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Town Hall
From Forums to Follies. Also included are lectures and concerts at the City's Town Hall.  More information about this show

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R.M. Campbell with David Brewster on Seattle`s Civic History 11/10/2014
Journalist R.M. Campbell appears in conversation with Town Hall founder David Brewster and Wes Uhlman, former Seattle mayor, to discuss the role of citizen activism in making Seattle what it is today.
King-Snohomish Regional Spelling Bee 3/23/2014
The regional spelling bee brings together students from schools across King and Snohomish Counties. Hopefully no one gets tongue-tied in this celebration of language, education and hard work.
Mayor`s Town Hall: NE 65th St. 8/12/2013
Former Mayor Mike McGinn answer questions asked by the NE 65th St. neighborhood town hall members.
Seattle City Council Town Hall on Climate Action 5/7/2013
This Town Hall meeting will be framed in the context of the Seattle City Council`s work on the 2013 Seattle Climate Action Plan. The meeting will begin with a small panel of environmentally-focused people, including a representative from the Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE), explaining the contents of the draft Climate Action Plan. Other experts and advocates will help frame why it`s important that the City of Seattle act and explain what the community can do. This will be roughly the first 40 minutes of the meeting followed by open public comment. Speakers will not be constrained to addressing climate issues.
Town Square: Fresh Perspective, Women Lead a Changing World 3/27/2013
Be among the first to hear new information about critical factors shaping the future of women and girls. Find out how five extraordinary women are leading the way.
King-Snohomish Regional Spelling Bee 3/24/2013
The words get bigger but it`s part of the fun! Watch as 70 middle-schoolers compete in the annual intense celebration of spelling! It is reality TV as the winner heads to the national bee in Washington, D.C.
American Podium: American Women in Environmental History 2/5/2013
Seattle native Nancy Unger, author of Beyond Nature`s Housekeepers, examines how women have played a unique role, for better and sometimes for worse, in the shaping of the American environment.
Town Square: Creating Walkable Cities 11/29/2012
Author Jeff Speck has spent his career as a city planner determining what makes a city work, and he says for urban life to thrive, cities must prioritize pedestrians over cars and develop vibrant downtowns.
American Podium: Denis Moyinhan 11/13/2012
Denis Moyinhan, co-founder of "Democracy Now!", discusses the book "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations Resistance and Hope".
American Podium: Amy Goodman 11/6/2012
Amy Goodman host of "Democracy Now!", discusses the book "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations Resistance and Hope".
Gay Rights Debate: Dr. Ken Hutcherson vs. Ron Sims 3/2/2006
The recent passage of the gay rights bill in the state legislature has provoked a debate within the African American community about whether gay rights are akin to the African-American civil rights movement of the 1960s. Dr. Ken Hutcherson, Pastor at Redmond`s Antioch Bible Church, is an outspoken opponent of gay rights and takes strenuous issue with the equation of the two movements. King County Executive Ron Sims (son of a Baptist minister and lay minister himself) just as vigorously takes the opposite point of view and has explicitly linked the two causes. These two influential black leaders take up the issue in a moderated debate. ***AUDIO ONLY***
Town Square - Public Safety: A Community Conversation 6/18/2012
A group of city leaders and citizens -- including Former Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Police Chief John Diaz, Councilmember Bruce Harrell -- discuss issues of public safety, gun safety, mental illness, gangs, and how a community not only stays safe, but heals itself after tragic shootings.
Town Square: Safe and Just Policing 3/22/2012
Retired Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper points to the twin wars on terror and on drugs as having spurred what he calls a regrettable "militarization" of police work. Presented by the ACLU of Washington.
Town Square: The Roots of Empathy 11/29/2011
Roots of Empathy, a Canadian bullying prevention program introduced in America for the first time through Seeds of Compassion in 2007 has been so successful in Seattle that it will be rolled out nationally in 2012.
American Podium: Punishment & Inequality in America 10/13/2011
Bruce Western, a professor of sociology at Harvard University and author of Punishment and Inequality in America, exposes how mass imprisonment shapes our society and how communities are struggling to deal with its consequences.
Town Square: Vision 2050 11/3/2011
A landmark study funded by 40 of the world`s leading corporations, including Weyerhaeuser and Boeing, sets a goal to develop a portrait of global sustainability by the year 2050, and to describe the pathways to achieve it in all major areas.
American Podium: Rethinking Environmental Challenges 9/20/2011
Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, argues that the biggest challenge to human survival isn`t our fossil-fuel dependency or melting glaciers - it`s faulty thinking. Presented by: Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: The Great Disruption 6/21/2011
The Great Disruption offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces -- yet also a deeply optimistic message. Author Paul Gilding tells us how to prevent catastrophic warming of the earth, and how to start today.
American Podium: Paul Allen 5/3/2011
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discusses his memoir Idea Man and explains how he has solved problems, what he`s learned from his triumphs and failures, and his vision for the future. Presented by Town Hall, with University Book Store.
Town Square: KPLU presents Can Seattle Save the World? 4/26/2011
With The Gates Foundation and many other influential humanitarian groups located here, Seattle has become a leader in global health and the fight against poverty. Are these organizations succeeding in making the world a better place?
Town Square: Race, Power and Redistricting 3/22/2011
Hear how the upcoming redistricting in Washington State is going to impact communities of color and potentially provide an opportunity for increased civic empowerment. Sponsored by several community groups including the Latino PAC and the Win/Win Network.
Town Square: Muslims for Loyalty 3/15/2011
In this conference Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA -- the oldest American-Muslim organization -- seeks to spread the message of loyalty to United States of America and debunk the myth that Muslims cannot pledge allegiance to their faith as well as America.
Town Square: The Electric-Vehicle Revolution 3/15/2011
Electric Vehicles soon will dominate the personal auto market and create a consumer-driven "electriconomy" -- and, just as with the Internet, Seattle (and its trendsetting "green" consumer behavior) likely will be a major player.
