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Politics & Public Policy

Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America

Virtual Forum

Friday, October 30, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"I heard a lot of frustration from all sides when I was traveling. That's what drives extremism -- the feeling of voicelessness." – David Giffels

The old adage "as Ohio goes, so goes the nation" is repeated by political commentators and pundits during every election cycle. And for good reason: Ohio has accurately chosen the winner in 29 of the last 31 presidential elections, more than any other state.

But what makes Ohio so uniquely positioned to reflect the current identity of our country and accurately predict the outcomes of elections? Author David Giffels spent a year traveling 4,000 miles throughout the state, visiting people and places that offer valuable reflections of the national questions and concerns − all as a historic Presidential election looms.

In this current climate, the question of America’s identity has rarely been more urgent, and no American place has ever more reliably illuminated that identity than Ohio. Join us as Giffels shares stories from his journey and what he learned about the future of America from Ohioans.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

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Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with ideastream is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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