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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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Feb 28, 2020

On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd in Cambridge, England gathered to witness a televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual. The topic was...

Feb 25, 2020

Donald Trump was elected by only 26 percent of eligible voters. In America today, only a slim majority of people register to vote and a large percentage of registered voters don’t bother to show up at all. And according to progressive radio host Thom Hartmann, this low turnout is unfortunately not a bug in our...

Feb 21, 2020

When traditional approaches are inadequate or resisted, advanced leadership skills are essential. Over a decade ago, renowned innovation expert Rosabeth Moss Kanter worked with successful professionals and young entrepreneurs to identify the leadership paradigm of the future: the ability to “think outside the...

Feb 20, 2020

Death is an integral part of life—and according to the Right-To-Die movement we should have the freedom to choose to end their own life. Renowned radio host Diane Rehm made her way to Town Hall to address the urgent, hotly contested cause of the Right-to-Die movement with insight from her book When My Time Comes. In...

Feb 12, 2020

According to Diane Ravitch, citizens across America are successfully fighting to stop corporations from privatizing our nation’s public schools. Ravitch joined us with insight from her book Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance To Privatization And The Fight To Save America’s Public Schools. She highlighted how...