-the use of violence to elicit information or punish individuals - is a practice that dates back to the Greeks
and Romans. By the 20th century, torture was considered by many to be abolished
and morally reprehensible. However,
after the September 11 attacks, President Bush's administration began utilizing
waterboarding and other methods of torture - often characterized as
"enhanced interrogation techniques" - as means to confront the war on
terror. While initially met with acceptance, public support for torture began
declining in 2005
and, in 2009, President Obama canceled the practice via Executive Order on his
second day in office. The Senate
followed suit in 2015. Days
after Donald J. Trump took office, he declared that waterboarding "absolutely works" and encouraged its practice.
It begs the question: Why would President Trump and the people to whom he
appeals want to resurrect the waterboard? How do we understand the afterlives
Last year’s presidential campaign made it clear that Americans are a deeply divided people. It also gave rise to the recognition by many that they didn’t understand the lives of “the other half.”Join the City Club of the Mahoning Valley and Columbia Business School on Monday, November 6th at Suzie's Dogs & Drafts for the discussion: Bridging The American Divide: Understanding Different Economic Realities - New York City vs. The Mahoning Valley.Columbia Business School professors Dr. Ray Horton and Bruce Usher will join local leaders for a discussion about the different economic perspectives of a global city like New York to that of a place like the Mahoning Valley and communities like it.Convene for hot dogs and beer at 6:30 p.m. Forum begins at 7 p.m.Location:
Suzie's Dogs & Drafts 34 N. Phelps Street &nb...
marks the 50th anniversary of the election of Carl Stokes, the first
African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Shortly after the election and in
an effort to initiate sweeping changes to improve the lives of Clevelanders,
Mayor Stokes created Cleveland NOW! as his signature proposal to address the
challenges of his time. Many of the challenges that motivated him then still
face the city today.
part of the year-long initiative, Carl and
Louis Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future, we bring you a
panel featuring the authors of a new policy document that examines the legacy
of Mayor Stokes' signature efforts in housing, health, safety, education and
economic parity. Their findings help us understand the past, how far we've come
as a community, and what possibilities the future holds.
John R. Corlett, President and Executive
Director, The Center for Community Solutions
Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D,
In 2001, Bard College established one of the nation’s first public
early colleges in New York City and laid the groundwork for its national early
college network, now including programs in Newark, Baltimore, New Orleans, and
Cleveland. Based on knowledge gained through 50 years of success at Bard
College at Simon’s Rock, where students begin full-time college study at an
average age of 16, this model has demonstrated that early entry into college
leads to greater academic achievement, social resiliency, and career success,
especially for female, minority, and lower-income students. In addition to the Bard Early Colleges, there are now hundreds of early college programs in the United States,
supported by national and state legislation. The College in High School Alliance is one of an expanding coalition of national organizations
carrying the early college movement forward. Cleveland, meanwhile, is at the
forefront in proving the potential of the early college mode...
In the last several years, Americans seem to have a renewed interest in the protections offered by the First Amendment. From speech restrictions on college campuses, to censorship on social media platforms, to concerns over the future of the free press, what constitutes free speech is now routinely under scrutiny by both the right and left.While many nations are devoted to the free expression of ideas, the United States is unique in that it "does so more often, more intensely, and more controversially than is true elsewhere.” How can we continue to promote and protect free speech? Join us for the 2017 City Club Annual Meeting as we consider the State of Free Speech. This special Friday Forum will begin at noon with a presentation of the City Club's annual report followed by a keynote address from Floyd Abrams, award-winning legal scholar and author of The Soul of the First Amendment: Why Free Speech Matters, who will share his thoughts on the unique protections for freedom...