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CPL hosts national series ‘America’s Civic Square’


CLEVELAND, July 11th, 2016: Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is the first to debut a new national discussion series America’s Civic Square to coincide with the Republican National Convention.

Events take place in the Eastman Reading Garden at Main Library, located at 325 Superior Avenue (unless noted otherwise) and comprise the following topics:

  • Monday, 7/18 at 12pm – “Who is Being Left Out of Cleveland’s Renaissance?”
    • This event centers on the topic of inclusion as explored by Daniel Gray-Kontar (formerly of Cleveland School for the Arts and now Twelve Literary & Performance Art Incubator), Zach Schiller (Policy Matters Ohio) and members of “The Fixers” (documentary series) creative team.
  • Monday, 7/18 at 2pm – “Honoree Ceremony” (Main - Stokes Wing Auditorium)
    • As Cleveland celebrates her renewal, CPL honors past trailblazers who paved the way through service and civic engagement.
  • Tuesday, 7/19 at 12pm – “What Women Really Want From Their Candidates”
    • An exciting discussion examining motivations and attitudes of women voters leading into this historic Presidential election. Discussion participants include Kristi Andrasik (The Cleveland Foundation), Margaret Mitchell (YWCA), Susan Murnane (League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland) and Daniel Ortiz (Policy Matters Ohio).
  • Tuesday, 7/19 at 5pm – “The Role of a Delegate in the Life of the American Republic” (MLK Branch – University Circle)
    • Civil Rights, Desegregation, Organized Labor, and Social Security all owe their continued existence to the men and women who commit their lives to the election of the United States President. What is the true legacy of a citizen led democracy in the 21st Century?
  • Wednesday, 7/20 at 12pm – “Immigration in America”
    • Hear from community leaders on the front lines of this topic as they discuss ways to ensure Cleveland’s legacy is one of inclusion and appreciation. Discussion participants include Joe Cimperman (Global Cleveland), Veronica Dahlberg (HOLA) and members of the business community.
  • Wednesday, 7/20 at 4pm – “The Power of Presidential Determination in American Politics” (Carnegie West Branch)
    • Our current President changed the course of United States history when he led the Democratic Party to pass the Healthcare Act we know as Obamacare. What would be the impact to our families and neighbors if healthcare is viewed as a privilege and not a right enjoyed by all citizens. Are there other perspectives that will be decided in America's Civic Square?
  • Thursday, 7/21 at 1pm – “Champions Debate the Headlines”
    • Regional Debate Champions take the stage to address some of the news items making headlines during this campaign season. From background checks for gun purchases to North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” to the requirement for all police officers to wear body cameras – we’ll be taking a look at what has the nation talking.
  • Thursday, 7/21 at 5pm – “The Darkside of American Presidential Politics” (Rice Branch)
    • Why does race still matter in the election of the United States President? Each generation explores its own heritage of division, bigotry and injustice on the road to the Whitehouse. We explore and share why the ancient concept of race continues to define our modern electoral traditions.

“We felt compelled to shape America’s Civic Square,” says Felton Thomas, Director of CPL.  “Our system’s history is one of innovation. This series allows us to continue that tradition while creating a civic space for learning and conversation.”

Following CPL’s launch of the series, Philadelphia Public Library will host the second installment in time for the Democratic National Convention (July 25th-28th).   

For more information and a full calendar of events, visit http://cpl.org/americas-civic-square/.


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