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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 17, 2018

Many real estate experts around the country warn us that trends of skyrocketing rents and home values are pricing the working and middle classes out of urban America. Randy Shaw, Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, came to Town Hall’s stage with his perspective on the national housing crisis, and offered...


Dec 10, 2018

Many Americans envision capitalism as a driving ideal of our country, but some economists contend that a few digital monopolies have risen to restrict our nation’s capitalist ideals and act as gatekeepers to the free market. Economist author Jonathan Tepper and Business Development manager Denise Hearn took


Dec 3, 2018

Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy? Some believe that such generosity is not the unassailable good we think it to be, and in its current form might even be undermining democratic values and set back aspirations of justice. Political science professor Rob Reich took Town Hall’s stage...


Nov 28, 2018

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was systematically captured by powerful interest groups. Two years later, political outsiders have risen to power by leaning on direct charismatic connections to “the people,” who are usually defined in narrow terms that offer...


Nov 19, 2018

It feels powerful to march in a protest, but the enduring work that results from these demonstrations cannot often be seen in the moment. How and when does marching matter? Journalist and organizer L.A. Kauffman made her way to Town Hall to lend us her thirty years’ experience on the front lines of numerous protests...