Civics Series

We welcome politicians, media personalities, and thought leaders to
help us maintain civic engagement in our daily lives.

Annelise Orleck with Heidi Groover
The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages
Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:30PM
The Summit on Pike
420 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98102
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

In May of 2014, thousands of fast food workers in 230 cities across the globe went on strike, protesting for a living wage, workplace protections, and the right to unionize. Today that fight persists in the form of the #FightFor15 movement, whose efforts have resulted in cities around the nation (including Seattle, New York City, …

Town Hall Seattle, BirdNote, Sasquatch Publishing, Seward Park Audubon Center, with media sponsor KNKX 88.5FM, present
BirdNote Live! Podcast
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30PM
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM. Enter on Seneca St.
$5.00

Birds are with us everywhere. They animate our stories, inform our art and music, and reveal startling truths about the world we share. Join BirdNote’s Michael Stein and Mary McCann with special guests Barbara Earl Thomas and Dr. J. Drew Lanham for BirdNote Live!, an evening of conversation by, for and about birds. BirdNote celebrates …

Town Hall Seattle and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
Town Green Day of Service: Preschool Spring Clean
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:30AM
Whittier Elementary
1320 NW 75th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
Free

Join us to help our friends at Phinney Neighborhood Association for a Preschool Spring Cleaning at Whittier Elementary School in Ballard:  Tasks include weeding & pruning outside; scrubbing chairs & tables inside, and more! Volunteers will meet in the courtyard (when facing the school from 75th, down & to the right). All ages welcome, those under 12 should …

Sally Kohn and Jessyn Farrell
The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

The escalation of incivility and hate takes many forms today—from divisive political speech to hate crimes to online trolling. With insight from her book The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, Kohn takes our stage with an investigation of the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate, and how simple incivility can …

Ashley Dawson
The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 5:00PM
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118
doors open at 4:30PM
$5

How will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos? Professor of English and environmental organizer Ashley Dawson argues that highly developed urban cities are ground zero for climate change. In his book Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise …

Nomi Prins
'How Central Bankers Rigged the World'
Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:30PM
The Summit on Pike
420 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98102
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

The 2008 financial crisis unleashed a chain reaction that turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order. Economic writer and journalist Nomi Prins joins us to illuminates machinations at the core of this rising tide of financial instability, drawing on observations from her latest book Collusion: How Central …

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
How We Get Free: Black Politics and the White Power Presidency
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7:30PM
University Temple Church
1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

"If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free." —Combahee River Collective Statement Writer and activist Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor was one of our most-anticipated speakers of last season—unfortunately she had to cancel her event with Town Hall, along with others. We’re thrilled to bring her back to the stage this …

Michael K. Honey with La TaSha Levy
To the Promised Land: Fulfilling MLK's Legacy
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Fifty years ago, a single bullet robbed us of one of the world’s most eloquent voices for human rights and justice—Martin Luther King Jr. Humanities professor Michael K. Honey convenes us for a modern application of King’s advocacy for racial harmony with insight from his book To the Promised Land. He’s joined in conversation with …

James and Deborah Fallows with Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
Monday, May 14, 2018, 7:30PM
University Temple Church
1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane—visiting smaller and medium-sized cities and meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs. To share their hopeful view of the country between its coasts, the Fallows take our stage in conversation with Washington Post …

Yanis Varoufakis
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:30PM
University Temple Church
1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Exclusively on sale to Town Hall members from 4/2 until 4/9. Not a member, join today! How should parents talk to their children about the economy: how it operates, where it came from, how it benefits some while impoverishing others? Former Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis has appeared before heads of nations, assemblies of experts, and …

Dambisa Moyo
Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth, and How to Fix It
Neighborhood:U-District/Ravenna
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Around the world, populations angry at stagnant wages and growing inequality have rebelled against established governments and turned to political extremes. Now, according to economist Dambisa Moyo, liberal democracy threatens to lose its vanguard place as a leading engine for growth and prosperity. With wisdom from her book Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing …

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