Speech at the...

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Century of Free Speech: Featured Speakers

Know somebody—a friend, a work colleague, a boss, a client?—who admires one of the extraordinary people whose forum address is highlighted in the City Club's handsomely produced new book written by Carol Poh? Wouldn't a copy, inscribed by you, make the perfect holiday gift? Featured speakers include: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, February 10, 1987 President Ronald...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Case For Reparations Revisited

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a writer for The Atlantic, wrote an article on May 21, 2014, grabbing the attention of many. In “The Case for Reparations” he argues America is responsible not only for the monetary compensation of the African American community, but that it is America’s moral obligation to make amends for the wrong it has...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Is the City Club Biased?

The City Club has recently come in for some pointed critical feedback regarding a recent debate. Actually, it wasn't so much the debate as the way the debate was moderated. I was the moderator. It was Monday, October 13, and we hosted a debate for the 14th Congressional District. There were a few points raised from...

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Annual Report

This City Club's 102nd year was marked by innovation and experimentation, progress towards some important strategic goals, and clear evidence that our community is becoming ever more deeply engaged. The numbers tell an important story about what we accomplished from July '13 to June '14, but they're really only the beginning of the story. Let's...

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Next Best Thing: Savoring A Century of Free Speech at the City Club of Cleveland

OK, it’s a little bit late. (The actual anniversary was 2012.) But the final product was worth the wait. And, like the club and the forums it chronicles, this book pulls no punches and respects no sacred cows. Turns out it’s been quite an adventure. And it’s all here. In a highly readable and penetrating...

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