An Evening With: Wallace Shawn 2/24/2011
As an established actor and award-winning playwright, Wallace Shawn is used to speaking other people`s words -- or writing words for other people to say. Here he reads from his own nonfiction work Essays.
Town Square: Annual Urban Poverty Forum 2/17/2011
This forum focuses on the disproportionate percentage of blacks and Hispanics in poverty and the systemic factors that fuel that racial disparity.
Town Square: China and India -- Future Allies or Antagonists 2/17/2011
China and India could become allies or antagonists in the coming decades as they take center stage in a world dominated by Asia. This discussion looks at what is the most likely scenario: China and India, China vs. India, or China or India.
American Podium: Isolation Fueled by Technology 2/15/2011
MIT Professor Sherry Turkle explores how our narcissistic use of technology is fueling disturbing levels of isolation, as well as what we are looking for-and sacrificing-in a world of electronic companions.
Seattle Speaks: Seattle Public Schools 2/10/2011
Join the conversation as host C.R. Douglas leads a live televised discussion in the round with leaders from the school district, parents, teachers, students, and YOU.
American Podium: Ron Reagan - `My Father at 100` 2/1/2011
In marking the 100th anniversary of Reagan`s birth, Seattle political commentator Ron Reagan shares an intimate and nuanced look at his father`s life, which was enigmatic in ways neither his acolytes nor detractors can fully accept.
American Podium: Ron Reagan - `My Father at 100` Question and Answer 2/1/2011
A question and answer session with Ron Reagan. This is additional footage from the original American Podium: Ron Reagan - `My Father at 100` that premiered on Tuesday, February 1 on the Seattle Channel.
Town Square: One Team, Ten Lives in Black & White 1/27/2011
Journalist Doug Merlino, who played on an "experimental" Seattle basketball team, searches for his teammates -- from a prison cell to a hedge-fund office -- discovering how crossing lines of class, race, and wealth affected the lives of those 10 boys.
Town Square: Cascadia - Vision for a Restorative Future 1/17/2011
Island Press` second Thought Leaders Discussion on the Built Environment features short, sharp presentations from three impressive speakers-including the Bullitt Foundation`s Denis Hayes.
American Podium: Outsourcing American Power 1/18/2011
Private contractors have become an integral part of American foreign policy, often in scandalous ways-but Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger maintains that contractors aren`t the problem; the absence of good government is.
Town Square: Finding Truth Within the Information Overload 1/5/2011
What news sources can be trusted online and how can citizens judge what information is accurate and reliable? Bill Kovach & Tom Rosenstiel discuss their new book, BLUR - How to Know What`s True in the Age of Information Overload.
American Podium: Clay Jenkinson as J. Robert Oppenheimer 1/4/2011
American Humanities Rhodes scholar Clay Jenkinson, known for his award-winning portrayals of Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, moves into more modern history with a portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, "the father of the atomic bomb."
American Podium: Chris Hedges on Death of the Liberal Class 12/28/2010
Author Chris Hedges argues that the traditional pillars of the liberal class-the press, liberal religious institutions, labor unions, universities, and the Democratic Party-are now more concerned with status and privilege than justice and progress.
American Podium: Tim Wu asks Who Will Control the Internet? 12/21/2010
Columbia Professor Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch, says every once-free-and-open technology, from telephone to cable TV, arrived on a wave of idealistic optimism but in time was centralized and closed, profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.
Town Square: Deep-Bore Tunnel -- What Could Go Wrong? 12/1/2010
Advancing the skeptics` case, Stranger news editor Dominic Holden moderates a session with Former Mayor Mike McGinn, Councilmember Mike O`Brien, Eric de Place (senior researcher for the Sightline Institute), and Drew Paxton (Move Seattle Smarter). Presented by The Stranger.
An Evening With: Nancy Pearl 11/11/2010
Nancy Pearl is a reader and a librarian, not a travel agent-so instead of recommending 120 places to visit before you die, she recommends 120 places to read about before you visit.
Town Square: Seattle Journalists - Uncovering Family Homeless 11/4/2010
Eight Seattle journalists will talk about their work in an unprecedented news reporting project, the Journalism Fellowships on Family Homelessness.
American Podium: World Affairs Council -- Ayaan Hirsi Ali 10/19/2010
Author of the memoir Infidel and the new Nomad. Hirsi Ali will discuss her life since losing her Dutch citizenship and her attempt to reconcile her Islamic past with her passionate adherence to democracy and Western values.
American Podium: David Plouffe 9/28/2010
David Plouffe, author of The Audacity to Win, reveals the strategies that delivered President Barack Obama to office and how the candidate (and campaign) tackled challenges and opportunities.
Town Square: A Conversation about Sustainable Design 9/23/2010
Ash Awad, Vice President of Energy & Facility Services at McKinstry and Daniel Friedman, Dean of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington explore sustainable design and its impact on our future.
American Podium: David Callahan -- The New Liberal Rich 9/14/2010
David Callahan, co-founder of the think tank Demos, says something big is happening among the wealthiest Americans: They`re turning liberal. Callahan explains how our politics and culture are changing -- and what the future may hold.
American Podium: David Callahan Question and Answer 9/14/2010
A question and answer session with David Callahan. This is additional footage from the original American Podium: David Callahan -- The New Liberal Rich that premiered on Tuesday, September 14 on the Seattle Channel.
Town Square: Matthew Kahn - Urban Life in a Hotter World 9/9/2010
UCLA Professor Matthew Kahn, author of Climatopolis, believes that cities will adapt to rising temperatures over time, slowly transforming our everyday lives as we change our behaviors and our surroundings.
American Podium: America`s Responsibility to Refugees 8/3/2010
For decades, the US has accepted more refugees than any other nation on earth-as many as 70,000 a year. Journalist Margaret Larson leads a discussion on whether or not America`s treatment of asylum seekers can, or should, be improved.
