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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. 

May 29, 2017

Thomas Frank’s Listen Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People, published in March of 2016, was named as one of “6 Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win” by the New York Times. Frank (bestselling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and The Wrecking Crew) made a name for himself for his...

May 25, 2017

Jen Sincero (You Are a Badass) has had a varied career—from rock musician to sex advice columnist to bestselling author and success coach. In You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth, she draws on her own transformation from penniless to prosperous over the course of just a few years. With her...

May 18, 2017

Philip Cafaro, a philosophy professor at Colorado State University, published How Many Is Too Many?: The Progressive Argument for Reducing Immigration into the United States in February of 2015. Cafaro admits that his position is not popular among his peers. He has been called a nativist and a racist, been picketed on...

May 17, 2017

Automation reducing the work day to three hours? The basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter provided for everyone? The only problem left: how to occupy one’s leisure. That’s the future British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930—but it didn’t happen. Instead we find increasing competition,...

May 15, 2017

November 2016 brought a political earthquake, and our country is still feeling the aftershocks. Far from the usual polar clash of left vs. right, conservative vs. liberal, Republican vs. Democrat, it was the most dramatic populist rebellion in American politics since the election of Andrew Jackson, and both major...