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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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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.

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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...