We create conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive.
The mission of The City Club of Cleveland is to create conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive.
Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, the City Club is one of the oldest continuous free speech forums in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion.
The City Club firmly believes in the free expression of all ideas and the benefits of an open exchange. It is non-partisan and does not take positions on issues. All speakers must answer unfiltered, unrehearsed questions directly from the audience.
Since our founding, the City Club has welcomed members of all races and religions, and our strength today is reflected in the rich texture of our membership. City Club members are drawn from all walks of life and ways of thinking. Yet all believe in the rewards that free speech can bring to the intellect and to the community. The strength of our membership is its diversity and commitment to free speech.
Our vision is of strong, informed individuals and communities that prize freedom of speech and civil, civic dialogue.
Each Forum is an hour long program. The program starts with a brief introduction followed by a 25-30 minute address by the speaker. Spirited, insightful and often challenging questions from the audience fill the final half hour of the program.
Today the distinctive sound of the gong can be heard across America on hundreds of radio outlets that bring The City Club's Friday Forum to listeners in more than 40 states from Maine to Alaska.