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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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The City Club's Centennial Book

The City Club connects people, so it is no surprise that the City Club Centennial book is a product of people connections.  Witness these: As celebrated in the Introduction to the Club’s 75th anniversary history, David Ford in 1916 picked up at the train station for a Club speech the spokesman for the General then...

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Why you should join us for our Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting is coming up soon (on October 23rd, 4pm, here at 850 Euclid), and we'd like you to be here for it. Why? Because we like you. And also because you're the reason why we do what we do. And although we do over a hundred programs a year for the benefit of...

Wednesday, October 01, 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...

Monday, September 15, 2014

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?

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

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...

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