International conflict is causing many to look to the United States (U.S) as a safe haven.
According to the U.S. Department of State, the country admitted nearly 70,000
refugees in 2015. Cleveland alone has received more than 2,500 refugees since
As a nation, what is our obligation to these individuals? Is the answer a wall, an
open door, or something in between?
Join us for a Youth Forum Council panel discussion that will look to address the issue of
immigration and refugees in America.
Scott Bratton, Partner, Margaret Wong and Associates
Khoon Thomas Kate, Program Coordinator and Board Member of Refugee Response Network, and Refugee from Burma
Tom Mrosko, Director, Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
This conversation will be moderated by Youth Forum Council member Kirsten Pomales.
Free for high school students. Tickets: $20 members/$...
Before the National Football League (NFL), there was the American Professional Football Association, founded in Canton in 1920. Because of its contribution to the sport, Canton was chosen as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. Since its founding, the NFL has surpassed Major League Baseball (MLB) as the most watched professional sports league, with more than 100 million people tuning into this year’s Super Bowl. Accordingly, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has grown to accommodate this surge in fans around the globe.
Since taking the helm in January 2014, C. David Baker has endeavored to dramatically expand the Hall of Fame’s brand across the world in addition to enhancing its campus in Canton, all while focusing on the organization’s powerful mission statement.
Join us for a conversation with C. David Baker about how the Pro Football Hall of Fame plans to continue building on their mission to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Pr...
With the annexation of Crimea in March of 2014, the Russian Federation forcefully reasserted itself on the world stage thanks in no small part to the efforts and aspirations of its President, Vladimir Putin. The same has been true in the ongoing Syrian Civil War, where Mr. Putin recently announced Russia would be withdrawing its troops after a surprising intervention five months ago. Both tactical choices indicate that Russia is a country increasingly comfortable reinforcing its new image as a sovereign, global heavyweight at the center of world events.
What is Putin's real foreign policy agenda and what factors have helped enable Russian assertiveness in recent years? Join The City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES) for a discussion on Putin's Russia and its role as a geopolitical actor.
Jane M. P...
In a radically unequal United States, schools are often key sites in which injustice grows. Making the Unequal Metropolis presents a broad, detailed argument about the inextricable interrelatedness of school policies and the persistence of metropolitan-scale inequality. While many accounts of education in urban and metropolitan contexts describe schools as the victims of forces beyond their control, author and Teachers College assistant professor Ansley T. Erickson, Ph.D. shows the many ways that schools have been intertwined with these forces and have in fact—via land-use decisions, curricula, and other tools—helped sustain inequality.
In her account, inequality emerges not only from individual racism and white communities’ resistance to desegregation, but as the result of long-standing linkages between schooling, property markets, labor markets, and the pursuit of economic growth. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Erickson on the complex history of, and broad culpability f...
The question "have you ever been convicted of a felony?" is listed on nearly every employment application in the United States. For the nearly one in three American adults with a criminal record, this question all too often means the door to that particular employer is closed. Without access to viable job training and employment opportunities, many find themselves returning to prison, beginning a vicious cycle of recidivism that can perpetuate in families for generations.
In Ohio, there's been a concerted effort reduce recidivism. In 2015, Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a bill to reauthorize the Second Chance Act which supports re-entry programs. And there are several programs in Northeast Ohio that are making strides in obtaining job training and employment for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Join us for a conversation with local leaders on the past, present, and future of re-entry programs and how we, as a society, c...