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Nov 17, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle, Stroum Jewish Community Center, and The Jewish Book Council present
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Nathan Englander
Dinner at the Center of the Earth

Stroum Jewish Community Center, The Jewish Book Council, and Town Hall Seattle are excited to present Pulitzer-nominated, best-selling author Nathan Englander. He joins us to discuss his new political thriller, Dinner at the Center of the Earth: A Novel about the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard of a dozen years. From …

Nov 16, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle, The Bushwick Book Club Seattle, and The VERA Project present
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POSTPONED: Bushwick Book Club Seattle
Music inspired by Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give

This event has been postponed. Stay tuned for an announcement about a later date. Not your run-of-the-mill book club, Bushwick shows offer a special interaction between audiences and musicians. Bushwick performers present their own original songs inspired by the show’s featured book. This stirring concert features original music inspired by Angie Thomas' young adult novel The …

Nov 16, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle and The Collective present
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Limetown
The Prequel to the #1 Podcast

Town Hall presents Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, for a discussion of their show’s explosive prequel novel. They meet onstage with the book’s author Cote Smith (a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize Finalist) to offer us a glimpse into this exhilarating mystery. The prequel follows Lia, a student journalist who learns …

Nov 15, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle and The Museum of Flight present
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Chris Impey
Einstein's Monsters—The Life and Times of Black Holes

Black holes continue to astound scientists who have spent their careers studying them. These dark giants are the most extreme objects in the universe—ubiquitous, frighteningly enigmatic, and central to the makeup of our galaxy. To explore the scope of our current understanding of black holes, astronomer Chris Impey makes his way to Town Hall with …

Nov 14, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University present
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Francis Fukuyama
Identity, Dignity, and the Politics of Resentment
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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 an irresistible call to an in-group and …

Nov 13, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University present
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Adam Hochschild
Lessons from a Dark Time

Author and journalist Adam Hochschild has spent his decades-long career offering us insight into the ills of imperialism, racism, and tyranny. Much of his work informs and inspires us, rallying us with straightforward language and incisive detail. He joins us at Town Hall to reflect on some of his most provocative essays and update them …

Nov 11, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle and Brooks Running present
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Peter Sagal
The Incomplete Book of Running

This event is sold out. There will be a standby line at the door. At the verge of turning forty, Peter Sagal—host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”—started running seriously. And much to his own surprise, he kept going, faster and further, running fourteen marathons and logging tens of thousands of miles on roads, sidewalks, …

Nov 10, 2018
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Clinton Fearon with Mark Oi
Reggae tunes filled with messages from the heart.

The Jamaican-born, Seattle-based reggae artist Clinton Fearon presents songs filled with messages from the heart. He steps onto Town Hall’s stage with Mark Oi, fellow member of Clinton’s project the Boogie Brown Band, for a lively Saturday Family Concert filled with songs that spread messages of love and community. Clinton has traveled the world to …

Nov 9, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle and The Riveter present
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Blair Imani
Modern HERstory
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Despite making huge contributions to the liberation movements of the last century, numerous trailblazers of progress are traditionally overlooked due to their backgrounds and communities of origin. To shine a light on these under-celebrated individuals, activist Blair Imani comes to Town Hall to share stories from her book Modern HerStory, highlighting change-makers who are women, people …

Nov 8, 2018
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Seattleness
A Cultural Atlas
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Longtime residents of Seattle have seen the city’s cultures morph dramatically—enough that designers Tera Hatfield, Jenny Kempson, and Natalie Ross have drawn us a thematic guidebook. They arrive on Town Hall’s stage to offer us insight from Seattleness, their visually rich cultural atlas of Seattle. They invite us to explore the mercurial nature of place …

Nov 7, 2018
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L.A. Kauffman
How to Read a Protest
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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 makes her way to Town Hall to lend us her thirty years’ experience on the front lines of numerous protests …

Nov 6, 2018
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Election Night Viewing Party

Town Hall invites you to a traditional viewing party for the November midterm elections. After you cast your vote, bring your friends and family to The Summit and witness the process of democracy in action. Track each development in real time and discuss the results with other civic-minded members of our community. Enjoy thoughtful discussions …

Nov 4, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle and the South Seattle Emerald present
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Fly to the Assemblies!
Voices from the South Seattle Emerald
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Seattle has long been considered a center of progressive thought and action. But like any other growing city it has wrestled with familiar demons: racism, class struggles, economic opportunism, sexism, and more. Since the 2016 election, many progressive voices throughout the city have emerged with the goal of transforming Seattle into a central staging ground …

Oct 30, 2018
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Dungeons & Dragons
Art and Arcana: A Visual History
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Dungeons & Dragons has become one of the most iconic game brands in the world. Since its genesis in 1974 the game has expanded far beyond its humble beginnings, and its scope increased by magnitudes after its induction into the publishing realm of Wizards of the Coast, based in Washington. To take us on an …

Oct 29, 2018
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Sayu Bhojwani with Sophia Jordán Wallace
The New Wave of Candidates at Democracy’s Door
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America’s political leadership remains overwhelmingly white, male, moneyed, and Christian; even at the local and state levels, elected office is inaccessible to the people it aims to represent. But this trend is changing, says political scientist Sayu Bhojwani. She makes her way to Town Hall’s stage to share accounts of the diverse and persevering range of …

Oct 28, 2018
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C.J. Chivers
The Fighters
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More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. Reporter C.J. Chivers has served as a correspondent for both of these conflicts from the start, and he brings that perspective to Town Hall to present a vivid recollection of the physical and emotional experience of war, collected in his …

Oct 27, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle and 350.org present
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At Home in the World
Building a Livable Seattle in the Era of Climate Change

The housing crisis is a climate crisis is a housing crisis. No decision has a bigger impact on our carbon pollution than where we live: a lack of abundant and affordable housing pushes people out of the city, where their emissions are 2-4x as high (due to a lack of good transit, and larger dwellings). Seattle is …

Oct 27, 2018
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Town Hall Seattle, Historic Seattle, and the Wing Luke Museum present
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Dr. Marie Rose Wong: Building Tradition
Pan-Asian Seattle and Life in the Residential Hotels

Historic Seattle and the Wing Lake Museum join with Town Hall Seattle to present Dr. Marie Rose Wong, associate professor at Seattle University with focuses in Asian American studies and Urban Studies. Wong peers through the lens of single-room occupancy hotels to capture the 157-year origin story of Seattle’s pan-Asian International District. Join Dr. Wong …

Oct 25, 2018
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Seattle Radio Theatre, KIRO Radio, and Town Hall Seattle present
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War of the Worlds
80th Anniversary Live Broadcast

Don't panic...unless you want to! Town Hall, Seattle Radio Theatre and KIRO Radio are teaming up to present a live 80th anniversary radio broadcast of the classic 1938 panic-inducing production of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" starring Dave Ross and KIRO Radio favorites and Seattle Radio Theatre stalwarts, plus live music and live sound …

Oct 24, 2018
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Elaine Weiss
The Woman's Hour
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In August 1920, the seven-decade battle for women’s suffrage was decided by a single state. Thirty-five states had ratified the Nineteenth Amendment while twelve had rejected or refused to vote. It all came down to Tennessee. Acclaimed journalist Elaine Weiss brings us a chronicle of this tumultuous climax of one of the greatest political battles …

 

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