American Podium: America`s Responsibility to Refugees Question and Answer 8/3/2010
A question and answer session with the panelists from the America`s Responsibility to Refugees discussion. This is additional footage from the original American Podium: America`s Responsibility to Refugees that premiered on Tuesday, August 3 on the Seattle Channel.
Town Square: Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll - Win Forever 7/29/2010
The Seattle Seahawks` preseason doesn`t start until August, but new head coach Pete Carroll is already ahead of the game.
American Podium: Free Enterprise vs. Big Government 7/27/2010
Seattle native Arthur Brooks believes America is facing a new culture war-not against guns, abortion, or gay rights, but against creeping changes to our entrepreneurial culture.
American Podium: Free Enterprise vs. Big Government Question and Answer 7/27/2010
A question and answer session with Arthur Brooks from the Free Enterprise vs. Big Government discussion. This is additional footage from the original American Podium: Free Enterprise vs. Big Government that premiered on July 27 on the Seattle Channel.
American Podium: Sebastian Junger on "War" 7/13/2010
Through their experiences, Author Sebastian Junger explores the fear, the honor, and the trust among young soldiers, going to the heart of what it means not just to be a soldier, but to be human.
American Podium: Sebastian Junger on "War" Question and Answer 7/13/2010
A question and answer session with Sebastian Junger. This is additional footage from the original American Podium:Sebastian Junger on "War" that premiered on Tuesday, July 13 on the Seattle Channel.
Town Square: Peter Gleick on Water as a Commodity 7/1/2010
Peter Gleick, author of Bottled and Sold, shows how life`s most basic necessity went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last 100 years-and why we all are poorer for it.
American Podium: Business with a Conscience Question and Answer 6/29/2010
A question and answer session with Muhammad Yunus. This is additional footage from the original American Podium: Business with a Conscience that premiered on Tuesday, June 29 on the Seattle Channel.
American Podium: Business with Conscience 6/29/2010
Microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus has developed a new approach to capitalism. Hear how social business will create self-supporting enterprises that generate economic growth even as they produce goods and services that make the world a better place.
Town Square: Everything We Know About Nature 6/28/2010
Two Seattle-based scientists for The Nature Conservancy asked researchers and conservationists around the world to share what they know - ultimately collecting data from most every field of inquiry into nature on Earth.
Town Square: A Conversation about our Food and Eating 6/17/2010
Mary Embleton, executive director of Cascade Harvest Coalition, and Britt Yamamoto, Core Faculty at the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University discuss the many dimensions of food and eating.
American Podium: Dennis Henigan - Exposing Gun-Policy Myths 6/15/2010
The author of Lethal Logic and a vice president at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Dennis Henigan analyzes the gun-lobby`s reductive "reasoning", dismantling the messages that have impeded progress toward sensible solutions to gun violence.
American Podium: Dennis Henigan - Exposing Gun-Policy Myths Question and Answer 6/15/2010
A question and answer session with Dennis Henigan. This is additional footage from the original American Podium: Dennis Henigan - Exposing Gun-Policy Myths that premiered on Tuesday, June 15 on the Seattle Channel.
Town Square: Latinos and Immigration 6/9/2010
MALDEF President Thomas Saenz will speak on MALDEF`s legal challenge to the recently adopted Arizona immigration law and on the pressing need for immigration reform.
American Podium: An Immigration Crisis in the Making 6/1/2010
Journalist Jeffrey Kaye, author of Moving Millions, says we have a role in immigration-law enforcement. Lawmakers nationwide are under growing pressure to address the issue and to reframe the debate on migration, by dropping the obsession with migrants` legal status; address its fundamental causes; think internationally; and work toward sustainable economies. For more information on Jeffrey Kaye, visit his web-site at:
Town Square: Municipal Agriculture 4/29/2010
Darrin Nordahl, author of "Public Produce", explores "municipal agriculture"- city officials turning to the abundance of land under public control to grow food. Nordhal advocates a common-sense reassessment of local food practices.
Town Square: Lee Hood - Genomics 101 5/12/2010
Institute for Systems Biology founder Lee Hood and his colleagues recently published a groundbreaking paper detailing the first whole genome sequencing of a family. Expected to boost the power and impact of genetic research, the study offers the first direct estimate of the human intergenerational mutation rate and pushes researchers closer to discovering the role genes play in diseases. Hood recaps the Human Genome Project, ties it into recent research, and discusses where this technology is headed.
Town Square: Cities as Green Pioneers 5/10/2010
Hear how cities such as Seattle, New York, and Portland are taking the lead in addressing global warming, pollution, energy dependence, and social justice.
American Podium: Moby and Miyun Park - "Gristle" 5/4/2010
"Gristle" features writing by ten contributors, including Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe, making the case against industrialized animal production, citing research on climate change, animal welfare, economic analysis, children`s health, and more. The book was edited by hip-hop legend Moby, and Miyun Park (executive director of Global Animal Partnership).
Town Square: Less Crime, Less Punishment 5/2/2010
Seattle City Councilmembers join in discussion with Mark A. R. Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA, to explore innovative ways to control crime and reduce unacceptably high incarceration rates.
American Podium: The Decision Tree with Thomas Goetz 4/20/2010
Wired Magazine Executive Editor Goetz offers a bold new vision of healthcare, where something as simple as a list of pros and cons can allow patients to make sense of their options and figure out their path to better health.
Town Square: League of Women Voters - Making Democracy Work 4/1/2010
A panel discussion addressing how we can create a better, more democratic society; the ideas that propel us; and the issues that impede our progress.
American Podium: Joseph Stiglitz - Classic Economics 2/26/2010
Nobel Prize-winning economist and Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz is considered one of today`s most distinguished and controversial economists, known for his work on asymmetric information and as a pioneer in the field of modern information economics and microeconomics.
