The American Dream remains an aspirational concept related to the promise of a country that embraces optimism for the future and the ability to shape it, as well as recognition of every person’s potential as a dignified and free human being. However, while achievable for some, for many others the American Dream remains an unattainable dream, a cruel illusion, an unfulfilled promise.
So what is the relevance of the American Dream today? what does it mean to the greater Cleveland community?
Join the City Club for a FREE forum in partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra's 2023 Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival to examine how the idea of the American Dream has played out in Cleveland, starting with the displacement of Indigenous people at the city's founding. While Cleveland’s role in both the Underground Railroad and later the Great Migration held out hope for access to opportunity, that hope was often undermined by policies that shaped economic reality throughout the 20th century and up to the present day. And as we look toward the future of our city, we will dream together about the creation of opportunity across our diverse communities.
This is a FREE event - but let us know if you're coming! Please RSVP by registering below. It's not required, but it helps us prepare and keeps you updated!
Want to see more of the Opera & Humanities Festival? City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop will be in conversation with Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste and The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Tickets and more information can be found on the Orchestra's website here.
The livestream will be available beginning at 3:00p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.