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For Freedoms Town Hall: Freedom of Worship
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Arts & Culture

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

For Freedoms Town Hall: Freedom of Worship

Freedom of worship is the first right outlined in the American Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Yet, spiritual and religious freedom continues to be a complex and divisive...

The Complexities of Hate
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Social Justice

Friday, May 25, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

The Complexities of Hate

Hate among members of a community is not a new phenomenon; it's actually about as old as civilization itself. All human beings have the capacity to hate. However, what's different about hate in modern society is its speed - the...

Inside The Great Revolt: Who's Reshaping American Politics?
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Politics & Public Policy

Friday, June 01, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Inside The Great Revolt: Who's Reshaping American Politics?

President Donald J. Trump’s rapid political rise and subsequent election to the presidency, while a surprise to many political experts and polls, was a welcome change for the millions of Americans who identified with his messages. In the post-election months,...

For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place
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Local Matters

Tuesday, June 05, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place

Streets: Achieving Connection Not Competition

Throughout history, streets have served as a point of connection. From people to horses, carriages to street cars, public transit to automobiles, streets provide the main medium for travel, connecting us to work, home, and the people and places we...

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Intersection of Clean Energy and National Security
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World Affairs

Tuesday, June 05, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Intersection of Clean Energy and National Security

Clean energy is big business in the U.S. and around the world. In the electricity sector, global investments in new renewable energy capacity are outstripping those for fossil fuel. Meanwhile, rapid advancements in energy storage and electric vehicles are transforming...

Dead Last: Northeast Ohio’s Economy is Lagging and It’s Time to Do Something About It
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Business & Economy

Friday, June 08, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Dead Last: Northeast Ohio’s Economy is Lagging and It’s Time to Do Something About It

Online ticket reservations for this forum are now closed. For ticket availability, please call 216.621.0082. In late April, Business Insider ranked the top 40 U.S. metropolitan areas on economic strength. They used a number of metrics - unemployment rate and average...

ConstitutionALE: Reaching Consensus on the Census
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Politics & Public Policy

Monday, June 11, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

ConstitutionALE: Reaching Consensus on the Census

On May 14, we debuted our ConstitutionALE series with a forum on gerrymandering. Nearly all the audience questions pertained to the effect the 2020 census will have on representation and the future drawing of districts - and so our June...

For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place
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Local Matters

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place

Architecture: Balancing Form and Function

If streets are the medium that connect us to place, it can be argued that the physical structures that comprise our neighborhoods– homes, libraries, office buildings, stores and restaurants, and theatres – provide the anchor. However, there is often an...

Why Does Soda Cost Less Than Water at the Corner Store? A College Forum Symposium
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Local Matters

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Why Does Soda Cost Less Than Water at the Corner Store? A College Forum Symposium

Walk into almost any corner store and you'll find the cost of a bottle of soda is likely less than a bottle of water. It's a strange conundrum that speaks to the economic conditions that create challenges for so many...

Separate and Unequal: Can We Achieve Social Equity Through City Planning?
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Social Justice

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Separate and Unequal: Can We Achieve Social Equity Through City Planning?

According to a United Nations report, more than half of the world's population reside in cities - and, if current trends continue, that number will likely increase to 66 percent by 2050. For many urban areas, this growth will strain...

Improving the Life Chances of Disadvantaged Mothers and Children with Prenatal and Early Childhood Home-Visiting by Nurses
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Healthcare

Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Improving the Life Chances of Disadvantaged Mothers and Children with Prenatal and Early Childhood Home-Visiting by Nurses

Infant mortality rates, defined as the death of a baby before his or her first birthday, have declined 15 percent between 2004 and 2015, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health...

For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place
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Local Matters

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place

Public Health: Why Parks Matter

Historically, the term health often referred to simply the presence or absence of disease. Today, it is commonly recognized that health encompasses not only physical components, but social, economic, and environmental ones as well. Urban communities often face higher health...

Storytelling at National Geographic in the Digital Age
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Arts & Culture

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Storytelling at National Geographic in the Digital Age

National Geographic, the official magazine of the National Geographic Society, debuted in 1888 as a professional publication for scientists and geologists. Over the decades, the magazine evolved, moving from technical articles to narrative to storytelling - and including stunning photography...

Science as Social Change: The Woman who Saved Flint's Children
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Environment & Sustainability

Friday, June 22, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Science as Social Change: The Woman who Saved Flint's Children

A few years ago, the country watched in horror as the national media descended on Flint, Michigan. A switch in drinking water sources - from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River - had caused nearly 100,000...

2018 State of the Valley
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Politics & Public Policy

Monday, June 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

2018 State of the Valley

Over the last several decades, Youngstown and Warren, like many smaller Midwestern legacy cities, have experienced economic and social decline due to expanded poverty, an aging population, disinvestment in neighborhoods, deteriorating housing stock, aging infrastructure, high unemployment, and a work...

For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place
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Local Matters

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place

Narrative: If These Spaces Could Talk

When we speak of place, it’s easy to imagine and discuss the physical structures we inhabit - the parks, streets, and buildings we encounter every day. But while these physical manifestations of place are integral to the notion of placemaking,...

Ohio's Next Step to Modernize Medicaid: the Behavioral Health Redesign
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Healthcare

Friday, June 29, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Ohio's Next Step to Modernize Medicaid: the Behavioral Health Redesign

Today in Ohio, more than 400,000 adults and children receive behavioral health services - encompassing both mental health and substance use services - at a cost of approximately $900 million. Furthermore, Medicaid members needing treatment for mental health or substance...

Can We Talk? Reviving Civility in Public Discourse
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Politics & Public Policy

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Can We Talk? Reviving Civility in Public Discourse

One of the bedrocks of the American democracy is our commitment to free speech - the robust, open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives. Furthermore, the creation of our two-party system was implemented to protect America from entering into another...

From Steel City to Smart City: Fostering Community through Open Data
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Science, Technology & Innovation

Friday, July 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

From Steel City to Smart City: Fostering Community through Open Data

During his campaign for Mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto made government transparency and accountability two of his top priorities. During his first year, the Department of Innovation and Performance was established. Out of it came the Burgh's Eye View app,...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry
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Arts & Culture

Friday, August 03, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Clevelander Dave Lucas became the Ohio Poet Laureate in January 2018. Lucas succeeds Dr. Amit Majmudar of Columbus, the state's first poet laureate after Governor Kasich created the position in 2014. As poet laureate, part of Lucas' mission is to...

Parched: How to Prevent a Day Zero in Cleveland
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Environment & Sustainability

Thursday, August 09, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Parched: How to Prevent a Day Zero in Cleveland

Cape Town, South Africa, one of Africa's most affluent cities, may be the first city in the world to run out of municipal water. Population growth, overdevelopment, and climate change, coupled with rising inequality and political dysfunction, have converged to...

2018 State of the Great Lakes: The Perils of Micro Pollution
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Environment & Sustainability

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

2018 State of the Great Lakes: The Perils of Micro Pollution

The mention of pollution in our lakes, rivers, and oceans often evokes images of sea turtles trapped in the plastic rings that bind aluminum cans together. But while traveling "garbage patches" affect our ocean's, fish, and wildlife, the Great Lakes...

Life and Literature of N. Scott Momaday
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Arts & Culture

Friday, September 28, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Life and Literature of N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday, a writer, teacher, artist and storyteller, has devoted much of his life to safeguarding oral tradition and other aspects of Indian culture. He was born a Kiowa in Oklahoma and grew up in the Indian southwest. He...

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