American Podium: Joseph Stiglitz - Classic Economics Question and Answer 2/26/2010
A question and answer session with Joseph Stiglitz. This is additional footage from the original American Podium: Joseph Stiglitz - Classic Economics that premiered on Tuesday, April 13 on the Seattle Channel.
American Podium: Joel Kotkin `America in 2050` 3/30/2010
The United States is growing at a record rate, with our population poised to hit 400 million by 2050. That means 100,000,000 more of us, using our highways, breathing our air, and stuffing our schools. But Joel Kotkin, an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends and author of The Next Hundred Million, sees the looming population boom as the strongest indicator of our country`s long-term economic strength, making us more diverse and more competitive than any nation on Earth.
American Podium: Joel Kotkin `America in 2050` Question and Answer 3/30/2010
A question and answer session with Joel Kotkin. This is additional footage from the original American Podium: Joel Kotkin `America in 2050` that premiered on Tuesday, March 30 on the Seattle Channel.
American Podium: Chris Farrell - Living Simply, Frugally 3/23/2010
If "green" is the new black, and frugality is cooler than credit, then there`s nothing more financially fashionable these days than sustainable affordability. Chris Farrell, personal finance expert for Public Radio International`s Marketplace Money and author of The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better, presents a new paradigm of smart, sustainable, and ultimately more fulfilling ways to approach our personal finances.
American Podium: Garry Wills - `Bomb Power` 3/16/2010
The power of the atomic bomb resonates far beyond megatons, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Garry Wills. Its very existence has transformed our nation by dramatically increasing the power of the modern presidency and redefining the government as a national security state. Wills, author of Bomb Power, says the Manhattan Project was a triumph of official secrecy and military discipline-perhaps expected in wartime, but then growing into the covert operations and overt authority that have defined American government in the nuclear era.
American Podium: Development for the Bottom Billion Question and Answer 3/9/2010
A question and answer session with economist Paul Collier. This is additional footage from the original American Podium: Development for the Bottom Billion that premiered on Tuesday, March 9 on the Seattle Channel.
Town Square: How the Web`s Gone Wrong 1/31/2010
Computer scientist Jaron Lanier, known as the father of virtual-reality technology, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. In his latest work, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, Lanier says the Web`s first designers made crucial choices (such as making one`s presence anonymous) that have had enormous-and often unintended-consequences, including elevating the "wisdom" of mobs and algorithms over the intelligence and judgment of individuals.
Town Square: McChesney and Nichols - Bail Out the Newspapers 1/21/2010
We`ve lost the printed Post-Intelligencer; daily newspapers are closing in Denver, Cincinnati, and Albuquerque; and even the venerable Boston Globe is at risk. "Surviving" newspapers are shedding reporters, shuttering bureaus, and ignoring entire areas of coverage. Journalism, the counterbalance to corporate and political power and the lifeblood of an informed citizenry, is not just threatened; it is in meltdown. Robert McChesney and John Nichols, authors of The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers, believe the federal government should intervene to save newspapers, and journalism -- and they have history on their side: The founders who wrote a free-press protection into the First Amendment provided subsidies to the burgeoning print press of our young nation.
Public Q+A with City Attorney Pete Holmes 1/20/2010
Incoming City Attorney Pete Holmes takes questions from the public as well as local journalists Josh Feit and Erica Barnett.
American Podium: Larry Downes - Catching up with Technology 1/19/2010
The Law of Disruption is a simple but devastating principle explaining resistance to change: Social, political, and economic systems change incrementally, but technology changes exponentially. This means that while digital life races ahead, the rest of our life, from law to business, struggles to keep up. Author Larry Downes (The Laws of Disruption) explores this accident-prone intersection, offering a guide for these confusing times through nine critical areas in which technology is dramatically rewriting the rules of business and life. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store. Series supported by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust and RealNetworks Foundation. Media sponsorship provided by Publicola.
Front Row: Zubatto Syndicate 1/14/2010
The Zubatto Syndicate is a 12-piece ensemble under the direction of composer and guitarist Andrew Boscardin. Featuring a unique synthesis of reed instruments and electric sounds, brass and stand up bass, Zubatto Syndicate is a highly original take on the Big Band jazz tradition. Seeking to find the musical place where Maria Schneider meets the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the Roots meet Radiohead by way of Mingus, Zubatto combines detailed arrangements and inventive harmonic ideas with rhythmic settings and idioms atypical of the jazz orchestra, as realized by the some of the top improvising musicians in Seattle.
Town Square: Brendan Brazier on Vegan Fitness 1/14/2010
Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier is one of only a few professional athletes in the world whose diet is 100-percent plant-based. It seems to be working for him: Brazier is a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, the creator of an award-winning line of whole-food nutritional products called Vega, and the author of a series of Thrive books. His latest, Thrive Fitness, explains Brazier`s groundbreaking approach to fitness and shows you how to gain maximum results in minimal time, increasing overall strength without developing muscle mass, boosting energy, decreasing the risk of disease, and enhancing your overall quality of life.
Seattle Speaks: Youth Violence 11/10/2009
City leaders are trying to reduce youth violence, but is it working? C.R. Douglas moderates a discussion with City leaders, police, former gang members and of course, teens. Produced in partnership with CityClub and Town Hall Seattle.
American Podium: Thom Hartmann 9/29/2009
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. Noted author, social critic, historian, political analyst and syndicated radio host Thom Hartmann - who is heard locally on AM-1090 - is back in Seattle and Town Hall with a compelling, open-eyed new book, "Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture" (Viking). At last a book that defines the problems of our current robber baron economy and presents solutions that integrate natural laws with the way we live, work, and shop. Americas most popular progressive talk show host brings his powerful political and historical insight to bear on the most important question of our time: To what may we humans aspire in this time of crisis and how can we achieve it?
