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Town Hall Seattle: Civics Series

The Civics series at Town Hall shines a light on the shifting issues, movements, and policies, that affect our society, both locally and globally. These events pose questions and ideas, big and small, that have the power to inform and impact our lives. Whether it be constitutional research from a scholar, a new take on history, or the birth of a movement, it's all about educating and empowering.

Checkout our new bi-weekly podcast "In the Moment"

Highlighting big ideas from both recent and soon-to-come events. A rolling Town Hall timeline, with you at the center. Every two weeks, hosts Steve Scher and Jini Palmer rewind through the recent past and fast-forward to the near future, catching you up on events you may have missed and offering a glimpse into the weeks ahead.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Apr 19, 2018

In 2010, a controversial Supreme Court decision granted American corporations nearly all the same constitutional rights as ordinary citizens. With insight from his book We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, constitutional law expert Adam Winkler chronicled a corporate civil rights movement...


Apr 16, 2018

Disagreements between the American right and left have led many journalists and activists to investigate the factors at work deep within our political factions. Nancy MacLean, the William Chafe Professor of history and Public Policy at Duke University, joined us with a deep-delving interrogation of the American...


Apr 9, 2018

The purpose of law is to serve our communities by leveling the playing field and creating a more just society. Documentary photographer Deborah Espinosa believes that the only way to know if a law is serving us is to listen to those most impacted. Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State is...


Apr 5, 2018

Starting in the late 1990s, paramilitary groups with close ties to drug cartels carried out a bloody expansion campaign throughout much of Colombia. Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno joined us with insight from her book There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia, sharing her account of massacres...


Apr 2, 2018

The #MeToo movement is illuminating many ways in which men cause harm, consciously or otherwise, by not having a clear understanding and respect of boundaries and consent. Since the rise of #MeToo, many have grown to connect the phrase “be a man” with emotional repression and disconnection—and view the traditional...