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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. 

Nov 27, 2017

Eminent law professor Cara Drinan took our stage to chronicle the shortcomings of juvenile justice. In The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way, she drew us a timeline of how the United States went from being a pioneer to an international pariah in its juvenile sentencing practices.

Calling upon...

Nov 16, 2017

What are the conditions that create real leadership? Nancy Koehn, historian at the Harvard Business School, explored this question in Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times. Effective leaders, Koehn argues, are born from confronting obstacles. Distilling the wisdom of her popular Harvard...

Nov 14, 2017

How can we find hope and community within this political climate driven by fear and division? Join Marcus Harrison Green, Town Hall’s former Scholar in Residence and the award-winning founder of the South Seattle Emerald, and Seattle Weekly editor Mark Baumgarten to celebrate the launch of their inspiring...

Nov 8, 2017

The truth is malleable, according to journalist Brooke Gladstone. In her new book The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral panic In Our Time Gladstone analyzed the methods deployed in the media to twist our perceptions by preying on stereotypes and subjectivity. She took Town Hall’s stage to reveal deceptive...

Nov 6, 2017

In November 2013, little-known progressive Bill de Blasio stunned the elite of New York City by capturing the mayoralty by a landslide. De Blasio’s promise to close the growing wealth divide resonated with a city struggling to recover from the recession, and his election marked the beginning of the most progressive...