American Podium: Howard Dean 9/8/2009
The six-term governor of Vermont, onetime presidential candidate, former chair of the Democratic Party, and a physician, Howard Dean talks about the state of health care reform in this country. With Faiz Shakir and Igor Volsky, he has written a book outlining a proposed way to reform, "Howard Deans Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer" (Chelsea Green). Dean gives an up-to-the-minute assessment of where things are, and where they might/should go. Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE.
An Evening With Sarah Vowell 10/13/2008
Sarah Vowell is a bestselling author (Assassination Vacation and Take the Cannoli, among others) and a contributing editor for public radio`s This American Life. In her latest book, The Wordy Shipmates, Vowell travels once again through America`s past, this time to seventeenth -- century New England and the Puritans. Writing with her patented blend of historical fact, dry wit, and social commentary, Vowell finds the Puritan beliefs about church and state more interesting than their reputation would suggest.
American Podium: Misha Glenny - McMafia 11/11/2008
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the deregulation of international financial markets, both governments and entrepreneurs become intoxicated by forecasts of limitless expansion into newly open markets. No one foresaw that one of the greatest successes of globalization would be the limitless expansion of organized crime. Current estimates suggest that illegal trade now accounts for twenty percent of global GDP. In his new book McMafia, British journalist Misha Glenny traces organized crime’s phenomenal growth showing how it and terror are fueled by the identical source: the material affluence of the West and the poverty of the developing world. Glenny’s award-winning books include The Rebirth of History, The Fall of Yugoslavia and The Balkans, 1804-1999. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: Rick Perlstein - Nixonland 11/4/2008
Historian Rick Perlstein recaptures American's turbulent 60s and early 70s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency. He shows how in 1972, Nixon harvested the bitterness and resentment born of the country's turmoil, and set the stage for the ideological divide that characterizes American today. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: Chris Hedges - I Don’t Believe in Atheists 10/28/2008
Chris Hedges, the bestselling author of American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on Americas and a Harvard Divinity School graduate, believes that both evangelicals and atheists (such as Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris) are on dangerous sides of the debate on faith and religion in America. His forthcoming book, I Don’t Believe in Atheists, is a critique of both religious and secular fundamentalism. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
American Podium: Fareed Zakaria - Rise of the Rest 10/7/2008
Former PBS host and present editor of Newsweek International, Fareed Zakariah has written a new book titled The Post-American World, whose thesis is that the U.S. will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate politics, or overwhelm cultures in the foreseeable future. The growth and influence of countries like China, India, Brazil, and Russia will reshape the world. Zakaria discusses how the U.S. can understand and thrive in this rapidly changing international climate. Presented as part of the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
American Podium: Jeremy Scahill - Blackwater USA 9/30/2008
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army tells the story of the rise of the fastest-growing private army in the world. Journalist Jeremy Scahill traces Blackwater’s founding in 1997 by Erik Prince, an ex-Navy Seal and scion of a wealthy conservative family, its military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and inside the U.S., and its close ties to the Bush administration. The shooting spree by Blackwater forces in Baghdad last September has brought questions about its lack of accountability into mainstream discourse. Among the only western reporters to gain access to the Abu Ghraib prison when Saddam Hussein was in power, Scahill is a fellow at The Nation Institute and a frequent contributor of The Nation magazine. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: Madeleine Albright 9/16/2008
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright offers a wide-ranging set of recommendations to the prospective winner of the 2008 presidential election. In "Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership", Albright addresses the major world conflicts and offers her thoughts on how to restore the country's reputation and avoid the pitfalls that have plagued earlier presidents. Much more than a set of policy prescriptions, Albright blends lessons from the past with forward-looking suggestions about how to select a first-rate foreign policy team, how to ensure that decisions, once carefully made, are successfully implemented, and how to employ the full range of tools available to a president to persuade other countries to support U.S. objectives. Making full use of her experience as an adviser to two presidents and as a key figure in four presidential transitions, Albright addresses all the major world conflicts that are sure to be paramount over the next four years at the White House. Top on her list are our confrontation with terror, Iraq, the Middle East, the control of nuclear weapons, the rise of Asia, emerging threats to democracy, and the management of U.S. relations with troublesome leaders, including Iran's President Mahomoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and North Korea's Kim Jong-Il. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
American Podium: Scott McClellan - Inside the Bush White House 9/7/2008
Scott McClellan, the author of What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception and one of President George W. Bush's closest aides, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Bush presidency. McClellan was the White House press secretary from 2003 to 2006. McClellan testified before the House Judiciary Committee about whether Vice President Dick Cheney ordered him to make misleading public statements about the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity. He is a senior adviser for a global technology firm and a communications strategist. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with University Book Store.
American Podium: Arianna Huffington - Right is Wrong 8/26/2008
For Arianna Huffington, the problem with the Republican Party is not that it is at odds with the views of progressives but that it is at odds with the views of the American people. By significant majorities, Americans believe in the science of evolution, don’t want Roe v. Wade overturned, don’t want to ignore global warming, want good health care for their kids, and want to bring our troops home from Iraq. In Right is Wrong, Huffington takes a humorous but hard look at how the right wing fringe has taken over the party and how the media has been "complicit" in the entire endeavor. Arianna Huffington is the cofounder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and the author of eleven books. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
Town Square: Death with Dignity or Assisted Suicide? 7/2/2008
Oregon is currently the only state in the nation that allows assisted suicide or patient-directed dying. Former Governor Booth Gardner has filed an initiative here in Washington which, if passed, would allow some terminally ill patients to receive medication to end their lives. What are the moral and ethical arguments on both sides of this emotionally charged issue? How are they addressed in the proposed law? Medical professionals and ethicists discuss the ramifications of the issue, and take questions from the audience. The program is moderated by Seattle University Law Professor John Mitchell. Presented by the Town Hall and CityClub, with Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: E.J. Dionne - 'Souled Out' 6/12/2008
In Souled Out, award-winning commentator and journalist E. J. Dionne explains why the era of the “religious right” is over. Profiling contemporary religious figures such as Rich Warren and Richard Cizik to John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Dionne shows that our great religious traditions have always preached a broad message of hope and have refused to be mere props for the powers that be. He also argues that atheist writers such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens should be seen as a gift to believers, by demanding that they live up to their proclaimed values and embrace scientific and philosophical inquiry. Presented by The Town Hall Center for Civic Life and Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: Roger Mudd: ‘The Place to Be’ 6/10/2008
A star reporter and news anchor at CBS and NBC at a time when broadcast television news was at its peak, Roger Mudd tells the story of TV journalism as it once was and shows what it is missing today. In The Place to Be, he describes the rivalries, the egos, the pride, the competition, the ambitions, and the frustrations of conveying the world to a national television audience in thirty minutes minus commercials. Presented by Town Hall.
