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Town Hall Seattle: Civics Series

Town Hall’s Civics series highlights everything from local policies to world politics. These events offer perspectives on a range of topics as diverse as Seattle itself—a bustling forum for activism, discovery, and thought-provoking discussion.

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Dec 5, 2019

The struggle to pay for college is one of the defining features of middle-class life in America today. Author Caitlin Zaloom took us into the homes of middle-class families throughout the nation to highlight the hidden consequences of student debt and the ways that financing college has transformed family life. With...

Dec 4, 2019

In nineteenth-century New Orleans and Charleston, many cosmopolitan residents eluded the racial categories the rest of America takes for granted. Before the Civil War, these free, openly mixed-race urbanites enjoyed some rights of citizenship and the privileges of wealth and social status. Journalist and author Daniel...

Nov 27, 2019

Misconduct by those in high places is always dangerous to reveal. Whistleblowers thus face conflicting impulses: by challenging and exposing transgressions by the powerful, they perform a vital public service—yet they always suffer for it. Allison Stanger, professor of International Politics and Economics, took Town...

Nov 25, 2019

In 1921, facing one of the worst famines in history, the new Soviet government under Vladimir Lenin invited the American Relief Administration to save communist Russia from ruin. Author Douglas Smith joined us with an account of how a small, daring band of Americans fed more than ten million men, women, and children...

Nov 22, 2019

Hunger isn’t just the absence of food, it’s the absence of justice. When our systems are broken, the most vulnerable in our state suffer the most. Food justice aligns itself with the primary goals of social justice—demanding equal opportunity and access to basic rights and needs. To show us a way forward in...