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The View from Inside: Ohio's Prisons Chief on Re-entry and Criminal Justice Reform
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Friday, August 17, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

The View from Inside: Ohio's Prisons Chief on Re-entry and Criminal Justice Reform

Gary C. Mohr has helmed Ohio's prison system since 2011, when he was appointed by Governor John Kasich. His 43 year career in corrections began in a classroom at the Marion Correctional Institution and since then, he has consistently approached...

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

The Complexities of Hate
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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...

The Long Shadow of Korematsu vs. U.S.:  Stop Repeating History
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

The Long Shadow of Korematsu vs. U.S.: Stop Repeating History

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War to place Americans of Japanese descent in internment camps. At the time, Fred Korematsu, an American born in the U.S. to...

Youth Forum: Books over Bullets: Keeping our Schools Safe
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Youth Forum: Books over Bullets: Keeping our Schools Safe

Columbine. Sandy Hook. And now Parkland. These names used to identify individual towns and schools but are now synonymous with mass shootings that have reignited the debate over gun control in America. In the wake of these school shootings, bag...

On the Mindless Menace of Violence: 50 Years Later
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Thursday, April 05, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

On the Mindless Menace of Violence: 50 Years Later

On April 5, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Senator Robert F. Kennedy stood at The City Club of Cleveland's podium and delivered what is considered one of the most important speeches of the 20th century....

An Awakened Woman: From Child Bride to International Scholar
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Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

An Awakened Woman: From Child Bride to International Scholar

Growing up in rural Zimbabwe without electricity or running water, Tererai Trent was married at age 11, had three children by age 18 - all the while yearning for an education that seemed to be a dream hopelessly out of...

One Community Reads: An Evening with Matthew Desmond
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Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

One Community Reads: An Evening with Matthew Desmond

Citizens across Northeast Ohio are joining together this winter to read Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. As part of this inaugural One Community Reads effort, the City Club is pleased to join with Cuyahoga County's nine public...

Youth Forum: Beyond the Wall: The State of Immigration Reform
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Thursday, March 08, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Youth Forum: Beyond the Wall: The State of Immigration Reform

In September 2017, the Trump administration announced that, in six months, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) would end unless Congress passed more comprehensive immigration legislation. Since Congress has failed to do so, the Trump Administration released a...

Youth Forum: #MeToo and You: The Rise of a Movement
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Thursday, February 08, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Youth Forum: #MeToo and You: The Rise of a Movement

As sexual assault allegations continue to mount, the country is taking notice. As celebrities declare “Time’s Up” at the Golden Globes and TIME magazine announces The Silence Breakers as the 2017 Person of the Year, survivors of sexual assault are...

Being Black and Biracial in America
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Friday, February 02, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Being Black and Biracial in America

Growing up the daughter of an African-American father and a white mother, in Palisades, New York, and Madison, Wisconsin, Julie Lythcott-Haims had to navigate a white world. Her newest novel, Real American: A Memoir, details her journey in that world...

Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12:00 p.m.

Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

In the wake of Michael Brown’s death, the Justice Department investigated the police department of Ferguson, Missouri, and found routine constitutional violations as well as a regular mistreatment of individuals because they are black, poor, or both. In the United...

Representative Reporting: News from a Divided Country
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Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:00 p.m.

Representative Reporting: News from a Divided Country

In the last 20 years, the news business has changed. The advent of fake news, social media, and self-curated news feeds has led legacy news organizations to reinvent themselves and develop a new understanding of the mission of the Fourth...

Youth Forum: Affirmative Action and Unintended Discrimination
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Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m.

Youth Forum: Affirmative Action and Unintended Discrimination

On March 6, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925 with a provision that required government contractors to “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race,...

They Can't Kill Us All: Law Enforcement, Race, and Justice
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Friday, September 22, 2017, 12:00 p.m.

They Can't Kill Us All: Law Enforcement, Race, and Justice

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson in the northern St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Within the next year, Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and Freddie Gray in Baltimore were...

Is this Land My Land?: Diversifying America's Parks
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Is this Land My Land?: Diversifying America's Parks

African-Americans represent 13 percent of the national population, but only represent seven percent of visitors to the National Park Service. The reasons for this disconnect are varied: for many, the outdoors evokes lynchings, trauma, and flight from slavery and discrimination....

CCMV: What's the Real Threat? White Nationalism, Xenophobia, and the Politics of Division
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Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

CCMV: What's the Real Threat? White Nationalism, Xenophobia, and the Politics of Division

The recent violence in Charlottesville is one painfully visible reminder of the division, distrust, and hateful extremism that is on the rise in the United States. Since January, there have been more than 65 bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers...

City Club @ Happy Dog: What to do about White Supremacist Domestic Terrorism
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

City Club @ Happy Dog: What to do about White Supremacist Domestic Terrorism

Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have firmly put the existence of white nationalist organizations on the nation's radars. While many have been tracking those organizations and the hate speech they promulgate for years, the newly emboldened white supremacists have become much...

Struggling for Racial Justice in Challenging Times
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Friday, May 05, 2017, 12:00 p.m.

Struggling for Racial Justice in Challenging Times

President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day, which is...

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