Town Square: Michael Connery - Youth to Power 5/2/2008
Michael Connery is a political activist and progressive blogger ( and In "Youth to Power: How Young Voters are Building Tomorrow's Progressive Majority", Connery examines how today's young people are combining technology with a vigorous social spirit that could serve to revive progressive politics. Connery speaks on stage with Eli Sanders, Senior Staff Writer for The Stranger. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
American Podium: Lou Dobbs 1/29/2008
Lou Dobbs is a Harvard-educated economist, anchor and managing editor of CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight and editorial columnist. Originally a classically conservative economist, Dobbs’s views have changed over time. In his new book, Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit, he examines the public policy choices over the past thirty years that have eroded individual liberties, disenfranchised the middle class, reduced worker rights and pay, and led the nation into social and political division at home as well as into conflict around the world. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
Town Square: Kevin Bales' Ending Slavery 10/29/2007
Kevin Bales is the world’s leading expert on modern slavery and President of Free the Slaves, the U.S. sister organization of Anti-Slavery International. His 1999 Pulitzer-nominated book Disposable People has been credited with explaining modern day slavery to the world. His latest book, Ending Slavery-How We Free Today’s Slaves, provides a roadmap to freedom, explaining the simple but effective actions that governments, international organizations, businesses, and individuals can take to end slavery for good. Presented as part of the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
American Podium: Paul Krugman 1/14/2008
Economist Paul Krugman writes a twice-weekly column for The New York Times and teaches at Princeton University. His new book, The Conscience of a Liberal, studies the past eighty years of American history—from the reforms that tamed the inequalities of the Gilded Age to the reemergence of growing economic disparity in our own time in an attempt to understand what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a “new New Deal.” Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life and University Book Store.
Town Hall Presents: You're On The List #2 11/29/2007
Town Hall introduces an irreverent game show blending music, comedy and an eclectic mix of personalities. Inspired by the long-running 50s quasi-game show You Bet Your Life, You're On The List, Hosted by local comedian David Silverman with musical direction by Rob Witmer (“Awesome”), the November edition features the P-I’s associate publisher Ken Bunting, DJ Riz, regarded as one of Seattle’s best club DJs, and alt country favorites Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers.
Town Square: Jay Inslee 11/4/2007
In 1961, President Kennedy ignited America’s Apollo Project and sparked a revolution in space exploration. Today, the New Apollo Energy Project is poised to revolutionize the production of energy. The nation that built the world’s most powerful rockets, its most advanced computers, and most sophisticated life support systems is ready to create the most powerful solar energy systems, its most advanced wind energy turbines, and its most sophisticated hybrid cars. Representative Jay Inslee (with co-author Bracken Hendricks) has written Apollo’s Fire, which lays out the path to stop global warming and gain energy independence. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Seattle University and Elliott Bay Book Company.
Town Hall Presents: You're On The List 10/11/2007
Town Hall introduces an irreverent new game show blending music, comedy, and an eclectic mix of local and national personalities. Inspired by the long-running 50s quasi-game show You Bet Your Life, You're On The List is hosted by local comedian and loose cannon David Silverman, with musical direction by Rob Witmer.
Robert Reich: Supercapitalism 9/20/2007
Former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, Robert Reich is a best-selling author, commentator, and professor of public policy. Reich's new book, Supercapitalism: is an examination of how mid-20th-century capitalism has become super-charged, resulting in a both larger economic pie and widening inequalities of income and wealth. He shows how the tools traditionally used to temper America's societal problems fair taxation, well-funded public education, and trade unionshave withered. Presented by Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
Alan Weisman: The World Without Us 7/18/2007
What would happen to Earth if humans vanished? Expanding on a Discover Magazine piece selected for The Best American Science Writing 2006, Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us is a thought experiment that explores how the rest of nature would respond if it were suddenly relieved of the relentless pressures heaped on it by humans. Weisman has drawn on the expertise of scientists, engineers, art conservators, miners, oil drillers, and religious leaders to examine our fleeting yet indelible human legacy on Earth. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
Future of Health: Nina Planck on Real Food 6/25/2007
Sixty-five percent of all American adults are overweight or obese and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. So what should we eat? What foods should we avoid? Nina Planck, the daughter of Virginia vegetable farmers, created farmers’ markets in London and Washington, D.C. and ran New York City’s famous Greenmarket. In Real Food: What to Eat and Why, Planck reveals why traditional foods—fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, grass-fed meat and dairy—not only taste great but are in fact good for you. She shows why the emphasis on low fat diets in the last thirty years is wrong and why factory-style faming is bad for farmers, the environment, and you. Presented with Kim Ricketts Book Events.
