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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. 

Aug 28, 2017

In Thunder in the Mountains, Dan Sharfstein, a law and history professor at Vanderbilt, examines the causes and consequences of the Nez Perce War of 1877. He balances the story of Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, a forerunner in the Reconstruction efforts, against that of Chief Joseph, a young Nez Perce leader in northeastern...

Aug 21, 2017


The Ted Talk era has meant changes in the role of the public intellectual. In his new book, The Ideas Industry, Tufts professor and writer Daniel Drezner analyzes this shift, noting that while private demand for ideas has never been greater, a new kind of thinker has supplanted the archetype of the traditional...

Aug 14, 2017

Britain chose Brexit; America chose President Trump. Right wing movements are (re)surging in Holland, France, or Germany. Leaders press a similar case that the country is in decline, and the return of national greatness can only be accomplished by the restoration of the racial and cultural majority. Some call it...

Aug 7, 2017

Presented by Town Hall Seattle, The Evergrey, and The People’s Press Club of Seattle.

In the wake of November’s presidential election, The Evergrey founders Anika Anand and Monica Guzman took Washington Post reporter Philip Bump’s advice “to drive to a place that voted differently than where you live and make...