Stephanie Coontz: Revolution in Love, Sex, and Marriage 6/6/2007
Stephanie Coontz, a faculty member at Evergreen since 1975, is a nationally-known expert on marriage and family presents a talk entitled "Courting Disaster: The Worldwide Revolution in Love, Sex, and Marriage." Her research shows that today's marriages are fragile not because Americans have become more self-centered and career-minded, but because we expect more from marriage than any previous generation. Her most recent book, Marriage, A History, was selected as one of the best books of 2005 by the Washington Post. She has appeared numerous times on national television, in magazines and national newspapers, and is a sought after speaker. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
Elliott Bay Books Presents Anthony Romero 6/11/2007
Anthony Romero took the helm of the American Civil Liberties Union a week before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He has written a critical look at the erosion of civil liberties in this country in the name of national security. In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror, Romero (with Dina Temple-Raston) tells the stories of real, average Americans and how the suspension of tenets of the Bill of Rights is playing out in the lives of American citizens. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life and Elliott Bay Book Company.
Public Forum: Is Puget Sound Losing Its Middle Class? 6/10/2007
In recent years, the shrinking middle class has been widely documented. Pramila Jayapal, executive director of Hate Free Zone; John De Graaf, documentary filmmaker and national coordinator of Take Back Your Time; and Kristen Rowe Finkbeiner, author and executive director of MomsRising participate in a panel discussion about why the struggle to stay in the middle class is tougher than it’s ever been before. Pepper Schwartz, UW Professor of Sociology and nationally-known author, consultant, and lecturer moderates. Sponsored by UFCW Locals 21, 44 and 81.
Christopher Hitchens: God is Not Great 6/7/2007
Christopher Hitchens is widely-published polemicist and frequent radio and TV commentator and contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent bestseller, The End of Faith, Hitchens makes a case against religion in God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. With a close reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which he believes religion is a cause of dangerous sexual repression and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos, and frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life and University Book Store.
Youth Violence Forum: The West Side Story Project 5/30/2007
The classic American musical, West Side Story, marks its 50th Anniversary in 2007. Its timeless themes of gang violence and youth alienation have catalyzed a series of community conversations for young and adult audiences organized by the Seattle Police Department and The 5th Avenue Theatre, with Town Hall, Allstate, and the Seattle Channel. A panel, including Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, State Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge, UW child behaviorist Eric Trupin, Ph.D., and King County Reclaiming Futures Community Liaison Roland Akers, engages in a dialogue about Seattle's strategies for, and obligations to, our youth at risk. Hubert Locke, retired dean of UW's Jackson School and Seattle P-I columnist, moderates.
Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard: Washington Then and Now 5/21/2007
The more things change, the more they change. Paul Dorpat, local historian and raconteur (well-known for his long-running weekly “Then and Now” newspaper feature) with co-author Jean Sherrard, traveled all across Washington State looking for the locations of old photographs and taking pictures from the same vantage points. Their new book, Washington Then and Now, shows how our state has changed over the years. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
Town Hall Presents: Climate Policy 5/9/2007
Global warming is a real concern—politicians, business leaders, and environmental advocates now agree. A distinguished panel—including Ben Packers, Starbucks; Eric Markell, Puget Sound Energy; K.C. Golden, Climate Solutions; Denis Hayes, founder of Earth Day; Steve Nicholas, City of Seattle; and U.S. Representative Jay Inslee debates the policy and practicalities of climate change policy. Presented by the Thomas C. Wales Foundation.
Bill Bradley: The New American Story 4/12/2007
Bill Bradley, former Senator, basketball star, and Presidential candidate, believes that we are at a moment when we are compelled to reevaluate our political system and leadership. Based on his acclaimed New York Times op-ed piece, his forthcoming book, The New American Story, argues that a strong nation requires a stronger two-party system that tells the truth to the American people. He talks about how the Republican party has built a solid pyramid with money, ideas, and the media at its base; whereas the Democratic party's structure is an inverted pyramid with too much pressure for a charismatic leader to hold it up. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life and Elliott Bay Book Company.
Elliott Bay Books presents: Eric Klinenberg 2/5/2007
Eric Klinenberg's new book, Fighting for Air (Free Press), examines how corporate ownership and control of local media has remade American political and cultural life. Michael Fancher, editor-at-large at the Seattle Times, will moderate a discussion with Mr. Klinenberg, who is a sociology professor at New York University, and has also written the highly acclaimed Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. Co-presented with Town Hall Center for Civic Life and The Seattle Times.
Environmental Health Lecture: Biofuels 3/21/2007
The Seattle Biotech Legacy Foundation's 2007 Our Health, Our Environment: Making the Link lecture series explores the relationship between human and ecological health. It is expected that in 2007 biodiesel production in Washington will leap from 10 million to between 150 and 200 million gallons and ethanol use will grow from 40 to 300 million gallons. Three local experts speak about biofuels and the potential health, environmental and policy implications of biofuel use: David Kircher, manager of air resources, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency; Peter Moulton, coordinator of Climate Solutions' Harvesting Clean Energy Program; and Tim Stearns, energy policy specialist with Washington Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development.
Town Hall presents Krist Novoselic on Election Reform 2/21/2007
We are in the middle of a transition of how we hold elections in WA State. When the popular blanket primary was declared unconstitutional in 2003, the Legislature implemented an unpopular pick-a-party primary. Voters responded by passing Initiative 872 (also struck down by the courts), which would advance the top-two primary vote-getters, regardless of party to the final election. Krist Novoselic, a local musician and co-founder of Nirvana, is a long-time advocate of ranked choice voting—wherein voters rank candidates, regardless of party affiliation, in order of preference on a single ballot. Novoselic is interviewed on stage by Eric Liu, author of Guiding Lights. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life.
John Lombard: Saving Puget Sound 1/23/2007
No other developed area in the world matches the Puget Sound region's combination of beauty, wealth, natural resiliency, and history of environmental concern. John Lombard, Seattle native and senior policy analyst at the environmental consulting firm Steward and Associates, offers a practical proposal to conserve the region's most important ecosystems in the face of long-term population growth. Saving Puget Sound: A Conservation Strategy for the 21st Century provides a detailed review of the political and legal issues that must be at the core of any sound conservation strategy. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company and the University of Washington Press.
Elliott Bay Books Presents: David Lynch 1/16/2007
American filmmaker David Lynch has developed a consistent approach to narrative and visual style that has become instantly recognizable to audiences worldwide. His works include Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Dune, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks. For fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's deeply personal vision, his new book, Catching the Big Fish, provides insight into his methods and describes the role of meditation in his creative process.
Matthew Stadler: What Has Become of Cities? 1/11/2007
Matthew Stadler is a Portland-based novelist and journalist. His novels examine the tension between imagination and reality. A regular contributor to The Stranger and 2006 winner of a United States Artists fellowship, he has recently examined the changing American city and the misunderstandings that divide citizens in the center from those in the suburbs. He suggests that we can no longer locate urbanity in the center, nor declare its absence from the periphery. Instead, urbanity permeates the whole. Stadler examines new research about the origins of cities and the "Zwischenstadt" or "in-between city" of western North America.
Public Forum: Clean Elections 1/5/2007
Washington Public Campaigns is an organization founded to promote the passage of legislation establishing public financing of campaigns. Maine and Arizona have instituted publicly financed campaigns, which has resulted in more competitive races and more women and minority office holders after three election cycles. Author and political strategist David Sirota, Representative Linda Valentino (Maine), and Senator Ed Ableser (Arizona) and a panel of experts discuss how public campaign financing is working elsewhere and how it could work in Washington.
Town Hall Presents: Barack Obama 10/26/2006
A special evening, featuring U.S. Senator Barack Obama and his greatly anticipated new book, The Audacity of Hope. Co-presented with Elliott Bay Bookstore, with special thanks for assistance to Mount Zion Baptist Church.
World Affairs Council Presents Joseph Stiglitz 10/16/2006
Winner of the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001, Joseph Stiglitz, returns to Town Hall to talk about his new book Shaping Globalization: Making it Work. Stiglitz focuses on policies that truly work, offering fresh new thinking about the questions that shape the globalization debate, including a plan to restructure a global financial system made unstable by America`s debt, how countries can grow without degrading the environment, and a framework for free and fair global trade. Now on the faculty of Columbia University, Stiglitz was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration, and served as its chair from 1995-97. He then served as Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 1997-2000.
Dead Sea Scrolls: Early Judaism and the Births of Christianity 9/27/2006
"The Significance of the Scrolls for the Study of the Hebrew Bible, Early Judaism, and the Birth of Christianity," lecture is given by Shalom Paul, Professor, The Hebrew Univeristy of Jerusalmen and Chairman of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation. Considered by many to be the most significant archeological find of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls date from 250 B.C.E. - 68 B.C.E. Apparently the library of a Jewish sect, they are the earliest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and are written primarily in Hebrew and Aramic.
Irwin Redlener: "Americans at Risk" 9/14/2006
Irwin Redlener, founder and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University and author of Americans at RISK, talks about what's wrong with our approach to preventing and responding to mega-disasters. He analyzes the role of NGOs such as the American Red Cross and describes in frank terms a government with a track record of cronyism and a stunning disregard for accountability. Of special concern are America's increasingly dysfunctional and expensive health care system and a disengaged and uninformed citizenry. Redlener also outlines what can by done-by governments and individuals-to reduce the devastation of future disasters. Presented by Town Hall and the University Book Store.
Seattle Voices with Wier Harman 6/8/2006
Host Eric Liu talks with the new Executive Director of Town Hall.
Seattle Public Library Presents: Marjane Satrapi 6/2/2006
In the eighth year of the series - "Seattle Reads" - The Seattle Public Library has selected "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood" (Pantheon Books, 2003) by Marjane Satrapi. "Persepolis" paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane's child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family.
Elliott Bay Books Presents: Harvey Pekar 4/19/2006
An encore presentation of a 2006 interview with celebrated graphic narrative author Harvey Pekar, best known for American Splendor. He discusses his book “Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story”, the tale of a man at odds with the circumstance of his life.
Town Hall Presents: Remembering Richard Feynman 4/7/2005
Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman lived an extraordinary life and inspired people in many disciplines. His daughter Michelle Feynman joined Nathan Myhrvold, co-founded Intellectual Ventures, George Dyson, author and historian, and UW Physicist Steve Ellis, who knew Feynman and worked in his field of particle physics, to talk about his life and read from his newly released book of letters, “Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track”. This event was presented with Elliott Bay Books as part the Seattle Science Lectures at Town Hall.
Town Hall Presents: A Science Lecture with Malcolm Gladwell 1/26/2005
The celebrated writer for The New Yorker and author of The Tipping Point discusses his new book, Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, which studies the way people make split-second decisions and other "unthinking" reactions.
Town Hall Presents: A Science Lecture with Richard Dawkins 11/17/2004
Renowned biologist and author Richard Dawkins presents a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging back to the dawn of life. His book, The Ancestor's Tale, traces the separate pilgrimages of animals, plants and homo sapiens. Dawkins is a professor of science at Oxford University.
Town Hall Presents: A Science Lecture with Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison 10/18/2004
An internationally renowned expert on the mind and mood disorders, Dr. Jamison discusses her latest book, Exuberance, and how certain qualities of the mind lead to creative and scientific discoveries. She examines the role of brain chemicals, heredity, and the differences between exuberance and mania. Dr. Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind, is a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and the recipient of a MacArthur award.
Town Hall Presents: Homelessness, A Matter of our Social Immorality 9/30/2004
Bill Grace, Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership, hosts a forum about homelessness at Town Hall.
Town Hall Presents: The Seattle CHECC Movement 5/5/2004
Town Hall hosted a forum on May 5 entitled "CHECC" - Choose an Effective City Council.
Town Hall Presents: The Rise of the Creative Class 9/4/2003
Town Hall, City Club and the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs co-sponsor an evening with Carnegie Mellon Regional Economic Development Professor Richard Florida talking with Marcie Sillman about the link between communities' creative residents and economic prosperity.

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